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Brawn GP – World Champions in Brazil

by F1Fan on October 19, 2009

Needing only half of one point to clinch the F1 Constructors championship going into the race at Interlagos this past weekend it was almost a forgone conclusion that Brawn GP would claim the title in Brazil. Button and Barrichello didn’t disappoint, both scoring points, safely putting the championship well out of reach of their nearest competitor Red Bull Racing.

2009 F1 Constructors Championship After Interlagos

PositionConstructorEngine SupplierPoints
1Brawn GP BGP001Brawn GPMercedes161
2Red Bull Racing RB5Red Bull RacingRenault135.5
3McLaren MP4-24McLarenMercedes71
4Ferrari F60FerrariFerrari70
5Toyota TF109ToyotaToyota54.5
6Williams FW31WilliamsToyota34.5
7BMW Sauber F1.09BMW SauberBMW32
8Renault R29RenaultRenault26
9Force India VJM02Force IndiaMercedes13
10Toro Rosso STR4Toro RossoFerrari7
Last updated Oct 18th, 2009

The Drivers championship was a little less certain, while Button still had a good chance to secure the title this season it didn’t look likely that it would happen in Brazil, starting only 14th on the grid after a bad qualifying session in the wet.

Button Celebrates in Brazil

Button Celebrates in Brazil

But the race went Buttons way, clawing his way through the field to finish 5th ahead of his teammate Rubens Barrichello who while starting on pole only managed the last points paying position after having to make an unplanned pit stop because of a puncture.

So after the Race at Interlagos Brawn GP can claim the 2009 F1 World Championship for both the Constructors and Drivers championships, an incredible feat for a team in its first year of competition, a jubilant Ross Brawn praised his team:

“What a day! I am so incredibly proud of the team and our drivers and it’s so very special to have won the Constructors’ and the Drivers’ Championships in our first year as Brawn GP. The second half of the year has been tough after such a successful start but getting the results in the difficult times is what counts in a Championship season. It’s really going to take a while for what we have achieved today to sink in. Jenson is a fantastic racer and he had a great race today, particularly after such a difficult qualifying yesterday. He knew what he had to do and did just that and is a very deserving World Champion. Rubens has made a fantastic contribution to this season without which we could not have won the Constructors’ Championship today. The spirit in which our two drivers have fought for the Championship makes me very proud. They have been a credit to the team and our sport.”

Ross went on to thank the teams engine supplier, McLaren and past members of the team for their help in securing this sensational result:

“The work and the commitment that the team showed over the winter and throughout this season really has been sensational. We would like to take this opportunity to say our thanks to Mercedes-Benz who have been a fantastic partner for our team and have integrated incredibly well this season. Their contribution to our success, and the support of McLaren gave us over the winter and at beginning of season, has enabled us to be in the position that we are in today. I hope that everyone at the factory in Brackley and at Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Brackley, is very proud of what we have achieved today. I also want to thank everyone who has worked with the team over the years that couldn’t be with us this season as we had to resize the team at the start of the season. My sincere thanks go out to them because they worked so hard and should feel a part of our success.”

I bet the party went on late into the night down in Brazil.

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