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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Button wins rain-shortened Malaysian GP

Jenson Button emerged out of a confused and excitement-filled turn of events to win the red-flagged Malaysian Grand Prix and make it two out of two for Brawn GP.

Button survived multiple pit stops for tire changes as the variable weather conditions deteriorated, and was leading when race director Charlie Whiting first deployed the safety car and then call a halt to the proceedings.

F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia - Race

Drivers remained formed up on the grid but it quickly became apparent even if the weather cleared, due to the race’s late start time, it would be too dark to continue.

Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) and Timo Glock (Toyota) joined Button on the podium. The race had passed the 50 percent completion point, but not yet reached 75 percent, so according to regulations, half points were awarded.

Button’s race didn’t look as promising at the start, as the Briton was slow off the line and Williams’ Nico Rosberg shot off into the distance. After the first lap, Button was in pursuit, harassing the second-place Toyota of Jarno Trulli.

Button used the pit stops to get by both drivers, and was leading when the sky opened up.

Trulli, Rubens Barrichello, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg were the remaining points scorers.

Shut out was Ferrari, the bold gamble of putting Kimi Raikkonen on wets on his first stop proving premature. For McLaren, a lone point for Lewis Hamilton, while teammate Heikki Kovalainen was one of the races two retirements.

Now there are a couple of weeks to regroup before the circus heads to Shanghai. In between, the diffuser hearing April 14. It probably isn’t exaggeration to say the course of the 2009 season hinges on this ruling.

But for now, it is about Brawn and Button, as the team has a hefty lead on its competitors in the Constructors championship, while Button leads the Drivers standings.

Results (31 Laps)
  1. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes
  2. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber
  3. Timo Glock, Toyota
  4. Jarno Trulli, Toyota
  5. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes
  6. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault
  7. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes
  8. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota
  9. Felipe Massa, Ferrari
  10. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso-Ferrari
  11. Fernando Alonso, Renault
  12. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota
  13. Nelson Piquet, Renault
  14. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
  15. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault
  16. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari
  17. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes
  18. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes
  • Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, Retired, 1 lap
  • Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, Spin, 0 laps

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From the BBC: The Malaysian Grand Prix as it happened Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I expect that the diffusers will survive and the standings will remain the same. It mixes things up nicely. I also expect that there are several new diffusers waiting in the wings for the return to Europe.

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