Posted by: wrcnf1 | April 26, 2009

Button Takes Win Number Three in Bahrain

Jenson Button took a comfortable win in the Bahrain GP to take three wins from the first four GP’s of the season and moves to 31 points, 11 points clear of teammate Rubens Barrichello. With Barrichello finishing 5th, the Brawn team moves 23 points clear of Red Bull.

The race got off to a great start with Timo Glock getting ahead of Trulli while Hamilton made the best of the KERS system to move ahead of both Button and Vettel to move into 3rd place by the end of the first turn. Hamilton stayed in this position for most of the first lap but Button made the most important move of the race going into turn 1 the second time around. Outbraking Hamilton heading into the corner, Button was able to make the move stick and he was able to get on with the business of chasing the Toyotas ahead of him. Vettel was not able to do this and it cost him valuable seconds which could have spent making up the gap to the front runners to make his fuel strategy work.

Glock was the first into the pits on lap 11 and when he reentered in traffic with the harder tyre and this virtually ended Glock’s chances at running at the front. Vettel tried to make the most of his strategy staying out until lap 19 but when he pitted from the lead he reentered behind Trulli but ahead of Hamilton. By this time Trulli was 1 second per lap slower due to the medium tyre, furthering hampering Vettel’s chances at fighting for the win.By the team he had gotten past Trulli, Button was already comfortably in the lead and Vettel’s only chance was to hope for reliability issues.

Behind the top four, Barrichello gambled on a three stop strategy which left him fighting in traffic and he would eventually finish in 5th place behind Hamilton  who ended the race in 4th. Behind Barichello, Kimi Raikkonen took 6th after displaying some of the determination and skill that made him world champion to give Ferrari their first points for the season. He was followed by Glock, Alonso and Nico Rosberg who again had a disappointing race for the Williams team. The under-performing Nelson Piquet had his best finish of the season in 10th place only 13 seconds behind teammate Alonso. Webber was able to make it from 18th to 11th and he wass followed by Kovalainen who had to recover from another terrible start which had  him as low as 16th at one point. Bourdais took 13th spot to outperform his rookie teammate Buemi who was down in 17th and hardly made an appearance for the race. There was disappointment again for Felipe Massa who could only manage 14th and just ahead of the two Force India drivers, but the biggest disappointment of the dayt had to be in the BMW team. Both Kubica and Heidfeld lacked the pace to compete even in the midfield and came 18th and 19th respectively ahead of Kaz Nakajima who retired late in the race.

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