Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for April 27th 2009
Button makes it three from four
Britain's Jenson Button has made it three wins from four starts in the 2009 Formula One season after a strong race strategy by the Brawn GP team propelled him to victory in Bahrain at the weekend.
Starting on the super-soft Bridgestone Potenzas, Button slotted into third on the opening laps in pursuit of the Toyotas of Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli.
However, Button found himself with a clear track after the first round of pit stops and used this to his advantage to build a big lead while the Toyotas, Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton's McLaren battled over second.
By the time they'd sorted themselves out, Button was too far in front to catch, with Vettel eventually taking second ahead of Trulli.
"To achieve my third victory of the season is amazing and we are going back to Europe with a strong lead in both championships. I couldn't wish for anything more," Button said.
"It has been a tough weekend for the team which makes this win even more rewarding as we didn't have the pace that we expected."
Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development, said he was pleased with the way the Bridgestone rubber performed in the extreme heat.
"We saw a good range of strategies and when to use the medium compound was a difficult decision for teams, as it delivered a consistently slower lap time than the super soft. The super soft performed well and heat degradation was not a big problem even in the extreme heat of Bahrain," he said.
"There was some very good tyre management from drivers and also some strong running from competitors on the medium tyre too. I think today has shown just how exciting racing can be with two Bridgestone tyres with different characteristics with our 2009 allocations."
The first of the European races is next with the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
| 1.|| Jenson Button ||Brawn GP ||31|
| 2.|| Rubens Barichello ||Brawn GP ||19|
| 3.|| Sebastian Vettel ||Red Bull||18|
| 4.|| Jarno Trulli||Toyota||14.5|
| 5.|| Timo Glock||Toyota||12|
| 6.|| Mark Webber||Red Bull|| 9.5|
Lorenzo takes title lead with Japanese victory
Jorge Lorenzo's timing couldn't be better - he's managed to take the lead in the MotoGP World Championship just as the teams head for his home race at Jerez in Spain.
"Jerez is always a party, people are always pushing the Spanish riders so I think maybe we'll take some risks to try and win!" he said.
Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi led the early laps, but Lorenzo managed to battle his way past to take the win.
Australia's Casey Stoner - who won the opening race in Qatar - finished fourth behind Dani Pedrosa.
"We have seen riders use medium compound front tyres and both soft and medium compound rears, and all specifications showed consistent race performance," said Tohru Ubukata, Bridgestone Motorsport's Manager of Motorcycle Race Tyre Development.
"We only had one dry session on Friday and it was cold. Track temperature today was over 10 degrees warmer, but with hot and cold and rain we have seen that two compounds of slick and one wet tyre can meet all conditions this weekend so I am happy with our tyre line-up for this race."
| 1.|| Jorge Lorenzo ||Yamaha||41|
| 2.|| Valentino Rossi ||Yamaha ||40|
| 3.|| Casey Stoner ||Ducati||38|
| 4.|| Andrea Dovizioso||Honda||22|