The Brawn supremacy

As much as it was a brilliant day for Euro GP winner Rubens Barrichello, it was an awful afternoon for his teammate Jenson Button.

The Brit lost out right at the start, dropping down the grid as his rivals flew by, and he didn’t find a lot of race pace until right at the end of the day.

Luckily for Button, though, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel blew his second engine of the weekend.

So Button remains top of the championship race on 72 points. But thanks to today’s win, Rubens is hard on his heels with 54. Is Jenson choking under the pressure?

Barrichello was obviously chuffed with his first win for five years, and today’s result proved very popular with everyone in the paddock. Although you do have to feel that McLaren threw the race away today, when they fumbled Lewis Hamilton’s pitstop, despite team boss Martin Whitmarsh denying that it had any affect on the overall result.

What do you think?

Either way, though, McLaren proved they definitely have a car that’s now capable of winning, and Ferrari are showing signs of improving, with Kimi Raikkonen getting a well earned third.

But the less said about Ferrari’s Felipe Massa stand-in, Luca Badoer, the better. Ferrari should get Anthony Davidson in there for Spa, I reckon. He deserves another shot at racing.

Anyway, what did you think of the race? It was definitely less boring than last year, but it was hardly a classic, was it?

(Check BBC Sport’s site for full race results.)

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HAMILTON! SACK ALL MCLAREN MECHANICS

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whitmarsh is a plonky imo clearly didnt affect the result at all did it the wally

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post 75, indeed, so we have ugly cars for nothing, but what do you suggest than?

I mean less wings/appendages compared to last yr is ok, but (and I am not the only one) the size of the wings makes the cars out of proportion and therefor to ugly to look at, ecspecially compared to the GP2.

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Great race, but I think the track just dont work for TV .

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mtss what are you on about there was no overtaking

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I’m not saying that Jenson would have won today,but I deffinately think he would have been 3rd after Rubens and Lewis. His whole race was ruined by both Redbulls. Firstly it was Vettel who cut straight across him when he was almost passed and alongside him. This meant he had to get out of the throtle and lost two places. He was then forced across the track by Webber going into the chicane. His only option was to run across the chicane, just like Alonso in front of him. Webber sounded like a little baby when he got on the radio crying saying Jenson had cut the chicane and thats why he is ahead of me! Why was Alonso not penalised in the same way?
Just my view and I am sure some will disagree, but I stand by that had he not been forced into those situations, he could have been 3rd.

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Also, did anybody notice Christian Horner speaking to Charlie Whitting before the race started? Probably just my suspicious mind working here.

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Paulom – im not sure about 3rd but i do agree that button would have been higher had it not been for the red bulls

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i still think that button will win but well done to rubens.

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Badoer got beaten by the “newbie” Grojean and if you watch the difference in racing line between him and raikkonen (if you recorded it) you will see he is way out

Also Alonso is going to ferrari in 2011 (doubtful of next year) according to the french coverage of the race (a short interview with one of the higher ups on the grid I’d where I got this) if it has not already been said if it had then sorry

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Anyone notice that Raikkonen has only just overtaken Massa, despite Massa not competing in the last 2 races? And people say he’s Finnish I.E fast

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well done gr8 win. ur a gr8 shame mclaren DELIBERATLY mucked lewiss pit stop!

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thought hamilton had it in the bag till that pitstop but truth be told rubens was catching him anyway

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fantastic for rubens,good on ya matey boy,you truly deserved the win..poor lewis ,felt for ya ,what a complete and utter balls up in the pit ,totally unacceptable,whitmarsh speak with fork tongue, he said it wouldn’t have made any difference..yeah whatever…badoer ..good test driver,crap in racing mode,sorry bloke..put the stig in the ferrari and watch the stig pick up the silverware..but will he take off his helmet after the race ? bye bye hercule

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Much better than last years’ race but seriously…Valencia needs to be tossed off the calendar.

There are many much more deserving tracks out there.

Congrats to Rubens!

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Boring. Not enough close racing, as the 2009 regs were supposed to increase. The only drama was when McLaren forgot the tyres and when Barrichello was crying, and when Sebs engine failed again.
Move the European GP somewhere else, for Gods sake! Move it to the Le Mans track in France or Magny-Cours! It will improve racing from a spectators point of view, and it should be colder, with less predictable weather! Hurry up, FIA! We’re getting bored watching nothing happen in races!

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Unfortunately those people who want the FIA to drop Valencia are barking up the wrong tree. Mr Ecclestone decides where the races are.

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well done you guys deserve the win

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I wouldn’t put Piquet jr. back, his father was one of the all time greats, nevertheless the kid is a bit like the son of a well known surgeon, so everyone expects him to be as good too, nevertheless, he faints when he sees blood.

I’d like to see Rubens on the first place more often, it would make it interesting to see the BGP guys fighting for the Championship.

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It ain’t the track. it is the stupid 2009 aero.
The GP2 races were great at Valencia !

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I think that Barrichello is a very good driver. I think that he retire now though. Hamilton would have won if it wasn’t for that mess up at the pits. Hamilton did a spectacular drive after that which was amazing.

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