Posted by: wrcnf1 | March 28, 2009

Brawn 1-2 Leads Qualifying Shake-up

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The team that most of us would have voted least likely to make it to the grid two months ago has now become the team that most people would think are unbeatable after todays qualifying session. Brawn GP, the rebranded Honda team, dominated all three sessions qualifying in Melbourne today to take pole position with Jenson Button and closed out the front row as teammate Rubens Barrichello took second. Reb Bull’s Sebastien Vettel found soem late pace to get his RB5 into third spot on the grid followed closely by BMW’s Robert Kubica.

One of the biggest surprises for me would have been Nico Rosberg not being on the first two rows of the grid after he dictated the pace during practice; Rosberg only managed fifth on the grid. This was a day of surprises and upsets as the Ferrari vs McLaren battle of last season was nowhere to be found since McLaren barely made it out of Q1 with reigning world champion only able to be 15th and gearbox problems meant he would take no further part in the sessions. By the end of Q2 Kovalainen was out and will start in 15th place but Lewis’s day got worse as the team opted to change his gearbox and took a five place drop to 20th. Ferrari was much better than McLaren but still no match for the pace of the Brawn’s, Toyota’s and Williams cars as Massa ended Q3 in 7th with Raikkonen only able to take 9th ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

The drama continued after the session as so often happens in F1 with Toyota being excluded from qualifying due to flexible rear wings. The Toyota’s of Glock and Trulli had qualified in 6th and 8th respectively but will now start from the back of the grid. Toyota stated that they would not be appealing the decision. More about this and other developments later today.

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