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Spanish GP: Button takes pole in dramatic style

Formula 1
Saturday, May 09, 2009

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Jenson Button on his fast lap to win pole
Jenson Button took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix in dramatic style. 2nd behind his Brawn GP teammate at the time, he crossed the line to start his final flying lap just two seconds before the checkered flag came out. At that point his Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello was on pole, but he was bumped from that position by the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel and then Button flashed across the line to take pole by a tenth of a second.

Ross Brawn on Friday likened today's F1 designers to Swiss watchmakers, and in the dying seconds of qualifying it appeared he had indeed used a very precise timepiece.

The Briton said the situation was "more luck than judgment", after he found Robert Kubica on an out-lap of the Barcelona layout.

Button had been struggling to match teammate Rubens Barrichello's pace this weekend, raising the prospect that he has taken a lighter fuel load for the race.

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But, even though Barrichello's Q2 lap was the fastest of the entire weekend, Brawn confirmed that the pair carried "very similar" fuel into parc ferme.

"All weekend this guy (Rubens) has been tremendous," said Button, clearly indicating that his own Q3 effort was even more impressive.

A disappointed Barrichello, third behind Sebastian Vettel and carrying new personal sponsorship by the battery brand Duracell, said: "Jenson is doing really well at the moment and I just need to try harder and harder to get him."

Ferrari's Felipe Massa was fourth in a clearly improved F60, but his teammate Kimi Raikkonen did not even make it out of Q1 when - despite not matching Massa's pace - he stayed in the pits rather than on the track to improve his time.

Results

POS

DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT TIME
1. Jenson Button Britain Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:20.527
2. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1:20.660
3. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:20.762
4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:20.934
5. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:21.049
6. Timo Glock Germany Toyota 1:21.247
7. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota 1:21.254
8. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 1:21.392
9. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 1:22.558
10. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber 1:22.685
11. Kazuki Nakajima Japan Williams-Toyota 1:20.531
12. Nelson Piquet Brazil Renault 1:20.604
13. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 1:20.676
14. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.805
15. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.067
16. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 1:21.291
17. Sebastien Bourdais France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.300
18. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.675
19. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1:21.742
20. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Force India-Mercedes 1:22.204

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