Barrichello wins F1’s European Grand Prix

Valencia, Spain — Brawn GP’s driver Rubens Barrichello won the European Grand Prix on Sunday to claim his first F1 victory in 5 years since the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix.

F1 Grand Prix of Europe - Qualifying

The Brazilian took advantage of Lewis Hamilton‘s (McLaren-Mercedes) pit-stop error to record a 10th career win.

“It’s been a weekend that I will never forget,” Barrichello said. “After five years you don’t forget how to do it. But in the middle of the race they are telling me push, push push. There was a lot going through my mind, but the car has been perfect and I want to thank the team for that.”

Lewis Hamilton finished second and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) came in third. McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen finished fourth while Nico Rosberg of Williams rounded out the top five ahead of Renault’s Fernando Alonso.

At 37, Barrichello is the oldest regular driver in the series, and holds the record for the most races run in the series by any driver, with 281 races since he began racing in Formula One in 1993.

The 2009 European Grand Prix (formally the LIII Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe) was a Formula One motor race, held on August 23rd, 2009 at the Valencia Street Circuit in Valencia, Spain. It was the 11th race of the 2009 Formula One season. The race was contested over 57 laps, an overall race distance of 303.9 km (191.9 mi).