The Brawn BGP 001 dominated the first half of the 2009 season, winning six and finishing no lower than third in any of the opening eight Grands Prix, with Button taking all six of the trips to the top step. A further two victories for Rubens Barrichello and two podium visits for Button secured the Constructors’ Championship for the brand-new Brackley-based team.
The Brawn team was a late addition to the 2009 F1 grid, rising up from the ashes of the doomed Honda Racing F1 Team. The Japanese marque pulled out of the sport in December 2008, just three months before the start of the new season.
Ross Brawn, the former technical director of the Honda team, and the man who stood side-by-side with Michael Schumacher during his championship-winning years at both Ferrari and Benetton, came to the rescue, buying the team from Honda on the March 6, 2009, three weeks before the Australian Grand Prix, officially changing name to Brawn GP 11 days later.