Sunday, June 7, 2009

2009 Turkish GP: Button Clips Red Bull’s Wings!

Jenson Button won his 6th race of the season and his 4th in a row to win the Turkish GP in a very comfortable fashion. Though he started from P2, a minor mistake by Vettel on the first lap allowed him to take the lead and show the true pace of Brawn which was much superior then Red Bull’s pace. Though on paper both Vettel and Red Bull may have an outside chance, it is unlikely that Button and Brawn are going to lose grip on both the Championships and they could well be on their way to celebrate both the titles by the 10th race of this season.

There was much talk about Ferrari’s revival but it was another race where the scarlet red team disappointed while Massa fought hard and came 6th, Kimi had a very poor race and instead of being in the points came a lacklustre 9th place. Ferrari has a lot to things ahead and with the British GP in just 2 weeks time plus all the out of track action with the battle between FIA and Ferrari led FOTA still on, a lot of interesting things will happen in the coming weeks.

Though Brawn is building up a lead with every other race, Red Bull is having their best season and not only they are 2nd in the constructors championships but both Vettel and Webber are 3rd and 4th in the driver’s championship and the way they are going about they will definitely go ahead of Barrichello and be in the top 3. It was again a very good race for them as both their drivers joined Button on the podium with Webber yet again on a 2nd while Vettel took an unlucky 3rd due to a weird 3 stop pit strategy.

Toyota bounced back nicely with Trulli coming in 4th while teammate Glock took the last point with his 8th place finish. This sure was an important result for the team while Williams too especially Rosberg pulled off a good result by coming in 5th though his pace continue to be a shell of his practice pace.

Kubica finally scored his first points of the season by coming in 7th and though he had a very quiet race, right now just scoring among points will do for him and BMW and he will be hoping that in the next few races they atleast have the pace to challenge the likes of Ferrari who is way off behind the likes of both Brawns and the RBR.

McLaren again had a very disappointed race with Hamilton and Kovalainen coming in 13th and 14th while Renault failed to score any points with Alonso coming in 10th while teammate Piquet yet again fails to inspire and could only come 16th.

The back runners STR and Force India had a poor time and they just could not challenge the front runners while a lot was expected from STR they struggled for pace while Sutil after managing come go to Q2 for the team along with Fisi struggled once again with Fisi retiring and what seems to be like another season without points for the team.

Button once again proved his superiority not only among his rivals but especially to his teammate Barrichello who now should be happy playing 2nd fiddle to him and just help the team on its way to the constructor’s title. Red Bull needs a little more pace to catch up with Brawn as they have run out of ideas to beat them on pit strategy while Ferrari needs a lot of thinking to do going into the British GP.

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