Brawn back on the Button in Bahrain
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.
|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|
|2||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+3.3 secs|
|3||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+4.9 secs|
|4||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+8.4 secs|
|5||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+26.7 secs|
|6||J Trulli||Toyota||+41.3 secs|
|7||M Webber||Red Bull||+45.4 secs|
|8||N Rosberg||Williams||+55.8 secs|
|9||T Glock||Toyota||+69.5 secs|
|10||F Alonso||Renault||+77.1 secs|
|11||R Barrichello||Honda||+77.8 secs|
|11||R Barrichello||Honda||+77.8 secs|
|12||G Fisichella||Force India||+1 Lap|
|13||L Hamilton||McLaren||+1 Lap|
|14||K Nakajima||Williams||+1 Lap|
|15||S Bourdais||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|16||A Davidson||Super Aguri||+1 Lap|
|17||T Sato||Super Aguri||+1 Lap|
|18||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+1 Lap|
|19||A Sutil||Force India||+2 Laps|
|DNF||N Piquet Jnr||Renault||+17 Laps|
|DNF||J Button||Honda||+37 Laps|
|DNF||S Vettel||Toro Rosso||+57 Laps|
|2||L Hamilton||McLaren||+2.3 sec|
|3||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+10.8 sec|
|4||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+13.8 sec|
|5||F Alonso||McLaren||+14.4 sec|
|6||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+45.5 sec|
|7||J Trulli||Toyota||+81.3 sec|
|8||G Fisichella||Renault||+81.7 sec|
|9||H Kovalainen||Renault||+89.4 sec|
|10||N Rosberg||Williams||+89.9 sec|
|11||A Wurz||Williams||+1 Lap|
|12||R Schumacher||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|13||R Barrichello||Honda||+1 Lap|
|14||C Albers||Spyker||+2 Laps|
|15||A Sutil||Spyker||+4 Laps|
|DNF||A Davidson||Super Aguri||+6 Laps|
|DNF||M Webber||Red Bull||+16 Laps|
|DNF||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+21 Laps|
|DNF||T Sato||Super Aguri||+23 Laps|
|DNF||V Liuzzi||Toro Rosso||+31 Laps|
|DNF||J Button||Honda||+57 Laps|
|DNF||S Speed||Toro Rosso||+57 Laps|