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It’s a Brawn One-Two at Monza

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Brawn celebrates at Monza

After a hard-fought race Lewis Hamilton crashed out on the final lap.  Under a hot Milanese sun they drove hard down the straights and into the curves, with their tyres melting fast.  Lewis made an unscheduled stop for new tyres early in the race, and luckily the team was ready this time.  However by the time he drove out of the pits the Brawns of Button and Barrichello were just ahead of him.

And so it stayed with Barrachello leading the pack with his friend and rival.  Jenson Button became a permanent fixture in his rear view mirror for the rest of the race, sometimes close up, sometimes far away.

Further back Mark Webber crashed out early, putting a hex on Red Bull’s chances of winning the championship.  But it was on the final lap that Lewis Hamilton, driving hard, felt the car go from under him as he navigated a pair of curves.  It dived, nose first into a barrier wall.  Luckily he was unhurt and remarkably unfazed.  The only thing about him damaged was his chances of defending his title.

The final results are as follows:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 53 1:16:21.706 5 10
2 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 53 +2.8 secs 6 8
3 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 53 +30.6 secs 3 6
4 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 53 +31.1 secs 2 5
5 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 53 +59.1 secs 8 4
6 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +60.6 secs 4 3
7 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 53 +82.4 secs 15 2
8 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 53 +85.4 secs 9 1
9 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 53 +86.8 secs 14
10 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 53 +162.163 secs 17
11 10 Timo Glock Toyota 53 +163.925 secs 16
12 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 52 Accident 1
13 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 19
14 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 52 +1 Lap 11
15 8 Romain Grosjean Renault 52 +1 Lap 12
16 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 51 +2 Laps 18
Ret 21 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 22 Transmission 7
Ret 11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 19 Gearbox 20
Ret 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 15 Engine 13
Ret 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 0 Accident 10
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Written by Nick Gilmartin

September 14, 2009 at 10:27 am

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