Was Silverstone turning-point of 2009?

After Red Bull's dominance at Silverstone, the debate continues as to whether the British Grand Prix will be remembered as the turning-point of the 2009 season. Brawn's Jenson Button won six of this year's first seven races, but was just sixth...

After Red Bull's dominance at Silverstone, the debate continues as to whether the British Grand Prix will be remembered as the turning-point of the 2009 season.

Brawn's Jenson Button won six of this year's first seven races, but was just sixth at Silverstone while Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished one-two in the visibly updated RB5s.

Championship leader Button, and even Red Bull's car designer Adrian Newey, said after the race that the situation was at least partly due to characteristics of the Silverstone circuit and environmental factors.

But RBR chief Christian Horner insists: "We expected the Brawn to be formidable in the last sector.

"But we managed to appear triple-top all weekend in some of the sector times, in particular sector three which has slow speed changes of direction and slow corners.

"That's very encouraging for the rest of the championship," he said.

Many observers believed Button's 32-point advantage over Vettel before Silverstone was unassailable, but if the Silverstone trend was to continue, the young German could easily mathematically win the title.

"We'll have to wait and see," said Brawn GP's Ross Brawn. "With all due respect to them ... it was a combination of us under-performing and Red Bull being very strong."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Mark Webber , Ross Brawn , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Newey
Teams Brawn GP