Oz practice

Who’d a thunk it? We’d grown used to the cars and drivers that would top leaders boards in F1 over the last few seasons, but today’s practice times have bucked all that.

Williams’ Nico Rosberg ends the second practice session in Melbourne, Australia at the top of the time sheets, followed by the most experienced F1 driver ever, Rubens Barrichello, in the Brawn.

In third is Toyota’s Jarno Trulli, with Red Bull’s Mark Webber fourth, followed by Britain’s Jenson Button in the other Brawn.

So that’s the top five, with no mention of a Ferrari or McLaren.

In fact, you have to look all the way down to 10th and 11th to see Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen respectively in the red cars, but what of the McLarens? Heikki Kovalainen in 17th leads teammate, and reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton in 18th.


Looking at McLaren’s poor times, Ron Dennis must be sitting at home furiously raking his desktop sandpit.

Unless of course he knows something that we don’t, but I honestly think they’re in real trouble for this weekend, although we’ll have to wait until qualifying tomorrow to find out what the true pace of their’s and everyone elses cars are.

I could bang on about how the teams that are running controversial rear diffusers are all at the top of times – split only by Red Bull – or how Nelson Piquet has again pitched his Renault into the gravel, but I think I’ll leave this and other chat up to you.

Welcome back to Formula 1. It’s been a long wait, but well worth it as we’re in for a cracking season.

UPDATE: Take a look as Massa’s big moment from practice today. Impressively held.

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How about that Super GT league eh?

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@marcus LOL!

I can’t wait to see those headlines if virgin brawn wins. One of these days they will definitely have a hilarious headlines.

“1st score for Virgin Brawn”

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My money is on rubens. that will make sense as BRAWN dont have sponsors sticker weighing the car down

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hopefully Kimi can win..
with LOTS of crashes other than him =)
and some good racing too.
maybe a little drama to make things exciting.

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also, the cars look terrible.
i mean it looks like the BMW and so on all have stuff stuck up their noses and the Brawn i think it is, is dragging its nose across the road…
rear spoiler.. anyone else want to take a saw to it and do a little bit of trimming?

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my goodness, one of the Brawns posted a time in Q1 (1:25.0) that was a full second quicker than any of the cars posted in any of the practice sessions!

I’m a die-hard McLaren fan, but I love underdogs, so it looks like I’ll have to start ending my posts by saying “Go Brawn and go McLaren!” instead of the other way around…

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and enough about the cars looking ugly. On TV they look just fine. When they’re cornering at 5g’s, you can barely notice the smaller rear wing.

We all said the new cars looked goofy when we first saw them in testing, but it’s time to move on.

They look cool enough for me.

And the Brawn’s nose is awesome. Remeniscent of the McLarens’ wide noses of a few years back.

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Rubens just ran a 1:24.7 in Q2! There hasn’t been a lap time under 1:25 at Australia since 2004!

I think we all need to get ready for the Virgin Brawn to birth a win!

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Virgin Brawn… (he still is??) hahaha…

“the yellow car at front of the grid,
and the silver car at the back of it…”

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This year hamilton dos’nt deserve to win BRAWN ALL THE WAY!!!

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Now we wait or tomorrow, because poles don’t mean anything unless you get to keep it…
But seriously, can somebody give a precise explanation why is BRAWN so quick?? That goes for the rest of them that qualified top five today…

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Well I heard that the car had a ‘decent’ McLaren engine

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to evryone saying the cars look ugly; they are not made to look good, they are made to go racing.

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So Ocky, why is there Goodwood and why is there auctions for classic racingcars? Hate this machines, and there ugliness is for nothing, no more overtaking.

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new team and top posiions well done button and barrichello

mr branstons no longer a virgin he’s gone all the way hes got brawn

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headlines will be

“Virgin goes all the way with brawn”

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