Lime away: A greasy win it may have been but Jenson Button is now looking well dressed for the 2009 World Championship. The British driver took win # 4 in round 5 at Barcelona on Sunday. Teammate Rubens Barrichello is feeling the squeeze after mid-race strategy change from three to two pit stops allowed Button to grab the lead while the Brazilian had to settle for second. Memories of Maranello at Montmelo!
Where have all the power gone? The Battle of Britons, Button vs Hamilton, is being fought with German power, Mercedes-Benz. While Button is having the season of his career, Hamilton, the defending world champion, finds himself diffused and confused. McLaren’s child prodigy is hopeful that he will have a competitive package by the time of his home Grand Prix—if there is one.
Running on empty: Scuderia Ferrari is an uneasy stable this season. In qualifying Kimi Raikkonen aired issues with the team and in the late stages of the race Felipe Massa, above, took his time in heeding to team’s instructions to “let it go” and finish the race as not enough fuel went into his car during his final pit stop.
Making his Mark: Exactly fifty years to the day after Jack Brabham became the first Australian to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monte-Carlo, Mark Webber equaled his career best finish by taking the final podium spot in Montmelo. Finishing ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel must have given Webber a boomerang feeling
Car ahead and behind is a Toyota: The Trulli Train was de-railed on the opening lap. Teammate Timo Glock ran behind schedule and completed the journey pointless, a lap down in tenth. The Japanese giant is now threatening to pull out over FIA’s proposed new technical regulations.
Lion that roared: Local lad Fernando Alonso delighted fellow hombres when he passed the Ferrari of Felipe Massa late in the race to grab fifth place. Caught out by the new regulations like McLaren, days of thunder and podium prancing are now a painful and distant memory.