May 10, 2009 / 8:34 PM / 10 years ago

Motor racing-Team by team analysis of Spanish Grand Prix

BARCELONA, May 10 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Spanish Formula One Grand Prix (in championship order):


BRAWN GP (Jenson Button 1, Rubens Barrichello 2)

Brawn’s second one-two of the season and Button’s fourth win in five races. Button started from pole but was overtaken by his team mate at the start. The Briton got back in front thanks to switching from a three stop strategy to two stops while Barrichello, who set the fastest lap, stayed on three.


RED BULL (Mark Webber 3, Sebastian Vettel 4)

Webber’s second podium of the year lifted him to fourth place overall. Vettel started on the front row but was fourth after the first corner. He then became stuck behind Ferrari’s Massa for most of the race while the pitstops played into Webber’s hands.


TOYOTA (Timo Glock 10, Jarno Trulli retired)

Trulli was forced on to the grass at turn two and he took out Force India’s Adrian Sutil when the car came back on to the track in a pile-up that also involved the two Toro Rossos. Glock’s run of six successive races in the points came to an end.


MCLAREN (Lewis Hamilton 9, Heikki Kovalainen retired)

Hamilton dropped to last at the end of the first lap but did well to avoid debris from the collision ahead of him. He was up to sixth before his first pitstop but struggled with very worn tyres at the finish. Kovalainen started 18th and was 11th at the end of lap one before his car’s gearbox packed up.


RENAULT (Fernando Alonso 5, Nelson Piquet 12)

Alonso made a great start and grabbed fifth place from the slowing Massa on the last lap. Piquet was lucky to avoid the opening accident but his car may have suffered hidden damage.


BMW-SAUBER (Nick Heidfeld 7, Robert Kubica 11)

Heidfeld chalked up his 33rd successive finish and scored points on his 32nd birthday, his race showing that the team had made a marked improvement. Kubica lost five places at the start with a clutch problem and then got stuck in traffic.


FERRARI (Felipe Massa 6, Kimi Raikkonen retired)

Massa, who revealed before the race that his wife is expecting their first child, scored his first points of the season but wrote off his championship hopes. He had to slow in the closing laps to save fuel, losing two places. Raikkonen retired on lap 18 with a hydraulic problem.


WILLIAMS (Nico Rosberg 8, Kazuki Nakajima 13)

Rosberg started ninth and was seventh at the end of the first lap. Nakajima was caught in the first lap accident and had to pit for a new front wing.


TORO ROSSO (Sebastien Buemi and Sebastien Bourdais retired)

The two drivers took each other out on lap one, with Bourdais flying over Buemi’s car. “I saw his tyre go over my head and that was it,” said the Swiss.


FORCE INDIA (Giancarlo Fisichella 14, Adrian Sutil retired)

Sutil retired on lap one after gaining four positions into the first corner. Fisichella was 10th by his first stop but then a problem with a fuel rig on his final stop forced him to pit again on the next lap.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar; To query or comment on this story email

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