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Trulli’s Bahrain disappointment

April 26th, 2009

Jarno Trulli, Bahrain, 2009Jenson Button claimed his third victory of the season in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix and increased his lead in the World Drivers’ Championship to 12 points.

Toyota had qualified on the front row of the grid and Jarno Trulli was hoping to score the first win for the Japanese team but a poor start and bad tyre choices saw him finish third behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.  Whereas Button and Vettel went for a super soft – super soft – medium strategy, Trulli spent a long middle stint on the slower medium tyres.

After the race, Trulli seemed somewhat deflated and it wasn’t just the 50 degree temperature:

I am a little bit disappointed because I was waiting for the first win for Toyota.

During the second stint we used a very long stint on the hard tyres, so I was trying to fight and it was really hard fighting with a lot of cars. I was not extremely quick.

Lewis Hamilton had a great start and was “delighted” with his fourth place finish – his best of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen, under the stern gaze of Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, managed a measly three points to save the Scuderia the dishonour of their worst start to an F1 season ever but poor Felipe Massa finished in 14th, a lap down and battling with the Force India of Fisichella.

Although he won by 7 seconds, Button said it was a tough race:

Our car is competitive but it’s still not easy to drive and that’s something that we need to work on because I had a lot of moments during the race where I was wide, locked up rears or fronts.

Jenson is clearly worried that the early advantage Brawn GP has had is starting to be clawed back by teams like McLaren.  The Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks’ time will see most teams bring updated cars including new double-diffusers for Ferrari and BMW but with almost twice as many points as their nearest rival Brawn GP don’t have too much to worry about yet.

2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Results

Pos Driver Team Grid Time Points
1 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 4 1:31:48.182 10
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 3 1:31:55.369 8
3 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1 1:31:57.352 6
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:32:10.278 5
5 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 6 1:32:25.961 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 10 1:32:30.239 3
7 Timo Glock Toyota 2 1:32:31.062 2
8 Fernando Alonso Renault 7 1:32:40.957 1
9 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 9 1:32:46.380 0
10 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 15 1:32:53.331 0
11 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 18 1:32:55.823 0
12 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 11 1:33:06.006 0
13 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 lapped 0
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari 8 lapped 0
15 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 17 lapped 0
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 19 lapped 0
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 lapped 0
18 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 13 lapped 0
19 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 14 lapped 0
RET Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 12 retired, 48 laps 0
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