2009 Brazilian Grand Prix: Button Triumphs, Kobayashi Leaves His Mark

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2009 Brazilian Grand Prix: Button Triumphs, Kobayashi Leaves His Mark
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The 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix was one of the greatest races I have ever seen. It had a great start, and the crowd was absolutely beyond boisterous when Rubens Barrichello came out of the start with the lead. However, Barrichello wouldn’t keep his lead, and this race definitely exceeded expectations.

The race started out with Rubens Barrichello on the poll, and his partner, Jenson Button, in 14th on the grid. Button could win the world championship in this race. The race started out with a accident right away. Heikki Kovalainen made contact with Giancarlo Fischicella’s car, thus making both cars spin out. They would both remain in the race.


The next accident would happen not even a lap later, when Adrian Sutil and Jarno Trulli, were battling for a position near the back of the pack. Sutil forced Trulli onto the grass at the side of the track, making Trulli lose control of his car, and crash right into Sutil. Both cars would go flying in different directions. When Sutil came back onto the track, he hit the back of Fernando Alonso’s car, taking him out of the race as well.


After the accident, Trulli and Sutil could be found having an altercation at trackside. When things settled down, the cameras then switched to the pit lane, where Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen were both pitting at the same time. The Iceman came out, a split second before Kovalainen, and when Kovvy came out of the pits, the fuel rig was still attached to his McLaren. The fuel, then started spraying out, right on the Ferrari of Raikkonen, causing a fireball. Both drivers and cars were okay, and continued the race.


During all of the commotion, Jenson Button, managed to advance five positions, to ninth place. Three of the drivers ahead of him, were Roman Grosjean in eighth, Kazuki Nakajima in seventh and newcomer Kamui Kobayashi displaying his talent in sixth.


Button almost immediately passed Grojean, and then went for Nakajima, who seemed to let him pass. Recapping what Button has done so far. He advanced from 14th to 9th at the start of the race, passed Grojean and Nakajima immediately after the safety car came off the track, and was now advancing toward Kobayashi.


Kamui Kobayashi, was in his first Formula One race, replacing the injured Timo Glock, of Toyota. Button was heard on his team radio, complaining, that Kobayashi was blocking, and using illegal maneuvers to keep his position. When Button finally managed to pass Kobayashi, he was heard on his team radio yelling “Let’s go! Let’s go!” Button then gained a 3 and a half second lead over Kobayashi in one lap.


This was the indicator that Button meant business. He had advanced eight positions in about 10 laps. It was a truly amazing race, where Button ended up finishing fifth, and Mark Webber winning the race. In my opinion, the big story besides the start of the race, and Button winning the World Championship, was Kamui Kobayashi’s debut. While he was impressive during the qualifying, his inexperience showed, apparently blocking Button, and causing Kazuki Nakajima, to crash.


What was your opinion on the race? Should Kobayashi be penalized if he races in Abu Dhabi? Is Jenson Button the best driver in Formula One today?

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