Brawn GP's Button takes Turkish F1 GP

Brawn GP’s Button takes Turkish F1 GP

Jenson Button made it six from seven as he ran away and hid from the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in Turkey on the afternoon of June 7, 2009.

Vettel led from pole, but as Rubens Barrichello made a terrible start from the grid, Button held on to second place. When Vettel ran wide while exiting Turn 10, the championship leader snuck through and thereafter did not relent in his punishment.

Vettel was on a three-stop strategy, and that error was the last thing he wanted. In the end his strategy failed to work for him, and he had to settle for third place behind Webber, who ran a very strong race on a two-stop plan but was almost 20s behind Button until the latter eased off in the closing stages. The Brawn driver eventually finished 6.7 seconds ahead, as Vettel hitched on to Webber’s bumper to finish 0.7 seconds behind. The race was dominated by these three drivers.

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli and Williams’ Nico Rosberg had a race long battle for fourth which went the Italian’s way, while Felipe Massa’s hopes of a fourth straight victory here in the Ferrari were clearly unrealistic and he had to be satisfied with a distant sixth place ahead of the battling BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica and Toyota’s Timo Glock.

Kimi Raikkonen was one of many stars to have an unrewarding afternoon. He brought his Ferrari home ninth ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Renault, the Spaniard separated from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld and Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima. Hamilton avoided being lapped only because Button backed off.

In a poor day for McLaren Heikki Kovalainen was 14th, a lap down, and led home Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi, Renault’s Nelson Piquet, Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Sebastien Bourdais in the second Toro Rosso.

Barrichello had a miserable afternoon which included a spin after a brush with Kovalainen and nose damage after a collision with Sutil, eventually retiring after 47 laps. Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella went out earlier than that with mechanical gremlins, after four laps.

Button now has 61 points, followed by Barrichello at 35, Vettel at 29 and Webber at 27.5. Brawn GP has 96 points, ahead of Red Bull’s 56.5 points.


1. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault
4. Trulli Toyota
5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota
6. Massa Ferrari
7. Kubica BMW Sauber
8. Glock Toyota
9. Raikkonen Ferrari
10. Alonso Renault
11. Heidfeld BMW Sauber
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari
16. Piquet Renault
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes
18. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari


1. Button 61
2. Barrichello 35
3. Vettel 29
4. Webber 27.5
5. Trulli 19.5
6. Glock 13
7. Rosberg 11.5
8. Massa 11
9. Alonso 11
10. Hamilton 9
11. Raikkonen 9
12. Heidfeld 6
13. Kovalainen 4
14. Buemi 3
15. Kubica 2
16. Bourdais 2


1. Brawn GP-Mercedes 96
2. Red Bull-Renault 56.5
3. Toyota 32.5
4. Ferrari 20
5. McLaren-Mercedes 13
6. Williams-Toyota 11.5
7. Renault 11
8. BMW Sauber 8
9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5

What do you think?



  1. props for Massi having the fighting spirte.

    but I hope Vettel wins.

  2. This is officially the most boring F1 season ever….

  3. I second Faisal.

    this is the most boring GP ever

  4. i like this season just because the big dogs of f1 (merc, ferrari) are doing poorly. goodbye hamilton and kimi hope you enjoy the view from the back.
    great job button, we have a new world champion!
    people dont like change, but me for one love it

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