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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Barrichello again

Rubens Barrichello got the final winter test of the season off with a bang with a best of 1:19.236 in the Brawn BGP001 at Jerez.

Barrichello held and edge of over half a second to second place Fernando Alonso in the Renault.

Williams test driver Nico Hulkenberg was third.

Brawn GP, Renault and Williams are slated to participate through Wednesday. McLaren will also join the fray Monday through Thursday.

Sunday -- Jerez:
  1. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn BGP 001, 1:19.236
  2. Fernando Alonso, Renault R29, 1:19.819
  3. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams FW31, 1:20.015

Toyota considered pullout

Toyota’s Tadashi Yamashina reveals in an interview with a Japanese newspaper Toyota was very close to joining Honda in pulling out of F1.

F1 Oct 2008

“I stressed again and again in the company's executive board meetings there was no way we should pull out, although we have to drastically cut our costs,” he told Japanese newspaper the Daily Yomiuri, Autosport.com reports.

The Toyota team principal was obviously successful in swaying the board, despite the economic difficulties facing the company.

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