2009 Spanish Grand Prix Race day at the Circuit de Catalunya


By: Emlyn Hughes, Geoff Creighton


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08:57 The Formula 1 fraternity came to Spain with the intention of knocking the Brawn team off their place at the front of the pack. Today, the Brackley-based outfit answered in dominant fashion with another one-two, and they now sail into a huge constructors' championship lead of almost 30 points.

Red Bull impressed again with a very positive three-four finish, and Ferrari showed that they are slowly moving forward, through Felipe Massa's battling drive, with hope for the rest of the season despite another DNF for Kimi Raikkonen and Massa's lack of fuel at the end.

This was the Spanish Grand Prix weekend on AUTOSPORT Live. We hope you have enjoyed the coverage and updates throughout the weekend.

The rest of the field will have to think again and keep trying to hone their packages in the next fortnight, before the series reconvenes in Monaco. We will have full coverage of the Grand Prix de Monaco from Thursday 21st May.
08:51 The report on the Spanish Grand Prix is now available:

Button leads Brawn 1-2 at Spanish GP
08:50 The champagne sprays on the podium and the three drivers soak eachother, as the Brawn team reign in Spain.
08:49 Mark Webber points his trophy towards his team after a strong third today.
08:49 Rubens Barrichello is handed his trophy for second place this afternoon. The Brazilian is naturally disappointed not to have won today, but he bravely smiles for the crowd as he holds the prize aloft.
08:48 Jenson Button takes his prize and celebrates another fine win - extending his championship lead.
08:47 The British national anthem rings out for today's winners.
08:47 Six drivers retired from the Spanish Grand Prix:

Kimi Raikkonen slowed with no drive early in the race.

Heikki Kovalainen retired in the pits with a suspected gearbox issue in the first few laps.

Jarno Trulli, Adrian Sutil, Sebastian Buemi and Sebastien Bourdais all retired at Turn 2 after that dramatic first lap crash.
08:45 Rubens Barrichello is unlikely to be overly pleased with second, having lead early on but eventually losing out to Button on strategy choice.
08:45 Nick Heidfeld drove well to get some points for BMW in seventh, with Nico Rosberg claiming the final point in eighth.

Lewis Hamilton held off Glock for ninth. Robert Kubica finished 11th with Piquet just a couple of second behind him in 12th. Kazuki Nakajima was 13th and Giancarlo Fisichella was the final finisher in 14th place.
08:44 Jenson Button tours in to the pits and is ready to celebrate yet another win.
08:43 Massa has run out of fuel on the slowing down lap and pulls off to the side of the road.
08:42 Sebastian Vettel lost out to Webber on tyre strategy, with Alonso fifth after that late pass on Massa, who trailed in sixth.
08:41 Barrichello finishes second with Mark Webber tight behind him in third - a great podium for Webber after a gritty drive.
08:40 Lap 66: Jenson Button rounds the final corner and wins the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix!

The championship leader made his two-stop strategy count and he beats the three-stopping Barrichello into second place on a great day for the Brawn team.
08:40 Lap 66: Alosno drives right around the outside of Massa in Turn 3 and takes fifth place away from the slowing Ferrari.
08:39 Lap 66: Fernando Alonso is encouraged on by the come crowd as he closes rapidly on Massa.
08:39 Lap 66: Lewis Hamilton has found some better pace in recent laps, and has been turning laps in the 1:25s bracket. He is now beginning to edge away from Glock and looks set for ninth place this afternoon.

Robert Kubica is still 11th a few seconds behind the Hamilton-Glock fight, and Nelson Piquet has done a good job hanging onto this group of cars for most of the race. 12th place for Piquet will be poor reward from what has been a decent drive by the Brazilian.
08:38 Lap 66: Conditions have become slightly cloudy in recent minutes but the radar images show the rain avoiding the track at the moment.
08:38 Lap 65: Jenson Button puts a lap on Lewis Hamilton as he drives for the finish in Spain.
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