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Barrachello tastes glory in Valencia

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Rubens takes his first win with the Brawn team

Rubens takes his first win with the Brawn team

Rubens Barrachello took the top step of the podium after his thrilling victory under a hot Valencian sun this afternoon.  He really had a point to prove. the eternal second driver just thought:  sod it.  He drove more aggressively than I have ever seen him, throwing himself into turns and corners with a kamikaze abandon.

He moved up from third to second when Heikki Kovelienen made a pit stop.  He soon consolidated his position.

Up ahead Lewis Hamilton had made a good start.  He was driving as hard and skillfully as ever, even though his tyres were melting like a kids ice cream on a hot day.  His tyres were wearing out so he was called into the pits.  Within seconds of coming to a halt he made a horrifying discovery.  He could only look on as the unprepared pit team unwrapped the tyres from their warmers and fumbled them onto the wheels.  By the time he left the pits Rubens had taken the lead by a significant margin.

No reason has been given for this operational oversight.  However Martin Whitmarsh, the McLaren team manager has made several statements along the lines of ‘We never had the pace anyway’.

Elsewhere on the track the replacement drivers, Luca Badoer and Romain Grosjean stayed on track but hardly distinguished themselves.  At least they didn’t crash.

Local boy, Fernando Alonso, had a tough drive in the heat.  He started in eighth place and came in sixth, gaining three vital points.

So the results in full are as follows:

1.  Barrichello   Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1h35:51.289
 2.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +     2.358
 3.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)  +    15.994
 4.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    20.032
 5.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    20.870
 6.  Alonso        Renault               (B)  +    27.744
 7.  Button        Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  +    34.913
 8.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +    36.667
 9.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    44.910
10.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +    47.935
11.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +    48.822
12.  Fisichella    Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +  1:03.614
13.  Trulli        Toyota                (B)  +  1:04.527
14.  Glock         Toyota                (B)  +  1:26.519
15.  Grosjean      Renault               (B)  +  1:31.774
16.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +     1 lap
17.  Badoer        Ferrari               (B)  +     1 lap
18.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    3 laps

So here is a complete lsit of the drivers and constructors standings after 11 rounds.

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Button        72        1.  Brawn-Mercedes        126
 2.  Barrichello   54        2.  Red Bull-Renault       98.5
 3.  Webber        51.5      3.  Ferrari                46
 4.  Vettel        47        4.  McLaren-Mercedes       41
 5.  Rosberg       29.5      5.  Toyota                 38.5
 6.  Hamilton      27        6.  Williams-Toyota        29.5
 7.  Raikkonen     24        7.  Renault                16
 8.  Trulli        22.5      8.  BMW Sauber              9
 9.  Massa         22        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari      5
10.  Glock         16       
11.  Alonso        16       
12.  Kovalainen    14       
13.  Heidfeld       6       
14.  Buemi          3       
15.  Kubica         3       
16.  Bourdais       2

The next round of the 2009 season is Spa Franconchamps in Belgium on 30th August


Written by Nick Gilmartin

August 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm

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