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Interlagos – Best Race of the Season

by F1Fan on October 20, 2009

Why can’t all of the F1 races be as good as this weekends Grand Prix in Brazil?

The penultimate race of the season was full of, incidents, close competition, inspired overtaking. Coupled with the drama surrounding the Drivers championship race between Barrichello, Button and Vettel with Button and Vettel starting way back on the grid, working their way through the field and dicing for position made The Brazilian Grand Prix by far the most exciting race this season.

Before the Race even began there was drama for Sebastian Vettel, the team left a bag of dry ice in the right side radiator cooling duct which dislodged on the reconnaissance lap breaking off parts of the Barge board as it fell out and causing Vettel to return to the pits for some emergency repairs.

Barrichello was on pole after a brilliant qualifying session, which saw him snatch pole away from Webber with just seconds to go. However after the fuel loads were released by the FIA Weber was shown to be heavier than Barrichello by a few laps worth of fuel so a good start was going to be imperitive to Rubens.

Rubens made a clean start staying in Front of Webber. Raikkonen made a fantastic start from 6th on the grid using the Ferrari’s KERS system to shoot into third position and even challenge Weber for Second place until Weber moved over on him, where they touched and Raikkonen’s F60 suffered a damaged front wing causing him to pit at the end of the lap.

Almost at the same time Kovalinen and Vettel touched causing Kovalainen to hit Fisichella, forcing Fisichella wide and himself spinning out of control off the track, luckily both cars were able to continue. But then as Sutil was balked by Raikkonen, forcing Sutil to slow considerably and causing Trulli who was coming up fast behind him to try to overtake on the outside, Sutil drifted wide forcing Trulli onto the grass and Trulli lost control spinning across the track clipping the rear of Sutil before crashing into the armco severely damaging his car. After the collision with Trulli, Sutil was knocked wide into the grass where he lost control skidding back onto the circuit colliding with Fernando Alonso taking out both cars.

This multiple car accident brought out the Safety Car, both Mclarens Pitted at the same time, Hamilton in first to get rid of the option tires and fueled up changing effectively to a one stop strategy which allowed him to finish in 3rd place. , as Kovalainen was refueling he was released by the pit crew prematurely with the fuel rig still attached spewing fuel down pit lane as he tried to get out in front of Raikkonen causing a flash fire a Raikonens F60 drove over the fuel, luckily Raikkonen was unhurt and continued as if nothing had happened.

Unfortunately this incident cost Rubens the lead he had already built up as the field closed up behind the Safety car and while he managed to get away from Wedbber once the accident was cleared and the race restarted he never managed to make the gap large enough, and Webber drove fantastically all race but especially in the first and Second stint actually returning to the race in first place after his first pit stop.

Robert Kubica also had a great drive finishing a well deserved 2nd place on the podium after passing Rosberg on the restart. Rosberg was going well untill transmission issues took him out of the race on lap 27 and just 4 laps later his Teammate Nakajima crashes after hitting Kobiyashi as Kobiyashi was exiting the pits.

Rubens was loosing time to Webber and Kubica during his second stint and was eventually overtaken by Hamilton for third position, as Hamilton passed Rubens his front wing collided with Rubens rear tire causing a puncture forcing Rubens to make another unplanned stop and dropping him to 8 position where he ended the race.

This same incident elevated Jenson Button into 5th place removing any doubt that he would win the World Championship in Brazil.

Webber easily won the Brazilian Grand Prix never really looking under any threat from Kubica in the final laps of the race and pretty much coasted home, remarkably this win was his first finish in the last six races.

Grand Prix of Brazil Results (Top Eight)

PositionDriverTeamPoints
1AustraliaMark WebberRed Bull Racing10
2PolandlRobert KubicaBMW Sauber8
3GBLewis HamiltonMcLaren6
4GermanySebastian VettelRed Bull Racing5
5GBJenson ButtonBrawn GP4
6FinlandKimi RaikkonenFerrari3
7SwitzerlandSebastien BuemiToro Rosso2
8BrazilRubens BarrichelloBrawn GP1
Updated Oct 18th, 2009

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