By Alex Kapadia
Jenson Button stormed first passed the chequered flag at the Spanish Grand Prix this afternoon.
But there was massive disappointment for his Brawn team mate Rubens Barrichello who thought he had the race in the bag until a change of strategy and troublesome tyres forced him into second.
“The third set of tyres was not good at all,” Barrichello summised. “Perhaps there was something broken on the car or something as I couldn’t keep my pace up. I don’t think it was the tyres, it must have been something to do with the car.”
“From then on it was a big struggle to keep the car on the track and a relief to come second.”
It had looked like being Barrichello’s day after he shot from third to first in the opening seconds of the race.
However, a switch in strategy saw the English driver gain the upperhand in the battle for victory, leaving Barrichello to reflect on what might have been.
“The race evolved quite well for me,” he said afterwards. “I had a great start, went into the lead and I was running a tiny bit quicker than Jenson to begin with and I had two more laps of fuel, so it was going quite well. I then heard that they changed Jenson’s strategy so I had to keep on pushing.”
Button has taken top position on the podium for four out of five races during the season which has delighted team boss Ross Brawn.
However, the change of strategy appears to have caused an undercurrent of discontent from Barrichello.