2009 Australian GP – The Sunday Action – Button, Barrichello, Hamilton

Jenson Button - Winner of 2009 Australian GP

Jenson Button - Winner of 2009 Australian GP

Back from track, actually back at the airport. What an exciting race it was. The Brawn fairy tale continued on Sunday… Jenson Button scored the second win of his career after leading from start to finish. Rubens Barrichello completed Brawn GP 1-2 finish after Kubica/Vettel crash promoted him from 4th to 2nd with 3 laps to go. Jarno Trulli was the 3rd man on the podium but was later penalized for overtaking Hamilton when safety car was out and dropped back to 12th place. Sebastian Vettel was penalized with 10 places grid penalty for Sepang race and his team USD50,000 for instructing him to stay on track despite running on three wheels only.

And so Lewis Hamilton took the 3rd place on a day when even a single point would be considered success for McLaren. The only team other than brawn with both cars in points is … Toro Rosso. And Sebastien Buemi resume will say that he finished on points on his F1 debut … None of the Ferraris finished the race.

2009 Australian GP Result:


Ross Brawn under attack from his drivers

Ross Brawn under attack from his drivers

1. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:34:15.784
2. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP + 0.807
3. L. Hamilton – McLaren + 2.914
4. T. Glock – Toyota + 4.435
5. F. Alonso – Renault + 4.879
6. N. Rosberg – Williams + 5.722
7. S. Buemi – Toro Rosso + 6.004
8. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso + 6.298
9. A. Sutil – Force India + 6.335
10. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber + 7.085
11. G. Fisichella – Force India + 7.374
12. J. Trulli – Toyota + 26.604 (25 secs penalty)
13. M. Webber – Red Bull + 1 laps

Did not finish

14. S. Vettel – Red Bull + 2 laps
15. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber + 3 laps
16. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 3 laps
17. F. Massa – Ferrari + 12 laps
18. N. Piquet – Renault + 34 laps
19. K. Nakajima – Williams + 41 laps
20. H. Kovalainen – McLaren + 55 laps

Nelson Piquet in the gravel

Nelson Piquet in the gravel

Race report and prediction game results will be up after I return from this trip :-)

Photos: F1Wolf

10 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Satisfied for now with what you have seen? How are the regulation changes made the things look just before the champ really begins? Don’t you have the feeling that among the top teams there is a very close performance? In my opinion, the efficiency is clearly achieved by those ones running that diffusers which suit the regulations but many think they’re out of the law, but won’t take long time to the other teams to pair them or fix the downfore issues somehow, the rest are not out of pace, just out of shape. In a couple of races these modifications could arrive to join the mainstream.

    For now the greater difference this round is just marked by Bridgestone, they brought maybe the wrong compounds… Maybe this is magnified due the bumps and the street circuit’s low grip, but anyway, this soft ones being competitive an average of 4 laps is ridiculous, it would be better to rename them to “qualify” tyres or “out-and-in” tyres. As the new rules demand aggressiveness, and cars fitting KERS even MORE aggressiveness on their use, I would say slicks return won’t be the same way we had them 10 years ago, the tyres will be harder and will demand more work with them to get the best temperatures for an appropriate tyre suit, soft compounds with this thin line between good grip and wheel spinning won’t hold much the degradation due the higher temperatures produced on them.

    Kotenoks last blog post..Martin Nieuwenhuize replied to the discussion ‘WHY ALWAYS TILLKE?’

  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I seriously think brawn at the moment is a league apart. Their main competitor will be their own reliability. Williams looked well as well but then disappointed in quali even with lighter fuel load.Brawn cars also seem to have less trouble with the supersoft tyre..

    Still, many things can happen, the race is 300 km long :-) first corner will be interesting

  3. JRNo Gravatar says:

    “first corner will be interesting”

    When is it not?

    Great site, F1W.

  4. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    Well, there are team mates on front row, none of them winning races too often recently :-) they will both be hungry :-)

  5. psychyNo Gravatar says:

    go, go ,go !!! :-)

    have fun everybody!

  6. JRNo Gravatar says:

    Lap 22. Who the **** is “Steve”? SPEEDtv needs to reign this guy in, or at least keep kim from drinking on race day. Nice.

  7. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    “Not since the French Grand Prix in 1954 has a team new to Formula One racing finished one-two on their debut. That day it was Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling for Mercedes-Benz.” as the FOm’s website F1.com reminds us.
    And not since 1977′s season, the last team to join the entry list into the F1 World Championship, made it to a win in their first grand prix, as Jody Scheckter did in Argentina driving a Wolf Racing from Walter Wolf’s team.

    Kotenoks last blog post..Martin Nieuwenhuize replied to the discussion ‘WHY ALWAYS TILLKE?’

  8. dkNo Gravatar says:

    Loved watching the race and it was amazing how BrawnGP came away with a 1-2 result. The main thing that I noticed with this race was the amount of overtaking happening. It seemed that the drivers (except Button and Vettel) were changing postions quite often. Many good battles for position happened in the mid-field.

    Although BrawnGP’s performance was impressive, I thought Vettel’s performance in the Red Bull was even better. The Red Bull seemed to match the Brawn car pretty closely in performance without using the controversial diffuser. If the FIA rules that the Brawn diffuser design is legal, watch out. Put that diffuser design on the Red Bull and Vettel will be very hard to catch.

  9. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    It’s unlickly that the Red Bulls fit such device, their car design is too narrow and could not fit a diffuser like that, also front end doesn’t permit such evolution to channel the airflow. Their diffuser could be revised to improve it’s functionality yes, but just to fit the already existing design, so a more tiny version could be released but won’t match at all Brawn cars performance in that spot… Same happens in Ferrari, their design would have problems to fit such advanced diffuser. That’s why these both teams protested.
    But McLaren left the protests, because already are working in such a diffuser for mounting it probably in China. Same from Renault has released already this info to the newspapers.

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