Australian GP – We Didn’t Make it Like Brawn GP

{ Posted on Mar 30 2009 by dScribe }

Yes, we’re back for 2009! But unlike Brawn GP, we didn’t manage to have our challenger (new web site) ready for the first round of the championship! :)

Thankfully Brawn GP got their act together and did an absolutely amazing job to not only make it to the grid but to dominate the race weekend.

Key points:

  • Brawn GP, Williams and Toyota really have to take advantage of having an advantage in terms of their diffuser while they can because as soon as the other teams come up with a solution their cars will no doubt be quicker than all these 3 teams.
  • Ferrari were very strong despite the end result. If they come up with a new diffuser (or the “diffuser 3″ teams get their one banned) they’ll be very strong indeed.
  • Lewis Hamilton showed some nice pace during the race but in the end it was just luck that gave him Third. Fernando Alonso meanwhile didn’t show anything special but I expect him to bring Renault up higher in the next few races.
  • Where did the pace from BMW Sauber suddenly come from!? :) They showed nothing all weekend then were quite competitive on Sunday. Good recovery.
  • Rubens Barrichello was a bit wild during the Grand Prix. I guess he was just excited having a fast car again – no real reason to penalise him or anything :)
  • Sebastian Vettel – Given the lack of pace the Red Bull Racing machines seemed to have earlier in the weekend, he had some great pace. Shame the car will be hard to put a revised diffuser on even with the genius of Adrian Newey behind it.
  • KERS – I think the jury is still out on this one. We really need some on screen telemetry showing us when drivers are using it during the race. They showed when it’s charging up in practice, but if we could see side-by-side indications during race when the button is pressed that would be fantastic :)
  • New aero regulations – Hard to tell whether it was KERS or the new aero that helped some drivers slingshot past others, but the combination of rules seems to be very promising.

There are heaps more points that could be touched on, but all up these first few rounds are going to be a bit “random” in terms of results as the new regulations pan out and everyone gets used to them. But what a great start to the season. A lot of new names up there and you have the feeling that going into the next round anyone could win the race (ok, maybe that would require the Brawn cars to retire but hey… :) )

12 Responses to “Australian GP – We Didn’t Make it Like Brawn GP”

  1. Welcome back!

  2. Thanks Karlos! :) It’s a shame we didn’t have the new site ready as it’s got a lot more social features and a nicer layout, but hey, maybe we’ll get there for the next race :)

  3. Good to hear from you dScribe after a looooonnng off season. I can only echo your words…”what a great start to the season”.

    If Melbourne was any indication of what we can expect in terms of overtaking and racing, it should be exciting …now if we can only address those painfully long safety car sessions somehow.

    It will be good to see the McLarens and Ferraris have to fight their way up from the back of the pack as the season progresses.

  4. Welcome back! Think you forgot somebody:

    Jenson Button – So nice to see an invigorated Jenson in a car worthy of his skill. Drove a flawless race and after the loyalty he gave Honda, very well deserved.

    Having said that, come on Kimi!

  5. Here is one complaint…with all this talk of improved race coverage, where is the HD?!? For the motorsport that is supposed to be showcasing the world’s best in technology, it just doesn’t make sense that the feed is still only SD.

    You can be sure that the real reason comes down to some scheme that Bernie has for milking the race organizers, tv stations…and effectively the fans, for more money.

    I look forward to the day when he is no longer holding the sport for ransom….. ;)

  6. Agree with you on the Bernie point Jason. Regarding his latest points medal idea two comments stood out for me:

    “If its in the regulations when they sign for the 2010 season, then they can’t argue” and “That’s the problem with a democracy”

    Can’t be good for the sport!

  7. I think I was going through F1 withdrawal.

    I was so sad for Vettel! I was really excited to see him right up there. I think Kubica maybe should have backed off a bit, and then attacked again at a later point. As my dad always says, a true mark of a champion is not just knowing when to pass, but when not to pass as well. It was really heartbreaking to hear Vettel call himself an idiot on the team radio after.

    Also, what happened to Kimi? I know he hit the wall or something to that effect, but I don’t think it was televised so does anyone have the deetz?
    Or was he just trying to save his engine?

  8. Jason – Thanks mate! :) It’s so nice to see everyone is still here. Hopefully with the new site changes we’ll all be able to get to know each other even more and enjoy what looks to be a great season ahead :)

    As for your comment about HD, we’ve been getting an HD feed here in Australia for at least last season and this season – not sure whether it’s technically HD “resolution” or anything though, but it’s on the HD channel :)

    Stephen – Thanks! :) Glad to see you’re still around too! Always nice to read your comments :) I guess I could have mentioned Jenson, but really he only had 2 people to beat – Rubens and himself. Rubens was all over the shop but Jenson did a great job of not cracking so yes, well done to him! :)

    Caitlin – Ahh, another familiar name – so nice to see you here still too :) I feel for Vettel too. The guy is sooo talented yet sometimes has some bad luck (reminds me when he went into the back of Mark Webber in the wet they year before last under safety car – to see him crying in the pits – heartbreaking is right! :)

    Not really sure what happened to Kimi either..?

  9. Good to see you back :)

  10. Thanks Kovy :) Did you enjoy the race?? :)

  11. It’s nice to see you’re finally back. :D I was having withdrawal issues – honest. I agree that this was a great race. If it’s any indication for the rest of the season, we’re in for a treat.
    Can’t wait to see what Malaysia brings.

  12. Maya! Great to see you’re still here too! :) Withdrawal issues eh? hehe :) To be honest I wasn’t looking forward to this season until it was clear that Brawn GP and a few other teams were looking quite strong – it’s great to see other teams share the wins with the big names :)

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