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2009 Brazil Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The championship -- both driver and constructor -- has finally been decided. Anticlimactic? Perhaps. But we dare anyone to say undeserved. After all, nobody else caught them, so by de facto, no one else is better.

EVENT: Always have to love the Brazilian GP. At least at the track. Just don't stray too far off the track with anything valuable.

TRACK: Maybe not a Monza or a Spa, but Interlagos is still a proper grand prix circuit.

QUALIFYING: Rain, rain, go away. Though Rubens and the fans were perfectly happy with it.

RACE: An interesting and exciting race for lots of micro and macro reasons.

START: Sparks were flying.

BUTTON: Drove a hard, aggressive race to claim the championship without worrying about what others wound up doing.

BARRICHELLO: Always seems to have one bad stint to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

BRAWN GP: The storybook beginning had a storybook ending. Heck, even Ferrari's top guy was happy to see them take it all.

WEBBER: Fantastic run for Mark with the perfect strategy and the perfect pace.

KUBICA: Finally, a podium result for Robert.

HAMILTON: Back on the podium for Lewis as he gears up for 2010.

VETTEL: Too many mistakes for Sebastian to complete the comeback. His time, no doubt, will come.

MCLAREN: Hey knuckleheads, you still have a fuel host attached to your car.

RAIKKONEN: Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages, keep your eyes open if you dare! Kimi the Iceman will drive through a wall of fire and not even melt!

KOBAYASHI: A great drive in his first start. Glock better watch out. That is until Kamui pulled that bullshit blocking maneuver on his fellow countryman.

NAKAJIMA: A wild ride thanks to Bonsai Kobayashi.

TRULLI: Think Jarno was a bit upset at Sutil? Just a tad? Then again, Trulli wasn't exactly very smart himself with the position he put himself in.

SUTIL: A great qualifying spot wasted.

ROSBERG: Another long finishing streak comes to an end.

HEIDFELD: After his record finishing streak ended in Singapore, Nick now has two DNFs in three races.

GROSJEAN: Was Roman the official passing dummy?

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Celebrate.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 10 -- The number of British drivers who won the World Driving Championship. The next closest country is three for Brazil and Finland.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first British World Driving Champion is Mike Hawthorn in 1958. Driving a Ferrari, he clinched the title in the 11th and final race of the season, beating out fellow countryman, Stirling Moss, by a single point despite Moss' four wins. The difference was Hawthorn grabbing the bonus point for fastest lap five times versus just three times for Moss. Hawthorn was the first of only two drivers (Keke Rosberg in 1982) to take the title with just one victory.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jenson Button on speaking the words "world champion," "I'm going to be saying that all night!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Jenson Button on the erratic Kamui Kobayashi, "He was crazy! I suppose he's just inexperienced, but he moves about a lot in the braking zones, as Nakajima found out. Everyone else was tough but fair, but he had to be put in his place."

SCHEDULE: Still some spots to be decided and McLaren and Ferrari would love to beat each other for third place. However, thank goodness the titles were decided before going to yet another location that quite frankly won't give a rat's ass about the sport.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Webber 71
2. Kubica 71
3. Hamilton 71
4. Vettel 71
5. Button 71
6. Raikkonen 71
7. Buemi(R) 71
8. Barrichello 71
9. Kobayashi(R) 71
10. Fisichella 71
11. Liuzzi 71
12. Kovalainen 71
13. Grosjean(R) 70
14. Alguersuari(R) 70
R Nakajima 30
R Rosberg 27
R Heidfeld 21
R Sutil 0
R Trulli 0
R Alonso 0

Time of Race
1:32:23.081

Margin of Victory
7.626 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Mark Webber, Rubens Barrichello

Fastest Race Lap
Mark Webber

Pole Position
Rubens Barrichello

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Button 89
2. Vettel 74
3. Barrichello 72
4. Webber 61.5
5. Hamilton 49
6. Raikkonen 48
7. Rosberg 34.5
8. Trulli 30.5
9. Alonso 26
10. Glock 24
11. Massa 22
  Kovalainen 22
13. Kubica 17
14. Heidfeld 15
15. Fisichella 8
16. Sutil 5
  Buemi(R) 5
18. Bourdais 2

  Team Pts.
1. Brawn GP 161
2. Red Bull 135.5
3. McLaren 71
4. Ferrari 70
5. Toyota 54.5
6. Williams 34.5
7. Sauber 32
8. Renault 26
9. Force India 13
10. Toro Rosso 7
 
 

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