Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 19th Oct 2009
WEBBER WINS BUT IT'S BUTTON'S TITLE
It was Mark Webber's race but Jenson Button's day at the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos with the Brawn GP driver doing enough to clinch his maiden Formula One World Championship.
Webber drove a faultless race to take his second victory of the year while Button finished in fifth place after starting from 14th on the grid, which was enough to claim the title with one race remaining.
It came after a stressful few races in which his championship rivals had chipped away at what had seemed an unassailable championship lead.
"I dreamt on Friday night that qualifying was going to be terrible, and it was," Button told BBC Sport after the win.
"I also dreamt Friday night that I would be world champion this weekend. I jumped into a kart 21 years ago and I loved winning. I never expected to be world champion in F1 but I've done it."
Button's team mate and closest rival Rubens Barrichello had a heartbreaking race in front of his home crowd. He started from pole position and led the early laps but a late puncture relegated him to eighth place and out of championship contention.
Nevertheless, the race underlined Brawn GP's dominance of the season as they also secured the constructor's world title.
Starting on the medium-compound Bridgestone tyres, Webber's win was his second of the season following his breakthrough win in Germany.
"As a team we've had quite a few victories this year off the back of some tough seasons, but today has confirmed second place for us in the Constructors' Championship," Webber said.
"We're very proud of what we have achieved this year as a team."
Webber finished ahead of Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) and outgoing champion Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes).
"Well done to Mark Webber and Red Bull Racing for Mark's second win today and many congratulations to Jenson and Ross and all of the team for winning both the drivers' and constructors' championships in such fantastic fashion," said Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Bridgestone Motorsport.
"The story of Brawn GP is an amazing one and many millions of people around the world have seen such an exciting race that definitely added something fascinating to the sport."
Button becomes the tenth Briton to win the world championship.
- Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn GP 89 points
- Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull 74
- Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Brawn GP 72
- Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull 61.5
STONER WINS BRIDGESTONE'S 50TH
In MotoGP, there was another Australian victory at the weekend with Casey Stoner winning his third consecutive Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island - and Bridgestone's 50th in MotoGP racing.
Stoner held off world champion Valentino Rossi, who hounded him throughout the race, to cross the line 1.9 seconds ahead of the Italian with Honda's Dani Pedrosa a distant third.
Stoner continued his remarkable comeback from a mystery illness which prompted a 10-week break from the series and said he was proud to win Bridgestone's 50th race.
"We were the ones who converted everyone to Bridgestone so to mark the 50th win is a nice feeling. Everyone was happy with what they had until we came along and did what we did and all of a sudden everyone wanted Bridgestone tyres so it was quite a proud moment for us," Stoner said.
"The fact that Bridgestone have listened to what we've said and made changes from that has been fantastic. Three wins from three years here is also a nice way to end the season!"
Rossi's second place put him another step closer to retaining his world title.
"It was a hard race for the tyres because Casey and Valentino were pushing very hard until the chequered flag and the battle between them was faster than I expected," said Tohru Ubukata, Manager of Bridgestone's Motorcycle Tyre Development Department.
"I am very happy to celebrate the 50th win on our tyres using the new specification rear tyres we developed for Phillip Island."
1. Valentino Rossi 270 points
2. Jorge Lorenzo 232
3. Casey Stoner 195
4. Dani Pedrosa 189