2009 Turkish Grand Prix: Turkish Delight For Button

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2009 Turkish Grand Prix: Turkish Delight For Button
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Jenson Button romped to his sixth win of the 2009 season in Istanbul to extend his championship lead to a magnificent 26 points.

The Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and Sebastien Vettel completed the podium in a decent showing from the British based outfit.

History has always favoured the pole sitter in Turkey, and when Vettel led away from the line, the prospect of a first win in the dry was very real. Exiting turn 9 though, the young German made an error and let Jenson slip through. The race was lost within a lap against a superior Brawn car. Jenson was untouchable from that moment on.

"Today the car was the best it's felt all year, the car was immense. It just keeps getting better and better. You guys have built me a monster of a car!"

Having built up a lead of 12 seconds after a string of successive fastest laps, Jenson held a comfortable position going into the first round of pit stops. Red Bull opted to keep Vettel on a 3 stop strategy, which would have been ideal had he remained in the lead, but in the current situation, seemed an unwise choice as it would force him to drop behind team-mate Webber after the second round of stops unless the German could find a way past Jenson.

He closed the gap very quickly behind the Brawn but then found himself with the perrenial problem of following another car closely. Unable to find a way past, his attention would be diverted to team-mate Webber, who would find himself ahead after the pit stops had played their course.

A strong team result, but a lost opportunity was not forgotten by third placed Vettel, "I nearly lost the car in 9 and 10, it was my mistake. A good result for the team but I am not happy."

Jarno Trulli finished fourth for Toyota just ahead of Nico Rosberg who recorded his best result of the season in fifth. Three time winner in Turkey, Felipe Massa, was unable to mount any form of challenge to the front runners and never threatened making it four wins in a row around Istanbul, finishing sixth.

Robert Kubica picked up his first points of the season in seventh and the points were concluded by Timo Glock in the second Toyota.

Rubens Barrichello had a day to forget, becoming Brawn GP's first ever retirement after a highly eventful race. Starting third, the Brazilian was very confident on the grid, believing that he was in a better position away from the line than team-mate Button, albeit one place behind. As it transpired, Rubens had a nightmare start, struggling to release the clutch and dropping 10 places to thirteenth.

Thus ensued 14 laps of drama as he became embroiled in battles with both Mclaren's, Nelson Piquet and Adrian Sutil.

This was the period in which he would have a shot at saving his afternoon, first facing Heikki Kovalainen. They spent two laps dicing in and out of corners. The power of KERS versus the power of Brawn, before Barrichello dived at an ever decreasing space into turn 9. It was a desperate move, one that he had decided against the previous lap to his better judgement. The two made mild contact, the rear of the Brawn stepped out and the Brazilian span, rejoining behind the sister Mclaren of Lewis Hamilton in 17th.

Making light work of the heavily fueled World Champion and a mistake from Nelson Piquet left him on the tail of Adrian Sutil. But another horribly late move, this time into the final turn, removed his front end plate and forced him into the pits.

A gearbox problem that had dogged his race throughout brought his retirement ten laps from the flag. A clearly disgruntled Barrichello then let his emotion run high, "It's just frustrating because it's been happening too much on my side"

Mclaren eventually finished the race down in 12th and 13th. Lewis Hamilton will return to Silverstone in two weeks time a World Champion. But its Jenson Button who will return a winner.

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