The rain-shortened race of Malaysia has benefited Brawn GP and Jenson Button for the second time in a row which continues Brawn GP’s dominance of the season so far. It was met with consternation and criticism but the deluge caused a race stoppage and as the waning light and impending clouds signaled an unsafe racing situation, it was decided to call it a day. As it did not officially reach the 1/3 race distance mark for full points awards, the drivers took half points for the days efforts.
The race turned odd when the rain, usually a deluge at Sepang, started with a drizzle and most teams assumed full-wets was the safe bet but as it turned out, intermediates was the tire of choice as the drops started to fall. Only later would full-wets come in to play and by that time the racing was halted.
A race that saw good fortune for Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock as well who rounded out the podium for the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix.
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1. Button Brawn GP (B) 55:30.622
2. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 22.722
3. Glock Toyota (B) + 23.513
4. Trulli Toyota (B) + 46.173
5. Barrichello Brawn GP (B) + 47.360
6. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 52.333
7. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 60.733
8. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 71.576
9. Massa Ferrari (B) + 76.932
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 102.164
11. Alonso Renault (B) + 109.422
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 116.130
13. Piquet Renault (B) + 116.731
14. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 142.841
15. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1 lap
16. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 2 lap