Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 28th Sept 2009
BUTTON ANOTHER STEP CLOSER
Jenson Button is another step closer to his first Formula One World Championship after results went his way under the lights at the Singapore Grand Prix.
The race was won by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, but Button finished fifth - one place ahead of his main title rival and teammate Rubens Barrichello, extending his championship lead to 15 points with three races remaining.
"The weekend hasn't been quite what we expected but it's good to come through from 11th on the grid to score points," Button said.
"I'll go to Japan feeling very positive and looking forward to the next race."
Hamilton's eleventh grand prix victory was virtually incident-free as he controlled the race from pole position, using a combination of Bridgestone's soft and super-soft Potenza tyres. Toyota's Timo Glock equalled his best ever finished with second place, while Renault's Fernando Alonso took the final place on the podium.
As for Red Bull - the only team with a realistic chance of challenging for the title - Sebastian Vettel was hounding Hamilton until he received a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane, while Australia's Mark Webber ended his race in the tyre barriers after his brakes failed.
"This was a long and gruelling race, only four minutes short of two hours duration. Over this time the circuit became cleaner and cleaner and more rubber was laid meaning a better track surface," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
"This meant that degradation was better than seen earlier in the week. Indeed, brake degradation was a bigger concern for some competitors."
The teams now head to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix in a week's time.
Jenson Button (GBR)
Rubens Barrichello (BRA)
Sebastian Vettel (GER)
Mark Webber (AUS)