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Jenson Button and the Brawn GP team swept aside all doubts about their durability as championship contenders yesterday when they delivered a triumphant performance in the Spanish Grand Prix.
The 29-year-old Englishman claimed his fourth win in five races this season, finishing ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello as Brawn proved themselves worthy winners in the season's first race in Europe.
Their one-two triumph ahead of the leading Red Bull car driven by Mark Webber confirmed that, even after weeks of developments and revisions by their rivals, Brawn are still the team to beat.
"I'm so happy - once you start winning it is such a great feeling," said British driver Button, who was not even sure he would have a job this year when the former Honda team closed down last November.
"Last year, it felt just the opposite. But when it goes well, it really goes well doesn't it? I'm on top of the world now compared to last year. But I have to say that the whole team did a magnificent job."
Webber came home third to maintain Red Bull's competitive form ahead of German teammate Sebastian Vettel, Spaniard Fernando Alonso in his Renault and Brazilian Felipe Massa, who slowly rolled over the line as his Ferrari ran out of fuel on the final lap.
Germans Nick Heidfeld of BMW Sauber and Nico Rosberg of Williams were seventh and eighth ahead of world champion Lewis Hamilton, who failed to score a point for McLaren Mercedes. - Sapa-AFP