Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for May 11th 2009
Button builds on his lead
Britain's Jenson Button has extended his lead in the Formula One World Championship with another commanding performance, this time at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Starting from pole position, he was forced to relinquish the lead by team-mate Rubens Barrichelo, who led the way in the opening laps.
However, the Brazilian opted for a three-stop strategy while Button made a late decision to only stop for fuel and tyres twice - a strategy that leapfrogged him back into the lead for his fourth win in five races.
"We thought that three-stops would be the quicker strategy here and that was what we fuelled for yesterday. I had a good start from pole but Rubens had an absolute flier and I couldn't hold him off. Having lost the lead and with the prospect of being caught behind Rosberg, we made the decision to switch to a two-stop strategy," Button said.
"The car felt so heavy with the fuel on board after my first stop but I worked really hard on my final two stints to make the strategy work for me. To come away with the win is a little unexpected but it means so much to continue our run of success."
Bridgestone's soft Potenza tyre proved to be the superior race tyre around the Circuit de Catalunya, consistently giving a faster lap time than the hard compound.
"Congratulations to Jenson Button for his win and Brawn GP for their 1-2. It is satisfying to see an independent team such as Brawn GP perform so well and it is good to watch Jenson showing his talents at the front of the field," said Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Bridgestone Motorsport.
"Spain is a very important market for Bridgestone, so to start the European season with such a strong race was very rewarding for us. Lap times were very close and we saw good action on track."
Australia's Mark Webber had another strong race, fighting off Renault's Fernando Alonso in an exciting duel in the opening laps and using a superior pit-stop strategy to beat Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel into third place.
The teams now prepare for the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks.
| 1.|| Jenson Button ||Brawn GP ||41|
| 2.|| Rubens Barichello ||Brawn GP ||27|
| 3.|| Sebastian Vettel ||Red Bull||23|
| 4.|| Mark Webber||Red Bull||15.5|
| 5.|| Jarno Trulli ||Toyota||14.5|
| 6.|| Timo Glock||Toyota||12|