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F1 Race Review: Brazilian GP 2009

We have a new World Champion! Jenson Button has just done it for debutants Brawn GP. A team whose future was in the grey not too long ago is on top of the table with Button tasting success which long eluded him. The ex-Ferrari strategist and team boss Ross Brawn must be the proudest man in the F1 Paddock! While Webber, Kubica and Hamilton celebrated their podium, the limelight was on the Brawn Garage!

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said that Brazil always gives us some great race to watch out for. In addition to it being among the last few races on the calendar leading to championship battles, the anti-clock circuit with its ups and downs and rain surprises is a thrill to watch. The enthusiasm of sport crazed Brazilian goes without saying too. Sadly for them, they are yet to see a Brazilian F1 Champion after the Ayrton Senna’s time!

Talking of his attempts to win at Interlagos, old Rubinho is plain unlucky. In his 16 starts at Brazil, he has simply never won a race at home. In the race this Sunday, he was running fourth with 9 laps to go while a slow puncture spoilt the slim outside chance he had if he could score a podium and keep the gap between him and Button less than 10. Compatriot and recovering Felipe Massa was content waving the Chequered Flag.

While Saturday’s qualifying was washed out by the rain, Rubens Barrichello made the best of it by grabbing Pole. Beside him was the eventual winner Mark Webber who drove a flawless race to a second win on Sunday. Debutant Kobayashi made his mark holding off experienced drivers, though at times being a bit aggressive. Poor Raikkonen had brush with flames as fuel from the fuel hose of his fellow Finn Heikki in the pit lane.

Coming to the Bottom line, was Button a deserving Champion? After all these years, initial skepticism from his dad, an early entry at the age of 20 and then a playboy image, Button has seen the worst before making it this year. As the jubilant Button sang the good old Queen’s song, “We are the Champions” a favorite of many F1 drivers, the world saw its 31st Champion, 10th one for the British. Way to Go Jenson Button!

As much as the battle for the title may be over, the race is still on for the second place. Just two points apart, young talent Sebastian Vettel would be seen battling the Veteran Barrichello in the freshly built Yas Marina Circuit at Abu Dhabi. Owing to my travel schedule, possibly, there would be no review of the race from me. Though unlikely, I’ll still try to watch the last race of 2009, before the 6 month lull leading to 2010.

Well, here’s one from me now. Yours truly would, most likely, be visiting the Sepang International Circuit this weekend to witness the Malaysian Moto Grand Prix LIVE! With Valentino ‘Doctor’ Rossi having a 38 point lead, it would be awesome to witness the legend take his seventh Premier Class title on two wheels! Having gone there, I should squeeze in time for Pit-walks, autographs, bike shows and some Go-Karting too!
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