It was a long shot the Felipe Massa could retain his stellar record of winning at Istanbul but we all knew that going in to it. We also knew that Sebastian Vettel’s pole position was terrific but holding off the Brawn GP cars was going to be quite a chore. In fact, holding off Rubens Barrichello was not trouble at all but the same can’t be said of 2009 points leader Jenson Button. Juggling 2 and 3 stop strategies, Red Bull tried to out master the tactics master Ross Brawn and anyone in F1 will tell you that just isn’t possible.
Jenson cruised to victory at the Turkish Grand Prix. A result that is becoming…well, domestic. A blend of the most expensive F1 car every developed under the guise of the nickle-and-dime team of Brawn GP is the kind of misnomer that wore thin a couple days after the Australian Grand Prix opener. There is no doubt that the team should relish teh victories and savor the moment. Does anyone think Brawn GP will be kicking asphalt in the faces of the top teams next year? If there is a next year?
The races only hope of lodging some excitement between the ears of F1 fans was when Sebastian Vettel put his car on pole and latter ran nose-to-tail with Jenson Button. At this point a rogue Cypriot handing out trophies would have been a welcome sight as politics has drained the lifeblood from the fan base and international political wranglings on the podium would have sent us scrambling for the nearest razor blade. You can thank Max Mosley for that here.
The days exciting moment was a resurgent Toyota, first top 5 finish for Williams F1, BMW’s Bobby K’s first points of the season and Speed TV’s call which was steeped in their let’s shape up, big-boy, prime-time idiom but terrific nonetheless. So let us raise a glass to Nico and Jarno and Bobby K. A resurgent Toyota is important for 2010 if you ask me…hint, hint.
1. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1h26:24.848
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 6.714
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) + 7.461
4. Trulli Toyota (B) + 27.843
5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 31.539
6. Massa Ferrari (B) + 39.996
7. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 46.247
8. Glock Toyota (B) + 46.959
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 50.246
10. Alonso Renault (B) + 1:02.420
11. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 1:04.327
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 1:06.376
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1:20.454
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
16. Piquet Renault (B) + 1 lap
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
18. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
Fastest lap: Button, 1:27.579
Driver Team On lap
Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 49
Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 5
Yeah, I know the picture has bugger all to do with the race but hey, we need something interesting following this race.