The true picture?

It’s hard to come to terms with all the stories that have just been generated by that qualifying session! Is your head as muddled as mine? I’ll do my best to un-muddle but it isn’t easy!

Let’s put Brawn to one side for a minute and think fuel loads. Bit boring given the sensational pole for a team that was dead a few weeks ago – how must the Honda top management be feeling, losing all this incredible publicity for their brand? – but I can’t wait to hear what the fuel loads are. Only then will we get an impression of who’s really on pole.

If the Brawns are heavy, or equal to the others in the top ten, then it’s amazing, but I’m looking at fourth place and Kubica as the potential pole-sitter here. That BMW must be fast given all the development they’ve done on it. I wonder whether he’s got some laps in hand? And given the way Williams goes racing, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rosberg (fifth) running with plenty of fuel as well.

Vettel’s performance was stunning – comes to a new team and puts his established team-mate in the shade. There is an amazing driver and if he’s got fuel on board, he’s driving an amazing car, too. He might score a couple of wins this year and would be a good outside bet for the championship. Webber will fight back but that’s a huge body-blow for the Aussie.

The Ferraris are nowhere. And Massa yet again has beaten Raikkonen. Kimi’s contract with Ferrari extends through to the end of 2010 but if he is consistently outperformed by Massa, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him disappear a little earlier than that, either by his own choosing or more likely, that of the team.

Then there is the absolute shock of seeing the McLaren’s nowhere too. Ferrari and McLaren not competitive? Surely this is a sign that F1 really is more open to smaller teams now, more open to brilliant engineers and clever thinking rather than just big budgets? And maybe that’s why Branson is finally dipping his toe into the sport… it’s becoming more of a sport!

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Honda were dreaming the impossible dream (ahem).

Can a pole-sitter still be a Virgin?

Brawn + Button + Barrichello + Branson = BRILLIANT

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4B’s (New name for Brawn?)

Could be worse. Could be like Torro Rosso and have the criteria that they only select drivers if they are named Sebastien(or Sebastian)

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Fantastic qualifying – well worth getting up at 5 am for! Counting down the hours until the race – hope Jenson keeps his nerve and wins – even though I am a Fernando fan! Go Brawn GP!

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Anyone notice that these new cars seem faster than the cars last year. Even with all the efforts to slow them down.

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I think the slick tires are the ones that make the cars faster. less aerodynamics more grip on the road.

F1 has never been this exciting. Underdogs dominating and big guns are struggling. Can’t wait for tomorrows race!!

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Well, the word is that the new rules reduced downforce by 50% but the engineers clawed all of it back, plus another 17%.

So the cars ARE faster. Barichello’s time in Q2 was the fastest in Australia since 2004.

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Less than an hour now until the race!

I think we might see some suprises from the KERS teams at the start.

The standing start is basically a drag race, and since the KERS teams are allowed to have a fully charged system from the start, it’s like having an 80-shot of nitrous oxide.

Hopefully the Brawns can keep ahead going into the first corner, which would negate the advantage of having KERS at the start. If the Brawns stay ahead, KERS won’t be enough to catch them, and the “Brawns will be gone” into the distance…yes that rhymes when i say it!

Go Brawn and go (a bit quicker) McLaren! (And shame on the poster who stole that line from me!) :)

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Jenson is making it happen! “The Brawn is gone” into the distance! Poor Rubens, though, with that unlucky start. It looks like the car just bogged when he let off the hand-clutch.

In the first few laps Jenson opened up the lead to around 4 seconds!

Go Brawn! And Hami is eating up the field from the back in the McLaren. Some pretty nice passes so far…

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Nakajima you freakin’ fool! Way to blow Jenson’s lead by bringing out the safety car. Jerk.

I been thinking Sir Frank needs to cut Nakajima loose since he ran into the back of Alonso in Spain last year.

I just don’t think the kid has what it takes. Give De La Rosa or someone of the sort a race seat already, Sir Williams.

I mean come on, Nakajima’s main goal in life right now is to equal his father’s best result…a 4th place finish…come on.

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Brawn One-Two. Happy now?
I sure am =P

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Way to go Brawn GP! Incredible race.

I can’t wait to hear what Vettel and Kubica have to say to each other…

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#3 koko – hamilton came forth and has just bin moved up to 3rd cos truli passsed under the safety car and has got a 25 second penelty that does not sound to bad to me. – congratulations Brawn Gp

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im #63

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Too much difference between Barrichello and Vettel to say that’s due to fuel, I reckon. The race showed it, although the cars’ behaviour changed too dramatically from soft tyres to hard

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if branson takes over brawn they will be called virgin. this is an ideal name for jenson and barechello as they suit the virgin name.

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First off, Virgin are not going to take over Brawn GP – they are merely the major sponsor (so expect the cars to turn up in Malaysia painted red, white and silver). The team may be called Virgin Brawn GP, but that’s not clear yet.

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I think this whole thing about penilizing Trulli is just so Hamilton can scrape some more points, to be honest I’m suprised the FIA didn’t just make Jarno slow down on the last corner, like Glock five months ago.

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glock didnt slow down u need to get ur facts right elberto, go look at the telementry and thje pictures of brazil and u see glock slow and skidding around in da rain. i suggest u go on you tube or but the f1 season review dvd.

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Funny that after having all his points stripped and Raikkonen made champion be the FIA, Hamilton wins the title on the last corner, of the last lap, of the last race by one point. Coincidence? I don’t think so

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not coisedense luck and destiny. ham was meant to win the title last year. it was paypack for spa. massa sudnt hav gt da win there.

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El Roberto: You’re an idiot.

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