Barrichello wins, Button extends championship lead
23 August 2009

Rubens Barrichello scored his first win of the season in the European Grand Prix in Valencia, winning his first race for Brawn GP and taking his first win for five years.

The Brazilian had look set to trail pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) home, but pounced when the world champion's team fumbled his final tyre stop.

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The result was also good news in the championship for Brawn, which extended its advantage over Red Bull, which had a disasterous race when Sebastian Vettel stopped with an engine related problem and Mark Webber finished outside the points.

That was also great news for a lacklustre Jenson Button (Brawn), who extended his championship lead by two points despite finishing just seventh.

Valencia result:1 Barrichello(Brawn-Mercedes) 1h35:51.2892 Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) +2.3583 Raikkonen (Ferrari +15.9944 Kovalainen (McLaren-Mercedes) +20.0325 Rosberg (Williams-Toyota) +20.8706 Alonso (Renault) +27.7447 Button (Brawn-Mercedes) +34.9138 Kubica (BMW Sauber) +36.6679 Webber (Red Bull-Renault) +44.91010 Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) +47.93511 Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) +48.82212 Fisichella (Force India-Mercedes) +1:03.61413 Trulli (Toyota) +1:04.52714 Glock (Toyota) +1:26.51915 Grosjean (Renault) +1:31.77416 Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) +1 lap17 Badoer (Ferrari) +1 lap18 Nakajima (Williams-Toyota) +3 laps

Not classified/retirements:Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari)Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

World Championship standings, round 11: Drivers: 1 Button 722 Barrichello 543 Webber 51.54 Vettel 475 Rosberg 29.56 Hamilton 27 7 Raikkonen 248 Trulli 22.5 etc

Constructors:1 Brawn-Mercedes 1262 Red Bull-Renault 98.53 Ferrari 464 McLaren-Mercedes 415 Toyota 38.56 Williams-Toyota 29.5 etc All timing unofficial

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23 August 2009

About time Rubens, you're in with a chance now. Go for it!

23 August 2009

Just brilliant, so pleased for Rubens, totally deserved a great drive. Lewis and Kimi did well too, it would have been close without the mix up in the pits. But I think McLaren were right, Rubens could have stayed out another lap or two longer and still jumped them today.

Badoer... oh dear!

24 August 2009

Well done Rubens, about time too. Was it the beard that helped? I hope this puts to bed any moaning about team preferences.

Now, Button just needs to get his head back in the right place and go for the championship. It was a wasted opportunity for him to make some serious points in Valencia. Another case of damage limitation and that isn't good enough to see him to the end.



It's all about the twisties........

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