Another sad news which brings the BrawnGP to an end.
It is sad to end it here. I am enjoying every moment updating this website as much as I am enjoying BrawnGP winning races.
To all the fans out there, I have created another blog which will carry the Mercedes GP title as the continuation from BrawnGP.
I will update from there onwards. Hope to see you there. Another great chapter has come to an end.
I'm leaving here with tears as I love it so much here. It's a journey that I will never forget especially the events that unfolded to become a fairy tale.
Thank you so much for all those visiting. Anythings that I have done wrong, please forgive me. Any feedback from you, please use the feedback form.
May god bless you all.
Nov 18, 2009
Button Left for McLaren
It's really sad to see a world champion leaving shortly after winning the WDC. Maybe it's best option for Button to join McLaren as in the past and now, McLaren is a strong team and challenge for the WDC and WCC at a consistent basis.
For a Honda fans, and currently a BrawnGP fan , and will be Mercedes GP fan, this is not a good sign.
Nick Fry reiterated that it's not the money that is an issue for Button. Maybe, what I just mentioned was the key factor. To be able to challenge for the WDC consistently is the key factor.
The new management took over, there're still a lot of things still not confirmed. There will be a period of time to stable down. But it's an exciting prospect for Mercedes GP.
Whoever the drivers lineup for Mercedes GP, as long as Ross Brawn in charge as team principal, I'm sure the car will be very strong and able to challenge with Ferrari and McLaren.
Nov 18, 2009
Mercedes Took Over
It's been some time since I last updated. The euphoria of BrawnGP winning the championship has finally sunk in. But, the feeling of being with the Champion is really good.
However, the development of recent weeks are somewhat with mix emotion. It's good to know that the financial side of this team is settled.
With recent takeover by Daimler AG group and Aabar Investments PJSC, financial side of this team is no more an issue. However, there're massive restructuring going on.
The new management will want a new image, and new ideas for the team. Drivers lineup change, the team name will change, and many others which we will be seeing soon.
But one thing I like is seeing the new image of the car.
If this is what the new look of the car will be, it will really cool, aggressive and fierceful. It's going to be massively awesome.
Nov 1, 2009
Podium Finish in Abu Dhabi GP
This is it! The last race, the great event in Abu Dhabi, the great night of F1. What a wonderful place.
Jenson didn't dissapoint. He drove very well, infact he should have driven this way in the past month, he would have wrapped it up much earlier.
Anyway, it's great to see him back on the podium. The fight he put to Webber for 2nd place was awesome, but being 3rd was not bad as Red Bull was very strong in this circuit.
Too bad Hamilton had to retire due to braking problem, and thus giving Jenson the chance on the podium, and the chance for a post race conferance talk as a world champion.
What a way to finish off the fairy-tale season of what is considered the biggest turnaround in a team fortune. From zero to hero, from nothing to greatness.
BrawnGP is really has been a revelation. Nothing compares to it. Even the rivals salute the achievement BrawnGP had made. It's no easy feat to dislodge Ferrari and McLaren dominance in this sports.
Back to the race. Barrichello was having problem at the beginning clipping Webber's car causing some kind of components fall out from his car. He was struggling after and Jenson grabbed the opportunity to overtake Barrichello.
Barrichello was able to nurse his car back, and before long, he was chasing Jenson. It was the same in the grid position until a fantastic incident involving Kobayashi when Jenson made his first pit stop.
It was a close fight and fierce too but Jenson car was heavy with fuel load and new tires leaving him not choice but to let Kobayashi through go.
There was not much of action until Hamilton retired with Button and Barrichello promote up a spot. Vettel is having a drive of his own.
What really changed was the final pit stop after Jenson and Barrichello got the soft tires on. Immediately, Jenson was chasing Webber down and before long about 4 laps remaining, Jenson took the race to try to get the 2nd spot.
But it was a bit late as there's not many laps left to make it happen. But it was a great race towards the end. Well done to the Champion! It's just a pity that Barrichello have to settle for 3rd place in the WDC.
Oct 29, 2009
Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit
The moment you see it, your jaw drop. You look in awe, oh my god, what a circuit.
The fact the organizer wanted it to be a day/night race is to see how this race circuit transform from the day to night. That's why it starts at 5pm and end at approximately 7pm with spectacular lighting effect.
This state-of-art circuit located at Yas Island, have all the spectators covered. You won't get your ass* wet whether it's from your sweat or from the sky.
This is really the highlight of the season. One will never forget the magnificient experience you are going to get here. It's a dream for every F1 spectators to be here.
Of course the price fitting this kind of luxury, hospitality and experience is justifiable ranging from US$400 to US$700 depends on which stands you are in. But the fact is, it's already fully booked and sold out well ahead from the event.
The complex can house up to 50 thousand spectators. And everyone will have the feeling of VIPS status being in such a grand event, grand building, unique experience, glamours, and whole lot more.
You really need to book ahead for next year event. It will be an unforgetable visit. I guarantee that.
Oct 29, 2009
Preview of Abu Dhabi GP
This is it, the last race of the season 09. It seems a long way, but infact the last 7 months was fast.
It's a season I will never forget, as BrawnGP is crowned the World Constructor Championship and World Driver Championship with a race to spare.
It was Button determination to finish it off in Brazil, otherwise it will be a nail biting finale. Guess he doesn't want to see the same scenario happening to the previous 2 years where the title was determined in the last race.
In this last race of this year, Button being the champion is even more determined to prove his worth. Besides that he got nothing to lose as what Ross said this 'uncaged' version of Button may well do very well in this race.
You will see that he is really going to go for it in tight situation. This is good news as it's going to be a very exciting race in this new race tracks with state-of-the-art buildings and facilities.
As for Barrichello, he will want to get his number 2 spot back from Vettel, and he will be going all out for it too. I am having a feeling that we are going to finish the race with another 1-2 (I know it's wishful thinking).
Oct 26, 2009
Deal Almost Done for Button!
The world champion wants to remain with BrawnGP and the deal is almost finalized with news that it's 99% barring any last minute major change.
Meanwhile, the champion will release 'My Championship Year' book around mid of next month. It's the detail of all the up and down of his fairy tale year.
Jenson was having vacation with his girlfriend at Dubai and should be by now preparing for the final race at Abu Dhabi.
Oct 22, 2009
Offers for Button!
The world champion doesn't take long for his admirers to queue up for his service. It was heard, there are offers on the table for Button from new teams.
Not sure if this is drummed up to increase his contract or it is genuine, but one thing for sure is the new world champion now has so many options. Besides that, sponsorships are pouring in as well.
Oct 18, 2009
Jenson Button the World Champion!
Today, for the first time I'm seeing Jenson Button drove like a mad man in steroid. Who said he is not champion stuff!! Eat back the words for the critics and doubters out there.
It's double celebration time! The Constructor and the Driver Championship is settled, BrawnGP are the world champion, Jenson Button is the world champion and it's unbelievable. I can't hardly think it's possible since the beginning of the season.
In the race today, Jenson gain 5 positions due to the mayhem at the start. Before you know it, it's 9th position. The safety car was drafted.
But that's not all, he was taking the road by storm. He charged and drove a superb maneuvre and he overtook Grosjean, that's not all, he overtook Nakajima not long after that.
It was this Kobayashi who took Jenson to the ride and never let go. It was really frustrating for Jenson, and in the end he made it but was losing too much time.
At one time, it was thought that Barrichello had got it to at least a podium, but he was so unlucky towards the end he needed a pit stop to change the punctured tyre.
That had made him into the 8th position and Button is all but settled the championship with one race to spare.
The last 7 laps when everythings was settled was like forever. I wonder what Jenson felt inside, and he couldn't hardly wait to celebrate.
And in the end, it was emotional, the whole team was celebrating, the joy, the smiles and the tears in their faces, many were previously Honda teams and it really meant a lot to them having been through so much pain but in the end it was unbelievable. It's just so estatic that I can't get my emotion to sink in.
Jenson Button, you deserved to be the Champion. Today, you have shown what you are made of. Real and true champion!
Oct 17, 2009
Barrichello Pole in Brazil
Nothing has painted a better drama then this. It's just so unbelievable that the qualifying unfolded to be Barrichello potentially winning tomorrow race and bring the championship to Abu Dhabi as Button qualified 14th.
It was chaotic events with few race stops and qualifying was delayed until the whole event finished about 3 hours later.
At certain point it seems Jenson had the edge, where everything seems to be going his way. But never would anyone had thought it panned out to be this way.
In Q2, a split second decision on tires option could really make a difference. In the wet condition, it really takes a bold decision to change to intermediate tires, but Jenson was on full wet, and in the end he was losing time and only can get 14th place and missed out on Q3. While in Q2, Barrichello barely scrapped it through at 10th position.
It's just so unthinkable after in Q3, the home hero made the P1 and it was such an emotion as though he had won the home GP.
As for Jenson, he could be in danger of losing it at the final race. This season F1 really comes alive, that it seems everythings are conspiring to make the final event something to be remembered for a very long time.
Oct 13, 2009
Button Staying With BrawnGP
So, the news came out that Ross Brawn was saying Jenson Button will be staying with BrawnGP for 2010.
For Jenson, the desire to win is more important than the pay as he is willing to take a salary not comparably of a champion (should he be crowned the WDC)
Should Rosberg deal is confirmed, then it will be inevitable Barrichello will have to switch to another team which many have said will be Williams.
I just hope Barrichello will be staying together with Jenson for one more year. I hope Rosberg deal didn't make it through, not that I dislike Rosberg, he is quite a driver, but it's the solidity of Button and Barrichello partnership and their willingness to stay through thick and thin.
Oct 13, 2009
Brazilian GP Preview
The odds are stacking in favor for Button to finish this year F1 World Driver Championship. In interlagos, Button is a step closer to the elusive title, but can he wrap it up before Abu Dhabi?
The venue is Autodromo Carlos Pace Interlagos circuit situated about 30km from the city centre of Sao Paulo, a circuit which is a pain in the ass. It's so bumpy, that a slight mistake, the car will lose grip and fly. It's not unusual to see many safety car situations in this circuit.
Rewind back to 6 years ago where Barrichello was looking to win the race, but the race was halted with red flag and his car was having fuel pickup problem. The remaining cars guaranteed to earn points as a dozen of cars are DNF with majority of cars went water skiing crashing out one after another.
That's how dangerous this track is , too aggressive and you will ended up in the wall, so I think Jenson will take the safety first approach. Vettel and Barrichello will really need to be aggressive which could work out to Button's favor.
Besides it's bumpy surface, the race flows in a anti-clockwise direction which is putting a lot of strain on the other side of the neck muscle as it is 1 of the 3 circuits that flow this way, and good news is Button did well in the previous 2 (Instanbul and Monza).
Another characteristic of this circuit is the high altitude of more than 750 metres above sea level. It affects the air pressure and causing low air density which in turn causing strain in the car engine. It was reported a loss of about 10% of engine power due to this scenario. It will be worse if a car is behind another, so it's crucial to qualify well in this race.
Talking about qualifying well is a must because further down the grid, the more steep it will get and the slower it will start.
The rain factor is another factor in determining the outcome fo this race. It is so unpredictable and when it rains, it pours, so much like what happened in Malaysia.
It makes the race even more trickier with situation where the setup of the car for qualifying and race actual are different. It's one of the highest differences in term of downforce and high speed setup for qualifying and for actual race. You might be seeing a different car in actual race in term of pace and speed level.
The bumpiness aspect of the track forces the car to have higher than usual setup because millimetres lower and the car will be grinding the tarmac causing a lot of frictions. But then, with higher car, the gravity centre point is higher causing imbalance car which is in danger of throwing off track and banging the wall.
That shows how tough the Brazilian GP is. With combination of weather, safety car, aggressiveness of drivers, qualifying result and amount of fuel in the cars can path the way of who is going to win this 2nd last race of the season.
I'm have a strong feeling of a podium finish for BrawnGP car. Maybe is the Barrichello's car or maybe it's Button's car. Whoever, the Constructor Championship will be finalized.
Oct 12, 2009
Jenson Keep His Cool
Contrary to what the tabloids were saying about Jenson under pressure going into the last 2 races, apparently he was keeping his cool and was having good time with girlfriend Jessica in Hawaii.
Infact, Button quoted as saying the pressure is on them *Barrcihello & Vettel and not him.
Now he is back to his normal routine training and practising for the penultimate last 2 races. Infact, Jenson can all but wrap it up in Brazil if he can secure a podium finish.
Last year, Interlagos was the last stop in the F1 calendar. However this year we have another stop at Abu Dhabi before the curtain is curtailed.
The constructor is all but settled in this stop with only half a point to wrap it up. Both of them should be able to rake in couple of points.
The preview to Brazilian GP coming up shortly.
Oct 6, 2009
Jenson Button Contract Distraction
Although Jenson refuse to be distracted by the contract negotiation, the tabloids came out and said that Brawn unlikely to offer significant pay rise even though with his impending championship crown.He might be forced to leave BrawnGP if there's no improvement in his contract terms.
It will be a disgrace for a champion to leave due to mediocre pay bracket and Ross Brawn might be thinking that he won't be held hostage even if Button win the driver championship.
Brawn might favor Rosberg and Barrichello partnership should Button refuse to accept the contract.
Anyway, much of the press talk maybe devised to distract Button's championship charge with 2 races remaining.
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"This team would not exist if Ross was not here. It has his name on the side of the car, and that is a lot pressure on a person. So for him to win today both the constructors' and the drivers' championship is exceptional"
"It is impossible to see that Rubens is starting from pole and all of a sudden Sebastian and Jenson are from the back. If you thought that initially then it was impossible, but then the rain came. It is such a lottery and things played in my hand"
"if Rubens won I would be very disappointed, for sure. But I would also respect the fact that he did a better job over the 17 races and I would also respect the fact that he’s worked as hard as I have or maybe harder in that case and he’s the better driver over those 17 races"