Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello lead Brawn GP in historic debut 1-2

Button and Barrichello finished 1-2 in the Australian Grand Prix

Button and Barrichello finished 1-2 in the Australian Grand Prix

Brawn GP grabbed an historic one-two finish in the dying stages of the Australian Grand Prix.

It cemented an unbelievable transformation for the team that massively under-performed in 2007 and 2008, was sold by Honda over the winter, and rescued by a management buy-out just a few weeks before the season began.

Jenson Button lead most of the race despite pressure from Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica in the dying stages. But with three laps to go the Red Bull and BMW drivers controversially collided allowing Rubens Barrichello to complete Brawn’s joy by grabbing second.

The jubilant drivers stood on the podium with hardly any sponsors on their overalls, and hastily-applied Virgin decals on their cars.

An ecstatic Button claimed his second win, finally following up his maiden triumph in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

It marked the first time a new team has won its first race since Jody Scheckter steered Wolf to victory in the 1977 Argentine Grand Prix.

Image (C) Bridgestone

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29 comments on Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello lead Brawn GP in historic debut 1-2

  1. Joro said on 29th March 2009, 16:34

    Bravo Jenson and Rubens. This was one of the most exiting races I’ve ever seen. I think F1 is more fun than before in every aspect. The pack didn’t break and there was uncertainty till the end. Can’t wait for the Malaysian GP.

  2. What The.. said on 30th March 2009, 6:45

    No penalty for Barichello, oh I see drum up some interest at the start of the season – that sounds fair for everyone. Well no but hey why not make up the rules as you go.

  3. I really did enjoy the race and well done to Jenson, Rubens and the whole Brawn team. Mind you I could have throttled Rubens when he messed up on the starting line. Still not sure what happened there but if he could have got away from the start cleanly it would have made things easier for Jenson I reckon. But at the end of the day Rubens drove a great race to get back up to second. Well done. Just hope the FIA don’t do anything daft about the diffuser protests. Looking forward to next weekend.

  4. Rubens was obviously a bit rusty in race trim. But he soon sorted his act out. He’s not been in a front running car for over 3 years now! That brawn was very robust though!

  5. BNK Racing said on 31st March 2009, 0:05

    congrats to the brawn team! a lot of ppl say its all about the driver n not so much the car…but look at the difference a strong car can make for a driver who had only won 1 race in 155 starts. he did drive a nearly flawless race, but if it hadnt been for the car u would have seen a mid table finish. i thought nico drove a brilliant race! too bad the super softs let him down in the end….he could have ended up 2nd due to the crash and (if every1 hadnt passed him….rubens was the first to take him)

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