Formula One

Season 4 Episode 5

2009 Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona

Aired Sunday 12:00 PM May 10, 2009 on BBC
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2009 Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona
Jenson Button took the chequered flag at the Spanish Grand Prix to claim his fourth win of the season and extend his lead in the Drivers' Championship. Although team-mate Rubens Barrichello led the way off the line and again when the race restarted after the Lap 1 Safety Car, Brawn GP's decision to switch the Briton to a two-stop strategy was the clinching factor. Third went to Mark Webber after Red Bull also switched their driver to a longer middle stint. It paid off as he passed both Felipe Massa and Seb Vettel in the final round of pitstops. Vettel went on to finish fourth, overtaking Massa three laps from the end after spending the majority of the race staring at the Brazilian's rear wing. However, a fuel shortage for Massa meant he had to yield the position or risk running out. But by doing that the Ferrari driver also lost out to Spain's Fernando Alonso, who claimed fifth place with Massa sixth.moreless

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