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Jenson Button makes it 2/2 with Brawn GP in abandoned race

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Jenson Button Malaysian Grand Prix 2009

Its amazing to consider that before the start of the 2009 season, Jenson Button had won only 1 race. Now that we are 2 races down in the 2009 season, this man has 3 races in his kitty. The race was abandoned after 31 laps after red flags were waived to stop the dangerous race in torrential rain. Later on the race could not be started as a lot of time had been wasted.

“What a crazy race, it really was,” said Jenson Button

“My start was really bad, I had a lot of oversteer and maybe I didn’t get enough heat in the rear tyres.

“Choosing the tyres here was difficult because unusually when it rains here it pours, but it didn’t.”

And what about Brawn GP, the new outfit is the 1st to win their 1st 2 races since Alfa Romeo who won their 1st 2 races in 1951.

After the race ended, half points were awarded to the top eight finishers as not enough of the race had finished, which is also happening only for the fifth time in formula one history.

Ferrari continued their overly dismal performance. After they had dominated practice the Tifosi were hoping that they would be stronger in the race. But Ferrari would only manage to get Kimi 16th place and Felipe Massa was DNF.

Nick Heidfeld was 2nd with an exceptional pit strategy. After being disqualified from the last race for lying, Lewis Hamilton finished 7th in the race, gaining a few places since the start.

Timo Glock for Toyota was 3rd.

Malaysia GP result – at the end of 31 laps

1.  BUTTON       Brawn
2.  HEIDFELD     BMW
3.  GLOCK        Toyota
4.  TRULLI       Toyota
5.  BARRICHELLO  Brawn
6.  WEBBER       Red Bull
7.  HAMILTON     McLaren
8.  ROSBERG      Williams
9.  MASSA        Ferrari
10. BOURDAIS     Toro Rosso    +1 lap
11. ALONSO       Renault       +1 lap
12. NAKAJIMA     Williams +1 lap
13. PIQUET       Renault +1 lap
14. RAIKKONEN    Ferrari +1 lap
15. VETTEL       Red Bull      +1 lap
16. BUEMI        Toro Rosso    +1 lap
17. SUTIL        Force India   +1 lap
18. FISICHELLA   Force India   +2 laps
R.  KUBICA       BMW           +30 laps
R.  KOVALAINEN   McLaren +31 laps

Fastest lap: Jenson Button,Brawn GP: 1m36.641s

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Brawn GP goes Last to First : Jenson Button claims pole position

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Timo Glock Toyota Rear Wing 2009 Australian Grand Prix

Toyota had their rear wings marked illegal by F1 Stewards due to too much flexibility

Who in their right minds would have bet their money on Brawn GP, a team which until a few weeks ago didnt exist, the erstwhile Honda team whose fate was uncertain after a disastrous season and on Jenson Button who has often been called just another British driver and has been thoroughly overshadowed by McLaren’s own Brit Lewis Hamilton.

Wee this Saturday at Melbourne was not the place to make informed guesses and preditctions, because things didnt go as expected. The McLarens and the Ferraris werent the forces to be reckoned with, but it was the Brawn GP car of Jenson Button which took the pole position. And as if that wasnt enough, forgotten Brazillian driver and Jenson Button’s teammate at Brawn GP Rubens Barrichello was 2nd and will accompany Button in the front row.

Sebastien Vettel was a cool third in his Red Bull Racing car. While Robert Kubica (whom i had considered a favorite) was only 4th fastest. The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Raikkonen were 7th and 9th respectively. The McLarens were even more pathetic in 15th and 16th place with world champion Lewis Hamilton 16th.

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Will BMW Sauber break the McLaren-Ferrari duel ?

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Thats the question on a lot of people’s mind. While Renault had broken the duel for 1-2 years with their brief dream runs with Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella, but the question resurfaced later on with their subsequent demise.

BMW Sauber though have emerged as a team that might be able to do it. Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica have been having one strong run after another in their BMW Sauber cars. They had 11 podium finishes in 2008 and their run in Canada 2008 was spectacular.

So can they go all the way in 2009 ?  , can BMW Sauber be a serious contender in the in the constructor’s championship which has so far been dominated by Ferrari and McLaren.

When asked this question the drivers expressed a little doubt (though it was coupled with hope).

“The ideal would be to fight for the championship to the end and achieve better results than this year, but it’s difficult to predict.
“Next year is a big challenge with so many changes to the regulations. You have to be lucky to get the right direction straight away.”

Robert Kubica said , he was third in the driver’s championship in 2008.

The main worry seems to be with the new Aerodynamic parts and regulations. Heidfeld was worried with the new front wings which have been widened in the 2009 season. He felt that the increase would lead to more accidents.

“I can imagine that now we will see many more touches,” the German Nick Heidfeld said

“Sitting inside the car, the driver cannot see the wing although, of course, you know it is there. However, in previous seasons, when you knew you could take a chance , now I think there will be more problems, especially at the start.”

I certainly feel that BMW Sauber have the stuff to win the championship, but the drivers do need to be a little more confident, dont they ?

Written by Formula One Addict

January 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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