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Friday, March 6, 2009

Silverstone shakedown for Brawn GP

Jenson Button put the newly christened Brawn GP car -- the Mercedes-powered BGP 001 -- through the paces at Silverstone today in a private test.

Check out some pics here.

Teammate Rubens Barrichello and Team principal Ross Brawn were also in attendance as Button put in his first laps since November.

With just under three weeks to prepare for the season opener in Melbourne, Brawn GP is slated to take part in the four-day test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya Monday.

Bell “confident”

Many are convinced Renault has some work to do if it is to be competitive this season, citing the fact that Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet have often been at the bottom of the sheets in winter testing. Technical director Bob Bell sounds optimistic in this interview on the team Web site, however, but then he wasn’t really going to say the car’s a dog, was he?

F1 Testing Sessions

“We feel reasonably comfortable that we have the foundations to have a good season, challenging for podiums and wins, and ultimately that means hopefully challenging for championships. We have always said that has to be our objective; we’re not here to make up the numbers, we’re here to win.”

Brundle on Hamilton

Martin Brundle weighs in on Lewis Hamilton as he begins his title defense. Here’s three little tidbits to draw you in:

"The big question is, will he start believing in his own press, will the stardom get to him?"

"His head can still go to pieces; that's his Achilles' heel as we saw last season in Fuji."

"There is a very fine line between confidence and arrogance and he bumps right up against it without understanding why."
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