Button is supreme in Turkey
Jenson Button clinched his sixth win of the 2009 Formula One season with a seamless drive to victory in Turkey.
Last Updated: 07/06/09 3:33pm
Jenson Button extended his lead at the top of the Formula One drivers' standings by cruising to victory in the Turkish Grand Prix.
The British driver took advantage of a first lap mistake from polesitter Sebastian Vettel to lead almost every lap en route a commanding win.
Australian Mark Webber claimed second place after Vettel's aggressive fuel strategy did not pay off and the German slipped down into third.
Jarno Trulli was a long way behind in fourth place, edging out Williams driver Nico Rosberg by a little over five seconds.
As the lights went out, Rubens Barrichello crawled away from his third place on the grid, being swamped by the field and falling all the way back to 13th.
Later on in the first lap, Vettel ran wide on the exit of turn nine and Button cruised through into the lead of the race.
The British driver then began to fly away at the front, setting a string of fastest laps to extend his advantage over the German.
Barrichello's race was ruined when he got stuck behind the KERS-assisted McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen, eventually spinning in a frustrated attempt to pass the Finn.
The Brazilian was then forced to pit early after losing part of his front-wing in an attempt to pass Force India driver Adrian Sutil at the final corner.
Vettel was the first of the front-runners to stop on lap 16, his car being fuelled lightly and his strategy switched to three stops.
Button then stopped a lap later, meaning Webber briefly led the race, and easily stayed ahead of Vettel.
Behind them, Nico Rosberg used his heavier fuel load to leap-frog the Toyota of Trulli and move into fourth place during the first round of pit stops.
Vettel used his lighter car to close up to the back of Button but crucially could not find a way past the championship leader and the Briton remained in command of the race.
The 21-year-old pitted again on the 29th lap which promoted Webber into second and gave Button some breathing space at the front.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton provided some mid-race entertainment during a battle with his old GP2 rival Nelson Piquet, but the contest was only for tenth place.
Button came in for his second and final stop on lap 43 with Webber coming in right behind him. The British driver was so far ahead that he emerged from his stop still ahead of the three-stopping Vettel.
The second round of stops revealed that Rosberg had been short fuelled for his middle stint and Trulli regained fourth position from the German driver.
Vettel entered the pit-lane for his third and final stop with 10 laps remaining, handing second place to his Australian team-mate.
Webber came under pressure from his fellow Red Bull driver in the final few laps but did not risk a move that could have taken them both out of the race.
Felipe Massa finished behind Trulli and Rosberg in sixth, while Robert Kubica and Timo Glock rounded out the points positions.
Turkish Grand Prix result:
1 Jenson Button (Gbr) Brawn GP 1hr 26mins 24.848secs, 2 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:26:31.562, 3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1:26:32.309, 4 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:26:52.691, 5 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:26:56.387, 6 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:27:04.844, 7 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:27:11.095, 8 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:27:11.807, 9 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:27:15.048, 10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:27:27.248, 11 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:27:29.175, 12 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams 1:27:31.224, 13 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1:27:45.302, 14 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren at 1 lap, 15 Sebastien Buemi (Swi) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 1 lap, 16 Nelson Piquet Jr (Bra) Renault at 1 lap, 17 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India at 1 lap, 18 Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 1 lap
Not Classified: 19 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Brawn GP 47 laps completed, 20 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India 4 laps completed
World Championship Standings:
Drivers: 1 Jenson Button (Gbr) Brawn GP 61pts, 2 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Brawn GP 35, 3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 29, 4 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 27.5, 5 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 19.5, 6 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 13, 7 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 11.5, 8 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 11, 9 Fernando Alonso (Spa)Renault 11, 10 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 9, 11 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 9, 12 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 6, 13 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 4, 14 Sebastien Buemi (Swi) Scuderia Toro Rosso 3, 15 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 2, 16 Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 2, 17 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India 0, 18 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India 0, 19 Nelson Piquet Jr (Bra) Renault 0, 20 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams 0
Manufacturers: 1 Brawn GP 96pts, 2 Red Bull 56.5, 3 Toyota 32.5, 4 Ferrari 20, 5 McLaren 13, 6 Williams 11.5, 7 Renault 11, 8 BMW Sauber 8, 9 Scuderia Toro Rosso 5, 10 Force India 0