Spanish GP 2009: Button Wins Yet Again…
Jenson Button won yet another race, proving that in Spain pole-position is everything. It was a race which had sparks of good moments, but was mostly a procession on one of the tracks where the teams test the most.
All eyes were on Felipe Massa at the start, what would his KERS do for him? Not a lot, he didn’t use but instead got an amazing getaway from the dirty side of the track to slip ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull.
Rubens Barrichello indeed had a good start nipping ahead of Jenson Button. Lewis Hamilton further back ended up on the grass, avoiding Jarno Trulli who got away slowly.
Into turn 1, it was 3 abreast and Adrian Sutil headed across the run off area to avoid incident. Jarno Trulli spun off into the gravel but momentum carried him back onto the racing line. His front end destroyed Adrian Sutil’s Force India, throwing it across into turn 3’s gravel trap. Sebastien Bourdais tried to avoid incident but was just left with his team mate Sebastien Buemi thrust across the top of his Toro Rosso. 4 cars out on the first few corners. Debris everywhere.
The safety car came out and bunched the pack up for the first few laps of the race while the marshals risked life and limb to pick up the wings and god only knows what on the track. It was noticeable what a good start Kimi Raikkonen had ending up in 10th position.
On the restart Barrichello and Button really pulled away from Massa, Vettel and Webber who were following.
Fernando Alonso pulled an audacious move on Mark Webber at the restart using all of the road and a bit more with KERS power to get by the Australian. However Webber went deep into turn 1 and kept position.
Heikki Kovalainen’s string of bad luck continuedwhen he broke down on the main straight causing avoidance from Nelson Piquet who recinded position to Lewis Hamilton on the straight. It cannot be long before Piquet is fired, rumour says Silverstone is the day.
With Massa and Vettel pitting together, and Webber running longer the Brawns and Webber were able to pull away putting clear air between themselves and the chasing pack.
Kimi Raikkonen was chasing Nick Heidfeld lap after lap but couldn’t get by, a failed KERS system was not helping. Before we knew where we were though, Raikkonen had throttle failure and retired. Another poor showing from Ferrari.
Lewis Hamilton was complaining of serious tyre wear but his team seemed disinterested.
As we entered the final stint, Button made a 3 stop strategy work and got ahead of Barrichello who plays second fiddle again just like when he was at Ferrari. Massa and Vettel were fighting until Massa let Vettel by when it was revealed they had not put enough fuel into the Ferrari to get to the end of the race. The economy drive by Massa was farcical and he ended up in 6th, he should have been 4th or ever 3rd to be honest.
Button won the race again, another Brawn 1-2 with Barrichello doing the business. Webber’s 3rd will be some joy with Red Bull proving they know exactly what they are doing. Hamilton missed out on points in 11th, while Fisichella propped up the table in last place.
|3||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||+13.924|
|4||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||+18.941|
|7||N. Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+52.312|
|8||N. Rosberg||Williams Toyota||+1.05.211|
|9||L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||+1 lap|
|10||T. Glock||Toyota||+1 lap|
|11||R. Kubica||BMW Sauber||+1 lap|
|12||N. Piquet||Renault||+1 lap|
|13||K. Nakajima||Williams Toyota||+1 lap|
|14||G. Fisichella||Force India Merc||+1 lap|
Fastest Lap: R. Barrichello, Brawn Mercedes: 1.22.762
|S. Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1|
|S. Bourdais||Toro Rosso Ferrari||1||Accident|
|A. Sutil||Force India Merc||1||Accident|
This entry was posted on May 10, 2009 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2009 Race Weekends, BMW Sauber, Brawn GP, F1 News, Ferrari, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toyota, Williams and was tagged with 2009 Spanish Grand Prix, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Rubens Barrichello, Spanish Grand Prix.