Barrichello unhappy after more car trouble (Turkish Grand Prix round-up)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Gearbox trouble left Barrichello languishing in the pack
Gearbox trouble left Barrichello languishing in the pack

Wrapping up the Turkish Grand Prix coverage at F1 Fanatic, here’s a look back at the rest of the weekend’s stories.

Including Rubens Barrichello’s concerns about his reliability, what went wrong for Fisichella and the other changes to the cars.


After the race the British newspapers were full of Lewis Hamilton’s remarks that the team might as well scrap the MP4/24 and start again.


Felipe Massa’s hopes of a fourth win at Istanbul came to nought, but he thinks Ferrari are making progress despite not being as close to the frotn as in Monaco:

I think maybe we are still more competitive compared to a few teams, but Red Bull and Brawn are still better than us. Not so much, but a little bit that makes a good difference in the end.


Nick Heidfeld complained of strange problems with his car:

As early as the formation lap I realised the car pulled to one side and the front left tyre had no grip at all. It stood still when I tapped the brakes softly.

The F1.09 finally had a double-decker diffuser and Robert Kubica broke his points duck.


Fernando Alonso reckons the team are now the seventh-fastest on the grid.


Timo Glock, Toyota, Istanbul, 2009
Timo Glock, Toyota, Istanbul, 2009

The TF109s ran with new rear-wing endplates.


Williams brought a revised front wing for the FW31. Kazuki Nakajima’s slow pit stop was blamed on a faulty “wheel nut retention device”.

Red Bull

Christian Horner confirmed the team are bringing more developments to the RB5 at Silverstone as they strive to catch Brawn:

We have got another upgrade coming for Silverstone, and other developments on the pipeline. We will keep pushing as hard as we can and Silverstone is a high-speed track, hopefully we can push the Brawns a bit harder there.

Force India

Adrian Sutil said he didn’t have any problems with his car despite being hit by Rubens Barrichello early in the race.

Giancarlo Fisichella’s race ended due to brake failure. It was the team’s first mechanically-induced retirement this year. Fisichella said:

I have had a few problems with the braking this weekend. We changed all the brake systems to see if it made any difference but it was actually worse today as the car was almost completely locked. I had a good start and in the beginning of the race I was quite competitive with the cars around me but then unfortunately the brake pedal was getting longer and longer and we decided to come back in to the pits.

We tried to see if we could get back out again but in the end it was very risky and we had to retire.


Jenson Button, Brawn, Istanbul, 2009
Jenson Button, Brawn, Istanbul, 2009

Ross Brawn explained Rubens Barrichello’s car was retired:

On Rubens’ side, we had a problem with his clutch off the start line which was similar to that which we experienced at the opening race in Melbourne. In attempting to recover and get off the grid, the transmission was over-torqued. As his race progressed, it became increasingly evident that this had caused a serious problem with the gearbox and we retired the car whilst the damage was contained.

Immediately after the race an unhappy Barrichello complained that these problems seem to occur more often on his side of the garage:

The one that I had on the start – same as Australia, when I dumped the clutch the anti-stall came in and it was the wrong calculation for the clutch once again on my side. […] It’s just frustrating because it has been happening too much on my side.

Both Brawns ran with a new front wing.

Share any other interesting developments from the Turkish Grand Prix you’ve read about in the comments.