DaveKillens wrote:But the trouble is.. when was the last time Button was "on it"? Back at the end of the '06 season? That's over two years ago, and I have serious reservations if he has any motivation...
While I agree with the comments about Vettel and Button's salery, I'm pretty certan he's got LOTS of desire & motivation this year.
Like you, I questioned his motivation last year, "yet another crappy car, how longs this gonna last?!" sort of year for him. This year he knows that he is a very lucky boy to even have an F1 drive this year, couple that with some seriously impressive winter testing results I'm pretty sure BrawnGP and the BGP001 has rekindled that fire in his belly.
With regards Rubens I'm fairly sure he'll be driving his heart out. This is the first time he's ever been given a top car (assuming the car is as good as it appears in winter testing) without Ross Brawn on the radio saying "Drive as hard as u can Rubens...just don't beat Hier Schumacher!" this year he's got the same guy (who I figure Rubihno likes, he DID put up with that nonsence for four years) saying "Go for it Rubens!".
Couple that with the fact that, not only is he lucky to have a drive this year, he also is lucky it wasn't given to young Bruno Senna...and he knows he's got to impress this year to keep that drive...indeed he's got to impress this year because if BrawnGP give that drive to Senna, Rubens needs to impress some other team bosses if he wants to be driving after the Abu Dabhi GP this november.
I reckon they're going to be doing just fine (Assuming that car's a good'un)