Button Fastest For Brawn GP On Barcelona Day 3
Jenson Button sent a clear message out to the other teams in Barcelona today….that he and Brawn GP were here to fight for the wins, not to just make up the numbers.
The British driver built on earlier success yesterday from Rubens Barrichello who was third fastest (behind Raikkonen and Nakajima).
“It’s been another great day and a very positive test generally,” said Button.
“After the challenges we have faced, to come here and get off to such an encouraging start is just what we all needed and I can’t thank the team enough. All that effort has really paid off and everyone can feel very proud.”
In second place was Felipe Massa for Ferrari, who completed a full race weekend simulation, with a small hydraulic problem leaving him stranded out on track during the afternoon.
Kubica, Glock, Alonso and Vettel all put in respectable performances for their teams, proving that F1 is most certainly not going to be a two horse race this season – it is wide open.
The second horse over the past few years has been McLaren and once again they were clearly struggling. Over 2.5 seconds off Button’s fastest time and with Hamilton behind the wheel, it was disappointment for the British based team. Someone had clearly spent more time adjusting the MBE logo put on Hamilton’s car than actually sorting out the aerodynamics. Dennis says they’re sandbagging, everyone else is not so convinced especially consdering Hamilton stuffed it into the barriers – not exactly sandbagging…
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:19.127 124 2. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:20.168 109 3. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:20.217 109 4. Glock Toyota TF109 (B) 1:20.410 99 5. Alonso Renault R29 (B) 1:20.863 107 6. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:21.165 102 7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:21.324 89 8. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:21.545 97 9. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.569 140 10. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.657 82
This entry was posted on March 11, 2009 by f1fanatics. It was filed under BMW Sauber, Brawn GP, F1 News, F1 Testing, Ferrari, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toyota, Williams and was tagged with Barcelona Testing, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Struggling, Ross Brawn.