In the final race for the team, Nick Heidfeld
secured a solid fifth for BMW
Sauber ahead of the Toyota
of Kamui Kobayashi, with the Japanese rookie again impressive as he snared sixth. Running on a one-stop strategy, Kobayashi ran as high as third during the race and again found himself battling on track with Button as he fought his way ahead of the champion when Button exited the pits ahead of the Toyota
following his first stop. Although his pace dropped off when he went to the softer Bridgestone tyres for his second stint, sixth was still a fine result for the former GP2 racer as he looks to secure a race seat for 2010.
Jarno Trulli was seventh in what could well be his swansong with Toyota, while Sebastien Buemi
completed the top eight for Toro Rosso
after an impressive drive – jumping ahead of Nico Rosberg
at the final stops as the Williams' driver ended his time with the Grove-based outfit in ninth. Robert Kubica
completed the top ten for BMW
Sauber, having impressed early on after battling ahead of Trulli to remain in touch with the front-runners through his first stint before dropping back as the race wore on. A spin while battling with Buemi after the final stops also cost him the chance to end his BMW
career with a top eight finish.
Heikki Kovalainen was eleventh in the second McLaren
but despite the team failing to score, it was still able to secure third in the constructors' championship as Kimi Raikkonen
followed him home in twelfth – leaving Ferrari
also pointless from the weekend as Giancarlo Fisichella
trailed in down in 16th after another below-par performance and a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane.
Elsewhere, Kazuki Nakajima
was 13th while Fernando Alonso
could only manage 14th on his final outing for Renault, ahead of Tonio Liuzzi's Force India. Adrian Sutil
and Romain Grosjean
completed the 18 finishers, with Hamilton and Alguersuari the only people not to make it to the finish.
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