Jenson Button had a dream season in 2009 when he won six of the first seven races. After his victory in the first race in Australia he added another triumph in rainy Malaysia which was red flagged after just 55% of laps due to poor conditions and visibility.
Button beat Trulli in a Toyota for just 0.092 seconds in qualifying (Button had fuel for two laps more than Trulli), Glock in the second Toyota for 0.509 s and Rosberg in Williams for 0.569 seconds. Brawn, Toyota and Williams in the first four places was not a surprise because these are the only three teams that started the season with the double diffusers. It was the fifth of eight career poles for Jenson Button, second of four in Brawn.
The race was red flagged due to bad weather and poor visibility (later race start) with only 31 of the 56 laps completed (less than 75%) so drivers were given only half points.
The winner was Button (instead of 10, he received 5 points) and Trulli, Webber and Rosberg (4th, 6th and 8th at the end of the race) had the ‘unique opportunity to win the decimal number of points (2.5, 1.5 and 0.5 points).
Button, with pole position and victory, also clocked the fastest lap – it was his first of the eight fastest laps in his career. Interestingly, Button achieved the first podium of his career in the BAR Honda 006 five years ago on the same track.
“What a crazy race,” Button said after his second consecutive win in 2009.
“It was really exciting and I’m thrilled we finished as winners. I didn’t have the best start and was surprised by the lack of grip on my side of the track. I went deep into the first corner and lost the back end so I fell to fourth but managed to overtake Alonso by the end of the first round of both Trulli and Rosberg after the first pitstops. ”
“I was happy with the car and our speed was good, but the weather fully opened up the race. Choosing the tyres was tough, but we pulled the right moves at the right time, especially when it was just starting to rain heavily.”
“Many thanks to my engineer Andrew Shovlin who was with me on the podium today and the whole team for their work and strategy.”
“Last weekend we had the fairytale start of the season and I’m so proud that it continued here as well.”
|5||14||Mark Webber||Red Bull/Renault||1:35.797||0.616|
|6||5||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:36.106||0.925|
|10||6||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:34.769||-0.412|
|13||15||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||1:35.518||0.337|
|10 place grid penalty for the incident with Kubica in the Australian GP|
|17||8||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Renault||1:35.708||0.527|
|19||20||Adrian Sutil||Force India/Mercedes||1:35.951||0.770|
|20||12||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1:36.107||0.926|
|2||6||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||31||55:53.344||22.722|
|6||14||Mark Webber||Red Bull/Renault||31||56:22.955||52.333|
|13||8||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Renault||31||57:27.335||1:56.713|
|15||15||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault||30||54:03.504||Spun off|
|16||12||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||30||54:30.736||Spun off|
|17||20||Adrian Sutil||Force India/Mercedes||30||55:58.426||1 lap|
|18||21||G.Fisichella||Force India/Mercedes||29||53:16.065||Spun off|
|(19)||5||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1||2:02.738||Engine|
Fastest lap: Jenson Button – 1:36.641 (lap 18)
DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 2/17 RACES
|17||Nelson Piquet Jr.||0||–||–|