Sunday, September 13, 2009

2009 F1 : Barrichello, Button in Monza 1-2 for Brawn

2009 Italian Grand Prix winner : Rubens Barrichello - Brawn-Mercedes

MONZA, Italy : September 13, 2009 - Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button gave Brawn GP a dominant 1-2 result in the thrilling Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday.

Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) inherited third place on the final lap when reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) crashed after leading from pole position for most of the race. The remaining points positions went to Adrian Sutil (Force India-Mercedes), Fernando Alonso (Renault), Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren-Mercedes), Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault).

Barrichello and Button also gave Brawn 1-2 results in Australia, Spain and Monaco this year, resulting in them leading the drivers' and constructors' championships. Button continues to lead the title chase on 80 points, but Barrichello closed the gap at Monza by two points and now has 66. Vettel is third with 54 while fourth-placed Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault) crashed out of the race and can no longer be regarded as in contention for the title.

For once, at the start of the race all 20 cars got through Monza's notorious first chicane without tears as Hamilton led away from Räikkönen and Sutil. But at the next chicane, Mark Webber spun his Red Bull-Renault off the track and retired after contact with Robert Kubica's BMW Sauber.

Kovalainen had been fuelled heavy for a long first stint, and he had a torrid time of it on the opening lap as the cars behind him tried to get past. Initially he tried to have a go at Barrichello, but Button was close behind and he took the opportunity to surge past the Finn. Vitantonio Liuzzi, returning to Formula One after a gap of two years, was right on the pace and powered his Force India-Mercedes past Kovalainen on the back straight.

On the first pass over the start/finish line, Hamilton was leading from Räikkönen, Sutil, Barrichello, Button, Liuzzi, Kovalainen and Vettel. On the second lap, Vettel was under a lot of pressure and both Fernando Alonso (Renault) and Kubica got past as Hamilton set a fastest lap of 1'26.528 and opened up a lead of 1.8 sec over Räikkönen. Sutil was keeping a watching brief on the leading pair as behind him, Barrichello was under pressure from team mate Button for fourth.

On lap four, Hamilton set a new fastest lap of 1'25.714 as Rosberg pitted from 18th, erroneously thinking he had a puncture. The pit crew replaced all four wheels and he rejoined the race in last place.

Two laps later, Hamilton punched in another top lap of 1'25.354 as race stewards notified Kubica that he had to return to the pits for a loose front wing. The Pole completed that task two laps later as Hamilton continued to reel off a series of fastest laps, his 1'25.032 on lap 13 putting him 6.4 sec ahead of Räikkönen.

On lap 16, Kubica returned to the pits once again, but this time to retire, while his Williams team mate Rosberg was running last.

Hamilton and Sutil were the first to make routine stops for fuel and tyres. Sutil rejoined in seventh place just 0.7 sec ahead of Kovalainen who immediately attacked for the place.

On lap 18, Button posted his personal best lap time of 1'25.557 as a he tried to hang onto Barrichello who was 2.8 sec ahead.

Räikkönen pitted a lap later and emerged sandwiched between Liuzzi in fifth and Alonso in seventh as Barrichello took over the lead.

Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) was the next to be wheeled away into the garage and retirement as Monza's 340km/h straights took their toll on engines and the fierce kerbs lunched gearboxes and transmissions,.

Liuzzi had an excellent return to Formula One, running as high as fourth for Force India on lap 22, but then the engine revved up under full power at high speed as he lost transmission. He free-wheeled the car off the circuit and parked it - an unrepresentative result for a committed race by both team and driver.

Button was chipping away at race leader Barrichello's lead, reducing it from three seconds to 1.9 sec by lap 26, but the Brazilian responded to the challenge, setting a new fastest race lap of 1'24.999.

Kovalainen and Vettel pitted together on lap 27 and were followed by second-placed Button and race leader Barrichello. With the top five having pitted, the original order was reinstated.

As his fuel load decreased, race leader Hamilton punched in a new fastest lap of 1'24.869 as he stretched his lead over Räikkönen to 5.6 sec, but he would require 25 sec in hand for a second pit stop and Barrichello, 16.4 sec behind in fourth place, would be the danger man. With 20 laps left, Hamilton made a splash 'n dash last stop and emerged behind both Brawns.

Sutil set the fastest lap of the race - 1'24.739 - and when he and Räikkönen pitted, Barrichello was able to resume the lead, 5.4 sec ahead of Button with Hamilton third, 2.9 behind but lapping half a second a lap faster than both Brawns with a dozen laps remaining.

As Hamilton reeled in the Brawns, Sutil was closing rapidly on fourth-placed Räikkönen, 0.9 sec ahead and he closed for battle on lap 42 as further back, Vettel ran very wide and took a long trip across the gravel. He rejoined the track without damage.

Hamilton set a fastest Sector 1 time as he got to within 1.6 sec of Button with nine laps left. All three leading cars were now within sight of each other on the straights, covered by 5.9 sec.

Jarno Trulli (Toyota) tried to get past Kazuki Nakajima (Williams-Toyota) for 11th place, but there was contact between them in the first chicane, which allowed Timo Glock in the second Toyota to draw alongside team mate Trulli. The Italian defended far too robustly and the result was that he ran wide and off the track, and although he rejoined within a hundred metres or so, he had last another place to Sébastien Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari).

With three laps remaining, Barrichello had a 3.9 sec lead over Button who was 1.2 sec ahead of Hamilton. Räikkönen (+21.6) was fourth with Sutil 0.6 sec behind him.

On the final lap, Lewis Hamilton set the fastest Sector 1 time of the race but then exiting the first Lesmo Corner he spun out and crashed the car, leaving Barrichello and Button to score a Brawn 1-2.

Race Result : Formula 1 - 2009 Italian Grand Prix

1 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
2 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
+2.8 secs
3 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
+30.6 secs
4 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
+31.1 secs
5 7 Fernando Alonso Renault
+59.1 secs
6 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
+60.6 secs
7 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
+82.4 secs
8 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
+85.4 secs
9 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari
+86.8 secs
10 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
+162.163 secs
11 10 Timo Glock Toyota
+163.925 secs
12 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
13 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
+1 Lap
14 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota
+1 Lap
15 8 Romain Grosjean Renault
+1 Lap
16 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
+2 Laps
Ret 21 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes
+31 Laps
Ret 11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari
+34 Laps
Ret 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
+38 Laps
Ret 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault

Driver Championship Standings :

1 Jenson Button British Brawn-Mercedes
2 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Brawn-Mercedes
3 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault
4 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault
5 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Ferrari
6 Nico Rosberg German Williams-Toyota
7 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes
8 Jarno Trulli Italian Toyota
9 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari
10 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish McLaren-Mercedes
11 Fernando Alonso Spanish Renault
12 Timo Glock German Toyota
13 Nick Heidfeld German BMW Sauber
14 Giancarlo Fisichella Italian Ferrari
15 Robert Kubica Polish BMW Sauber
16 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes
17 Sebastien Buemi Swiss STR-Ferrari
18 Sebastien Bourdais French STR-Ferrari
19 Kazuki Nakajima Japanese Williams-Toyota
20 Nelsinho Piquet Brazilian Renault
21 Luca Badoer Italian Ferrari
22 Romain Grosjean French Renault
23 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish STR-Ferrari
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian Force India-Mercedes

Constructor Championship Standings :

1 Brawn-Mercedes
2 RBR-Renault
3 Ferrari
4 McLaren-Mercedes
5 Toyota
6 Williams-Toyota
7 BMW Sauber
8 Renault
9 Force India-Mercedes
10 STR-Ferrari

[Source : Super Wheels , F1 Official]


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