Rubens Barrichello Celebrates European Grand Prix Win

Rubens Wins European Grand Prix

by F1Fan on August 24, 2009

Ruben Barrichello drove a brilliant race at the Valencia street circuit this weekend, neither he or his team put a step wrong, blistering pace by Rubens when needed, flawless pit stops by the team all culminating in the Brazilians first win for Brawn GP and his first win since he the Chinese Grand Prix in 2004 for Ferrari.

Starting third on the grid and heavier with fuel than the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen in front of him, Rubens could not let Hamilton get too far ahead for his race strategy to work.

Lewis started well and maintained pole position coming out of the first corner, closely followed by his team mate Heikki Kovalainen. Rubens had to fend off Raikkonen in the Ferrari who made a great start gaining two positions before the first corner and for the first fewf laps challenged Barrichello for third place. Rubens was on the harder compound tires and as they came up to temperature managed to gap Raikkonen and keep Hamilton in his sights.

With the McLarens having to stop earlier for fuel Rubens had a clear track and put in some fast laps gaining enough time to come out in front of Kovalianen and into second place after the first Pit stop rotation.

Hamiltons last pit stop was a complete fiasco, his team did not have the tires ready and he lost almost 5 seconds in the pits. This error definitely cost Lewis race, but even without this error, with the way that Barrichello was driving there was a good chance that Rubens would have been able to overtake Lewis in the last Pit stop rotation, it would have just been a lot closer.

With this win and Vettel and Webber being out of the points Rubens has jumped back up to Second position in the Drivers Championship behind his team mate Jenson Button.

Raikkonen had a similar fuel strategy to Barrichello, drove well throughout the race and managed to increase his pace during the second to last stint, putting in some fast laps to overtake Kovalainen during the last Pit Stop rotation to take the last step on the podium.

Jenson Button’s race was mired by a poor start and he spent most of the race competing with Mark Webber, finally ending up in seventh position.

Vettel had his second retirement in the last two races, this time caused by his Renault engine letting go, this was the second engine problem for Vettel during the weekend.

European Grand Prix Results (Top Eight)

PositionDriverTeamPoints
1BrazilRubens BarrichelloBrawn GP10
2Great BritainLewis HamiltonMcLaren8
3FinlandKimi RaikkenonFerrari6
4FinlandHeikki KovalainenMcLaren5
5GermanyNico RosbergWilliams4
6SpainFernando AlonsoRenault3
7GBJenson ButtonBrawn Gp2
8PolandlRobert KubicaBMW Sauber1
Updated Aug 23rd, 2009
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