I’m not sure if this has happened before, but I finally got one right…the winner anyway. Rubens Barrichello scored an emotional victory for Brawn GP in Valencia at the European Grand Prix. It was his first win in over five years and the first to be in anything other than a Ferrari. Coming in second place, after leading for much of the race, was Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren, while Kimi Raikkonen got a great start and jumped three places to third by the end of the race. Rounding out the points paying positions were Heikki Kovalainen in fourth, Nico Rosberg in fifth, Fernando Alonso in sixth, Jenson Button in seventh and finally Robert Kubica in eighth.
So, how close did I come to being correct? I had Barrichello winning followed by Button and Webber. So I had the winner right, and I also had points for Button, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Rosberg, so not too bad.
With this win, Rubens has leapfrogged the two Red Bull drivers and taken over second place in the championship. He is now only 18 points ahead of the charging Rubens, who is only a few points ahead of both Webber and Vettel – neither of whom scored any points on the weekend.
Of course, the emotional part is not just due to the fact that he won the race as a 37-year-old, or the fact that it had been five years, it was down to the fact that he was racing for Felipe Massa, his Brazilian countryman who was hit by a spring from Rubens’ car at the last race. He really wanted to win this one for Massa, and ended up doing so in fine style.
Also, it is nice that Formula one is back in action because we are now less than a week away from the next grand prix. This one is held at the daunting and always interesting Spa-Francorchamps circuit. If you want to see just how much of a great race this one can be, all you have to do is look to last year where in a dry race that turned wet, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton had a hell of a battle in the final laps and Lewis went on to what he thought was a victory, only to have it taken away after the race. I don’t want to see that happen again – the penalty part – but if the race turns wet…look out because anything can, and will, happen. Here’s hoping it’s a fantastic race.