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Monday, March 9, 2009

All eyes on Brawn GP, STR4 in Barcelona

Nick Heidfeld topped the charts on day one of testing at Barcelona, but Brawn GP’s first showing and the debut of the new Toro Rosso were the big stories at the Circuit de Catalunya Monday.

The BGP 001 was in the hands of Jenson Button, and he did not disappoint. The Briton finished fourth behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Toyota’s Jarno Trulli on a day that started wet, but dried quickly.

All 10 teams were in action in the first day of a four day test.

Monday -- Barcelona:
  1. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber F1.09, 1:20.338
  2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F60, 1:20.908
  3. Jarno Trulli, Toyota TF109, 1:20.937
  4. Jenson Button, Brawn BGP 001, 1:21.140
  5. Nelson Piquet, Renault R29, 1:21.662
  6. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso STR4, 1:22.158
  7. Mark Webber, Red Bull RB5, 1:22.246
  8. Adrian Sutil, Force India VJM02, 1:22.452
  9. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams FW31, 1:22.813
  10. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren MP4-24, 1:22.948

F1 Testing


Button pleased

Jenson Button spent the morning at the top of the time sheets, and all in all it looked to be an encouraging day for Brawn GP. While the circumstances have been trying, Button says it feels like a fresh start.

“We all do feel like kids again and you can see that within the team, the smiles on people's faces, and that was before we drove the car today,” the BBC quotes Button. “There's a great atmosphere and it's brought everyone that much closer together, and it's a great thing to be a part of.”

Read the full story here.

Rumors about Brawn GP sponsorship

Grandprix.com has caught wind of a rumor that Brawn GP might be getting funding from the Austrian online betting company Bwin Interactive Entertainment.

The site surmises that might explain delays in the sale of the team.

Additional rumors speak of a black and orange livery, the company’s colors.

Read the full report here.

STR4 marks final launch of the winter

Toro Rosso launched it’s challenger, the STR4, Monday before the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Scuderia Toro Rosso 2009 F1 Launch


The Adrian Newey-penned, Ferrari-powered car made it’s first official appearance in the hands of Sebastian Bourdais. Sebastien Buemi takes over for the final two days of the test.

“In 2008 our performance exceeded our expectations,” said team principal Franz Tost. “It’s going to be tough to live up to that this year.”

Get full coverage from Toro Rosso here.

2009’s only rookie not feeling the heat

Sebastien Buemi has no worries about being the sport’s most inexperienced driver.

“When you sit in the car it doesn’t matter,” he told reporters Monday. “All I’m planning to do is relax in my job and not worry about being the only rookie on the grid.”

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