Winning in the ‘Rain

Jenson Button took his third win out of four today in Bahrain, giving the Brit a 12 point lead in the World Drivers Championship.

The win came from a second lap tussle with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who’d earlier managed to pass Button off the start thanks to a cunning piece of KERS action.

But Button retook the place by out-braking Hamilton into turn 1, which set him up nicely behind the lighter Toyotas that dropped out of contention after the first pit stops.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel followed up last weekend’s win with a strong second place, while Toyota’s Jarno Trulli got third.

Hamilton ended the day in fourth – a good sign for him and his McLaren team – with Rubens Barrichello fifth, and Kimi Raikkonen coming home in sixth to finally get Ferrari’s first points of the season.

Timo Glock only managed seventh, with Fernando Alonso in eighth, Nico Rosberg and his Williams ninth and Nelson Piquet had one of his best days in F1 so far, rounding out the top ten.

After all the crazy races that we’ve had at the beginning of the season, today’s drama-free race felt quite dull oddly, but then we never seem to get much action in Bahrain.

Below is the top ten finishing places from Bahrain. For a full sheet, check out the BBC Sport page, and you can check the overall standings here:

1

Jenson Button

Brawn-Mercedes

1:31:48.182

10

2

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

1:31:55.369

8

3

Jarno Trulli

Toyota

1:31:57.352

6

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

1:32:10.278

5

5

R. Barrichello

Brawn-Mercedes

1:32:25.961

4

6

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1:32:30.239

3

7

Timo Glock

Toyota

1:32:31.062

2

8

Fernando Alonso

Renault

1:32:40.957

1

9

Nico Rosberg

Williams-Toyota

1:32:46.380

0

10

Nelson Piquet

Renault

1:32:53.331

0

Anyway, how was the race for you?

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their is not much action because it is a short track and the corners are not very existing in my fellow racer point of vue and mine.

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@Mani – is the Mclaren actually THAT bad? For a start, it has the best KERS system on the grid (a huge advantage on the start), also, it is generally accepted that it is the 4th best car after the Brawn, Red Bull & Toyota and geting closer with each race. So, yes, Lewis is doing very well but exceptionally? No. Put Lewis in a Force India and then you can compare his performances to Button in a Honda last year.

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( . y . ) go button

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Really disappointed for Toyota after starting on the front row. I think if Jarno had 3-4 laps more fuel…, he might just have won.

Sorry everyone, but, I’m getting sick of Button winning and winning. I want a closer fight between Brawn and Red Bull and Toyota. Who actually agrees with me?

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@ 76:
You stole my screen name!

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The race was almost a bit dull after the craziness of the last few but it showed that Button is a genuinely good driver and that Brawn are a good team, not just a team with a good car because they managed things excellently.
One thing I want to know is how rubbish are things at Toyota?! They qualify 1st and 2nd have started the season with the diffuser yet haven’t really got anywhere. Do they just have a poor engine and aero package? Their drivers aren’t bad but is it the rest of the car that is letting the team down?

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@Steve:
I did’nt say they(McLaren) were catastrophically bad. I just said they were in trouble because they have some serious catching up to do. On the subject of Lewis, you do make a fair point. But McLaren are only considered 4th best this season because of Lewis’ performance (the cars don’t have anything close to the downforce or agility of Brawn or RBR).
Just look at Heiki’s performance and you can really see what their cars are like this year.

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I just want the McLaren and the Ferrari back on top!!!
Team Brawn will run out of luck soooon.

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@Mani – Okay, in retrospect, maybe I am underestimating Lewis and he is outperforming the car a little but by the same token, I don’t think using Heiki’s performance is a fair representation of the Mclaren’s true pace because he still doesn’t look comfortable in (or out) of the car and I believe he has yet to show what he is capable of.

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It was a boring race. So much for more overtaking. the most interesting bit was webber climbing to 11th. I might be biased, but he gets my drive of the day.

I’m glad that Mcaren and Ferrari are not going well. the best bit of this season is seing the massive (not quantam) change up of the old order.
Except for Force India.

I wonder how the FIA can bail Ferrari out of their current prediciment. probably give penilties and sanctions to this years front-runners.

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hello

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Come on Button! Then come back to the track and beat Nigel!

Adam

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