Button makes it four from five with a Brawn one-two in Spain 10 May 2009
Brawn GPs Jenson Button drove a pluperfect two-stop race to take his fourth victory in five races in Sunday afternoons Spanish Grand Prix, leading home early leader and three-stopping partner Rubens Barrichello by 13 seconds.
It was a resounding success for Brawn, but Barrichello had Mark Webber right on his tail at the finish as the Australian headed a Red Bull 3-4. His team mate Sebastian Vettel had been trapped behind Felipe Massas fast-starting Ferrari from the outset, but finally slipped ahead in the closing stages as the Brazilian was ordered to back off to conserve fuel. On the final lap the red car fell victim to Fernando Alonsos Renault, as poor Massa was obliged to slow down even further.
The result gives Button 41 points to Barrichellos 27, Vettels 23 and Webbers 15.5. In the constructors stakes, Brawn have 68 to Red Bulls 38.5.
Nick Heidfeld drove a tough and defensive race to net two points for BMW Sauber with seventh place, and Nico Rosberg completed the points scorers with eighth for Williams.
An accident at the first corner influenced the race. Rosberg eased slow-starting Jarno Trulli off in the second, left-handed corner, and as the Italians Toyota spun out of the gravel and back on to the track it collected Adrian Sutil, who had just short-cut the corner over on the left-hand side. In the confusion the two Toro Rossos collided, resulting in retirement for all four and a five-lap safety car period.
Barrichello resumed the lead he had taken from Button off the grid when the racing restarted on lap six, but later fell behind his team mate as his three-stop strategy proved inferior.
Lewis Hamilton had a frustrating afternoon for McLaren, finishing ninth ahead of Toyotas Timo Glock, who ran well initially but fell back with an early refuelling stop. BMW Saubers Robert Kubica led Renaults Nelson Piquet home for 11th, with Williams Kazuki Nakajima and Force Indias Giancarlo Fisichella rounding out the finishers.
The other retirements were Kimi Raikkonen, whose Ferrari ground to a halt with suspected electrical problems on lap 18, and fellow Finn Heikki Kovalainen who fell victim to gearbox gremlins on his McLaren.