Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 24th August 2009
BARRICHELLO PUTS BRAWN BACK IN FRONT
Age obviously hasn't slowed Rubens Barrichello who won a thrilling European Grand Prix in Valencia at the weekend - the 150th grand prix win on Bridgestone Potenza tyres.
The 37-year-old Brazilian took his tenth career win in a highly tactical race, where Bridgestone's soft and super soft tyres were closely matched for pace.
The Brawn GP driver led pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) across the line by 2.3 seconds while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished third.
"It's just amazing and a weekend that I will never forget. Even after five years, you don't forget how to win and the feeling is so good!" Barrichello said.
"I want to thank everyone who has supported me and this victory is dedicated to the whole of Brazil but particularly to my great friend Felipe Massa. I hope he is back racing against me soon."
The win propelled Barrichello into second place in the title standings, 18 points behind Brawn teammate Jenson Button with five races to go in the season.
"I am very happy to see Rubens win. He first used our F1 tyres in 1997 so it is fantastic that he still has the competitive spirit to win in this highly competitive sport," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
"We are pleased with the performance of both the soft and the super soft Bridgestone Potenzas. The circuit improved very rapidly, as expected, and as a result drivers could be competitive using the super soft over a stint at the start. The soft was the more consistent tyre however, and we even saw one-stop strategies."
It wasn't a good weekend for Australia's Mark Webber who slipped from second to third in the driver's standings after only managing ninth place. Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel fared no better, retiring with engine failure.
The teams now prepare for the Belgian Grand Prix in a week's time.
- Jenson Button Brawn GP 72 points
- Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP 54 points
- Mark Webber Red Bull 51.5 points
- Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 47 points
DAVISON BACK IN CONTENTION
Holden's Will Davison has put more pressure on V8 Supercars series leader Jamie Whincup by taking out the second and final race at the Queensland 300 at Ipswich on Sunday.
Davison was distraught after a broken axle ended race one for him on Saturday while Ford's Whincup took the win to extend his championship lead over the Bridgestone-backed Holden Racing Team driver.
But Davison ensured Whincup remains catchable as the series heads to the endurance rounds by winning the 65-lap race two, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Whincup's teammate Craig Lowndes.
Despite finishing 13th in Sunday's race, Whincup still leads the series with 2007 points ahead of Davison (1824) and HRT teammate Garth Tander (1479).