?óÔé¼?ªHonda made a huge blunder by selling the team over the winter. After the disastrous years of 2007 and 2008 their decision to throw all their efforts into the 2009 campaign would have been vindicated.
?óÔé¼?ªTheir livery won?óÔé¼Ôäót stay plain white for long. Plenty of people have suggested that their stunning pace in testing was achieved because they were running light in a bid to attract sponsors. But would they really waste so much of what little testing opportunity they had to post artificial lap times?
Recession or no, there?óÔé¼Ôäós an F1 car that looks like being a race winner hammering around with no sponsors on it. Form an orderly queue?óÔé¼?ª
?óÔé¼?ªButton versus Barrichello will be a fascinating battle. Button was largely the quicker of the two in 2006 and 2007, but Barrichello had the upper hand last year.
They also had some very close fought duels, such as at Fuji, but because they were going on at the back of the pack they didn?óÔé¼Ôäót get much attention.
?óÔé¼?ªIt?óÔé¼Ôäós terrible news for McLaren. For as long as they?óÔé¼Ôäóve had Mercedes engines they?óÔé¼Ôäóve never had to share them with another team.
Now, in the first year Mercedes are supplying other teams (Force India as well as Brawn GP), McLaren are lagging behind a team which spent two months of the off-season looking like it might not exist. Not good for the defending world champion’s team.
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