Rubens Barrichello used a medium – soft tyre strategy to score his second race win of the season after a thrilling and tactical high speed Italian Grand Prix yesterday.
The Brawn GP driver finished over two seconds ahead of team-mate Jenson Button who used a reverse soft – medium tyres strategy at Monza.
Kimi Raikkonen finished third for Ferrari after McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton crashed out in the final minutes of the race following a brave all-out effort to challenge the top two.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “This was a thrilling race with a fantastic strategic battle. Even though it was a one stop strategy that won the race, it is difficult to say whether a one or a two stop was better.
“Both Bridgestone Potenza compounds gave very similar overall performance so there was a good variety of different strategy uses.
“For Brawn GP in their championship battle this was a good day. We must also mention the fighting spirit of reigning champion Lewis Hamilton who pushed very hard right to the final lap where he was unfortunate not to finish.”
Hiroshi Yasukawa – director of Bridgestone Motorsport, said: “Congratulations to Rubens for his second win of the season and Brawn GP for their fourth 1-2 finish this year. We saw an exciting race today and it was interesting to see how the different strategies worked.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team