Sunday, 29 March 2009

Brawn muscle to the top

What a start for team Brawn GP in Melbourne to get the Formula 1 2009 campaign under way.

The new team on the circuit, having just sealed sponsorship support from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin, took the top two positions in the time trials and the first race of the year. Jenson Button claimed first place, with team mate Rubens Barrichello taking second.

There was a dramatic end to the race, with a collision between Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and BMW's Robert Kubica, who were lying in second and third place at the time. This meant Barrichello was promoted to second place, and the safety car had to come out to help finish the race without further damage.

Lewis Hamilton crossed the line in fourth having started in eighteenth position, but due to a penalty enforced on Toyota’s Jarno Trulli, Hamilton was upgraded to third place.

This marks quite the success story for Brawn GP, formerly known as Honda, as their survival was only secured early this month by team boss Ross Brawn.

The four busy Bs of Brawn, Button, Barrichello and Branson have certainly made their mark at the Melbourne Grand Prix. They look as if they are to cause serious problems for Lewis Hamilton’s title defending hopes.

Button arrived on the F1 circuit as Briton’s best hope since Damon Hill, but his time in the limelight was rather squashed by Lewis Hamilton, who took his seat in a fiery McLaren and won the title at the second time of asking.

This sudden reversal of fortune, as Button joins a new team with both plenty of brawn and brains, could well mean we see the best of British racers standing next to each other on the podium for most of the season.

After this impressive entrance of Brawn GP, Hamilton could need more than a helping hand from Timo Glock if he wants to regain his title. All cameras will be pointing at Button and Barrichello in Malaysia, creating some serious brawnography.

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