2009 Spanish GP: Button grabs fourth win of 2009 

Second one-two finish in the season for Brawn GP

Written by David on May 10th, 2009 at 4:12 pmLast Update: May 12th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Brawn GP's drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson ButtonBrawn GP’s Jenson Button has grabbed his fourth win of the season at the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix. At the same time, Ross Brawn’s team, has scored the second one-two finish in the 2009 season as the Briton was followed by team mate Rubens Barrichello.

Fourth and fifth place respectively for the two Red Bulls, with Mark Webber – thanks to an excellent pit stop strategy – beating this time team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Sixth place for local hero Fernando Alonso who was able to pass Felipe Massa in the last lap as the Brazilian was struggling to save fuel and make it to the end of the race.

BMW’s Nick Heidfeld and Williams’ Nico Rosberg round up the top eight.

2009 Spanish Grand Prix, lap by lap highlights:

Formation lap: Most of the drivers in the top ten are on Bridgestone’s soft tyres. Team radio for Raikkonen, he says that his KERS is not working for some reason.

Race start: Great start from Barrichello who gets P1 ahead of Button. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, the only car with KERS in the top ten, passes Vettel. Collision between Trulli, Bourdais, Buemi and Sutil. Safety car deployed. Trulli, tagged by Rosberg’s Williams FW31, went wide off track and lost control of the Toyota TF109; the italian however, got back on track and collided onto Sutil’s Force India. Buemi then, braked to avoid the two cars but team mate Bourdais hit him violently. Trulli, Sutil, Buemi and Bourdais are out.

Lap 65/66: Barrichello leads followed by Button, Massa, Vettel, Webber and Fernando Alonso.

Lap 64/66: Pit stop for Nakajima. Safety car still on the track.

Lap 62/66: Safety car in this lap.

Lap 61/66: Alonso passes Webber on the straight but the Australian takes back the position. Barrichello P1, Button P2, Massa P3, Vettel P4.

Lap 60/66: Hamilton passes Piquet for P13. Kovalainen running slowly.

Lap 59/66: Raikkonen P10, behind Heidfeld. Pit stop for Kovalainen, the mechanics push back the car in the garage. Kovalainen out for a gearbox problem: he lost fifth gear.

Lap 58/66: Vettel P4, pushing on Massa P3.

Lap 57/66: Raikkonen almost tailing Heidfeld for P9.

Lap 55/66: Vettel and Webber approaching Massa for P3.

Lap 54/66: Raikkonen pushing on Heidfeld for P9. Close battle between the two.

Lap 52/66: Raikkonen still trying to pass Heidfeld. The KERS on the Finn’s Ferrari seems not working. A Ferrari spokesman says the KERS is working correctly, the Finn confirms.

Lap 49/66: Pit stop for Glock, 8.8 secs.

Lap 48/66: Pit stop for Button, 9.3 secs. Pit stop also for Alonso. Raikkonen running slowly, he’s out.

Lap 47/66: Pit stop for Barrichello, 6.7 secs back in P3. Massa P1, Vettel P2.

Lap 46/66: Pit stop for Massa and Vettel. Massa 8.6 secs, Vettel 8.7 secs. Massa back in P4, Vettel P5.

Lap 45/66: Barrichello leads followed by Rosberg. No pit stop yet for the German. Pit stop for Piquet.

Lap 43/66: Pit stop for Kubica, 7.2 secs, back in P12.

Lap 42/66: Barrichello P1, 3.7 seconds ahead of Rosberg. Hamilton in P7, Alonso P9.

Lap 41/66: Pit stop for Rosberg, 7.4 secs, back in P9.

Lap 40/66: Barrichello P1, Button P2, Massa P3, Vettel P4.

Lap 39/66: Hamilton and Heidfeld yet to stop.

Lap 36/66: Fisichella pits for the second time.

Lap 35/66: Pit stop for Barrichello, 6.7 secs, again on soft tyres. Pit stop for Heidfeld and Hamilton.

Lap 34/66: Hamilton under pressure from Glock and Kubica.

Lap 33/66: Button P1, Massa P2, Vettel P3, Barrichello P4, Webber P5, Alonso P6, Rosberg P7, Heidfeld P8.

Lap 30/66: Pit stop for Nakajima.

Lap 26/66: Replays show Massa losing his front left wheel rim cover.

Lap 24/66: Pit stop for Massa and Vettel. Massa 7.7 secs, Vettel 8.7. Massa P5, Vettel P6.

Lap 22/66: Pit stop for Alonso, back in P8 ahead of Hamilton.

Lap 20/66: Button P1 with 11.9 seconds on Barrichello. Pit stop for Kubica and Piquet.

Lap 18/66: Pit stop for Button, 8.7 secs, he rejoins in P3. Pit stop for Hamilton, 6.0 secs, P10.

Lap 17/66: Rosberg pits.

Lap 16/66: Third pit stop for Barrichello, 6.1 secs, he rejoins in P2. Team mate Jenson Button is leading the race. Button P1, Barrichello P2, Webber P3.

Lap 14/66: Vettel pushing on Massa for P4.

Lap 13/66: Team radio for Massa. His engineer says him to save fuel.

Lap 9/66: Team radio for Massa. Engineer insists to save fuel saying he won’t make the end of the race without stopping if he continues pushing.

Lap 6/66: Button keeps comfortably the first place. Looks like he will grab another win.

Lap 4/66: Massa let Vettel pass on the main straight in an attempt to save fuel and make it to the end of the race. A Ferrari spokesman says they had a problem with the fuel hose during the pit stop. The Brazilian is a lap short on fuel.

Last Lap: Alonso passes Massa for P5. Jenson Button grabs his fourth win of the season and as team mate Rubens Barrichello follows in second place, the second one-two finish for Brawn GP. Third place for Mark Webber followed by Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg.

2009 Spanish Grand Prix, race results:

Pos. No Driver Team Laps Time Grid Points
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 66 Winner 1 10
2 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 66 +13.0 secs 3 8
3 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 66 +13.9 secs 5 6
4 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 66 +18.9 secs 2 5
5 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 66 +43.1 secs 8 4
6 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 66 +50.8 secs 4 3
7 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 66 +52.3 secs 13 2
8 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 66 +65.2 secs 9 1
9 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 14
10 10 Timo Glock Toyota 65 +1 Lap 6
11 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 10
12 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 65 +1 Lap 12
13 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 65 +1 Lap 11
14 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 20
Ret 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 17 +49 Laps 16
Ret 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 7 Gearbox 18
Ret 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 0 Accident 7
Ret 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 0 Accident 15
Ret 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 0 Accident 17
Ret 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 0 Accident 19

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