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BUTTON CONTINUES HIS CHARGE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

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In spite of his gloomy long-term predictions, Jenson Button surged forward with all speed to take his latest Grand Prix win.  The sun shone in Catalunya as Brawn took a spectacular 1-2 win.

The race started with a godawful tangle in the first lap.  Jarno Trulli made a wide sweep to avoid Nico Rosberg and rejoined the track at a shallow angle.  This caused a messy collision between Trulli and Force India’s Adrian Sutil.  This in turn caused a collision with the two Torro Rossos of Buemi and Bourdais.

It took laps behind the safety car to get the mess cleared up.

Fernando Alonso made good use of his KERS system to escape Mark Webber’s clutches, but alas, to no great effect.  Later Alonso fought wheel to wheel with his old rival Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis sadly had the dismal race he predicted but he did end ninth, which, while not in the points, was better than nothing.

But that was nothing compared to Kimi Rakkonen’s dismal end, with his Ferrari limping back to the garage due to electrical failure.

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Jenson finally took victory on a two-stop stratergy in a time of one hour and thirty seven seconds.  The eternal second driver, Rubens Barrachello hot on his heels.

See the highlights here:

1.  Button        Brawn GP-Mercedes

2.  Barrichello   Brawn GP-Mercedes

3.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault

4.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault

5.  Alonso        Renault

6.  Massa         Ferrari

7.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber

8.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota

9.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes

10.  Glock         Toyota

11.  Kubica        BMW Sauber

12.  Piquet        Renault

13.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota

14.  Fisichella    Force India-Mercedes

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This week was marred by tragedy for Max Moseley when his son, Alexander was found dead in his London home. Initial reports indicate a drug overdose.

Meanwhile Formula 1 constructor hopefuls have been very busy.  Lola, Prodrive and USGPE have been given four weeks to sort out their £40 million budget for the 2010 season.  No doubt they will be burning the midnight oil and tormenting their bank managers for weeks to come.


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Written by Nick Gilmartin

May 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Posted in Motorsport

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