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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
Jenson was fastest

Jenson was fastest...

...making Mr. Brawn a happy man!

...making Mr. Brawn a happy man!

Felipe continues to show Ferrari consistency

Felipe continues to show Ferrari consistency

Kubica, up there with a shout again

Kubica, up there with a shout again

Vettel - Looking on the pace despite a small off

Vettel - Looking on the pace despite a small off

Hamilton & McLaren.......struggling

Hamilton & McLaren.......struggling

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3 responses

  1. Its not supprising that the Brawn GP car is turning out to be pretty good. People are forgetting that the car wasnt designed and built in the last few weeks, they started it early last year and it was paid for by Honda before they pulled out. So even with a full fuel load i wouldn’t be supprised if its amoung the top 3 or 4 cars. The question is, with a small budget will they be able to keep pace with the other teams throughout the year.

    March 13, 2009 at 9:53 am

  2. I really hope Brawn GP isn’t in “attract sponsors mode”, but are really going to be competitive this season. It’s been a very long time since a new F1 season has been this interesting! 🙂

    March 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  3. Fanstic blog once again buddy.
    Keep up the good work. However, I am concerned about McLaren and their lack of pace. On the other hand, I am glad about Brawn and I hope they manage to challenge.

    March 14, 2009 at 1:12 pm

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