A pit stop blunder cost Lewis Hamilton victory at the European grand prix, as Rubens Barrichello secured his first win in five years with a strong drive.

A pit stop blunder cost Lewis Hamilton victory at the European grand prix, as Rubens Barrichello secured his first win in five years with a strong drive.

Brawn's veteran Barrichello, who overtakes Mark Webber to be second in the drivers' championship, was on top form on the Spanish street track, having started from third and jumping Heikki Kovalainen through the first stops.

Carrying a tribute to the recovering Felipe Massa on the top of his helmet, Barrichello was then endangering Hamilton's lead until the McLaren driver pitted only to discover his crew, who took nearly 14 seconds to service the reigning world champion, was not ready with tyres.

Speaking afterwards with the BBC, team boss Martin Whitmarsh defended the error. "We had to make a late call, it was an operational error (but it) didn't cost us victory; we didn't have the race pace."

Hamilton was visibly disappointed but refused to hit out at his McLaren colleagues. "These things happen," said the 24-year-old.

"I've had so many races with this team and this has very rarely happened. They deserve a pat on the back and, regardless, we need to catch these guys (Brawn) up because there are genuinely a bit quicker than us."

Although Barrichello was strong, his teammate and championship leader Jenson Button had another bad race and finished just seventh, but the blow was cushioned by the fact that neither Red Bull scored a single point.

"What is it, 18 points (over Barrichello)?" Button enquired of his continuing lead. "It's still a big gap so it's not too bad."

Mark Webber's weekend to forget continued on Sunday and he raced to ninth, while Sebastian Vettel retired with yet another Renault engine failure.

"Too many issues," said the German driver. "At the first stop we did not get fuel in the car so the race was lost then. After that we had the (engine) failure.

"I will fight for the championship until the end but days like this ... not finishing the race is not a good thing," Vettel, who will be dangerously close to his full allocation of eight engines towards the end of the season, added.


Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 57 1:35:51.289 3 10
2 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 57 +2.3 secs 1 8
3 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 57 +15.9 secs 6 6
4 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 57 +20.0 secs 2 5
5 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 57 +20.8 secs 7 4
6 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 57 +27.7 secs 8 3
7 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 57 +34.9 secs 5 2
8 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 57 +36.6 secs 10 1
9 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 57 +44.9 secs 9
10 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 57 +47.9 secs 12
11 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 57 +48.8 secs 11
12 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 57 +63.6 secs 16
13 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 57 +64.5 secs 18
14 10 Timo Glock Toyota 57 +86.5 secs 13
15 8 Romain Grosjean Renault 57 +91.7 secs 14
16 11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 19
17 3 Luca Badoer Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 20
18 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 53 Retired 17
Ret 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 41 Brakes 15
Ret 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 23 Engine 4

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