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    Jenson Button cemented his lead in the championship with a commanding victory in the desert heat of Bahrain, as Toyota failed to capitalise on their qualifying dominance. Sebastian Vettel had a solid drive to take 2nd, and Trulli ended up a disappointing 3rd.

    Timo Glock took the lead into the first corner, as the two Toyotas built a good gap in the first stint. Lewis Hamilton, as did the two Ferraris, made the most of their KERS devices off the line, the Briton breifly in 2nd, before dropping back.

    However the decision to go onto the harder tyre in the middle stint, seemed to have cost the Toyota duo dearly, as they lacked pace, and with everyone else on softs, they only held up other drivers. In response Rubens Barrichello switched to a 3 stop, but it didn't pay off, as the Brazillian finished 5th.

    Ferrari got off the mark with Kimi Raikkonen racing well, to take 6th, and 3 championship points.

    Lewis Hamilton had a strong drive, showing how much McLaren are improving finishing 4th.

    Timo Glock and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top eight.

    Mark Webber from 17th on the grid, made a strong start, making it into 12th in the opening laps, however he got stuck behind Nelson Piquet and with the KERS there was no way past, he finished 11th.

    Kazuki Nakajima amazingly was the only retirement of the race, despite it being one of the hardest on the calendar on engines and brakes. He pulled into the garage 9 laps from the end with mechanical problems.

    It was also a weekend to forget for the BMW Sauber team, although they got caught on the first lap, and needed to put on new front wings, they never showed  much pace, and finished last and second last. They must hope that the updates due in Barcelona will make a big difference.

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  • Bahrain GP 2009
  • Jenson Button
  • Brawn
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Red Bull
  • Jarno Trulli
  • Toyota
  • Bahrain International Circuit
  • Bahrain
  • 2009 Season
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Button, Vettel and Trulli on the Bahrain podium - © Bridgestone Motorsport

Button, Vettel and Trulli on the Bahrain podium © Bridgestone Motorsport

Position Driver Team Time
1 J Button Brawn 1:31:48.182
2 S Vettel Red Bull +7.1 secs
3 J Trulli Toyota +9.1 secs
4 L Hamilton McLaren +22.0 secs
5 R Barrichello Brawn +37.7 secs
6 K Raikkonen Ferrari +42.0 secs
7 T Glock Toyota +42.8 secs
8 F Alonso Renault +52.7 secs
9 N Rosberg Williams +58.1 secs
10 N Piquet Jnr Renault +65.1 secs
11 M Webber Red Bull +67.6 secs
12 H Kovalainen McLaren +77.8 secs
13 S Bourdais Toro Rosso +78.8 secs
14 F Massa Ferrari +1 Lap
15 G Fisichella Force India +1 Lap
16 A Sutil Force India +1 Lap
17 S Buemi Toro Rosso +1 Lap
18 R Kubica BMW Sauber +1 Lap
19 N Heidfeld BMW Sauber +1 Lap
DNF K Nakajima Williams +9 Laps