Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 14th Sept 2009
BRAWN BACK IN FRONT AT MONZA
Brawn GP is back on track for both the driver's and constructor's Formula One world championships after a near-perfect weekend at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Rubens Barrichello started the race on Bridgestone's medium compound Potenza tyres and opted for a single pit stop strategy, changing to the softer compound later in the race.
It proved to be a masterstroke as he led home teammate Jenson Button for his second win of the season.
"Monza has always been a great track for me and it feels just wonderful to win here again. We made some great decisions this weekend and the work that we achieved on Friday was the key to setting up the result today," the Brazilian said.
Button's second place keeps his championship lead at 14 points over Barrichello with four races to go - and it now appears a straight fight between the Brawn drivers after a poor weekend for Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel could only manage eighth place for one point, while Australia's Mark Webber collided with Robert Kubica on the opening lap of the race and couldn't continue.
Kimi Raikkonen picked up the final podium place for Ferrari after pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton crashed out of third place on the last lap.
"This was a thrilling race with a fantastic strategic battle," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
"Even though it was a one stop strategy that won the race, it is difficult to say whether a one or a two stop was better. Both Bridgestone Potenza compounds gave very similar overall performance so there was a good variety of different strategy uses."
Jenson Button (GBR)
Rubens Barrichello (BRA)
Sebastian Vettel (GER)
Mark Webber (AUS)