2009 Turkish Grand Prix Race day at Istanbul Park


By: Emlyn Hughes, Geoff Creighton


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08:50 Well ... what can you say? The Brawn machine rolls on, and you have to think there is little chance of the competition matching the supreme level of the Brackley-based outfit before the end of the 2009 season.

Away from the top step, Red Bull will be pleased with second and third today, but they would have hoped before the race that they could seriously threaten Jenson. In the end, Button was ahead of them by over 16 seconds before he started to turn the engine down.

Toyota and Williams score good points through Trulli and Rosberg. Massa got more points and Robert Kubica finally scored - although chances are he won't be smiling too much about it.

Kazuki Nakajima will be terribly disappointed not to score after his best drive in his short Formula 1 career due to a pit fumble.

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08:47 Today's result gives Button and Brawn a massive margin in the championship standings as it continues to look difficult for anyone to catch the runaway leaders. World Championship standings, round 7: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Button 61 1. Brawn GP-Mercedes 96 2. Barrichello 35 2. Red Bull-Renault 56.5 3. Vettel 29 3. Toyota 32.5 4. Webber 27.5 4. Ferrari 20 5. Trulli 19.5 5. McLaren-Mercedes 13 6. Glock 13 6. Williams-Toyota 11.5 7. Rosberg 11.5 7. Renault 11 8. Massa 11 8. BMW Sauber 8
08:44 The race report is now available:

Button cruises to Turkish GP victory
08:39 The champagne sprays to wrap up the Turkish Grand Prix.
08:38 Sebastian Vettel takes his award for the final podium place. The youngster will be slightly disappointed not to have beaten his team-mate today.
08:38 Mark Webber receives his trophy for a very good second place drive this afternoon. The Aussie is delighted, reveling in a car that is capable of scoring regular podiums.
08:38 Peter Bonnington, Button's deputy race engineer, takes the prize for yet another Brawn win.
08:37 Jenson Button takes the trophy and thrusts it aloft after a staggering sixth win out of seven rounds.
08:37 The British national anthem rings out over Istanbul Park for the winners, Button and Brawn.
08:36 Two drivers retired from the Turkish Grand Prix:

Rubens Barrichello pulled into the pits with gearbox problems deep in the race after a disastrous run in the Brawn.

Giancarlo Fisichella made a decent start to the race, but was soon into the pits on lap four and he retired.
08:35 Lewis Hamilton brought the McLaren home in 13th place in the end, ahead of team-mate Kovalainen. As it turns out Hamilton's one stop strategy proved quicker than Heikki's two.

Sebastien Buemi finished 15th in the Toro Rosso, with Piquet 16th and Sutil 17th - not managing to make the best of his two stop strategy. He did however beat Sebastien Bourdais, who was last in 18th, and will be dreaming of driving something better next weekend - like the Peugeot 908 for example.
08:33 Button tours back to the pits to celebrate another chapter in an unbelievable run of success for the Brawn team.
08:32 Out of the points, Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth, staying just over three seconds behind Glock, with Alonso tenth, Heidfeld 11th and a disappointed Kazuki Nakajima 12th after problems in the last 15 laps.
08:31 Felipe Massa brings his Ferrari F60 home in a solid sixth place, ahead of Robert Kubica in seventh. The Pole held off Glock who finished eighth for the final point of the day.
08:30 Jarno Trulli takes a strong fourth for Toyota ahead of another good drive from Rosberg in the Williams.
08:30 Mark Webber finishes a strong second, with team-mate Vettel sure to be disappointed by ending up third.
08:30 Jenson Button wins again!

It has been another dominant performance from the runaway championship leader as he collects a crushing sixth win of the season.

He leads the championship by a massive 26 points after a dismal day for team-mate Barrichello.
08:29 Lap 58: The gap between Webber in second and Vettel behind him is down to just over one second, as they start the final lap, behind Button who is sauntering towards another victory for Brawn.
08:28 Lap 57: Button is on to his final lap.
08:26 Lap 56: Two drivers not saving their engines are Kubica and Glock as the fight for seventh rages.

Both drivers have set their personal best lap time on the last lap as they continue their battle. Kimi Raikkonen is ninth and he too sets a personal best time as he closes the gap to just over three seconds behind Glock.
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