Unstoppable Button stretches lead in Turkey

Jenson Button's charge to the 2009 world championship continued in style on Sunday, as pretenders Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barrichello mounted flawed challenges at Istanbul. The Brawn driver's advantage over Sebastian Vettel, who by some ...

Jenson Button's charge to the 2009 world championship continued in style on Sunday, as pretenders Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barrichello mounted flawed challenges at Istanbul.

The Brawn driver's advantage over Sebastian Vettel, who by some is considered the Briton's most likely challenger for the crown, blew out to more than double the Red Bull racer's points tally of 29.

"Today we were a step ahead," Button said, "and it's a nice feeling."

Vettel, third, had to follow his teammate Mark Webber to the chequered flag, after a three-stop strategy. The 'hold station' team order was given in the form of: "Sebastian, save the car, Mark is faster".

The German led away from pole position, but let Button past with an early mistake at the exit of turn 10.

"It was my mistake," an unhappy Vettel, 21, said, "but I think Jenson was just too quick today, I wouldn't have been able to hold him."

Barrichello had a bad day, beginning with an atrocious start, a messy run through the pack requiring a new nose, and ultimately retirement with a suspected gearbox problem.

Jarno Trulli ended Toyota's Monaco slump with fourth, while Felipe Massa ended his run of Turkish GP victories, dating back to 2006, with his sixth place.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , Felipe Massa , Sebastian Vettel