“Hot Rod or Hot Dog” is our regular post-grand prix column where we review all of the driver performances in that race. As part of the process, one driver is declared as Badger’s “Top Dog” – and this week it’s…

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Jenson Button.

Another brilliant race from the Englishman. As so often this season the tyres were all important, but Jenson was able to maintain a consistently quick pace and put his foot down when it mattered. That’s all you need to be there or thereabouts.

After being pushed onto the grass at the start by Sebastian Vettel and falling behind Lewis Hamilton he rallied and managed to stay with both of them. Then when Hamilton suffered a right rear puncture Button slipped past and set about chasing down Vettel, a task he performed with aplomb.

It’s another race that confirms that Button is now the de facto number 1 driver at McLaren. This sort of performance had been coming for quite a while. Quicker in qualifying, in the race and driving in a very intelligent manner only served to underline the fact that Hamilton really has a fight on his hands next season.

Also, kudos to Button for his question to Vettel in the drivers’ holding room before the podium. Asking a man who’s just won the world championship what he was playing at in the first corner demonstrates an admirable single mindedness.

And of course, an honourable mention must go to Vettel. Although today wasn’t his best drive, he’s been outstanding all season and well deserves his second title in two years. After being questioned by many (us included), he’s demonstrated this season that, when he’s needed to, he can overtake with the best of them.

Well done to both Button and Vettel.

Vettel and Button celebrate on the podium - credit: sutton-images.com