Chinese GP – Brawn Slipping

{ Posted on Apr 21 2009 by dScribe }

One thing is clear from the Chinese GPas soon as the “top” teams sort out their new diffusers completely, Brawn GP won’t be a championship contender. It’s a big call I know, but to see how quick some of the teams were with their new diffuser designs straight out of the box, it just shows the Brawn will have to pump a lot of money into R&D to have any chance of staying in the championship.

Sebastian Vettel – Can’t say enough good things about this guy. What a magnificent pole and an even better victory!

Sebastien Buemi – Apart from almost taking Sebastian Vettel out of the race, Buemi was brilliant! It’s so great to see so much talent in F1 at the same time! :)

Mark Webber – It’s sad but here in Australia when Webber qualifys well you usually hear comments like “that’s good, but will he finish the race?”. Thankfully he finished the race this time and was unfortunate to not be closer to Vettel. Great job both in quali as usual and great to see him follow it up with a good race.

Red Bull Racing – Thankfully the cars held together. I have to say that again – thankfully the cars held together!! RBR looks very good in pre-season testing. If they can get their cars reliable and sort out a nice diffuser solution they really could have a shot at the championship.

Jenson Button – Solid job. Possibly took it easy to be “safe”?

Rubens Barrichello – Really needs to beat Button one of these days if he doesn’t want to relive his Ferrari days as the designated “number 2″.

Fernando Alonso – Unbelievable qualifying effort regardless of fuel loads. Not sure whether Renault could have managed the pitstops better though. I mean look at the position Force India managed to get Adrian Sutil in by pitting early during the safety car… Still, at least there’s a lot of potential for the future.

Adrian Sutil – So close to grabbing some serious points! It was like Monaco 2008 all over again. Heartbreaking :(

Lewis Hamilton – You have to give it to Lewis – he always seems to get the maximum out of the car. The results don’t reflect it, but without his spins off the track could he have been on the podium? Which step I wonder…

McLaren – Can someone confirm McLaren had a new diffuser and were running KERS? If so they could be a threat very soon…

Ferrari – Come on Ferrari, you shouldn’t be last of these points and you definitely shouldn’t be last in the race (or thereabouts). With that said I don’t think the panic surrounding Ferrari is justified. During the race they’ve been in some good positions on the track and often have quite good pace. Just get on top of that reliability and make sure Massa gets into Q3!! :)

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