It was a weird weekend watching Brawn GP. For the second race in the row, Rubens Barrichello was the only man in the front few rows of the grid to have a three-stop strategy—and it didn't work both times.
As if that wasn't strange enough, the team went on to further claim that the three-stop in Spain was their intended winning formula as their simulations predicted that it would be quicker than the more conventional two-stop. Funny then, Jenson Button, who was swapped onto a 2-stop, ended up winning the race.
Even then it wouldn't have caused too much of a stir until team principal Ross Brawn stepped out to say that basically Rubens lost the race for himself because he was slower than expected. The conspiracy theorists are now having a heyday— Button favoured over Barrichello! A suspiciously familiar scenario with the same two out of three men in the triangle, though in a different coloured car.
In the name of skepticism and curiosity, and also hoping to add more fuel to the controversy, some number crunching was in order. Armed with the official FIA 2009 Spanish GP lap times and MS Excel, I did just that...