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After Bahrain
Championship Standings:
1 Nico Rosberg 61
2 Lewis Hamilton 50
3 Nico Hulkenberg 28
4 Fernando Alonso 26
5 Jenson Button 23
6 Sebastian Vettel 23
7 Kevin Magnussen 20
8 Valtteri Bottas 18
9 Sergio Perez 16
10 Daniel Ricciardo 12
11 Felipe Massa 12
12 Kimi Raikkonen 7
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 4
14 Daniil Kyvat 3

1 Lewis Hamilton 2
2 Nico Rosberg 1

Pole Positions:
1 Lewis Hamilton 2
2 Nico Rosberg 1

Podium Finishes
1 Nico Rosberg 3
2 Lewis Hamilton 2
T3 Jenson Button 1
T3 Kevin Magnussen 1
T3 Sebastian Vettel 1
T3 Sergio Perez 1

Qualifying Average
1 Lewis Hamilton 1.33
2 Nico Rosberg 2.33
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3.33
4 Fernando Alonso 6.33
5 Kevin Magnussen 7.00
6 Kimi Raikkonen 8.00
T7 Nico Hulkenberg 8.67
T7 Sebastian Vettel 8.67
9 Jenson Button 9.33
10 Valterri Bottas 9.67
11 Felipe Massa 10.00
12 Jean-Eric Vergne 10.33
13 Daniil Kyvat 11.33
14 Sergio Perez 11.67
15 Esteban Gutierrez 15.67
16 Adrian Sutil 16.67
17 Romain Grosjean 17.67
18 Kamui Kobayashi 18.00
19 Pastor Maldonado 18.67
20 Jules Bianchi 19.00
21 Max Chilton 20.00
22 Marcus Ericsson 21.00

Fastest Laps:
1 Nico Rosberg 2
2 Lewis Hamilton 1

Laps Led:
1 Lewis Hamilton 110
2 Nico Rosberg 60

T1 Pastor Maldonado 2
T1 Marcus Ericsson 2
T1 Adrian Sutil 2
T1 Esteban Gutierrez 2
T1 Jean-Eric Vergne 2
T6 Lewis Hamilton 1
T6 Jules Bianchi 1
T6 Kamui Kobayashi 1
T6 Felipe Massa 1
T6 Romain Grosjean 1
T6 Sebastian Vettel 1
T6 Daniel Ricciardo 1

Times Advancing to Q3
T1 Nico Rosberg 3
T1 Lewis Hamilton 3
T1 Daniel Ricciardo 3
T1 Fernando Alonso 3
T1 Kevin Magnussen 3
T6 Valterri Bottas 2
T6 Kimi Raikkonen 2
T6 Felipe Massa 2
T6 Jenson Button 2
T6 Nico Hulkenberg 2
T11 Sergio Perez 1
T11 Daniil Kyvat 1
T11 Jean-Eric Vergne 1
T11 Sebastian Vettel 1

Manufacturer Statistics:
Constructors Championship:

1 Mercedes 111
2 Force-India Mercedes 44
3 McLaren-Mercedes 43
4 Red Bull-Renault 35
5 Ferrari 33
6 Williams-Mercedes 30
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 7

1 Mercedes 3

Pole Positions:
1 Mercedes 3

Podium Finishes
1 Mercedes 5
2 McLaren-Mercedes 2
T3 Red Bull-Renault 1
T3 Force-India Mercedes 1

Fastest Laps:
1 Mercedes 3

Laps Led:
1 Mercedes 170

Qualifying Average by Team:
Rank Constructor Average

1 Mercedes 1.83
2 Red Bull 6.00
3 Ferrari 7.17
4 McLaren-Mercedes 8.17
5 Williams-Mercedes 9.83
6 Force-India Mercedes 10.17
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 10.67
8 Sauber-Ferrari 16.17
9 Lotus-Renault 18.17
T10 Marussia-Ferrari 19.5
T10 Caterham-Renault 19.5

Intra-Team Performance

Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 2
Sebastian Vettel 1

Lewis Hamilton 2
Nico Rosberg 1

Fernando Alonso 2
Kimi Raikkonen 1

Romain Grosjean 3
Pastor Maldonado 0

Jenson Button 1
Kevin Magnussen 2

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 2
Sergio Perez 1

Esteban Gutierrez 2
Adrian Sutil 1

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 1
Jean-Eric Vergne 2

Valtteri Bottas 1
Felipe Massa 2

Jules Bianchi 2
Max Chilton 1

Marcus Ericcson 0
Kamui Kobayashi 3

Race Performance
Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 1
Sebastian Vettel 2

Lewis Hamilton 2
Nico Rosberg 1

Fernando Alonso 3
Kimi Raikkonen 0

Romain Grosjean 3
Pastor Maldanado 0

Jenson Button 2
Kevin Magnussen 1

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 2
Sergio Perez 1

Esteban Gutierrez 0
Adrian Sutil 1

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 2
Jean-Eric Vergne 1

Valtteri Bottas 1
Felipe Massa 2

Jules Bianchi 0
Max Chilton 3

Marcus Ericsson 0
Kamui Kobayashi 2
Spanish GP: Button wins 4th time in 5 races

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, May 10, 2009


Rubens Barrichello (L) and Jenson Button enjoy another 1-2 for Brawn GP

Jenson Button can hardly believe how well his career has turned around now that F1 genius Ross Brawn has taken over from floundering Honda.  Button won Sunday's Spanish GP at Barcelona leading home his teammate Rubens Barrichello in another Brawn GP 1-2.  It was Button's 4th win in the first 5 races of the 2009 season and he is well on way to his first F1 title. 

The Briton, watched on by his parents, pulled his lead in the drivers' championship over teammate Rubens Barrichello to 14 points.

Barrichello, from third on the grid, passed Button at the first corner of the race, but his three-stop strategy was never going to beat the more effective two-stopper.

"We switched from a three stopper to a two stopper.  We thought three would be quicker but we changed to cover all the bases," said Button.

Barrichello explained: "I heard that they changed Jenson's strategy but I had to keep on pushing.  I was actually quite surprised (to hear of the change) but from then on I just had to go flat out.

"I'm disappointed not to win because I thought I had it in the bag," he added.

"I don't know if something broke on my car, but it was a big struggle.  In the end I am relieved to be second."

Mark Webber brought his Red Bull home third ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel who had his race ruined by being stuck behind the slower Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

For Webber it equaled his career best F1 finish.  Three times he has finished third.

Barrichello turned the fastest lap of the race and may have won had his team not put him on a 3-stop strategy while his teammate Button won on a 2-stop strategy.  When at Ferrari under Ross Brawn Barrichello played 2nd fiddle to Michael Schumacher and he appears to be the bridesmaid once again under Brawn, but this time at Brawn GP.

Felipe Massa has another disappointing finish in Spain
It was another embarrassing race for the Ferrari team.  After a disastrous qualifying Kimi Raikkonen had moved up 6 places in the early laps only to fall out with gearbox troubles.  Felipe Massa was running 5th ahead of Fernando Alonso but his Ferrari team miscalculated on the amount of fuel they put in the car and Massa had to slow dramatically in the closing laps and let Alonso past on the final lap, much to the delight of his adoring Spanish fans.

World Champion Lewis Hamilton once again was a backmarker in his McLaren proving he is only as good as his car.  Not able to develop a car like a Fernando Alonso can, he and his team are scratching their heads unable to find the speed because Hamilton (and his teammate Heikki Kovalainen) cannot give the engineers the feedback they need to develop the car.

McLaren's decision to push Fernando Alonso aside will cost them dearly for many years to come.

A crash on the first lap took out Jarno Trulli who started the accident by spinning (after being forced wide by another car) and then coming back onto the track in front of Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastien Buemi and Adrian Sutil.  All four could not avoid the sideways Toyota of Trulli and all were eliminated from the race.

The next race is the famous Monaco GP in two weeks time.


Pos Driver Team Time/Lap Out
1. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes 1h37:19.202
2. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes +13.056
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault +13.924
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault +18.941
5. Alonso Renault +43.166
6. Massa Ferrari +50.827
7. Heidfeld BMW Sauber +52.312
8. Rosberg Williams-Toyota + 1:05.211
9. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
10. Glock Toyota +1 lap
11. Kubica BMW Sauber +1 lap
12. Piquet Renault +1 lap
13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota +1 lap
14. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
15. Raikkonen Ferrari L18
16. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes L8
17. Trulli Toyota L1
18. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari L1
19. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari L1
20. Sutil Force India-Mercedes L1

Fastest lap: Barrichello, 1:22.762

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