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).

2009 Malaysian GP top 3 qualifying Button Trulli Vettel Photo Red Bull
2009 Malaysian GP top 3 qualifying – Button, Trulli and Vettel (Photo: Red Bull)

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. ”

2009 Malaysian GP start Photo Red Bull
2009 Malaysian GP start (Photo: Red Bull)

“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.”

STARTING GRID

1 22 Jenson Button Brawn/Mercedes 1:35.181
2 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.273 0.092
3 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:35.690 0.509
4 16 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 1:35.750 0.569
5 14 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:35.797 0.616
6 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:36.106 0.925
7 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:36.170 0.989
8 23 R.Barrichello Brawn/Mercedes 1:35.651 0.470
9 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:37.659 2.478
10 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:34.769 -0.412
11 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams/Toyota 1:34.788 -0.393
12 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:34.905 -0.276
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
14 2 H.Kovalainen McLaren/Mercedes 1:34.924 -0.257
15 11 S.Bourdais Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:35.431 0.250
16 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.642 0.461
17 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:35.708 0.527
18 21 G.Fisichella Force India/Mercedes 1:35.908 0.727
19 20 Adrian Sutil Force India/Mercedes 1:35.951 0.770
20 12 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:36.107 0.926

REZULTATI UTRKE

1 22 Jenson Button Brawn/Mercedes 31 55:30.622
2 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 31 55:53.344 22.722
3 10 Timo Glock Toyota 31 55:54.135 23.513
4 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 31 56:16.795 46.173
5 23 R.Barrichello Brawn/Mercedes 31 56:17.982 47.360
6 14 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 31 56:22.955 52.333
7 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 31 56:31.355 1:00.733
8 16 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 31 56:42.198 1:11.576
9 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 31 56:47.554 1:16.932
10 11 S.Bourdais Toro Rosso/Ferrari 31 57:12.786 1:42.164
11 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 31 57:20.044 1:49.422
12 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams/Toyota 31 57:26.752 1:56.130
13 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 31 57:27.335 1:56.713
14 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 31 57:53.463 2:22.841
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
2 H.Kovalainen McLaren/Mercedes 0 Spun off

Fastest lap: Jenson Button – 1:36.641 (lap 18)

2009 Malaysian GP Raikkonen leads Webber Photo Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen leads Mark Webber during the 2009 Malaysian GP (Photo: Ferrari)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 2/17 RACES

1 Jenson Button 15 10 5
2 Rubens Barrichello 10 8 2
3 Jarno Trulli 8.5 6 2.5
4 Timo Glock 8 5 3
5 Nick Heidfeld 4 4
6 Fernando Alonso 4 4
7 Nico Rosberg 3.5 3 0.5
8 Sébastien Buemi 2 2
9 Mark Webber 1.5 1.5
10 Lewis Hamilton 1 1
11 Sébastien Bourdais 1 1
12 Adrian Sutil 0
13 Felipe Massa 0
14 Giancarlo Fisichella 0
15 Kazuki Nakajima 0
16 Sebastian Vettel 0
17 Nelson Piquet Jr. 0
18 Kimi Räikkönen 0
19 Robert Kubica 0
Heikki Kovalainen 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Brawn/Mercedes 25 18 7
2 Toyota 16.5 11 5.5
3 BMW Sauber/BMW 4 4
4 Renault 4 4
5 Williams/Toyota 3.5 3 0.5
6 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 3 3
7 Red Bull/Renault 1.5 1.5
8 McLaren/Mercedes 1 1
9 Force India/Mercedes 0
10 Ferrari 0
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