2009 Spanish GP – Race result – Win for Button, 1-2 for Brawn

The podium, some are happy, some not that much ...

The podium, some are happy, some not that much ...

The swicth to 2 stop strategy helped Jenson Button to reclaim the lead he lost to Barrichello at the start. Button went on to win the race, Barrichello could only wonder how on Earth he lost it. The final podium place belongs to Mark Webber who leapfrogged the Massa/Vettel duo thanks to his longer second stint.

Felipe Massa scored his first points of the season although he had to sacrifice his 4th place in order to preserve fuel and finish the race (at 6th).

2009 Spanish GP Race Result

1. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:37:19.202
2. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP + 13.056
3. M. Webber – Red Bull + 13.924
4. S. Vettel – Red Bull + 18.941
5. F. Alonso – Renault + 43.166
6. F. Massa – Ferrari + 50.827
7. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber + 52.312
8. N. Rosberg – Williams + 1:05.211

9. L. Hamilton – McLaren + 1 laps
10. T. Glock – Toyota + 1 laps
11. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber + 1 laps
12. N. Piquet – Renault + 1 laps
13. K. Nakajima – Williams + 1 laps
14. G. Fisichella – Force India + 1 laps

Did not finish

15. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 49 laps
16. H. Kovalainen – McLaren + 59 laps
17. J. Trulli – Toyota + 66 laps
18. S. Buemi – Toro Rosso + 66 laps
19. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso + 66 laps
20. A. Sutil – Force India + 66 laps

Fastest lap: Rubens Barrichello – 1:22.762

Jenson Button won his 4th race of the season and extended his championship lead to 14 points ahead of Barrichello and 18 points ahead of Vettel. Brawn GP leads constructors championship by 29.5 points from Red Bull.

I was not the only one wondering what was Barrichello’s strategy all about. As it became clear both Brawn cars were on 3 stop strategy at the beginning of the race. Button however switched to 2 stopper, apparently as he had no chance to come out of the pits ahead of Nico Rosbergs Williams. What also helped Button’s case was the fuel saving safety car period early on in the race. It is strange however that 2 laps later Barrichello’s crew hadn’t reacted to that and left him on 3 stopper. This is how Barrichello reacted to the whole situation in his interview with Speed TV:

“If I get a whiff that Ross favoured Jenson today I will hang up my helmet immediately. But I don’t think he would do that..”

Elsewhere Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen retired, Trulli, Sutil, Bourdais and Buemi were all involved in the spectacular pile up after the race start and Giancarlo Fisichella’s fastest lap was faster than the fastest laps of BMW Sauber, Toyota and McLaren.

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  1. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    What is up with Ferrari? There is simply no excuse for the horrible execution of basic tasks. Someone(s) needs to go!

    Start with Kimi’s qualifying. How could they possibly park a car again in round 1 and allow far inferior cars to lap on an improved track again (Massa – Malaysia)? What idiot made that call, again!

    Then they short fill Massa’s car and give up two places late in the race. I have not seen an F1 team do that for as long as I can remember.

    And the cars are falling apart. Their attrition rate due to mechanical failure has to be the highest in F1.

    The team is falling apart!

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      well something is definitelly wrong with Ferrari. a judgement error like the one that happened to Massa in Malaysian qualifying can happen to anybody, especially if the team is not used to be on the edge of making it through to Q2. but Raikkonen’s crew to repeat the same few races later – that is simpy silly …

      the lack of fuel in Massa’s car – it looked like a tactical blunder but voices from Ferrari says it had something to do with the refuelling equipment. no matter what – one car retired, the other almost stopped on the track … strange strange strange. I wonder how much more time will Domenicali get …

  2. kaushalNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry being off the topic,but we are conducting a debate whether Lewis Hamilton is a “true” champion..We are looking for Views from UK F1 fans..Here is the link to join the debate

  3. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:


    There is no way Hamilton can be considered the greatest at this point in his career. While he obviously has unbelievable ability…it takes much more than that to be considered the best. It takes years of dedication to being the best, gaining experience and learning at every possible opportunity.

    Schumi probably did not have the best ability, but he focused 100% on being the best. That makes him the best in my book. Same for Prost. Senna probably had the greatest ability.

    I also do not think it is fair to compare drivers of much different times to each other. The world of F1 when Fangio and Stewart raced is completely different from the days of Senna, Schumi, and Prost.

    In my opinion, Hamilton is probably the third best in ability in today’s F1 (after Alonzo and Vettel). His lying to stewards show he needs to show more respect for the sport before he should be mentioned with any of the greats. History will show whether he learns from that mistake, or lets it drag him down.


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