The Sand Piper
English driver Jenson Button, driving a Mercedes-Benz powered Brawn GP car, wins the Gulf Air 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix, his third victory in four starts in five weeks this season. Last week’s Chinese Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany was second in his Renault-powered Red Bull. Italian Jarno Trulli, who started from pole-position, was third for Toyota.
Lewis Hamilton was fourth for McLaren and now awaits Wednesday’s ruling on the lie-gate by the FIA. There are concerns that if McLaren is suspended for the season key sponsors and engine supplier, Mercedes-Benz, may also plug the plug on their involvement with the once proud and mega-successful Woking-based British team.
Rubens Barrichello was fifth in the second Brawn GP car. Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari their first championship points by finishing sixth. Timo Glock, who shared the front with teammate Trulli, was seventh and Fernando Alonso fetched the final point for Renault.
The European season starts with the Spanish Grand Prix in May at Montmelo
The Shadow of his smile
Jenson Button leads the championship with 31 points. Teammate Rubens Barrichello, winless since leaving Ferrari, is second on 19, only a point behind is Sebastian Vettel. The 2008 title contender, Felipe Massa, has yet to open his account this season.
In the constructors’ championship, Brawn GP is cleaning up the competition and has a hefty lead, 50 to 27.5, over Red Bull. Last year’s champion, Ferrari, is dead last among teams scoring points with three, all scored on Sunday in Bahrain.
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Podcast number 342
Clark and Steve with the race highlights.
Toyota bad strategy cost them their first win.
BMW frantic to turn around nightmare season.
Renault must find improvements for the next race, Fernando.
Ferrari to introduce several updates in Barcelona.