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Button & Brawn GP Clinch Titles in Brazil

by F1Fan on October 18, 2009

An incident filled race and inspired driving by Jenson Button allowed him finish 5th, earning enough points to win the 2009 F1 Drivers Championship and Brawn GP to win the Constructors Championship with one race in the season still to go.

Starting 14th on the Grid it wasn’t promising for Button to have any chance at all securing the Championship this weekend at Interlagos, especially with his closest competitor teammate Rubens Barrichello sitting on Pole Position.

However, lady luck was with Button today, multiple incidents in front of Button taking out Alonso, Sutil, Trulli and sending Raikkonen to the pits allowed him to quickly move up 4 positions. These same incidents also brought out the Safety car, effectively ruining Barrichello’s race as Rubens needed to quickly build an early lead for his race strategy to work being the lightest car on the grid.

Once the race restarted Button quickly passed Grosjean in the Renault but had difficulty passing Kobiyashi’s Toyota who was driving outstandingly for his first Formula One race.

After a couple of close calls Button finally got by Kobayashi, and then Rosberg retired with Transmission issues and a few laps later Nakajima crashed out hitting Kobiyashi from the rear as Kobiyashi exited the pits, loosing his front wing and spinning out of control across the tack into the tire barrier narrowly missing Raikkonen. So, at his point the race order was Weber (1), Kubica (2), Barrichello (3), Hamilton (4), Button (5), Vettel (6).
Button pits before Vettel and comes out behind Kovalianen which cost him time. When Vettel pits he manages to come out in front of Button. so Button effectively moves to 6th.

Then Hamilton challenges Barrichello for third place and they touch as Hamilton overtakes, causing slight damage to the McLarens front wing, but that incident also punctured Rubens rear tire forcing him to pit again for new tires, pushing him down the field to 8th position, moving Button up to 5th behind Vettel and cementing Buttons Championship Title.

2009 F1 Drivers Championship after Interlagos

PositionDriverTeamNationalityCurrent Points
1Jenson ButtonBrawn GPGB89
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull RacingGermany74
3Rubens BarrichelloBrawn GPBrazil72
4Mark WebberRed Bull RacingAustralia61.5
5Lewis HamiltonMcLarenGB49
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFinland48
7Nico RossbergWilliamsGermany34.5
8Jarno TrulliToyotaItaly30.5
9Fernando AlonsoRenaultSpain26
10Timo GlockToyotaGermany24
11Felipe MassaFerrariBrazil22
12Heikki KovalainenMcLarenFinland22
13Robert KubicaBMW SauberPolandl17
14Nick HeidfeldBMW SauberGermany15
15Giancarlo FisichellaForce IndiaItaly8
16Adrian SutilForce IndiaGermany5
17Sebastien BuemiTorro RossoSwitzerland5
18Sebastien BourdaisTorro RossoFrance2
19Kazuki NakajimaWilliamsJapan0
20Nelshino PiquetRenaultBrazil0
21Kamui KobayashiToyotaJapan0
22Vitantonio LiuzziForce IndiaItaly0
23Romain GrosjeanRenaultFrance0
24Jaime AlguersuariTorro RossoSpain0
25Luca BadoerFerrariItaly0
last updated Oct 18th, 2009
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