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    F1 Grand Prix 2009 Season

    Brawn's Button grabs pole in Aussie F1 GP
    28/03/2009

    Briton Jenson Button in a Brawn GP took pole position in qualifying here Saturday for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.


    Briton Jenson Button (centre) in a Brawn GP took pole position in qualifying here Saturday for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix

    Button grabbed his fourth career pole ahead of Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello and German Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel for Sunday's season opener.

    The big surprise was the failure of world champion Lewis Hamilton to reach the third and final stage of the knockout qualifying format and he was credited with 15th place.

    Hamilton failed to come out of the McLaren garage for the second section of qualifying.

    The Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa (7th) and Kimi Raikkonen (9th) finished well down in the final knockout stage.

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    looking forward to the race tomorrow. seems the new regulations and changes have managed to mix it up quite a bit. nice to see the usual top 2 teams scrambling a bit

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    Tough start...Nick Heidfeld spins off the track on the first corner of the first lap.
    (Reuters: Daniel Munoz)

    0838: So that's a stunning Brawn GP one-two, third for Toyota's Jarno Trulli - who started from the pit lane - and fourth for reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, despite starting from 18th on the grid. They are followed home by Timo Glock, Fernando Alonso, Nico Robserg and, brilliantly, rookie Sebastien Buemi.

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    Great race!

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    malaysia next weekend

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    fantastic race.....excitement from start to finish! shame kubica took such a chance with 3 only laps to go, would of liked to have seen vettel and redbull on the podium but can't complain, always been a trulli fan :-)

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    maybe we can earmark this thread as a F1 thread for the season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy View Post
    maybe we can earmark this thread as a F1 thread for the season?
    great idea!
    seasons predictions? early to say but predistions are always fun :-)

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    Too early for me

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    well so much for trulli's podium 3rd! stuarts have handed down punishment to both him and vettel
    25s penalty for Trulli & fines gallor for Vettel - Planet-F1 News - from planet-f1.com

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    ^What about Barichello? Didn't he deserve a punishment?

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    Great means Lewis finished third could still win if Ferrari get there way on Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA View Post
    ^What about Barichello? Didn't he deserve a punishment?
    i'm always skeptical about punishment decisions. maybe a bit basic but i think it's just too difficult (or impossible) for viewers or ruling bodies to pass judgment after the fact, after all it's all racing. easy to give opinions afterwords but when the drivers are in the middle of it....at high speeds sometimes shit happens.
    when schumacher did that little parking job at the rascasse corner during qualifying it was clear...but during racing....hmmm always tough

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    This whole season promises to be a joke.
    The rule changes either arnt being understood or just ignored, and all these infringement discissions taking place after the race has finished are crazy.
    To many laws and rules, races could potentially finish and the top 6-7 points winners all get huge time penalties so the guys who were maybe lapped get a win, just because some one got blocked at the wrong time.
    Lewis will end up winning this when ferrari get there way (and they always do) poor jenson for no fault of his own will miss out again.

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    ^ i think the season will find it's groove after a couple races. no doubt the bigger teams will scream bloody murder but i'm hoping they won't get their way. i get the feeling that the f1 supremos are finally realizing that the sport has been very lop-sided for years and has affected viewership

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    Toyota confident ahead of Malaysia grand prix
    1/04/2009

    Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock are confident they can challenge for podium places at the Malaysian Grand Prix this week after their sterling efforts in Australia.


    Toyota's Jarno Trulli, seen here, and Timo Glock are confident they can challenge for podium places at the Malaysian Grand Prix this week after their sterling efforts in Australia

    Germany's Glock finished fourth in Melbourne while Italy's Trulli crossed the line in third, only to be relegated to 12th on a time penalty for overtaking during the second safety car period.

    Their cars are clearly benefiting from contentious rear diffusers, which are also being used by Brawn GP and Williams.

    The diffusers are put on the underbody to make the car more aerodynamic, giving a lap-time benefit of as much as 0.5 seconds, sparking protests by Ferrari, Renault and Red Bull.

    The protests were rejected by stewards in Australia, although an appeal will be heard by the sport's governing body on April 14.

    Trulli said it was clear that his car was more competitive this year, and he expects to be among the leaders again in Malaysia.

    "I generally go really well in Malaysia and I have had some strong results there so I am approaching this race with great confidence," he said.

    "We achieved a great breakthrough in Malaysia in 2005 when I got the team's first podium in Formula One so I have good memories which will inspire me this weekend.

    "Of course, one of the big topics in Malaysia is the heat and humidity, which is quite a challenge for the drivers. It's not easy but that's why I train so much over the winter; I'm fit and it will be fine.

    "Australia was a weekend of highs and lows but we showed that we are very competitive and I hope we can do that again this weekend."

    Glock is less experienced with the conditions in Malaysia, and failed to finish last year. But he is upbeat about his chances.

    "I said before the season started that our car looked pretty good and the performance we showed in Australia proved that," he said.

    "It's great to have good points on the board already this season and my goal is obviously to add to that this weekend. We have every reason to be optimistic."

    Toyota president John Howett added that their performance in Melbourne was a credit to the team.

    "We showed extremely strong pace in the race and all our work has clearly delivered a competitive car which we expect to show again in Malaysia," he said.

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    Hamilton disqualified from Aussie GP results - Planet-F1 News - from planet-f1.com

    bad bad hamilton looks like trulli get's his 3rd place back and mercedes nothing

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    Hamilton stripped of Oz GP points

    BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula 1 | I am not a liar, insists Hamilton

    I am not a liar, insists Hamilton
    World champion Lewis Hamilton insists he is not "dishonest" after being disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix for misleading race stewards.
    He claims Dave Ryan, McLaren's sporting director, had instructed him to "withhold information".
    "I'm not a liar or a dishonest person," said the Englishman, who added the affair had definitely been "the worst thing I've experienced in my life".
    Ryan, who has been with McLaren for 35 years, has been suspended by the team.
    McLaren and Hamilton, 24, were found by the FIA, motorsport's world governing body, to have given stewards "deliberately misleading" evidence in a post-race hearing on Sunday.

    I just wanted to tell of what happened and I was misled. I want to say sorry to all my fans
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    That evidence led to race stewards disqualifying Toyota's Jarno Trulli, who finished third in Melbourne, for passing Hamilton behind the safety car.
    But after discovering that Hamilton and Ryan had provided inaccurate information about the incident, the FIA subsequently stripped Hamilton of his podium finish and reinstated Trulli to third.
    Hamilton had told stewards he had not been told to allow Trulli to pass him when the opposite was true, a fact borne out by team radio transmissions.
    "I could not tell you how sorry I am for the embarrassment," Hamilton, the youngest driver to become world champion, told a news conference after his opening practice sessions in Sepang on Friday.

    "I sincerely apologise to the race stewards for wasting their time and making them look silly.
    "When I went into the meeting, I had no intention (to lie). I just wanted to tell my story and see what happened. I was misled and that's just how it went.
    "I want to say sorry to all my fans. I am not a liar or a dishonest person, I am a team player. If the team ask me to do something, I generally do it.
    "But I felt awkward and uncomfortable.
    "This is not an easy thing to do, to step back and realise I was in the wrong. But I was in the wrong, I was misled."
    The fallout for McLaren has been significant, with senior official Ryan, who accompanied Hamilton to both hearings with race stewards on Sunday in Melbourne, sent home from practice in Malaysia on Friday.
    McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh said Ryan had not been "entirely full and truthful with the answers he gave" to the stewards and had left the team with "no alternative but to suspend him".


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    Whitmarsh added: "He did not set out with a deliberate intention to mislead, but during the course of the meeting he was not as clear as he should have been.
    "He made a very serious error of judgement and is paying the consequences for that." He said it was a "very sad day" for McLaren, adding: "It is a point of deep regret. For Davey, it's been a shattering day."
    A contrite Whitmarsh also apologised to the FIA for the problems McLaren had caused.
    "In my 20-odd years working for McLaren, I doubt if I've met a more dedicated individual than Davey," said Whitmarsh.
    "He's been an integral part of McLaren since 1974 and has played a crucial role in the team's many world championship successes."


    "I'm not a liar"....



    Who's a naughty boy then?


    Raikonnen fastest in Malaysia practice......
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    Oh i'm so enjoying this McLaren drama...haha. See, it doesnt pay to lie and/or speak BS. FIA made a good decision.

    Lets see if Räikkönen can keep up the good pace tomorrow and sun.

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    i'm quite enjoying hamilton getting his wrists slapped
    gonna be an interesting season

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    yep, it is a pity as the race was good

    I wondered what was going on when Trulli was third and Hamilton fourth, then Hamilton was third later on after the race was finished

    The commentator guessed that Hamilton had overtaken Trulli during the safety car, then let Trulli pass him so that he would not get a penalty
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    Didn't McLaren get there wrist slapped last year for stealing Ferrari stuff? What was it? 50 million pounds?

    Seems like they are not the best sports and now they have their perfect "yes man" in place they are into whatever it takes to win, no need to be first across the line anymore.

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    so is dave ryan a scapegoat for mercedes? hamilton gets caught lying his ass off and suddenly "ryan told him to do it"? i don't doubt that hamilton was told what to say but he goes on about being a team player then they dob-in one of their own. what a total crock of bullshit! team players when it suits them i suppose. look forward to his following deminishing

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    I think most sports have been corrupted by the need to win, and the associated cash flow

    no "Gentlemen" any more

    never mind

    as for Hamilton being advised what to say...hahaha

    as my father used to say, when I used that excuse aged 10, "would you jump off a bridge if he told you to?"

    yes

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    Rosberg fastest in Malaysian GP practice
    4/04/2009

    Nico Rosberg in his Williams-Toyota topped the times in Saturday's final free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber.


    German formula one driver Nico Rosberg of Williams speeds up during the second practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Rosberg in his Williams-Toyota topped the times in Saturday's final free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber.

    The German clocked a best lap of one minute 35.940 seconds to be 0.108secs ahead of the Australian.

    It means Rosberg has now topped five out of the six free practice sessions held so far in 2009, with only Ferrari's one-two on Friday interrupting his streak.

    In muggy, overcast conditions, Felipe Massa was third in 1:36.089 with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen seventh.

    The Toyota pair of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock were fourth and fifth respectively with Sebastien Vettel in his Red Bull taking sixth.

    Brawn GP's Jenson Button, who won the season-opening race in Australia last weekend, could only clock 1:36.541 for tenth place.

    The Briton was a place behind teammate Rubens Barrchello, who will start Sunday's race with a five-place grid penalty after changing his gearbox.

    World champion Lewis Hamilton was 12th fastest, a day after apologising for lying over the Trulli incident in Melbourne last weekend that led McLaren to suspend sporting director Dabe Ryan and send him home.

    Qualifying for Sunday's race takes place later Saturday with only McLaren and Toro Rosso using the same engines they had in Melbourne and all the other teams electing for new ones.

    Drivers are allowed to use a total of eight engines over the course of the season.

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