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Brawn GP make history , one-two at Australian Grand Prix 2009

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It was a script from heaven. The drivers did not even have any sponsors on them. Who would have imagined that a defunct team written off by critics and fans alike, rescued at the last moment would go on to make history and win their first ever formula one grand prix. Honda F1 was giving one dismal performance after another last year, but Brawn GP with its yellow livery seems to have changed the team’s fortunes. I wonder if Honda would have kept the team and raced like this, wouldn’t they have made money ? Anyway, Nick Fry would be kicking himself on the butt.

Also it was more bad news for Jarno Trulli, after starting from the pitlane he was penalised for passing Lewis Hamilton during the safety car period and would not be out of points. Lewis Hamilton thus got promoted to 3rd place in his McLaren.

Sebastien Vettel was demoted 10 places for the Malaysian Grand Prix as he was blamed for this accident with Robert Kubica. See a video of Sebastien Vettel vs Robet Kubica. Kind of reminds me of Kubica at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button (unlike a certain other Brit) was pretty modest about the whole thing :

“It wasn’t the perfect race and there’s room for improvement, but we got the win and hopefully this is the first of many. I can’t wait for Malaysia now.”

Meanwhile Lewis Hamilton was all praise for his team’s ‘perfect strategy’

“We’ve definitely not forgotten how to win”, said Hamilton “Our strategy was perfect and the team did a fantastic job.”

The Ferraris had a dismal race and i wouldn’t really like to discuss them even, same is the case with Force India (a little more lucky and they could have been in the points though). Anyway, we head to Malaysia now for the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend. Lets see what the Sepang International Circuit holds.

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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Formula One season 2009 : Just 5 more days to go !

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Satellite image of Melbourne formula one track

Yes folks, we can count the number of days left on one hand now, only 5 more days to go for the 2009 formula one season. The biggest news at this time is that the FIA has been forced to scrap the new points structure it had proposed. So the number of wins wont decide the FIA formula one driver’s championship winner.

I had exams last week , so couldn’t update much, but expect me to be more regular from now on. Wait for the Aussie GP preview. In the meantime, it seems Michael Schumacher is taking his job at Ferrari seriously and advising more often. Below he is seen in a serious discussion with Rob Smedley, Stefano Domenicali and Felipe Massa at Barcelona testing of Ferrari F1 2009 challenger.

Michael Schumacher Ferrari

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March 23rd, 2009 at 10:09 am

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 Australian Grand Prix

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I watched the race highlights, not the race as i have an exam tomorrow. But anyway Lewis sort of deserved his first victory of the season. Kimi Raikkonen on the other hand deserved not to win or even finish the race. It seems the iceman is literally driving on ice and is having a hard time minus the traction control (there might be some other explanation, but i didn’t hear the on-race commentary, seeing the footage it all seemed like rookie mistakes to me) The race results are ::

 

Position 

 Driver 

 Nat 

 Team 

 Time 

1

Lewis Hamilton 

GBR 

McLaren-Mercedes 

34:50.6

2

Nick Heidfeld 

D 

BMW Sauber 

5.478

3

Nico Rosberg 

D 

Williams-Toyota 

8.163

4

Fernando Alonso 

E 

Renault 

17.181

5

Heikki Kovalainen 

FIN 

McLaren-Mercedes 

18.014

6

Kazuki Nakajima 

J 

Williams-Toyota 

-1 lap 

7

Sebastien Bourdais 

F 

Toro Rosso-Ferrari 

-3 laps 

8

Kimi Raikkonen 

FIN 

Ferrari 

-5 laps 

DNF 

Robert Kubica 

PL 

BMW Sauber 

lap 50 

DNF 

Timo Glock 

D 

Toyota 

lap 44 

DNF 

Takuma Sato 

J 

Super Aguri-Honda 

lap 33 

DNF 

Nelson A. Piquet 

BR 

Renault 

lap 31 

DNF 

Felipe Massa 

BR 

Ferrari 

lap 30 

DNF 

David Coulthard 

GB 

Red Bull-Renault 

lap 26 

DNF 

Jarno Trulli 

I 

Toyota 

lap 20 

DNF 

Adrian Sutil 

D 

Force India-Ferrari 

lap 9 

DNF 

Mark Webber 

AUS 

Red Bull-Renault 

lap 1 

DNF 

Jenson Button 

GB 

Honda 

lap 1 

DNF 

Anthony Davidson 

GB 

Super Aguri-Honda 

lap 1 

DNF 

Sebastian Vettel 

D 

Toro Rosso-Ferrari 

lap 1 

DNF 

Giancarlo Fisichella 

I 

Force India-Ferrari 

lap 1 

DSQ 

Rubens Barrichello 

BR 

Honda 

 

Australian Grand Prix 2008 : Lewis Hamilton on Top !

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Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari 2008 I had an exam today, so was really divided on whether to watch the Qualifying or not, but better sense prevailed and i watched it anyway. Ferrari bombed big-time with Kimi facing problems early on in his qualifying and having to settle for a dismal 16 – the topmost position in the Q1 qualifying session. Kimi’s car got stuck in the 1st session and hence could not compete further due to qualifying rules.

It was a different story for Lewis Hamilton though, his car was faster than Felipe’s Ferrari by a good margin. Robert Kubica qualified second for the BMW team while Lewis’s teammate will start right behind Lewis on the grid in the race as he qualified in third place.

Toyota did well to get 6th and 9th place for Trulli and Glock respectively. It was a good session for them.

Force India was as expected towards the bottom, Fisichella managed to beat a Torro Rosso alongwith 2 Super Aguris, and got 17th place.

 Fisichella_Aus2008q

1. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.714

2. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber 1:26.869

3. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.079

4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:27.178

5. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 1:27.236

6. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota 1:28.527

7. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 1:28.687

8. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Renault 1:29.041

9. Timo Glock Germany Toyota 1:29.593

10. Sebastian Vettel Germany Toro Rosso-Ferrari No Time

11. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda 1:26.173

12. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 1:26.188

13. Jenson Button Britain Honda 1:26.259

14. Kazuki Nakajima Japan Williams-Toyota 1:26.413

15. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault No Time

16. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari No Time

17. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Force India-Ferrari 1:27.207

18. Sebastien Bourdais France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:27.446

19. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Ferrari 1:27.859

20. Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 1:28.208

21. Nelson Piquet Brazil Renault 1:28.330

22. Anthony Davidson Super Super Aguri-Honda 1:29.059

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