AUSTRALIA'S MARK WEBBER has claimed the second win of his career as Jenson Button wrapped up the World Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Button finished fifth to clinch the title, but his final standing belied a stunning drive which saw the Briton scythe his way through the field during the opening stint.
While the Brawn driver has been accused of taking a conservative approach as the season approached its climax, Button did his best to prove those claims unfounded. Throwing caution to the wind, he diced dangerously with newcomers Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi as he made his charge for the title from the back of the pack.
Team mate Rubens Barrichello was well placed to extend the championship battle to Abu Dhabi after starting from pole. A chaotic middle stint scuppered his plans, and combined with a late puncture, conspired to consign the Brazilian to eighth place.
Button told the BBC he always dreamed of winning the World Championship, but doubted it would ever come to fruition.
?It's really amazing. My voice has gone... especially after the last few races, that was such an awesome race,? he said.
?I'm world champion baby, yeah. It is all I've aimed for; 21 years ago I jumped into a car (hoping to become champion). I love winning but I never expected to be world champion.?
Webber was faultless as he cruised to victory, overcoming a challenging first stint where he withstood the advances of eventual second place finisher Robert Kubica (BMW) and kept pace with Barrichello.
?As a team we?ve had quite a few victories this year off the back of some tough seasons, but today has confirmed second place for us in the constructors? championship,? Webber said.
?We?re very proud of what we have achieved this year as a team - I want to thank Renault as well, the engines have been very good and they?re not easy environments for them to work in.?
McLaren?s Lewis Hamilton rounded off the podium in third place, while Webber?s team mate, Sebastian Vettel, finished fourth as his title charge came to a stuttering conclusion.