A very British win

What a great result for British sport at Interlagos on Sunday. Don’t forget that Brawn, which was Honda last year and almost disappeared altogether over Christmas, is a British-owned team, staffed by British people almost exclusively.

It’s named after a British boss, piloted by a British driver, looked after by a British pit crew, designed by a (mostly) British tech team (there’s a wizard in there called Loic Bigois who’s actually French, but the lads he works with treat him like an honorary Brit) and it’s powered by a British engine. The V8 is badged as a Mercedes but it’s actually an Ilmor, made up the road from Brawn in Northampton.

When you look at what this team has achieved over the year, it’s no wonder Mercedes-Benz wants to buy a large chunk of it. Let’s hope when that happens that Brawn doesn’t sell it for a pittance, and that the team retains its British identity. It was great to see them celebrating after almost being laid off over the winter break – and what a faultless job the boys did in the pitstops on the weekend.

Another standout from Sunday’s race for me was Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota’s new driver. I liked his style – hard and slightly unfair, especially in the way he took out Nakajima – but I reckon he did enough to earn a full-time race seat next year.

While team-mate Jarno Trulli was trying to punch Adrian Sutil for no reason on the sidelines, Kobayashi just got on with the job of driving his F1 car damned fast, considering he’d never raced an F1 car before, nor been to this circuit.

Button said Kobayashi was ‘nuts’ after the race, and if ‘nuts’ is defending your position with utmost force, then Kamui is nuts alright. That was a pretty amazing performance and I hope he has the technical ability to match his race craft and raw speed.

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Is that the British way? Winning a couple of races at the begining of the season and waiting for the mistakes of your rivals at the end.
That way of winning was invented by us, the Spaniards.

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Kobayashi is nuts,well done Brawn,Im Irish and I follow Mclaren and Lewis,but i was delighted to see Brawn win,Great team,great drivers,well done Jenson

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Nothing said about the convict come good, Mark Webber…..
Not that here in Australia we don’t think it’s about bloody time he got a decent car under him!
Congrats to Jensen…..

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Let’s see… Grosean, Alguersuari, Nakajima, Piquet Jr, Buemi, Luizzi etc have had less impressive first F1 races.

The reason why Kobayashi may do better in F1 than in GP2 Euro is because DAMS GP2 car was a POS.

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Great to see Webber take out is second race.

Kobayashi was awesome.

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If Merc will buy Brawn, they better put in the contract that Brawn stays on board for a while – he is the soul behind the team and made it happen. Is he one of the greatest figures in F1? You bet!!! We are watching a legend in progress…he would have one this one almost regardless the driver.

Merc is eager to buy Brawn because they are extremely mean and lean, unlike McLaren, they are still “cheap”. That means they are in an excellent position to deal with the upcoming budget caps – unlike McLaren.

With Merc Brawn would become more international, which is a good thing. BTW all F1 are a mix of nations, which is a great thing. The nation doesn´t matter, only the performance does!

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It’s good to see a quality F1 newbie coming from Japan. I remember being at the Autosport show a few years back when our guide pointed out a little chap who’d just walked past. ‘Did you see who that was?’ he said. ‘No’, I replied – because I was otherwise occupied by a very nice RS2000 – and he told me it was Takuma Sato. ‘Ah, I didn’t recognise him because he wasn’t bumping into anything’.

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And so we now know who’s won 2009, and deservedly so. But now we come to a whole new game for 2010. Three new teams, a whole new era of governance at the FIA, new cars, new rules, new drivers. Hmmmmmmmm 2010 looks to be one of the biggest shake ups of the F1 racing world for a long time. Good or bad? More thoughts at http://robert-strobel.com

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What struck everyone but this race was the rookies started infront of the experts..this made for an exciting but dagerious race..what are they thinking of NO refueling next year at all? THe reverse should happen..minimum of three pitstops per race otherwise street circuits like monaco will become has beings!!

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i think mclarens new driver should be this champion HAMILTON and BUTTON what a team that would be……………………………..to beat ferrias massa and alonso team

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so say us all matty come on mclaren and brawn you know it makes sense

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Me again. (I did #6) I’m definitely going to be watching F1 more. I haven’t seen it lately, (but i saw the last 3 laps) but I’ve heard about Kobayashi being a pretty fast and dangerous driver. And that last bit took me in. It’s the danger that gets everyone going, and he’ll put the fun back into F1, i’m sure of it.

@ no fuel stops: you just gave me an idea :). How about they do qualifying as normal, but at the end, flip the results around so the rookies start ahead of the veterans. (and a grid penalty for anyone who appears to be slowing up.) That should happen more often.

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Just remembered something. When F1 guys either A. retire or B. quit, (though that’s probably the some thing) don’t they go to other sports to do stuff there? i mean, JP Montoya (i think he quit somewhere between ’04 and ’06) went off to NASCAR, Schuey (definitely ’06) went to do karting, (though he might come back when his neck gets better because no offence, but Badoer is RUBBISH) and Trulli could be going because Kobayashi is some sweet driver, (as i’ve heard) and Glock’s locked for a place, (rubbish joke) so where will he go? :S

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i wanted barrichello to win

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so did i

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he try his best to do the best!!but hope this year regulation can be change back to last year…..i want see nice car with full performance!!!

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I think Mr. Barwn is one of the smartest person in F1, and Ferrari have make a great mistake not giving him what he has asked (Tod place) and let him go away from the team…

But:

Brawn Gp is one of the most expensive car in F1, developed using five wind tunnels, developing it in Three different directioncd and then choosing the best one, with a $500 milion budget.

yes, its’ a very Bitish car developed using very Japanese money..

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If Hamilton would have driven like Kobayashi he would have been banned forever by the FIA, nevertheless I liked it!

No refueling for 2010 will probably give better qualifying and racing.

I just hope they will change this ugly 2009 aeropackage and bring back the wings in shape bcs the cars look like Lego toy cars nowadays!

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It’s about time that Japan has a properly good driver. If Kobayashi gets a seat next season and drives a competitive car, F1 would be very exciting (even more than this season). Congrats for Brawn, Button, and the whole team. This is a properly story book tale in F1 history.

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nice one jensen and brawn brilliant season perfect race from jensen the best overtaker all weekend he put in a champion’s drive and deserves all the praise he can get

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Cool story you got here. I’d like to read a bit more about this topic.

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