Monday, June 22, 2009

Formula 1: Vettel delivers

A dominant Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull led a 1-2 finish with teammate Mark Webber on the final race of Silverstone for years to come, the 2009 British Grand Prix.

The Brackley-based Brawn duo of championship leader Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello failed to challenge the Milton Keynes-based team in the low temperatures of the 59-year old circuit with Button finishing only 6th while Barrichello finished 3rd.

Felipe Massa of Ferrari, who downplayed his chances in the race finished 4th while teammate Kimi Raikkonen completed the points tally by finishing 8th.

Nico Rosberg of Williams, ever dominant during practices finished 5th. Renault, BMW and especially McLaren, dominant last year, continue to slide down this year by failing to finish respectable places. 2009 Driver’s Champion Lewis Hamilton, who won last year’s wet race, finished a lowly 16th out of 18 places.

It was a sad day for British fans who hoped to have Button win the race at home after Hamilton’s dominance the previous year.

Brawn GP continue to lead the Constructor’s standings with 105 points. Red Bull follows with 74.5. In the Driver’s category, Button leads with 64 points followed by teammate Barrichello with 41. Vettel’s win today inches the German driver closer to the Brazilian with just 2 points separating them. Vettel is 3rd with 39.

Red Bull’s dominance underlined the team’s efforts under the brilliance of chief designer Adrian Newey to challenge Brawn in the remaining races of the season.

The race now moves to Deutschland where Vettel is expected to be the hometown favorite.

Race day on July 12. Stay tuned.