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Brawn GP

Brawn GP proved on Sunday they are the team to beat under any conditions

with Jenson Button conquering appalling weather to win the rain-shortened Malaysian Grand Prix. Button won a chaotic race, with just 33 laps completed and only half points awarded. BMW’s Nick Heidfeld was second and Toyota’s Timo Glock was third.This was the first race stopped short due to weather conditions since the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix, and the first to result in distribution of only half the points since the 1991 Australian Grand Prix. Under Formula One rules, only half points are awarded if less than three quarters of the scheduled race distance in completed. The race was red flagged after 32 of the scheduled 56laps, with results reverting back to the penultimate lap, in this case lap 31.

After the red flag came out, cars and drivers sat on the grid for 50 minutes, with a result possible if conditions improved. However the race director eventually ruled the race would not restart. Jarno Trulli of Toyota was fourth,ahead of Brawn’s Rubens Barrichello.Red Bull’s Mark Webber was sixth, Lewis Hamilton was Seventh for the McLaren, givimg him some reward after a dire week, with Williams’ Nico Rosberg eighth. Conditions deteriorate very rapidly after the first  of the rain arrived in the 22nd lap, but 10 laps later conditions were undriveable. The track was awash in rain, and the Twilight start meant the skies were very dark and visibility poor. Abandonment of the race raised questions about the wisdom of scheduling twilight races this race began at 5pm local time to make them available at more convenient time for european televison audiences.

Button;s win was the third of his career and built on his victory at last weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. “What a crazy Race, it really was,” Button said.”You could not actually see the circuit, it was that bad. We were going around at running pace, it was that slow.” Brawn became the first new team to win its first two races since Alfa Romeo won the first ever two Grands Prix in 1950. Heidfeld, whose canny straegy meant he pitted only once, while other drivers had three or four pits to change tyres, got his best result since the equally chaotic Belgian Grand Prix last Season. Glock’s third place was only the second podium finish of his career, having been runner-up in Hungary last year. The German was running in eight up to the first set of pit stops, but benefited greatly from the decision to switch to intermediate tires rather than full wets when the rain first arrived, storming through the field.

“it was one of the best races i ever could do,” Glock said.”I said go to ‘inters’, fourth on the grid, got the best of the start and led the race up until the scheduled first slew of the pit stops. Heidfeld backed the decision to red flag the race, and not to restart it. “it was very clearly impossible to run if the rain continued like it was when the race was qoute rightly stopped,”he said. it was Brawn’s second straight victory after Australia in only their  second race since being created last month out of the ashes of Honda Racing, which fell victim to the global financial crisis. Remearkably, niether Button nor Barrichello had driven the car in the wet before, with no time for any pre-season testing. It also means Brawn lead the constructors’ Championship with 20 point ahead of Toyota(16.5) and BMW Sauber (4.0). The mighty ferrari are one of only two teams yet to score a point, with the other perennial backrunner Force India.

” My start was pretty bad. I dont think I’d got enought heat in the tyre and had a lot of oversteer,” said button, who began on pole and now has 15 points in the drivers standing ahead of his teammate on 10. “But i went pretty happy with that, our pace was pretty good.” He said making the right tyre choice was critical in the conditions but it became a lottery. “Choosing the tyres was very difficult, because normally here when it rains it pours, but it didnt to start with,” he said. The revitalished Button now heads to the chinese Grand Prix on April 19 looking for three-out-three.

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~ by Rud3Boy89 on April 6, 2009.

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