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Button celebrates sixth win in seven races

June 7, 2009 21:18 IST

Button celebrates sixth win in seven races

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Formula One drivers leave the grid at the start of the Turkish F1 Grand Prix in Istanbul on Sunday.

Jenson Button ran away with the title to stretch his overall Formula One lead to 26 points with a sparkling sixth victory from seven races.


Image: Formula One drivers leave the grid at the start of the Turkish F1 Grand Prix
Photographs: Reuters
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No Turkish delight for Sutil

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Force India F1 driver Adrian Sutil of Germany, who started the race at 15th place, finished the race at the 17th position and could complete only 57 laps.

His teammate Giancarlo Fisichella retired after completing just 4 laps.


Image: Force India driver Adrian Sutil of Germany in action

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Vettel manages to stay on podium

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Australian Mark Webber finished runner-up for Red Bull, taking the chequered flag 6.7 seconds behind the Briton to equal his best ever finish, with 21-year-old German team mate Sebastian Vettel (in the lead) third after starting on pole position.

Button stretched his championship lead over Brazilian team mate Rubens Barrichello, who failed to finish after a starting glitch left him fighting way down the field, to 26 points with 10 races remaining.

The Briton has 61 points, Barrichello 35 and Vettel 29.


Image: Sebastian Vettel leads the pack

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You have built me a monster of a car: Button

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"You have built me a monster of a car, you guys are absolute legends," Button yelled over the team radio, his voice wavering with the emotion, after the white and lime car crossed the finish line.

Button's seventh career win, and fourth in a row, made him the first driver to win in Turkey without starting on pole position since the race made its debut at the Istanbul Park circuit in 2005.


Image: Jenson Button crosses the finish line

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'I wish I could have had all the guys up on the podium'

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"Today the car was the best it felt all year. Today it was immense, it really was," added Button. "I wish I could have had all the guys up on the podium with me."

Vettel, who made three stops to Webber's two but failed to make the strategy work for him, made a mistake when he hit the kerb into turn nine and went wide at turn 10 on the opening lap, allowing Button to slip past.

Vettel said he had been well beaten: "Jenson was just too quick today, I don't think I would have held him anyway," he said.


Image: Peter Bonnington, a member of the Brawn-Mercedes team, 2nd placed Mark Webber, winner Jenson Button and 3rd placed Sebastian Vettel on the podium

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Button full of Turkish delight

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In what is shaping up to be the most dominant season by a driver since the championship started in 1950, 29-year-old Button also became the first Briton to win four successive races in a single year since Nigel Mansell in 1992.

Only five other British drivers, all of them champions, have won six times in a season and that tally does not include current champion Lewis Hamilton.

The 24-year-old McLaren driver, wrestling with an uncompetitive car, finished 13th -- 80.4 seconds behind Button -- unlapped but still out of the points for the third race in succession.


Image: Jenson Button of Britain celebrates on the podium

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