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Spanish domination.



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.



Brawn GP does it again.




Jenson Button pulls off a great win for Brawn GP in Bahrain.

Sebatian Vettel continues his great form with the Red Bull.

Jarno Trulli could not bring home Toyota’s first win and settles for third.

Lewis Hamilton very happy with four points for McLaren Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen brings in Ferrari’s first points of the season.

Luca di Montezemolo blames bad rules and complacency at Ferrari.

Sebastien Loeb takes his fifth consecutive Rally Argentina win.


The Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain;
57 laps; 308.238km;
Weather: Sunny.


Pos Driver Team Time
1. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1h31:48.182
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) + 7.187
3. Trulli Toyota (B) + 9.170
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 22.096
5. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) + 37.779
6. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 42.057
7. Glock Toyota (B) + 42.880
8. Alonso Renault (B) + 52.775
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 58.198
10. Piquet Renault (B) + 1:05.149
11. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1:07.641
12. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 1:17.824
13. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1:18.805
14. Massa Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
15. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 1 lap
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
18. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 1 lap
19. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 1 lap

Fastest lap: Trulli, 1:34.556


Toyota on pole.


Bahrain Grand Prix cleared for take-off: After season opener in Australia, and two races in Asia, the Formula 1 show has landed in Bahrain for round four in the 2009 World Championship. The desert fox for the past two years has been Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who now finds his team in a hole after three pointless races.

Championship leader Jenson Button would be looking to put Brawn racing back on top while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, winner of last round in China, would be looking to continue their stampede.

Nico Rosberg recorded the fastest lap on his debut here in 2006. He would be looking to score his first Grand Prix win. Also threatening to win their first ever Formula 1 race is the Toyota team.

Sebastien Bourdais and Nelsinho Piquet may find their careers on shifting sands if they do not bring in the expected race finishes. If Sebastien Buemi out qualifies and out races teammate Bourdais it may be the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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Jarno Trulli takes pole position for Toyota.

Timo Glock completes a first ever Toyota front row.

Sebastian Vettel starts the second row with third for Red Bull.

Mark Webber is blocked by Sutil and fails to get out of Q1.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:32.779 1:32.671 1:33.431
2. Glock Toyota (B) 1:33.165 1:32.613 1:33.712
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:32.680 1:32.474 1:34.015
4. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:32.978 1:32.842 1:34.044
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:32.851 1:32.877 1:34.196
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.116 1:32.842 1:34.239
7. Alonso Renault (B) 1:33.627 1:32.860 1:34.578
8. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:33.297 1:33.014 1:34.818
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.672 1:33.166 1:35.134
10. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:33.117 1:32.827 1:35.380
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.479
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.221
13. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:33.495
14. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:33.377
15. Piquet Renault (B) 1:33.608
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.722
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:33.753
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.910
19. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.038
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.159

Pos Driver Team Weight (kg)
1. Trulli Toyota 648.5
2. Glock Toyota 643.0
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 659.0
4. Button Brawn-Mercedes 652.5
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 652.5
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 649.0
7. Alonso Renault 650.5
8. Massa Ferrari 664.5
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 670.5
10. Raikkonen Ferrari 671.5
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 678.5
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 680.9
13. Kubica BMW-Sauber 698.6
14. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 696.3
15. Piquet Renault 677.6
16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 679.0
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 678.5
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 652.0
19. Webber Red Bull-Renault 656.0
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 667.5



How long does Nelsinho have.


On the fences: Beleaguered Nelson Piquet Jr., son of three time world champion and a Dutch model, is not sitting pretty at ING Renault. After surviving a tumultuous rookie season last year, he is still trying to put his Formula 1 career on the right foot.

The former British F3 champion and GP2 stand-out has yet to out qualify his teammate, Fernando Alonso, for the first time. Time is running out for Nelsinho and sands of time may be shifting on his career as the Grand Prix circus moves to round 4 in Bahrain this weekend.

He may soon find himself on the outside looking in. Waiting in the wings is Swiss-promoted-as-French driver Romain Grosjean, GP2 race winning and Renault Development Driver.

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Sebastian Bourdais says the STR4 not compatible with his driving style.

Brawn GP and Jenson Button expect to be back on top in Bahrain.

Niki Lauda believes Ferrari returning to the chaotic days of early 80’s.

Toyota to shed 150 Formula One staff by the end of 2009.

Mercedes-Benz is interested in seeing Vettel at the wheel of a McLaren.