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The Title No One Wants: Jenson Button’s Comedy Of Errors

After the Turkish Grand Prix in June, it looked as though Jenson Button had the F1 world championship in the bag. Six wins in the opening seven races of the season gave Button the most dominant start to a year by any driver since 2006. And Button's 26-point lead in the title race looked unassailable. Since then, however, the British driver has not set foot on the podium, scoring just 11 points in the last four races. Meanwhile, the three drivers behind him in the standings have closed in on his lead, Mark Webber having turned a 33.5-point deficit into one of 20.5 points. In part, Button's change of fortunes—which could plausibly see him lose the title that seemed so assured just two and a half months ago—can be explained by a la...

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