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Brawn Supremacy.


The Brawn supremacy continues with Jenson Button on pole for Monaco.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen wakes up and on the front row with P2.

Rubens Barrichello could not match his team mates pace and settles for third.

Big mistake by Lewis Hamilton at Mirabeau takes him out in Q1.

Vettel alongside Rubinho and Massa rounds off the top five.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:15.210 1:15.016 1:14.902
2. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:15.746 1:14.514 1:14.927
3. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:15.425 1:14.829 1:15.077
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:15.915 1:14.879 1:15.271
5. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:15.340 1:15.001 1:15.437
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:15.094 1:14.846 1:15.455
7. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:15.495 1:14.809 1:15.516
8. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:15.260 1:14.825 1:15.653
9. Alonso Renault (B) 1:15.898 1:15.200 1:16.009
10. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:15.930 1:15.579 1:17.344
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:15.834 1:15.833
12. Piquet Renault (B) 1:16.013 1:15.837
13. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:16.063 1:16.146
14. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:16.120 1:16.281
15. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:16.248 1:16.545
16. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:16.264
17. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:16.264
18. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:16.405
19. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:16.548
20. Glock Toyota (B) 1:16.788



F1weekly podcast # 340

 Shanghai Showers


Double the pleasure: Last year at Monza German driver Sebastian Vettel became the youngest Grand Prix winner when he scored his and Toro Rosso’s maiden win in the rain. On Sunday he repeated the feat for sister team Red Bull, leading his Australian teammate Mark Webber to a one-two finish in the Chinese Grand Prix.


Dentso: The Trulli train was derailed by Robert Kubica, the Polish driver ran his BMW-Sauber into the back of Italian driver’s Toyota in Sunday’s round three in Shanghai. The race went the full distance in wet conditions and the F1 circuit now moves to the sands of Arabia for the Bahrain Grand Prix next Sunday.


Misery loves company: Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton and the man he dethroned, Kimi Raikkonen, continue to struggle. More dark clouds hang over McLaren team as the British team awaits FIA’s ruling on the lie-gate. Ferrari has not scored a single point after three races.


London fog: Jenson Button now has three podium finishes from three races in the 2009 season. After back to back dominating wins in Australia and Malaysia, the English driver had to soak up and settle for third place behind the Red Bull drivers. He leads the championship from his teammate Rubens Barrichello who finished fourth.

 All photos Associated Press.

More Brawn in china



The rest of the field continue to play catch up to the day glo Brawn’s.

Button hits out at Flavio Briatore after the Italian criticised Brawn GP.

McLaren showing good pace with new interim diffuser design.

BMW cars are both running KERS this weekend yet still struggling for pace.

Ferrari have dropped their KERS device do to reliability issues.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso still believes his team can be competitive.

Nico Rosberg is convinced Williams will fight for wins this season.

Second practice times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.679 35
2. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.704 + 0.025 36
3. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.881 + 0.202 35
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.105 + 0.426 32
5. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.167 + 0.488 22
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.217 + 0.538 42
7. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.377 + 0.698 32
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.548 + 0.869 40
9. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.674 + 0.995 34
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.800 + 1.121 34
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:36.829 + 1.150 30
12. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.847 + 1.168 34
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.941 + 1.262 28
14. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:37.054 + 1.375 33
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.219 + 1.540 34
16. Piquet Renault (B) 1:37.273 + 1.594 36
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.491 + 1.812 34
18. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.544 + 1.865 28
19. Alonso Renault (B) 1:37.638 + 1.959 28
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.750 + 2.071 31

Shanghai International Grand Prix Circuit is reputed to be Asia’s most advanced Grand Prix Circuit. Having completed its’ inaugural year, in September 2004, the Chinese Grand Prix is poised to be the major Grand Prix of the F1 Circuit.

The grandstand of the racing field is designed to have 200 thousand seats, 50 thousand of which are on the main and sub grandstands, and the remaining seats are temporary seats on the slopes. The main architecture and other main buildings of the racing field cover 150 thousand square metres, including the main and sub grandstands, direct center, news centre, race team living zone, and pit stops, etc. The architectures combined the modern design concept with traditional Chinese culture.

Shanghai International Circuit is located on northeast of Anting Township in the Jiading District of Shanghai, an old county with a kind folkway, neighbouring the world famous Shanghai International Auto City, 30 km from the centre of Shanghai city and 20 km to Hongqiao International airport. It is surrounded by high grade highways of Jiajin(A5), Jiasong, and A30, etc., and the planned mass transit line R3 will reach the racing field directly.

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Two in a row for Button


lew-hamMcLaren’s Malay Malaise

By Nasir Hameed

Seems like yesterday when McLaren was fined a record $100m fine for their involvement–and concealment of facts from FIA–in the Stepney-gate spy saga. The once proud team–which brought championships to the likes of Fittipaldi, Senna, Lauda and Prost–was also thrown out of the 2007 constructors championship.

An expensive way to learn a lesson, or so the motor racing world thought.

We’ve only just begun: The 2009 season has just begun and McLaren team and star driver, Lewis Hamilton, are in hot water again in the simmering heat of Malaysia. A simple off-track excursion by a fellow competitor, Jarno Trulli, in the season opener last weekend in Montreal, may put the youngest world champion off the track if the matter is escalated to World Motorsport Council.

Did not get the memo-rex: Incredibly, despite knowledge that his statement to a reporter, Adam Cooper of SpeedTV and recorded radio communication with the team, was all over the web and no doubt had reached the stewards, Lewis Hamilton and team’s Sporting Director, Dave Ryan, stuck to their guns that the Toyota driver passed Hamilton under a yellow and he was under no instruction to let Trulli pass.

Ryan expressed: Dave Ryan is the first casualty of the firing line. He was suspended by team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, and was told to take the first available flight back to England. Whitmarsh himself may be wishing he had waited few more races before taking over the team from Ron Dennis. If evidence emerges that Whitmarsh was aware of team’s radio communication with Hamilton, he may also join Ryan on gardening leave.

Starry, Starry Knight: Mercedes-Benz is a major investor in the McLaren team and also the engine supplier. It was their power plant in the back of Jenson Button’s car which won the opening round in Australia. The embarrassment of lie-gate coming within two seasons of Stepney-gate may take its toll not only in their relationship with the team but also the driver, whose career they have financially supported since his karting days.

European vacation: The Grand Prix gala goes to China and Bahrain before the first European round in Barcelona. The World Motorsport Council may give Hamilton a leave of absence and put him in a position where he was few years ago, in front of a TV screen on a Grand Prix weekend admiring the drivers, instead of being one of them.


Jenson Button takes his first career back to back pole.

Jarno Trulli with a great performance in his Toyota for P2.

Vettle and Barrichello in the second row but both take grid penalties.

Felipe Massa with a mistake by Ferrari never gets out of Q1.

Diego Nunes takes an impressive first victory for Piquet GP.

Sebastian Loeb takes the lead in the Rally of Portugal.

1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.058 1:33.784 1:35.181
2. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:34.745 1:33.990 1:35.273
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.935 1:34.276 1:35.518
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:34.681 1:34.387 1:35.651
5. Glock Toyota (B) 1:34.907 1:34.258 1:35.690
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.083 1:34.547 1:35.750
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:35.027 1:34.222 1:35.797
8. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:35.166 1:34.562 1:36.106
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:35.476 1:34.456 1:36.170
10. Alonso Renault (B) 1:35.260 1:34.706 1:37.659
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:35.110 1:34.769
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.341 1:34.788
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:35.280 1:34.905
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:35.023 1:34.924
15. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:35.507 1:35.431
16. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:35.642
17. Piquet Renault (B) 1:35.708
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:35.908
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:35.951
20. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.107

Post qualifying car weight (KG)

1. Button Brawn-Mercedes 660
2. Trulli Toyota 656.5
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 647
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 664.5
5. Glock Toyota 656.5
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 656
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault 656
8. Kubica BMW-Sauber 663
9. Raikkonen Ferrari 662.5
10. Alonso Renault 680.5
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 692
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 683.4
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 688
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 688.9
15. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 670.5
16. Massa Ferrari 689.5
17. Piquet Renault 681.9
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 680.5
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 655.5
20. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 686.5


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