It looked to be all Rubens from the beginning as he got a great start, jumping Jenson down into the first corner who had no answer and couldn’t defend. Rubens then made a great run of it after the safety car went in, following a massive STR/Jarno Trulli/Adrian Sutil crash at turn two on lap one.
Trulli regretted his early exit from the race, and the two Sebastiens Bourdais and Buemi (both STR) have said that there was very little they could do to avoid the tangle – a kind of domino effect crash it’s hard to find blame for. Watch the highlights on iPlayer if you missed it…
Mark Webber had a great day out racing – and swearing – having a brilliant tussle with Renault’s Fernando Alonso and getting up to third place.
Webber’s teammate Sebastian Vettel found himself stuck behind Felipe Massa all afternoon, and only found a way past after another Ferrari pit stop mishap that left the Brazilian with less fuel than the team thought.
Massa ended in sixth, after Alonso passed him on the last lap, and believes his chances of taking the World Championship away from the Brawns is now over: “Even if we improve massively and we are three or four tenths in front of them they will still score points. So forget it,” he said after the race.
More Ferrari misery then, especially as Kimi’s car didn’t even manage the full race distance.
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is similarly downbeat about his chances for the rest of the season too: “It’s just a shame they [McLaren] haven’t given me a car to defend the championship with. The car is that bad. I’m driving the socks off it. There’s just no hope.”
You’ll notice he said ‘they’ then, not ‘we’, which sounds to me like he’s trying to distance himself from what’s happening.
Despite all the whining, though, it was a good race and that scamper down into Turn 1 was awesome. The comments are coming back to life over here on Sunday Afternoon Club, they’re just publishing slowly, so don’t be put off…
Here’s the top ten, but get over to the BBC Sport site for the full rundown:
1 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:37:19.202 10
2 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:37:32.258 8
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:37:33.126 6
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:37:38.143 5
5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:38:02.368 4
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38:10.029 3
7 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:38:11.514 2
8 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:38:24.413 1
9 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes lapped 0
10 Timo Glock Toyota lapped 0