No longer an exception, it was business as usual at the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix. Jenson Button drove his Brawn GP Mercedes to a sixth win of the season. The Englishman overtook pole position winner Sebastian Vettel in the first lap and took of towards another dominating win. Mark Webber appeared to have the better strategy of the two Red Bull Racing cars in pursuit of Button, overtaking his teammate Vettel and securing second place in the end.
With the controversial double diffuser now built into the BMW Sauber, Robert Kubica and his teammate appeared much more competitive than in the last couple of races. Kubica started the race in tenth, but a clever tactic got him past former world champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen and with Barrichello not finishing the race, the Pole finally scored his first two points of the season by finishing in seventh. Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton was invisible, starting the race from the sixteenth spot and ending only three places better, leaving him no points for the third race in a row.
Nico Rosberg of Williams was rewarded for an excellent race which he started in ninth and finished in fifth, while Felipe Massa drove a consistent yet unremarkable race in his Ferrari, driving in sixth position from start to finish. The final spots with points rewarded in the top eight went to Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli (fourth) and Timo Glock (eighth).
With Button’s teammate Rubens Barrichello dropping out of the race and not scoring any points, Jenson Button now opened a 26 point gap in the championship with his home grand prix coming up soon. Button now leads with 61 points, with Barrichello in second with 35 and Vettel third with 29.