Jenson Button Wins Barcelona Grand Prix

Unpredictably, a strong pattern is developing in Formula One so far this season. That pattern is Jenson Button and his Brawn GP racecar securing first place in most of the races this year. With his victory in the Spanish Grand Prix on May 10, 2009, Button has stood atop the podium as victor in four of five races. It certainly is back to the drawing board for many teams, as they look for a way to stop him.

Staring at the pole position was of great benefit to Button. The past eight pole-sitters on the circuit have proceeded to win the Spanish Grand Prix. Button garnered this pole position with precision qualifying driving. His Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello had an exceptional qualifying run also. However, he fell short and secured the third spot on the grid.

The Spanish Grand Prix began with Button and Sebastian Vettel one-two on the grid. Barrichello, Felipe Massa and Mark Webber garnered the three, four and five spots to start the race. Held on the Circuit de Catalunya, the track is just north of Barcelona.

For this F1 race, drivers had to run 66 laps and negotiate a circuit of 4.655 kilometers in length. The race distance totaled 307.104 kilometers. The Catalunya course has long straights and a variety of high-speed corners.

The race began with Barrichello getting past teammate Jenson Button for a quick lead. An accident on the first corner caused four cars to pull out of the race early on. This necessitated a five-lap safety car period. The race resumed at full throttle on the sixth lap. Rubens Barrichello promptly regained the lead he had over Jenson Button.

Both drivers began their race with a three-stop race strategy. During the race, the Brawn team adjusted Button’s race and employed a two-stop strategy. They kept the three-stop strategy in place for Rubens Barrichello. The two-stop strategy paid off for Jenson Button and he executed a flawless race to win to the delight of F1 fans who attended, staying in closeby hotels in Barcelona

Barrichello maneuvered well to secure the initial lead. He had a heavier fuel load and the aforementioned three-stop strategy. Brawn GP head, Ross Brawn, conveyed that three stops was a faster strategy in theory. However, he stated that Barrichello was too slow in the third stop to make it work effectively. Barrichello competed with passion. In the end, the Brazilian driver said that a handling problem on prime tyres made his car difficult to drive.

Mark Webber trailed behind Barrichello and ended up third. Webber’s Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel finished in fourth place. Both drivers, caught behind others, managed to wind their way through to these top tier finishes. Vettel was fortunate to end up in fourth. He was stuck behind Felipe Massa’s Ferrari the whole race. He only moved past Massa towards the end of the Spanish Grand Prix. Massa received orders from his crew to conserve fuel so he could finish the race.

Eventually Fernando Alonso of Renault passed Massa too. Alonso ended up fifth and saw this finish as a morale booster for his team. It is something they can build on now as the F1 season progresses further. Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton ended with a 14th place finish. He is struggling this season with an inferior and uncompetitive car.

Jenson Button said that his Brawn GP team could test new parts with less pressure on them right now. This compares to the other teams who are looking for a winning formula to stop the powerhouse Brawn team and their two drivers, Button and Barrichello. The other teams must feverishly test parts to improve their cars to salvage the rest of the season.

In fact, other than Brawn GP, only the Red Bull team has won a race this year. That was Sebastian Vettel’s win for the Red Bull Racing-Renault team at the China Grand Prix on April 19. Red Bull is the only team to offer some stiff competition so far, which bodes well for Brawn for upcoming events.

To date, Jenson Button leads the Drivers’ World Championship Standings with 41 points. Rubens Barrichello is second with 27 points. In third is Sebastian Vettel with 23 points.

In the Constructors’ Standings, Brawn has 68 points, followed by Red Bull with 38.50 points. In third is Toyota with 26.50 points.

With wins in Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain and Spain, Jenson Button is blazing along. Next up for him and the rest of the Formula One drivers is the Monaco Grand Prix. It will run on May 24 in this lovely Principality on the Mediterranean. The place where Jenson Button lives, he will definitely be primed for a Grand Prix victory in Monaco for 2009.

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