Turkey Skyline

Turkish Grand Prix

by F1Fan on June 7, 2009

Race Summary

I was routing for Rubens Barrichello he seemed to have had good pace in Qualifying and like Brawn GP team mate  Jenson Button was carrying more fuel than Sebastian Vettel. Unlike Jenson, Rubens was on the clean side of the track so if he had as good a start as he has had in the last two races then maybe he could get into the lead before the first turn.

Boy it didn’t turn out that way !! Rubens had a terrible start and lost almost nine places before the first turn, his race effectively over before the end of the first lap, and then continued to have a miserable afternoon, spinning after a collision with Heikki Kovalainen (McClaren) and damaging the front wing of his car colliding with Adrian Sutil (Force India) while trying to work his way up through the field, eventually retiring on lap 47 the first ever DNF (“Did Not Finish”) for Brawn GP.

The Race at the front

So then it was going to be a race between Vettel and Button, Vettel and Button both made  perfect starts Vettel claiming the lead with Button right up his rear wing. Vettel ran wide coming out of Turn 10 on the first lap and Button was right there to pounce. Once past Button stormed off into the distance with an incredible pace and apart from the portion of the race just after Button had refuled and was on a much higher fuel load than Vettel never really looked in any danger of loosing. Yet again Mark Webber had a great race, in part due to choosing a two stop strategy over the three stop strategy that Vettel was on, overhauling his team mate through some great driving in the middle sector of the race and ending up  claiming second place on the podium, with Vettel being third.

In the points

Toyota rebounded from a terrible showing at the last Grand prix in Monaco, battling with Williams for Fourth place with Toyota’s Jarno Trulli finally winning out over Williams Nico Rosberg.  Overall not a bad day for Rosberg who finally exhibited a race pace to match the fast qualifying pace that he has set during the prior Grand Prix weekends.

Ferrari must have had a disappointing day and didn’t exhibit the race pace that they had in Monaco, it must have been especially disapponting for Felipe Massa the three time prior winner of this very race who had to settle for no better than sixth just ahead of BMW’s Robert Kubica. Kimi Raikenen could manage no better than Ninth bringing his Ferrari home behind the Toyata of Timo Glock but beating out another F1 Champion Fernando Alonso in his Renault.,

The Rest of the Field

BMW’s Nick Heidfeld was stuck mid pack just out of the points but managed to keep in front of the Williams of Kazuki Nakajima and Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren. McLaren had a terrible day finishing way out of the points in  13th and 14th with Heikki Kovalainen right behind Lewis both drivers fighting with their cars handling all day, McLaren seem to be having a tough time improving the MP4-24 so far this season.

The tail of the field from 15th position  on was brought up by Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso), Nelsinho Piquet (Renault), Adrian Sutil (Force India), Sebastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso), Rubens Barrechello (Brawn GP), Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India).

The Championship So far

So Jenson Button wins his sixth Grand Priix this season, six out of seven is a pretty dam good record and speaks volumes about the design of the Brawn F1 car, I bet the Honda exec’s are really kicking themselves. Leaving Turkey Jenson is leading the Drivers championship with 61 points, by 26 points over his team mate Ruben Barrichello who is on 35. Vettel is third  with 29 points and Mark Webberforth with 27.5. In the manufactures championship Brawn leads with 96 points over Red Bull who has 56.5.

So this season seems to shaping up as a battle between Brawn GP, and Red Bull Racing  two non factory teams, each using different engine manufacturers, Brawn Gp (Mercedes) and Red Bull Racing (Renault), who’s new chassis are the class of the field, so far obliterating the normal powerhouses of Ferrari and McLaren.

Next Race

Don’t forget to tune in for the British Grand Prix, 19th – 21st June at Silverstone.

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