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Can Brawn GP win it all

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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.

 

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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.

REVISED RACE RESULTS

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

Classified:

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

 

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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.

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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 # 332

str_4_profile_9602Charge of the Red Bull: Stampede of the Adrian Newey-designed cars is set to commence in land down under at the end of this month. Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne is the season opener. German wunderkind, Sebastian Vettel, fresh from his victory in Monza last year with Toro Rosso, has now been promoted to the flagship Red Bull team. This makes teammate Webber a Mark-ed man. The Australian made his Grand Prix debut in home country in 2002 and is still searching for that elusive maiden win. The team is powered by Renault engines.

Junior team Toro Rosso pranced away with Ferrari power plant to an historic win and several impressive showings last year, mainly due to the efforts of Vettel. He leaves his name behind on both Toro Rosso race cars for the 2009 season. His replacement is Sebastien Buemi, the Swiss racer has been a Red Bull Driver for some years now and last year raced in GP2. His teammate is Sebastien Bourdais, who continues with the team for a second year.

Flins-Les Mureaux, north east of Paris given the nod as the French authorities’ preferred option for the return of the Grand Prix de France by 2011

Rubens Barrichello tops the times sheets in the new BGP001

Fernando Alonso says Renault have more work to do.

Charlie Whiting taking a close look at the diffusers in question.

Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed

Special interview with F1weekly listener and Kart racer Carlos Calderon.

Final day of testing times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:18.926 110 two legged
2. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:19.774 120
3. Glock Toyota (B) 1:20.091 128
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:20.576 83
5. Alonso Renault (B) 1:20.664 64
6. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:20.677 92
7. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.740 134
8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:20.869 70
9. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.013 62
10. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:21.045 141
11. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.629 27