Then maybe he hasn't got a lack of pace?
Higher up you've claimed that Jeson is only a 'fairly good' driver, but he's the only one who can really be directly compared to Barrichello. Surely the more sensible way to put together your observations and assumptions would be that Barrichello is a fast driver - but Button is faster still?
Is it really so hard for the British public to ever give credit to their sporting heroes acheivements?
No, Rubens in his early career was super fast, no doubt about that. Jensons early career led him to struggle against temmates, and generally perform in a very average manner, except occasional strong showings.
The first teammate that Jenson dominated
was a very lacklustre and underperforming Jacques Villeneuve, whilst Rubens was struggling albeit against a 7 time world champion, but occasionally
showing glimpses of his old pace.
Put short, neither
driver has been consistantly fast in their career, but both have shown instances of strong pace early on. Rubens showed it in a Stewart Ford, and Button showed it in the Williams. Rubens again showed it occasionally at Ferrari, and Jenson again showed it in the one strong year BAR had in 2004.
Putting all that evidence together one would expect a strong battle between the two drivers.
Both at late points in their careers, both given one last chance to show what they're made of. And Button is taking advantage of that chance and performing at probably the highest level of his career. Rubens appears not
to be performing to the highest level of his career. Why that is, I have no idea. As I said, I don't tihnk his years at Ferrari really helped him. He seems less hungry than he was prior to joining Ferrari.
And please don't give me that BS about Brits knocking sporting achievements. I was one of the people sticking up for Hamilton for the last couple of years, no matter how much everyone (including a large number of British people on here) got on his back.