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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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Say hello to Brawn GP : erstwhile Honda Formula One team

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Brawn GP Logo

Brawn GP Logo

Its official, Honda F1 is saved. The Japanese outfit Honda agreed to the sale of the formula one unit Honda formula one to ex-team boss Ross Brawn. The team has been re-christened Brawn GP. The message on the Brawn GP official site read:

On behalf of everyone at Brawn GP, welcome to our new team and our new website BrawnGP.com

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you – our fans, our partners and our media colleagues – for your tremendous support during the past few months. It has been a challenging period but we have now achieved a very pleasing conclusion to the strenuous efforts which have been made to secure our future. We have also been left in no doubt as to the level of enthusiasm for the team and our ambitions.
Our focus now is on preparations for the first race of the 2009 calendar in Melbourne on 29 March. Over the coming weeks we will bring you the very latest news and pictures from the build-up to the Brawn GP team’s debut season plus our plans for the development of BrawnGP.com
Enjoy the new season.
With very best wishes

Ross Brawn
Team Principal

The team also confirmed that Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello will be their drivers for the 2009 season. The press release on the Brawn GP site read Ross Brawn’s message to Honda’s fans :

“The past few months have been extremely challenging for the team but the announcement is a very pleasing conclusion to the strenuous efforts that have been made to secure its future,” said Brawn

“Firstly, it is a great shame that having worked with Honda Motor Company for so long we can no longer continue together.

“I would like to thank Honda for the fantastic co-operation and support we have received throughout this process – particularly those members of the senior management who were closely involved with concluding our agreement – and for the faith they have demonstrated in myself and our team.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay due credit to our staff at Brackley. The levels of motivation and commitment that I have witnessed at the factory deserve the highest praise.”

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March 6th, 2009 at 10:59 am

Bernie Ecclestone and Mercedes keen to bail out Honda F1 Racing

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bernie ecclestone

Bernie Eccelstone has gone public with his intentions of not letting the ailing F1 Racing outfit Honda F1 die an untimely death. He said that he was willing to assist the team financially.

The Mercedes team also said that it would supply engines to the Britsh team. The Formula One manufacturer’s association can also be expected to chip in and assist Honda in whatever way it can.

“We’ve been talking to them,” Bernie said.

“Whatever happens we’d like to see the Formula 1 team stay in business.”

“I’d rather not comment on that but we will do whatever we have to do to try to make it happen,” said Ecclestone.

“I don’t even know whether we could legally be involved (but) we probably couldn’t.

“The Commission might say that because we are the commercial rights-holder we shouldn’t be part of it.”

“I don’t know at this stage, but there is a possibility that loans could be made or something. (to assist Honda)”

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February 15th, 2009 at 8:01 am

Scuderia Ferrari willing to supply Engines to Honda F1

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ferrari engine supply to Honda

Ferrari formula one has offered to assist the Honda F1 team in a bid to revive the now defunct outfit. Ferrari F1 who were dumped by the Force India formula one team who moved to McLaren have offered to supply Engines to the Honda F1 outfit.

Currently the Italian outfit supplies engines to Scuderia Torro Rosso. Its revealed that Ross Brawn has been in talks with the Ferrari team for the engine supply in case the outfit is revived and a bidder is seen. There was also a rumour that despite shutting down its F1 division, Honda would continue to supply their team with their own Honda engines.

The Italian team would need a lot of time though to make new engines for a new car, therefore time is running out to revive the Honda formula one team. The season opener at Melbourne (Australian Grand Prix) is about 80 days away.

A Ferrari spokesperson confirmed that Honda had asked them if they would be able to supply engines and they said yes.

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January 8th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Honda quits formula one amid financial crunch !

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Honda F1 Team 25 Nov

The Honda formula one team claimed to power dreams, one lap at a time, but it seems their batteries ran out of juice, just a metaphor for the fact that they probably ran out of money to sustain a fully featured formula one team.

Car makers have been one of the worst affected by the ongoing global financial meltdown triggered by idiotic bank policies in the west where they would give credit to any loser who had defaulted on scores of loans in his past. As a result, the money available in the market is less, and couple that with low liquidity, the working capital has shrunken and so has the market, facing such a crunch, Honda decided it was best to pull out of the money guzzling sport of formula one. You may read the official reactions from the Honda formula one team.

Nick Fry:

“Despite the obvious disappointment that we all felt on hearing the news from Honda Motor Co. we do understand that this decision was one which they felt they had to take in light of the current global economic situation and the resulting impact on the worldwide automobile market.

“Last night’s meeting with the staff was difficult for everyone but judging by what we have seen here in Brackley today, that has quickly given rise to a steely determination. The directors of the Honda Racing F1 Team now intend to make every effort possible to secure the future of the team and we know we can count on the continued support and fighting spirit of the great team of people we have here in Brackley. Our staff have been a credit to themselves, to our team and to Formula One over the past 24 hours and I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud we are of them today.

“The RA109, our 2009 F1 contender, is our first car developed under the technical leadership of Ross Brawn. With the resources Ross has at his disposal and confirmation that Honda will provide the necessary support to complete the car in time for the first race in Melbourne, I am sure that we can still have a very successful 2009 season if a new owner can be found. One new major sponsor is already signed for 2009 and discussions are well advanced with others. Offers of support from around the world have been generous and I’m sure that with that kind of goodwill towards the team we have a good chance of competing even in this difficult economic situation.

“We have had a number of potentially suitable investors approach us since the news broke and we now we want to make sure that we have the right owner for the team to enable to us to continue at the right level.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Formula One can have a good future and that this team can be part of it. The sport, including FOTA, the FIA and FOM, is already well down the road of ensuring a more sustainable existence and I’m sure that this work will continue to accelerate in the coming weeks, making our team a very good investment for the right buyer.”

Ross Brawn:

“Our information is that, relative to the other teams, we have a very strong car in development here at Brackley and we will continue to develop the RA109 to ensure a strong start to 2009 and improvement through the season.
“This is a unique opportunity. The facilities we have here are among the best in the sport as a result of multi-million pound investments over the past 24 months. We have a fantastic workforce and a car that could be one of the best.
“Honda are keen to help us try to preserve the team and fortunately we have some time to react. If this had happened closer to the season it would have been much more difficult. It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone to step into what will be a very competitive team next year. The facilities here are amongst the best in Formula One, the workforce is definitely one of the best in Formula One and we have a great car in progress for next year. We have aspirations to be at the front of the grid and we want to find investors who have the same ambitions.

“I would like to thank the staff here at Brackley for a fantastic demonstration of courage and fortitude today despite difficult circumstances. I am proud to be part of this team.”

Jenson Button:

“As you can imagine, I was totally shocked by yesterday’s news. The process of absorbing it is one that will continue for some days to come, so the only focus today was being here at Brackley to return the support I have counted on throughout our past six years together. I am sure I will have more to say in the coming days but today is about the people I consider my team – and what a fantastic group of people they are.”

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December 6th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

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