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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Barrichello shows his Brawn

Brawn GP ended this week’s group test on a high note, finishing at the top of the charts for the second day in a row as Rubens Barrichello turned a best time of of 1:18.926 at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Nico Rosberg was second in the Williams, and Toyota’s Timo Glock finished third in the last multi-team test before the season opener at Melbourne.

F1 Testing

Thursday -- Barcelona:
  1. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn BGP 001, 1:18.926
  2. Nico Rosberg, Williams FW31, 1:19.774
  3. Timo Glock, Toyota TF109, 1:20.091
  4. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull RB5, 1:20.576
  5. Fernando Alonso, Renault R29, 1:20.664
  6. Felipe Massa, Ferrari F60, 1:20.677
  7. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber F1.09, 1:20.740
  8. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren MP4-24, 1:20.869
  9. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso STR4, 1:21.013
  10. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India VJM02, 1:21.045
  11. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso STR4, 1:21.629

Brawn GP has been a revelation this week, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed:

Felipe Massa: “Before Barcelona we (Ferrari) were one of the quickest on the circuit, we were very competitive, in the leading pack. Now we're competitive, but behind Brawn. No one can do the same times (as Brawn). Everyone was using less fuel, not only them. But their times were much faster than those that anyone else could do.”

Fernando Alonso: “That they should be so quick in the first tests is not normal. The truth is that they have a car that Honda began working on in 2007, to use in 2009. You can see that in its design, because it is a very detailed car with a different look to the others.”

So what’s the deal? Why is the Brawn so fast? Grandprix.com has some thoughts. So do two new(ish) blogs I’m a real fan of, Joe Saward's Grand Prix Blog and Allen on F1.

Whitmarsh: F1 needs America

McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh believes the teams need to get their act together to bring back the United States Grand Prix, instead of relying on Bernie Ecclestone to work out a deal.

“Rather than who's going to give us the most money to rock up and race, it is to go there strategically, perhaps with FOTA offering to support the race, participate, send our drivers on a promotional tour one year before, six months before, to appear on shows and make investment,” Whitmarsh told autosport.com. “Rather than leave it in the hands of a promoter, how do we develop the interest? How do we develop the excitement and take up of F1 in North America? Be it Ferrari, be it Daimler, or be it BMW. You look at all of the principle investors in F1; the vast majority of them would consider the US to be a significant market.”

Read the whole interview here.

Quick Nick names his fastest teammate

Who does Nick Heidfeld rate as his quickest teammate over his career? It isn’t Kimi or Kubica. Crash.net picks up the commentary from Heidfeld’s Web site. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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