Brawn & Co Forced To Deny Team Orders
Ross Brawn and his Brawn GP team, the darlings of Formula One in 2009 thus far have been forced to deny that they used team orders to allow Jenson Button the championship leader to win the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of veteran team mate Rubens Barrichello.
Button was well behind the Brazilian, but a clever strategy allowed him to move ahead and win the race, his 4th in 5 attempts. It is an astonishing record.
Theorists claim that Brawn allowed Button passed Barrichello, especially when Rubens claimed it was a “glitch” that slowed him. Nick Fry said: “No. Both sides of the garage were racing. Listening to what was going on there was huge determination – firstly for Jenson to make the gap, and then on Rubens’ side of the garage with a bit of frustration at the end that they didn’t make it happen.”
The theorists also continue that Brawn has plenty of experience with team orders, orchestrating many times for Rubens Barrichello to move aside for Michael Schumacher while at Ferrari, most notably at the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix.