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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Raikkonen tops, and another good showing from Brawn GP

Kimi Raikkonen topped the charts at Barcelona Tuesday, posting a best 1:20.314 for Ferrari in his final day behind the wheel before handing over to Felipe Massa.

F1 Testing


Kazuki Nakajima was second in the Williams.

Brawn GP put up another strong showing as Rubens Barrichello got his first taste of the new car, putting in 111 laps and taking third.

Tuesday -- Barcelona:
  1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F60, 1:20.314
  2. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams FW31, 1:20.907
  3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn BGP 001, 1:20.966
  4. Jarno Trulli, Toyota TF109, 1:21.182
  5. Mark Webber, Red Bull RB5, 1:21.347
  6. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber F1.09, 1:21.615
  7. Adrian Sutil, Force India VJM02, 1:21.834
  8. Fernando Alonso, Renault R29, 1:21.937
  9. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren MP4-24, 1:21.991
  10. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso STR4, 1:23.039
  11. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso STR4, no time

Speaking of Brawn GP, Autosport.com has a mess of Q&As with the major players: Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, and the big man himself. Worth checking out.

Here’s a sample:

Brawn: “If the management group, because it is not just myself, had not taken this task on, there would be no team. Then all of the staff would have been made redundant. So, this gives us an opportunity.”

Button: “I really wanted to be with this team in 2009 and that is why I turned down other possibilities. This is for sure the best choice for me.”

Barrichello: “I don’t think my chance came this winter. I think my chance started when I was running for Ferrari. Some people might not know my speed, but Ross Brawn does.”

There seems to be a reserved confidence coming out of the team, maybe there is something to that speed we’ve seen the past couple of days... 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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