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Malaysian GP could be dark and wet.



Denso Divas: Asian beauty is in full bloom as the F1 circus goes to Sepang for round two, the Malaysian Grand Prix. Forecast calls for heavy rain and we all know it’s slippery when wet. That is good news for Herr Vettel and Hamilton. The McLaren World Champion can sure use the “great equalizer” as his package is unable to deliver against the new Sheriff in town, the Brawn boys.

Eddie Irvine, courtesy of Michael Schumacher, won the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix in 1999. Fernando Alonso scored his first career pole position here in 2003 and in the same race Kimi Raikkonen won his first Grand Prix.

The Sepang track is the first of what is now known as Tilke-drome.

On February 13, 2008, the management of the Sepang International Circuit announced its aim to become Formula One’s second night race from 2009 after Singapore, following discussions about buying a floodlighting system. Its plans seem to be moving forward when Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir, the chairman of the circuit, revealed that they were in the process of securing a lighting system. He was quoted as saying, "They might be custom made for the circuit." However, since then, the organizers have confirmed that they will not be making the race a night race, but will be adopting a late-afternoon start time.

Malaysian Meteorological Department is predicting thunderstorms at Sepang all week, worsening between Friday and Sunday.

Brawn GP prepare for a repeat performance.

Razali blames the Malaysian government for slow ticket sales.

Fernando Alonso convinced It’s make or break time for the R29 at Sepang.

F1’s 2009 regulations have made it harder to overtake…Timo Glock


Can Brawn GP win it all


Two Heads Up: Season opener in Melbourne on Sunday saw an historic one-two finish for team formerly known as Honda F1 Racing. The Brackley based team almost joined the ranks of Lotus, Brabham and Arrows. A last minute management buy-out led by Ross Brawn saved the team from extinction. The dramatic debut win in the Australian Grand Prix is not, in true F1 tradition, without controversy. The Diffuser-gate hearing in April may close the unfair advantage other teams are claiming Brawn GP enjoys in the design of their diffuser.

Jenson Button scored his second career win ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello, who is now in his 17th. year at the top tier of professional motor racing. Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton was classified third.

The 2009 season is off to a steamy start. More of the same in the simmering heat and humidity in round two this weekend at Sepang–the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vijay Mallya has his eye on Bruno Senna.

Ferrari may not be competitive until mid season.

Nico Rosberg believes Formula 1’s twilight races are dangerous.

Scuderia Toro Rosso extremely happy with Buemi performance.





Button takes Brawn GP to victory

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Dramatic Debut: Reims 1954, Buenos Aires 1977 and now Albert Park 2009. The Maestro Juan Manuel Fangio gave Mercedes-Benz victory in the French Grand Prix upon their return to Grand Prix racing after the war. Jody Scheckter gave Canadian oil man Walter Wolf debut win in Argentina. Jenson Button joined this elite group on Sunday with a dominant win for Brawn GP from pole position in Australia, opening round of the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship.

Teammate Rubens Barrichello was second and Toyota of Jarno Trulli third, thanks to late race coming together of Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel. World Champion Lewis Hamilton, relegated to the back of the grid following a gearbox change, was fourth ahead of the second Toyota of Timo Glock. Alonso, Rosberg and Sebastien Buemi, making his F1 debut with Toro Rosso, finished in the remaining points paying positions.

Round 2 is next Sunday at Sepang, the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button takes the checkered flag in Melbourne.

Rubens Barrichello recovers from a bad start to finish second.

Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica tangle fighting for the podium.

Ferrari’s hopes turn to disaster after Massa and then Kimi fail to finish.

Trulli given a 25-sec penalty moving him outside of the points finish.

Vettel given a 10-place grid penalty for the Malaysian Grand Prix.


The Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia;
58 laps; 307.574km;
Weather: Sunny.


Pos Driver Team
1. Button Brawn GP
2. Barrichello Brawn GP
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
4. Glock Toyota
5. Alonso Renault
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota
7. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari
8. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari
9. Sutil Force India-Mercedes
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber
11. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
12. Trulli Toyota
13. Webber Red Bull-Renault
14. Vettel Red Bull-Renault
15. Kubica BMW Sauber
16. Raikkonen Ferrari

Fastest lap: Rosberg, 1:27.706

Shake and brake in Formula 1



Brawny Roll: Wonder down under in qualifying for the opening round of the 2009 Formula 1 season was the performance of Brawn GP team. Jenson Button, the lost man of British motor racing after the emergence of Lewis Hamilton, put the Mercedes-Benz powered car on pole position on its debut. Fellow Brit Jackie Stewart was the last man to achieve this feat when he put Uncle Ken’s Tyrrell on pole at Mosport for the 1970 Canadian Grand Prix.

Teammate Rubens Barrichello, the lost man of Brazilian motor racing since the emergence of Felipe Massa, will share the front row with Button. Barrichello’s experience and long term relationship with Ross Brawn salvaged his career after the shock withdrawal of Honda late last year. Their decision deprived the return of Senna’s name, as in Bruno, to the Grand Prix circuit.

Third man in the photo and on the grid is Sebastian Vettel, youngest Grand Prix and pole winner, his determined looks and raw talent reminds one of another young German driver from the early 90s.


Come undone: Nelsinho Piquet is feeling the heat from the start of the new season. Poor and erratic season last year has made him a marked man. He must up his game against his teammate, no small task, or risk Romain Grosjean gearing up for a debut later in the year.

Toyota excluded from the final results of the qualifying.

Jenson Button takes the pole in Melbourne!

Rubens Barrichello completes the front row for the Brawn machine.

Sebastien Vettel holds on to third position.

Virgin may take over Brawn GP name.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps

1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:25.211 1:24.855 1:26.202 19
2. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:25.006 1:24.783 1:26.505 21
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.938 1:25.121 1:26.830 21
4. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:25.922 1:25.152 1:26.914 19
5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:25.846 1:25.123 1:26.973 21
6. Glock Toyota (B) 1:25.499 1:25.281 1:26.975 19
7. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:25.844 1:25.319 1:27.033 21
8. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:26.194 1:25.265 1:27.127 20
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:25.899 1:25.380 1:27.163 21
10. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.427 1:25.241 1:27.246 20
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:25.827 1:25.504 14
12. Alonso Renault (B) 1:26.026 1:25.605 12
13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:26.074 1:25.607 16
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:26.184 1:25.726 15
15. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:26.454 no time 5
16. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:26.503 10
17. Piquet Renault (B) 1:26.598 12
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:26.677 10
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:26.742 9
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:26.964 10

F1weekly podcast # 334


Nico Rosberg on top in Friday practice with a flying 1.26:053

Adrian Sutil in his force India outpacing the Ferrari’s.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir hameed.

Special Interview with John Edwards.


John Edwards first entered organized motor racing in karts in 2003 winning the Great Lakes Sprint Series Junior Briggs Restricted Championship. In October of that same year he became the youngest ever licensed driver in U.S. open-wheel road racing.

Competing in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Race Series on January 17, 2004, John first won at the historic Daytona International Speedway, becoming the youngest winner in open wheel road racing history. His first year in racing concluded by being selected as the sole winner of the coveted 2004 Red Bull Driver Search, a program designed to find the next American Formula One World Champion.

To begin 2005 John moved to Europe, first competing in international karting. John’s early mid-year promotion to the highly competitive Formula Renault Cup and EuroCup Series resulted in him becoming the youngest in history to hold a FIA license, and the youngest to compete in the Formula Renault series. After a first year of learning and "baptism by fire" John completed a successful campaign in 2006 with podium finishes at Spa-Franchorchamps and the Nurburgring, and his first European victory at Anderstorp. In 2007 John set another “youngest-ever” record racing in the ultra-competitive Champ Car Atlantic Championship. John recorded on podium finish, with second place at Toronto, as well as many other top-five finishes, ultimately ending 9th in the championship standings.

In 2008, John is racing in the Star Mazda Championship. Despite missing the first race of the season, John is aiming for the championship and is already a multi-race winner.

Melbourne Saturday practice times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:25.808 21
2. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:25.811 + 0.003 19
3. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:25.981 + 0.173 20
4. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:26.020 + 0.212 17
5. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:26.078 + 0.270 18
6. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:26.348 + 0.540 19
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:26.355 + 0.547 16
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:26.410 + 0.602 25
9. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:26.514 + 0.706 18
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:26.555 + 0.747 19
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:26.652 + 0.844 13
12. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:26.714 + 0.906 18
13. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:27.009 + 1.201 12
14. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:27.062 + 1.254 12
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:27.152 + 1.344 16
16. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:27.192 + 1.384 17
17. Alonso Renault (B) 1:27.357 + 1.549 18
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:27.492 + 1.684 20
19. Piquet Renault (B) 1:27.739 + 1.931 22
20. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:28.801 + 2.993 5