Vettels wins inaugural Abu Dhabi GP

2009 season ended at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi with a win for Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull driver scored a one-two Sebastian-Vettelwith teammate Mark Webber and World Champion Jenson Button third. This was Vettel’s fourth win of the season and it was also the third time Red Bull scored a one-two this year.

“The car was fantastic, it worked brilliantly on both tyres. it was a pleasure to sit in the car,” Vettel said. “To sum up the season: up and down. The car is getting quicker – it’s a shame the season is ending.”

Race favorite Lewis Hamilton did not finish the race due to rear brake problems. After qualifying on pole yesterday Lewis Hamilton was expected to win the race and end season in style for Mclaren. But after his early exit all eyes turned to Kovalainen and Raikkonen. But Ferrari had a miserable day in office with both Raikkonen and Fisichella struggling for pace. All three drivers finished off points and Mclaren secured third in constructor’s championship.

The otherwise boring race had a decent finish when in the last two laps Webber and Button were fighting for the second place.

F1 season end with huge driver shuffle expected and it will be back with 13 teams (14?), no refuelling, no KERS, no Mosley (:D). 133 days till it all gets going again!!

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Button champion as Webber wins at Interlagos

Jenson Button emerges champion after Brazilian GP after he finished fifth. Button who started the race at 14th was running 9th after the first lap massacre in the race. At that situation he found himself behind 3 rookie drivers and then he started making one bold pass for another to finish 5th in the race.

First lap

In the meanwhile his title contenders could not do anything to hold Button from winning title in Brazil. Rubens Button esctaticBarrichello took the lead at the start of the race but his race began to unravel after the first pit stop he made. He came out in the middle of the pack. In the meanwhile Vettel passed him and Webber had a clean pit stop to emerge as the leader of the race. With 10 laps to go Lewis Hamilton passed him for 3rd place and in the process clipped Barrichello’s tyre, forcing him to take another pit stop to finish at 8th.

Vettel could also finish 4th in the race from 16th, one place ahead of Button.

Meanwhile, Mark Webber and Robert Kubica ran away from others and finished 1-2. Kubica had a sensational race and BMW responded to the pace of the Red Bull at all parts of the race and of Brawn GP till Barrichello’s pit stop. Hamilton finished 3rd to complete the podium.

Vettel wins to stay in contention for title

I was away for a week on holidays and hence there was no blog. Now i was back on time to watch Japanese GP at Suzuka to see an utterly dominant display by Sebastian Vettel to win the race. Vettel led from start to finish to keep his title hope alive. However Jenson Button will be very relieved after the race to pick up a point and that his main rival Rubens Barrichello took only 1 extra point.

Toyota were also under pressure to perform and they responded by getting a second place for Jarno Trulli. Lewis Hamilton was third in the race.

Raikkonen takes Spa win from Fisichella

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix beating Force India’s  Giancarlo Fisichella into second place. The pair were never more than 1.1 seconds apart at any stage in the race. Sebastian Vettel finished third after starting in 8th position and passing Robert Kubica on second pit stop.

The start of the race saw a crash at Les Combes and a safety car. Grosjean collided with Button, while Hamilton did it with Alguesuari.

Crash

Button got very lucky that even after getting no point from the race, the difference to his championship lead was minimal. Barrichello finished seventh while Webber finished outside points. Vettel is now 19 points behind Button.

Rubens wins European Grand Prix

Rubens_valRubens Barrichello took his first victory today at Valencia after Chinese GP in 2004. Brazilian dedicated his victory in the European Grand Prix in Valencia this weekend to his injured countryman Felipe Massa. Last December, Rubens was not certain to get a seat in a F1 car but now he has shot himself into a contention for WDC. The victory is down to the team’s strategy and his drive and determination during the whole weekend. Most of the teams came out of their garages to applaud him!

Lewis Hamilton is second in the race and continues excellent pace Mclaren have discovered recently. His cruise for the first place was not helped by Mclaren decision. Hamilton was meant to come in on lap 37 but Mclaren wanted to extend him to 38. But this decision came a couple of seconds too late, the time during which Hamilton entered the pitlane. In the process tyres were not ready and hence at least 6 seconds were lost.

Kimi Raikkonen stood third in the race. The KERS power boost at the start saw Kimi move immediately up two places to fourth.

Kovalainen, Rosberg, Alonso, Button and Kubica finished in points in that order only.

Red Bull had an awful day at office with Webber finishing in 9th while Vettel DNF due to engine failure. Another person with an awful weekend was Luca Badoer. He finished seventeenth after several spins.

Hamilton rides home a win

Lewis Hamilton of Mclaren Mercedes won Hungarian GP ahead of second placed Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and third place Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing.

Hamilton got to a strong start using his KERS to get ahead of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.  Mark Webber though passed him again but Hamilton regained the position later. Hamilton took the race lead at lap 13 after front right tight came off Fernando Alonso’s car after latter’s pitstop. Renault have been suspended from next GP at Valencia because of the incident. Hamilton then never lost the race lead. The win is an effort of all the team and hats off to team Mclaren for proving once again that class is permanent and form is only temporary.

Raikkonen had an equally good start but was investigated for the event surrounding his contact with Vettel at the start. He pushed his KERS enough to get ahead of Vettel after turn 1. But Vettel had to retire soon after damaging his suspension!

Jenson Button finished seventh and blamed tyre issues for the late foes in the championship. Button is still 18.5 points ahead of Webber in WDC.

Vettel wins British GP from pole

Germany’s rising star Sebastian Vettel had a perfect day today at Silverstone to win British GP from pole position beating his teammate Mark Webber and Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello. He pulled apart from the chasing group right from the star and never looked in trouble.

Vettel

“It is fantastic. It shows we are on the right way. I want to thank Silverstone: it’s only my second time here, I enjoyed it so much here, the cheering was fantastic, the emotions especially when I crossed the chequered flag, it was fantastic.” said Vettel

Brawn GP cars struggled at low temperatures to get heat to the tyres. Jenson Button, winner of 6 races out of 8 this year, could only manage sixth.

Ferrari made a huge improvement this race weekend and both its drivers finished in points. Felipe Massa finished fourth while Kimi Raikkonen finished eighth.

Fernando Alonso of Renault could only finish fourteenth.

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