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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Cars actually I think look better than last year due to the removal of all that junk on the body work just leaving the wings and the body itself.
Who knows who can win a race this year but consider this out of the six who did win races Vettel is the only person to win a race this year and also there were eighteen races so average of three wins each and Jenson has won three out of seventeen a similar comparison. F1 is much more funnier this year with Jenson playing with Vettel about his sore bum you never got that with Lewis and Massa, F1 like all sports is there for entertainment and lets just wait and see who can have the car to win and the smooth skills.

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Sorry but totally disagree. Cars look like crap and the races are boring.

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have to agree with unkown, having real people with real sense’s of humour is far more preferable to robots like hamilton and massa. I dont mind if kimi wins anymore because this season my opinion has totally changed about him – he’s the james hunt of the modern paddock and should be given a pat on the back for being so.

and the cars have had a chance to grow on the eye, they look fine now theyve bedded down with the red bull and the mclaren looking particularly good

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but i agree the renault looks like a 200mph turd with its stupid wide nose

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Don’t know what humour has to do with racing.
Kimi btw looks stupid with this yrs’ to big cap on his head, seems Ferrari even last eye for fashion and presentation.

Compared to last yrs cars the 09 cars are even uglier than a wheelchair.

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Honda was pretty good as long they went on with their housebrand MUGEN.As soon as BAR came in, they went down the drain.If that Budget cap would have come last year, Honda would still be in F1.Also, i don t like the looks of this seasons cars, because it reminds me of snow shovels attached to tiny cars.
And Ferrari makes a fuzz about everything. They were good as long as they had “the chin” driving.The fuzz of Fezza is just another PR- Stunt, because they start to feel that F1 is not as ecxiting as it once was, and they want to stay in the Headlines.
Almost every manufacturer already has two teams. (if you look at their engines)And next year, i am pretty certain,everybody will have a capped and an uncapped one. And them share and exchange technology.They ll all play the same game. And we ll see what Bernie and McMosley will do, to ruin the fun further.The Top Gear Bus race,(and Caravan race)were more interesting to watch than anything this seasons F-1 had to throw at me so far.Hideous cars with terrible engine noise, what s next? Fuel tanks reduced to coke bottle size?Shark-skin-imitating surface of the heavy-wets? Wooden frames?Monkeys as pilots? or just make the light signal at the starting grid three shades of Green =D
“Green” F-1? stop racing =P

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What i actually wanted to say:” The F-1 has lost its crown”. They once were the peak of what is technically possible. The strongest, fastest cars in the world.(which made Myths out of Pilots)and only beaten by jet engines in a straight line. Today some production cars exceed the F-1 in power and speed. therefore it should be called the”not ready for production yet”-formula. Thanks to Ecclesley.

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And just to illustrate how credit crunch had hit ferrari:
http://en.f1-live.com/f1/ en/headlines/news/detail/ 090507163733.shtml

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http://en.f1-live.com/f1/ en/headlines/news/detail/ 090507162628.shtml

Please have quick look. It is wery interesting and could, just could shut up people saying it is getting boring.

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“However, in order to better asses the impact of the new parts they will not be running KERS this weekend.”

I think that should be assess, though it sure is a lot sillier as written.

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Comment to #23
I agree with new winners this season,it makes for better entertainment,but I disagree with this Hamilton bashing.As good as Jenson is,he is in a car that is miles better than anything else on track for all round pace,Lewis is a better driver,he is world champion for Gods sake,and hes in 7th in the current Championship with a car that shouldnt,after being disqualified from 1st race.

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So, is it just me, or are the F1.com videos are lot worse this year compared to last year..? And why do they take a week to release them?! I could put a better video up on on youtube within a couple of days, so why does it take these jokers so long? F1 needs a better media department, the fact that we only get to watch one 4 minute clip of each race is ridiculous. There should be clips of incidents, driver interviews and press-conferences, analysis of the start, comparisons of racing lines… am I wrong?

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About Honda, don´t forget they were the runner up in 2004 and Button collected the most points in the 2nd half of the 2006 season. After Lucky Strike had to quit due to the tobacco ban they lost momentum.
Won´t forget the noise though, damn those Honda´s did sound like proper screaming race cars. Good thing they stopped, this yrs F1 ain´t cool and sexy at all, snow shovels indeed!

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About Honda, don´t forget they were the runner up in 2004 and Button collected the most points in the 2nd half of the 2006 season. After Lucky Strike had to quit due to the tobacco ban they lost momentum.
Won´t forget the noise tough, damn those Honda´s did sound like proper screaming race cars. Good thing they stopped, this yrs F1 ain´t cool and sexy at all, snow shovels indeed!

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lighter chassis for Raikkonen to accommodate the weight of KERS as well as revised aero… hopefully that is good for a podium.
maybe with this (chassis and aero) they can shift a bit of weight too and Raikkonen can win. ok maybe i shouldn’t get ahead of my self…

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Hamilton was in the best car when we won the championship in my opinion if all the drivers were put in equal cars then they will be really close to each other and anybody could win a race. Lets hope that the Hamilton fan club don’t do any Jeson bashing as most of the anti Hamiltons may support Ferrari or Alonso.

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We can argue til the cows come home about who is the best driver. The reality is we will never find out unless they all migrate to a one make championship. Of course having the best car helps, the trick is to make sure you take every advantage when you find yourself in one. That’s exactly what Jensen’s doing and all credit to him. Lewis is doing a good job and this experience will be invaluable to his career. Let’s not devaluate Jensen’s achievements, it’s not that long ago he was scoring podium finishes but people tend to forget.

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does anyone know if button uses kers

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Yes Topgear Fan, Button does use the KERS system. ;)

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