Miniatures of Juan Manuel Fangio and a flying Tommi Makinen


Great Britain 2009


FROM THE MOMENT I SAW THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE RACING WEEKEND (COOL, CLOUDY AND SHOWERY), I KNEW THAT JENSON BUTTON WAS IN TROUBLE! THE BRAWN CAR, DESIGNED BY HONDA, HAS CARRIED FORWARD A TRAIT THAT IS COMMON WITH ALL ITS HONDA PREDECESSORS - IT IS KIND TO ITS TYRES.

THE ADVANTAGE OF THAT IS THAT THE TYRES SURVIVE WELL IN HOT TEMPERATURES AND DELIVER GOOD GRIP - THE DISADVANTAGE IS THAT IN COOL TEMPERATURES IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET ENOUGH HEAT INTO THE TYRES AND, BY THEN, THE OPPOSITION HAS DISAPPEARED UP THE ROAD. RUBENS BARRICHELLO HAS A MORE VIGOROUS DRIVING STYLE AND, IN THESE CONDITIONS, COPES BETTER THAN JENSON WHOSE STYLE IS SO SMOOTH.

THIS WAS CONFIRMED IN QUALIFYING AND I KNEW THAT THE THOUSANDS OF BRITISH FANS WHO PACKED INTO SILVERSTONE EACH DAY HOPING FOR A BUTTON VICTORY WERE GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED. EVEN MORE SO WHEN RED BULL UNVEILED A BIG AERO PACKAGE ON THEIR CAR THAT WAS BETTER ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MULTITUDE OF HIGH SPEED CORNERS AT THIS TRACK.

SEBASTIEN VETTEL TOOK POLE, RUBENS 2ND AND MARK WEBBER 3RD WITH JENSON IN 6TH AND SEBASTIEN FLEW FROM THE START, GAINING A SECOND EACH LAP ON BARRICHELLO. MARK FAILED TO GET PAST RUBENS OFF THE LINE AND, AS OVERTAKING IS VERY DIFFICULT HERE, HE COULD ONLY SIT BEHIND THE SLOWER BRAWN AND WATCH HIS TEAM-MATE BUILD A SUBSTANTIAL LEAD.

HE WAS ABLE TO JUMP RUBENS AT THE FIRST PIT-STOPS BUT THE DAMAGE FROM HIS SMALL ERROR IN QUALIFYING WAS ALREADY DONE AND THE RED BULLS CAME HOME TO A 1-2 FINISH WITH RUBENS THIRD. JENSON GAINED A VALUABLE 3 POINTS FOR 6TH PLACE.

IT MAY SEEM FROM THE ABOVE THAT THIS WAS A BORING RACE BUT IT WAS FAR FROM IT WITH TIGHT BATTLES UP AND DOWN THE FIELD, NOTABLY TWO RECENT WORLD CHAMPIONS (AND FORMER TEAM-MATES) BATTLING WHEEL-TO-WHEEL OVER 16TH PLACE! LEWIS HAMILTON LOST OUT TO FERNANDO ALONSO WHO SUBSEQUENTLY MADE IT TO 14TH.

TO ME, THIS IS THE ULTIMATE PROOF THAT IF YOU PUT AN UNDENIABLY TOP-CLASS DRIVER IN A POOR CAR YOU WILL GET POOR RESULTS. ALL THOSE CRITICS OF JENSON BUTTON WHO ARGUE THAT HE IS ONLY LEADING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE OF THE BRAWN CAR, IMPLYING THAT HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ITS SUCCESS, SHOULD NOTE THE HAMILTON/ALONSO RESULTS IN THEIR CURRENT CARS. THEY HAVEN'T LOST THEIR SKILL, THEY ARE JUST IN POOR CARS.

THEY SHOULD ALSO LISTEN TO ROSS BRAWN'S COMMENTS ON JENSON - IF ROSS DOESN'T KNOW HOW A TOP DRIVER PERFORMS IN ONE OF HIS CARS THEN NO-ONE DOES!





STARTING GRID

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Rubens Barrichello
3. Mark Webber
4. Jarno Trulli
5. Kazuki Nakajima
6. Jenson Button
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Timo Glock
9. Kimi Raikkonen
10. Fernando Alonso
11. Felipe Massa
12. Robert Kubica
13. Heikki Kovalainen
14. Nelson Piquet
15. Nick Heidfeld
16. Giancarlo Fisichella
17. Sebastien Bourdais
18. Lewis Hamilton
19. Sebastien Buemi
20. Aidrian Sutil




RESULT

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Mark Webber
3. Rubens Barrichello
4. Felipe Massa
5. Nico Rosberg
6. Jenson Button
7. Jarno Trulli
8. Kimi Raikkonen

 

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Drivers :

Jenson Button 64
Rubens Barrichello 41
Sebastian Vettel 39
Mark Webber 35.5
Jarno Trulli 21.5
Felipe Massa 16
Nico Rosberg 15.5
Timo Glock 13

Constructors :

Brawn GP 105
Red Bull Racing 74.5
Toyota 34.5
Ferrari 26
Williams 15.5
McLaren 13
Renault 11
BMW 8
Scuderia Toro Rosso 5
Force India 0

Race Results posted by
David Little
22nd June 2009

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