Rubens Barrichello Wins at Monza

Rubens Barrichello wins Italian Grand Prix

by F1Fan on September 13, 2009

Brawn GP put on a dominant performance at the Italian Grand Prix today with their Drivers Barrichello and Button finishing One, Two, on the Podium the fourth such win of the season for Brawn.

Winning at Monza for the third time Rubens drove like a man possessed, putting on a master class in how to win a Formiula One race, the old guy in Formula One really showed everyone else in the field why he still races.

With his win Barrichello closes in on his team mate at the top of the Drivers championship, narrowing Jenson Buttons lead to only 14 points and making himself the major contender for the 2009 Championship title.

All in all it was a great weekend for Brawn and not so bad for Jenson Button.With Red Bull Racing Brawns nearest competitor in the Constructors championship, being way of the pace this race weekend and the Red Bull drivers the closest competitors to Button other than Rubens failing to earn any real points in the championship with Weber taken out in a first lap incident and Vettel only managing to score a single point after Lewis Hamilton crashed out during the penultimate lap, it could have been a lot worse.

While the Brawn Cars were only on the third row of the Grid after qualifying the real story came to light when the Fuel Loads were announced. All of the cars in front of Barrichello and Button with the exception of Kovalainen were light and on a two stop strategy. Whereas the Brawns were very heavy on fuel and on a 1 stop strategy. With the long high speed straights and long Pit entry the 1 stop strategy proved to be the winning strategy. The Brawns, even though lacking the advantage of KERS had the speed, handling and driver experience to be able to win the race.

Italian Grand Prix Results (Top Eight)

PositionDriverTeamPoints
1BrazilRubens BarrichelloBrawn GP10
2GBJenson ButtonBrawn GP8
3FinlandKimi RaikkenonFerrari6
4GermanyAdrian SutilForce India5
5SpainFernando AlonsoRenault4
6FinlandHeikki KovalainenMcLaren3
7GermanyNick HeidfeldBMW Sauber2
8GermanySebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1
Updated Aug 30th, 2009

Following on from his win at Spa during the last Grand Prix Raikkonen came in third benefiting from Lewis Hamiltons crash. Kimi spent most of his race fending off Adrain Sutil in the Force India which was the fastest driver/car combination of the race setting fastest lap and also fastest in the end of the straight Speed-trap at 213.4 mph. Sutil finished in forth less than half a second behind Raikkonen’s Ferrari.

The other Force India Driver Tonio Liuzzi was driving outstandingly well until the gearbox in his car failed on lap 22, at the time he was in in fourth position being also on a one stop strategy. A truly remarkable performance for his first race in a formula One car in two years. It looks like Force India has found another real star to replace Fisichella who only managed ninth, one position out of the points, but not bad for his first outing in a Ferrari, although most likely not as good as he would have finished if he had stayed with Force India.

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