The 1st race of the 2009 F1 season was at the weekend and it was pretty much the perfect weekend for Brawn GP. Its an amazing story – a team which official didnt exist about a month ago. They finished in 1st and 2nd, qualified 1st and 2nd and got a “significant” sponsor deal with Virgin.
I ended up watching pretty much all weekend, waking up early in the morning. I am regreting it abit now and knackered!
Back to the F1….. qualifying was on Saturday and Brawn GP finished in position 1and 2. The Brawn GP cars were a lot faster than the other cars. It wasnt a great qualifying for McLaren who really struggled. Hamilton ended up about 18th after qualifying poorly and moving back 5 places after changing his gearbox.
In the actual race, Jenson Button was in 1st place from start to finish. Brawn GP had the fastest car but the didnt end the race miles ahead of everyone because of a couple safety car “sessions”. Lewis Hamilton ended up finishing 3rd which was very impressive. He actually didnt end up on the podium (that was Trulli in 3rd) but he was deduced 25 seconds after he overtook when the safety car was out – which isnt allowed.
A great start to the F1 season. It will be interesting to see how the season develops if they manage to keep up the pace. Jenson Button has said there is more to come. Teams like Red Bull, Williams and Toyoto showed some good pace and you can not forgot about Ferrari and McLaren. Also several of the teams have the Kers system which Brawn GP dont have so that could effect future races – maybe as soon as Malaysia which has long straights.
Personally very happy as a big fan of Button. Finally hes got a great car!