F1 » Barrichello keeps Brawn on top in Barcelona

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Gaz - Unregistered

March 12, 2009 8:16 PM

I don't think so. Probably more like a qualifying run type lap. Still impressive though, especially considering how crap they were last year.

Ben Stewart - Unregistered

March 12, 2009 8:23 PM

Rubens apparently told a close friend of mine that they ran light in the morning, but during the afternoon decided to run a race set up. So long runs could be achieved under race conditions, decent amount of fuel for at least 30 laps and regular slicks just like everyone else.

I think a wager on Brawn GP for some points in Melbourne is worth the risk, make the race a bit more interesting.

F1 Forever - Unregistered

March 12, 2009 8:41 PM

Low fuel or not, that doesn't mean they are the only one's who ran a few low fuel laps. Rubens did a 1.18.926 and last year's pole was 1.20 and some change. Does anyone know how much the slicks will shave off your time versus the grooved tires? I think it's around the six tenths mark and if that's so they are looking pretty ok in the low fuel runs, but in race trim the car could be bruttle on the tires and by the time they run the fuel out of the car their tyres could be well spent. So many unknowns to know their true pace so I can't wait for Melbourne!

Pat - Unregistered

March 12, 2009 9:02 PM

I think I prefer to listen to some one who is better qualified to comment on BrawnGP than any of us on here:

w w w dot autosport dot com (forward slash) news (forward slash) report.php id (forward slash) 73678 :) :) :) :)

Dale - Unregistered

March 12, 2009 9:33 PM

Apparently they ran a full race simulation with no reliability problems & then ran a qualifying simulation in the afternoon, & word is their race pace was very good.
Also, Massa has come out saying how quick the Brawn car is, & that Ferrari & all the teams were running light at some stage, so the team is genuinely fast.

When Honda admitted early in 2008 that they were investing all the resources in the 2009 car, I thought they might make the best use of the new rules, but then was worried that would be lost after Japan's pull-out.
Just out of interest, the ONLY corporate logo on their car is that of Bridgestone, proof of what a poor job Fry did. The rest were all just Honda Corp suppliers!

Brian Clark

March 12, 2009 9:46 PM

I would think after this test there will be some worried Managers in the other teams. It is no use just saying that they must be running light. All the others will be following a similar stratejy & hoping to head the test times, to also try and attract extra sponsorship. So instead of knocking them, give them credit.
One can only write about failure after the event so lets give them a chance :) :D :) :D :) :D

Gazbag - Unregistered

March 12, 2009 10:03 PM

Having seen the lap times for jensons race sim yesterday they where all in the 1.20 1.21 which where consistant. That was a run of 80 laps or thereabouts pitting twice for fuel and tyres. The lap times with fuel and new tyres where very similar to those posted on worn tyres and low fuel just before pitting. I can only assume that the car is not to hard on its tyres at any stage during its runs. I also believe that Jensons quick run was on the harder tyre, while Rubens was given the go-ahead to run unrestricted on soft tyres, so the run was a good one. This looks promising for the team and is obviously worrying a certain Renault Manager :D

Pat - Unregistered

March 13, 2009 9:22 AM

I think i've found a snippet that shows they're running low fuel but not without ballast..

on w w w dot f1 dot live dot com
Massa "Felipe Massa, Barrichello's younger countryman, agrees that on current form, Ferrari is no longer leading the field.

We are still very competitive but behind the Brawn, he acknowledged.
I would say their lap times are just much quicker than anyone can do.

"I'm not an engineer so I cannot say they have ballast or not, but even if they have no ballast and they put ballast in they will be quick anyway.

also on w w w dot f1-live dot com button said "the F1 fraternity should not be surprised about Brawn's form...
We seem quick at the moment but we don't kn.

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