Jenson drove a flawless race from the start, tearing away from the lights, managing two safety car stints – even losing time during his last pit stop couldn’t stop him being first across the line.
Rubens somewhat lucked into second after BMW’s Robert Kubica and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel managed to take each other out in the closing stages. Rubens had a shonky start too, and managed to knock his car about a fair bit throughout the race, but like the trooper he is he made the most of it.
Expect Virgin to be the title sponsor of Brawn GP by Malaysia next weekend.
Lewis Hamilton showed his true grit, hauling an underperforming McLaren to third spot – Toyota’s Jarno Trulli was penalised for retaking Hamilton under Safety Car conditions – from starting down in 18th, which was more than he could’ve hoped for. It’s a pity he didn’t get to climb onto the podium with the two Brawn drivers though, ‘cos that would have been cool.
The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa failed to finish again, as they did here in Melbourne last year, but I imagine both the Scuderia and McLaren will be working as hard as possible to get things right for the next outing.
But for now, it’s hard to think of anything other than the Brawn story. I don’t remember anything quite so amazing as this happening in F1 for a long time.
This story is becoming a fairy tale for Brawn GP, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near being over just yet. ‘Just unbelievable. It doesn’t get much better than that today,’ commented team boss Ross Brawn to the BBC.
Felipe Massa said yesterday that Brawn could have both the championships sewn up by the middle of the season – what do you think?