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

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.

Kubica and Vettel collide (Video) (Update: Vettel handed penalty)

Video

Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel clashed in dramatic fashion in the dying stages of the Australian Grand Prix. Kubica was catching Vettel and leader Jenson Button at the time and looked set to mount an improbable bid for victory – instead his race and Vettel’s ended in the barriers.

Double disaster for Ferrari

Ferrari got their 2009 season off to a terrible start in Melbourne. Felipe Massa retired late in the race and Kimi Raikkonen lost a points finish after spinning into the barriers.

Australian Grand Prix result

1. Jenson Button 2. Rubens Barrichello 3. Jarno Trulli* 4. Timo Glock 5. Fernando Alonso 6. Nico Rosberg 7. Sebastien Buemi 8. Sebastien Bourdais 9. Adrian Sutil 10. Nick Heidfeld 11. Giancarlo Fisichella 12. Mark Webber 13. Sebastian Vettel 14. Robert Kubica 15. Kimi Raikkonen Disqualified: Lewis Hamilton** Did not finish Felipe Massa Nelson Piquet […]

Australian Grand Prix – rate the race

Plenty to talk about after an historic start to the Australian Grand Prix. Rate the race out of ten and leave your comments below:

Red Bullog closes after team complain

The excellent Red Bullog, run by Dank who often posts comments here, is closing following a complaint by Red Bull. Dank wrote yesterday: It is with regret that this will be the last ever post on The Red Bullog. Having pondered over the contents of this letter for the past few hours, it has severely […]

Australian GP: thoughts on the start

With a new team on the front row and some fast cars at the back of the grid the 2009 F1 season looks set to get off to a thrilling start at Melbourne tomorrow. Will we see a first-corner pile-up? Will the KERS drivers have an advantage at the start? How many drivers will lose […]

Williams makes point with protest

Williams has withdrawn a protest against Ferrari and Red Bull Racing “in the interests of the sport”. It had protested that the pod wings on the front of the F60 and RB5 contravened the rules. After cancelling the protest it issued a statement saying (emphasis added):

Australian GP pictures: Qualifying

Pictures

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello dominated qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Here’s a selection of pictures of all the teams and drivers during today’s qualifying session. If you’re in Melbourne for the Grand Prix this weekend you can share your pictures with us by uploading them to the F1 Fanatic drop.io.

Australian GP grid and race weights

More bad news for Brawn GP’s rivals: as well as having locked out the front row of the grid, they are also carrying more fuel than anyone Q1 apart from Timo Glock. Robert Kubica’s strong qualifying position appears to have been partly fuel-assisted as he is the lightest driver on the grid. Before his exclusion, […]