• Mar 28, 2009
It seems like F1 has been suffering the wrong kind of turmoil for the past few years: big and little teams failing; espionage; driver spats; owner-and-FIA spats; record penalties and fines; sex scandals; and regulations being changed like diapers - just to name a few things. The 2009 season has started off in a bit of turmoil as well, with six teams' car designs protested against.

But all of that has been overshadowed by the right kind of turmoil, which happened during qualifying for the Australian GP. Jensen Button and Rubens Barrichello fought it out for the front row, with Button taking pole position on the last possible lap of qualifying, Vettel in the Red Bull taking third. And Button didn't just get pole, he slapped a leash on it and took it home: Rubens is three tenths behind, Vettel more than a half second.

And the big boys? Massa and Raikkonen are 6th and 8th for Ferrari, Kovaleinen in 12th and Hamilton at the back of the grid because of a gearbox change, where he'll join both Toyota cars, which were disqualified for flexing rear wings. When the lights go out at 3 a.m. EST, we could see the beginning of a most thrilling season.

[Source: F1 Live]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Stop kidding yourself....i wouldnt call supplying engines a record achievements and they never had a long list of winning history in F1 like other outh make them to be.

      It was only the last couple of years when they enter as a full pledge CONSTRUCTOR and what a BEAUTIFUL disaster it is.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Those cars looked very "twitchy" during practice. You can tell they all need some more downforce.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Reducing the rear wing 30% will make ya "twitchy"!!! The Brawn & the RedBull looked smoother or less twitchy though
      • 5 Years Ago
      To autoblog:
      where's is SPOILER ALERT? thanks a bunch :(.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, but if they want traffic to their site, don't post "BRAWN GP GETS FRONT ROW" on the front page or I'm not going to visit the site until after I've seen it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think AB's "traffic" would suffer that bad... (1) How many F1 fans make up their demographic & (2) post GP the "traffic" will spike again (idea?).

        Sorry, but AB is an automotive site that covers motorsports... good chance they are going to cover the F1 season opener! IMO, the title is not the only element that "spoiled" the Q session... The image of JB in the Brawn001 was a hint also.

        Again, if you can't watch it live... you have to change your routine if you want to be surprised by the taped re-run on SPEED. I have a friend who is a diehard NCAA B-Ball freak... DVR's all the games if his schedule prevents him from watching live. Dude won't answer his phone, avoids ANYTHING that will give away the results.... to the annoyance of his friends & family too.

        If he can avoid conflict with his sport... avoiding a "SPOIL" of F1 news in the USA is a helluva lot easier IMO... Sorry. I took a nap (like a pre-schooler...) to be bright-eyed & bushy tailed@ 2AM this morning for SPEED's Q show. No "spoiler-alerts" needed for me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why do you want AB to be your Mommy? Don't want Aussie GP news... don't CLICK on anything F1 related!!!!!!!! (idea?) Not being mean, just sayin'.

        Even if AB is 3-4 days slow with their motorsports news... one never knows. If I am watching the tape delayed coverage... I put duct tape across the bottom of my TV to block the news/ sports crawl bar... I don't rely on others for these things!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually Mercedes no longer owns the part of the company developing the Honda IRL engines, put the point I made stands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Go Reubens.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't even follow F1 but I'm rooting for Brawn GP haha LOL !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda = the biggest laughing stock in sporting history.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^^^^^^^^^

        yeah, but they f*d up bad here
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is a very DUMB statement... Google can be your friend before you make yourself look like a jag-off with NO F'ing CLUE about motorsports history

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_F1

        Don't forget to key in on this part... it sounds far from Biggest Laughing Stock:

        Honda supplied its engines to six constructor champions, as well as five driver championships (3 by Senna, 1 by Piquet, and another by Prost), before dropping out of the sport again. Honda-powered cars had won 71 Grands Prix, by the end of the 1992 season.

        Honda also kicked the crap out of GM & Toyota in the U.S. IRL series. Honda DOMINATED & those two threw up the white flag & pulled out.

        They have committed to the ALMS series when others bailed... gee what a laughing stock... real jokers (not). Bernie... you seem to be the laughing stock
        • 5 Years Ago
        Without "spoiling" things... Honda's move to hire Ross Brawn looks anything but "laughable"(& certainly not the biggest joke on the grid).

        However, I agree "laughable" could apply for not believing in the man you hired to fix your issues!!! I do give Honda credit, they assisted Brawn & his business partners. Transfered ownership for bare minimum. Allowed their R&D to be re-worked to accept a Mercedes engine & still compete in 2009.

        Many corporations would have just pulled the plug & coldly declared an operating "Loss" on the books. Honda did NOT do this. "Laughable" companies do NOT do this. Honda Auto & Motorcycle RACING history show anything but a joke!
        • 5 Years Ago
        So one goof makes them the "biggest laughing stock..." ??? PLEASE!!!

        Don't defend his truly asinine statement...
        • 5 Years Ago
        'today'... they are the laughing stock of the internation racing community
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually Honda's current involvement in the IRL is in name only . They purchase customer engines from Mercedes engine outfit, Ilmor.

        But yes, it is ludicrous to call Honda the biggest laughing stock.

        The Honda execs in Japan are surely speechless at this Brawny F1 thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Smarter interpretation of the rules = better diffuser = better lap times.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, but if you've been following F1 for any length of time, you would know that testing times aren't something you can go by. I said it before, not to put Brawn down, but that is how testing is in F1. Personally I hope they do well this week and this really shows how 2008 might have been at least a little bit different if they didn't stop work on their 2008 car 1/4 of the way into the season. As someone that despises the rules, one thing it has done is shook up the grid, and that looks like it could be a great. I'm sooooo excited by the start of the season... been counting the days!

        • 5 Years Ago
        You two are really thick headed.

        Glad to see that people can still hide behind the internet...

        How right you are. Guess with only watching the sport for 20 years and hearing every commenter and professional writer on the subject say you can not get much information on what the team are doing must all be wrong. Of course I was wrong about this test.

        But it is a fact that you can't get much from F1 testing. Simple really. You don't know who is doing long distance fuel mileage tests and who is running light for Q speeds. Do you really need me to go on and on? If you have followed the sport for any length of time you would understand that. Sorry, that is just a fact my friend.

        Honda did great! I'm not taking that away from them. Just look at facts and historical data before you call people names. Saying I was wrong? How so? If you took something from the test, more power to you. I for one didn't as I've seen many other teams sand bag in the past. I personally didn't take anything from it as I won't take anything from any Friday practice.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlo_Carrera: It is like whan a man in a coma moves his eyes. It happens and it does not mean anything. If he wakes later on it still does not mean eyemovement means man will walk again.
        So here I am and I stand by what I said earlier - you can't take test results as a proof for anything.
        I'm glad for BrawnGP though. This season seems to have a good start even when F1 as a whole is heading to hell IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i like what is happening in f1

        i dont give two its about scandals, the regulations are mixing it up and forcing new tech into existence. for the first time since they banned vvt, f1 is relevant to road car tech again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where are all the naysayers who said times in winter testing meant nothing?

        Even when the other big teams convert their diffusers to the Brawn, Toyota and Williams type, Brawn will still be a front runner.

        Ross Brawn is a managerial genius and Honda executives are preparing to commit sepuku.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really refreshing start for the season even if i support Kovalainen and Kimi as a Fin(and so Mclaren and Ferrari). Just hopefully Mclaren, Ferrari and Brawn cars will not break down so we will see some real racing.
      Couple of friends coming in early hours here. Got nachos and beer so i'm all ready for the first race!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brawn may have Mercedes engine, but it is not the reason they're in the front row. McLaren have the same engine, as do Force India guys. The speed is all in the way the car is built and that's almost 100 Honda, it has been in the works for the whole last year. If two average driveres can lock the front row, Honda had to do the amazing job.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honda wrote the checks. Honda engineering brought you the 2007 & 2008 chassis' Ross Brawn was the engineering mastermind behind this '09 car.

        Jenson & Rubens "AVERAGE" eh??? What are you drinking or smoking? Average drivers don't stay in F1 for as long as these two drivers have been in the sport. Ferrari doesn't hire "average"... Michael Schumacher would have made "average" look pitiful! Rubens was competitive with MS... just paid to finish 2nd
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the second time in two weeks that a result has been spoiled by Autoblog.

      Autoblog is the first website I visit when ever I get online. Please don't make me stop visiting the website if I have something on DVR. It is pretty simple to just do what you used to do and put "Spoiler" on it with the results on the inside of the post.

      Please don't make me stop visiting my favorite site!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        At the time you posted - the race hadn't even started - how can they spoil the results? Autoblog announced the QUALIFYING position in the above article - which I doubt most readers would consider a huge "spoiler".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice one Toyota... let's cheat our way to the top. Classy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        oh you mean like Ferrari's amazing expanding front spoiler (which BTW was captured regularly on race cam in the 2006 season.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am not for any team cheating and it is odd that somehow it is assumed I am a Ferrari fan. I hated all of the scandals recently and would love the return of class and honor in the sport. This is why I love watching Audi and its pursuit each year at 24 HEURES DU MANS. That to me is the best race in the world. I like F1, but it can be such a drama queen fest outside the race. Let's put the racing first instead of the ego and cheating. I also am enjoying the open wheel revival in the the USA with one series instead of two. I hope it can make it through these tough economic times.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's because this time the tables have turned against the big dogs, so all the band wagon riders are upset they arn't on the winning team anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you ain't "cheatin'... you ain't tryin'

        Also in F1, I believe they call it looking for the unfair advantage or exploring the boundaries of the rules.

        Why are you hating on Toyota? FIArrari & RedBull had questionable cars & the defuser protest is STILL happening. Appeal date is April 14...GP results tonight will not be final for a few weeks.

        Nico Rosberg's Williams has a TOYOTA engine & he wasn't cheatin'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not to mention that the Brawn cars were the HEAVIEST (most fuel) of the top 8 positions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks like ppl actually don't care about the truth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1. Jenson Button - 664.5kg
        2. Rubens Barrichello - 666.5kg
        3. Sebastien Vettel - 657kg
        4. Robert Kubica - 650kg
        5. Nico Rosberg - 657kg
        6. Felipe Massa - 654kg
        7. Kimi Raikkonen - 655.5kg
        8. Mark Webber - 662kg
        9. Nick Heidfeld - 691.5kg
        10. Fernando Alonso - 680.7kg
        11. Kazuki Nakajima - 685.3kg
        12. Heikki Kovalainen - 690.6kg
        13. Sebastien Buemi - 675.5kg
        14. Nelson Piquet - 694.1kg
        15. Giancarlo Fisichella - 689kg
        16. Adrian Sutil - 684.5kg
        17. Sebastien Bourdais - 662.5kg
        18. Lewis Hamilton - 655kg
        19. Jarno Trulli* - 660kg
        20. Timo Glock* - 670kg
        • 5 Years Ago
        * = DQ'd & moved to back of grid
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