Catch-up time

Jenson Button is gearing up for a tough time retaining his World Championship lead at this weekend’s Spanish GP.

With a two-week break since Bahrain, every team is preparing performance upgrades for their cars at Barcelona, which should put the pack yapping at Button’s heels.

Ross Brawn has admitted that his team has updated their cars, in a bid to keep them ahead.

“We look forward to seeing the results of our development work on track this weekend,” he told Autosport ominously. Well, slightly ominously.

BMW, who have been struggling in the opening rounds, have admitted that they will not be bringing a double-deck rear-diffuser to Spain, but that they do have a large aero upgrade package. However, in order to better asses the impact of the new parts they will not be running KERS this weekend.

Force India haven’t run KERS at all this season, but are now putting its planned Spanish debut on hold: “We have decided to put the emphasis on aero development where we feel the greater gains can be found,” FI chief Vijay Mallya has said.

Renault are hoping to make further improvements now after running a double-deck diffuser on Fernando Alonso’s car in Bahrain.

Ferrari news, however, has been limited to their big boss Luca di Montezemolo ranting about the FIA’s proposed budget cap.

Luca has hinted that Ferrari could leave F1 if it happens. FIA president Max Mosely has responded by stating that the sport will survive without them. Fight on.

Bernie Ecclestone has said he’d help Ferrari stay in the game – the last thing he wants is for F1 to lose arguably its biggest player.

On a less gloomy note, F1.com has put up its video from Bahrain, which makes the race look about 21 times more exciting than it actually was.

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