In what can only be considered a wonderful rebirth for the Brackley-based F1 team, Brawn GP has taken the win and second place at the season opening race. Jenson Button won a convincing race with a dominate performance in waning light and a cooling track. Rubens, after a por start and two collisions, came back to inherit the second place from a clashing Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica. The pair ended each others races with just a few laps remaining. Jarno Trulli finished the podium fo Toyota F1.
Lewis Hamilton also hustled his way in to the points after reaping the rewards of attrition and hard work. It is the most McLaren could expect to do on an otherwise difficult weekend. Ferrari and BMW also struggled this weekend as Massa retired his car and Kimi Raikkonen spun late int eh race removing his front wing which demanded a third pit stop.
1. Button Brawn GP (B) 1h34:15.784
2. Barrichello Brawn GP (B) + 0.807
3. Trulli Toyota (B) + 1.604
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 2.914
5. Glock Toyota (B) + 4.435
6. Alonso Renault (B) + 4.879
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 5.722
8. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 6.004
9. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 6.298
10. Sutil Force India-Ferrari (B) + 6.335
11. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 7.085
12. Fisichella Force India-Ferrari (B) + 7.374
13. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1 lap
14. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) + 2 laps
15. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 3 laps
16. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 3 laps
This race blonged to Brawn GP and I couldn’t be happier for the team and owners and what a good weekend to have Sir Richard Branson down from the UK to announce a sponsorship deal. If there was ever a time where Richards check book was open, it might be this weekend and if Brawn GP have any realistic hopes of maintaining this dominance, they will need the resources Honda previously applied to the program.