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?