Hamilton, who led for most parts of the race, was clearly expected to repeat his first win of the season in
Lewis’ problem came when the 23-year old pitted for fuel and tires in lap 37. A miscue in the option for tires, usually unheard of in team McLaren, had mechanics unwrapping heat linings off Lewis’ tire replacements too late while the MP4 was already in place adding precious seconds to the champion’s time.
Barrichello, running behind Lewis, took the lead and was never threatened then by
Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was the most unlucky of the runners behind overall points leader Jenson Button of Brawn. The German driver did not finish the race due to a mechanical problem and might need a new engine during Spa. Teammate Mark Webber was way out of points as well. Jenson Button, the Briton who accelerated to an impressive 6 wins early this year was a calamity all throughout, struggling for grip, for tires and handling. He now leads just 18 points clear of teammate Barrichello who jumped from 4th place overall in the Driver’s standing to 2nd.
With just 6 races to go, it looks like any of the 3 drivers, Barrichello, Webber and Vettel, are within striking distance from Jenson. At the start of the season, I gathered this season’s F1 would be boring when one driver endlessly wins but it seems I was wrong.
There have been 5 different winners in the last 5 races but still… Go Jenson!