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Brazil Wins 100th Formula 1 Victory
Rubens Barrichello wins at Valencia circuit
Marcelo Mackinnon (pelarco)     Print Article 
Published 2009-08-26 02:29 (KST)   
On August 23, at the Valencia race track in Spain, Rubens Barrichello came in first place to win the Telefonica Grand Prix of Europe.

After a five year dry spell, this was Barrichello's tenth personal victory of his career, and it was also a historic 100th Formula 1 race won by a Brazilian driver.

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Barrichello drove his Brawn Mercedes race car at an average speed of 308 kilometers per hour and it took him one hour and thirty five minutes to complete the race. Now Rubens is in second place of the 2009 driver's championship with 52 points, while Jenson Button is in first place with 74 points.

Rubens dedicated his victory to his countryman, Felipe Massa, who is recovering from an unfortunate incident that occurred weeks ago while training. This incident also involved Barrichello since it was a bolt that came loose from his car that hit Massa (he was driving behind Rubens in a Ferrari) in the head and nearly killed him.

It was Massa who also won at Valencia in the 2008 championship, and he was the first to send Rubens a message via Twitter to congratulate Rubens. Ross Brawn also sent Rubens a message by radio only minutes after the Brazilian had crossed the finish line. "Absolutely fantastic Rubens, it was just like in the old days, well done," said Brawn.

With this win Rubens enters the history of Forumla 1 along other great Brazilian Formula 1 drivers such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna (who was killed in a crash in 1994).

After today the Brawn Mercedes team is in first place of the constructors championship with 126 points.
Appeared in author's blog samreality.blogspot.com
©2009 OhmyNews
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