Brawn strength

Jenson Button will be lining up on the grid at the first grand prix of the year in Melbourne, Australia, alongside his teammate from last year, Rubens Barrichello, following a management buyout of the Honda F1 team.

Former Honda F1 boss, Ross Brawn, has secured a deal to buy the Brackley based outfit from the Japanese car manufacturer, assuring their appearance on this year’s F1 grid.

The team is now called Brawn GP – and by the looks of their rushed up site, appear to be using black, white and yellow as their team colours. Top Gear heartily approves. Brawn GP will be running a behind-closed-doors shakedown of the Mercedes-powered BGP 001 (as the car will be known) at Silverstone today.

The team will be attending next week’s test in Barcelona, as well as the Jerez test on March 15-17, where Rubens and Jenson will have to work overtime as they try to catch up on the development time that the team has missed.

Their rivals have all completed two or three tests each this year already, so Brawn GP have a lot of catch-up to do in order to ready their new car for the start of the season.

There’s a ray of hope here, though. Due to the poor form of the Honda RA108 last season, the team diverted all of its attention to developing this year’s car from the middle of last season. This could prove fortuitous considering the amount of work that’s now laid out in front of them.

Still it’s great news all round and all of Top Gear are happy that not only has Jenson managed to find a seat for this year – at a reputed 50 per cent pay cut from his rumoured £8m annual wage packet – but that also many jobs have been saved within the team.

We now wait with anticipation to see the new car next week – how are you feeling about the whole thing?

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now Rubens barrichello top the times. this will be an exciting year for brawn GP.

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Bart, I don’t know, i think the front wings look decent enough (i.e. being low and wide), though not nearly as cool looking as the swoopy wings of last year. And I can’t decide whether I’m happy or sad to see bridge wings go.

And the rear wings are starting to grow on me. Again, they’re not as asthetically pleasing as the ones from previous years, but the more I look at them, the more “normal” they seem.

Anyone else feel this way?

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Marcus, I agree regarding the new rear wing – I was just looking at photos of the Brawn GP on their website and admit that i’m starting to find the quirky look quite appealing.

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Yeah these 09 cars look more like they’re meant to be raced, than F1 cars have for longer than I care to remember.

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i think the 09 brawn f1 car is fantastic

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With the team doing so well in it’s first test things look great for the start of the season. You can keep upto date with the team at:

brawngp.blogspot.com

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The Brawn did it today!
A superb race and 1st and 2st places to the Brawn GP!!

Bravo!
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