Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) took his second race win of the season in a thrilling and exciting Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos where Jenson Button clinched this years FIA Formula One drivers championship.
Webber used a medium-medium-super soft tyre strategy in a dry race to finish ahead of Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber F1 Team) and Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes). Pole-sitter Rubens Barrichello finished eighth.
Buttons fifth position gives him an unassailable lead in the drivers championship while the Brawn GP Formula 1 Team sealed the 2009 constructors championship.
Hiroshi Yasukawa Director of Bridgestone Motorsport, says
Well done to Mark Webber and Red Bull Racing for Marks second win today and many congratulations to Jenson and Ross and all of the team for winning both the drivers and constructors championships in such fantastic fashion. The story of Brawn GP is an amazing one and many millions of people around the world have seen such an exciting race that definitely added something fascinating to the sport. These were tremendous achievements. We always see exciting races here and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere created by the Brazilian fans. Its been a long and hard fought season and we are proud to be the Official Tyre Supplier to this great sport.
Hirohide Hamashima – Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development, says
Once again Interlagos gave us some surprises, and a thrilling race. Most people expected more rain today, but the race was dry. Many people thought that the super soft Bridgestone would not be durable, but it worked better than predicted. Heidfeld used it at the start and Raikkonen used it twice without major issue. After so much rain yesterday the track was very green so we saw a lot of surface improvement through the race. Lap times were quite slow as the surface was still not at its best, especially in sector two. Well done to Webber, who drove a very controlled race for Red Bull, Kubica and BMW Sauber who used a good strategy for second, and Hamilton and McLaren who showed good patience for third. We are investigating Barrichellos tyre, as it appears that a puncture caused air loss. It was sad to see Barrichello and Vettels championship hopes dashed but well done to winners Jenson Button and Brawn Grand Prix for such well deserved wins.
Stats of the Day
Tyres used: Medium / Super soft
Bridgestone Potenza Driver Tyre Strategies Rd.16 Brazil Grand Prix
In 2009, the tyre regulations stipulate that the two dry tyre specifications must be visibly distinguishable from each other. At the Brazil Grand Prix, the super soft compound Bridgestone Potenza tyres were marked with green bands on the sidewalls. The wet weather tyre was also marked with a green line in a groove.