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Brawn GP admits it has a 'mountain to climb'

The new Brawn GP outfit has acknowledged that it has 'a mountain to climb' if it is to be ready in time to be on the starting grid for the 2009 curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne at the end of the month – as on-track preparations get underway at Silverstone today.

Following a long winter of uncertainty, speculation and counter-speculation, it was finally confirmed this morning that what was Honda F1 is now to be known as Brawn GP [see separate story – click here] and will be run by erstwhile team principal Ross Brawn, the mastermind behind all seven world titles for the great Michael Schumacher at Benetton and Ferrari between 1994 and 2006.

The Brackley-based concern has taken its new, Mercedes-powered 2009 challenger to Silverstone today (Friday), where it will run with Jenson Button at the wheel, rather than newly re-confirmed team-mate Rubens Barrichello as was originally believed.

“We have a mountain to climb to get ready for the first race,” a Brawn GP spokesperson told Crash.net, “so everyone wants to focus fully on the preparations.”

Following today's shakedown, it is understood the team will move on to Barcelona next week and Jerez a week later, before heading Down Under to begin the campaign.


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bullet - Unregistered

March 06, 2009 4:36 PM

I predict this team will receive some polite rounds of applause in Melbourne, once their freight trucks pull into the paddock area. And probably also on race day, from all true fans of F1 and other team personnel...

mikeme - Unregistered

March 06, 2009 8:21 PM

A few thoughts: Honda, normally very committed to racing, sold to brawn because he too is a 'racing' man rather than a 'business' or 'con' man. We can expect that honda will be paying most of brawn's expenses this year. Fry did not manage the previous Honda effort well at all and was focussed on building a small empire at brackley rather than paying attention to the poor performance during 2007 and 2008. I am not surprised that he is out or moved to a lesser role. The new engine should be better because the FIA did not allow Honda to improve their engine (in itself a good reason to leave F1). Given the situation Barrichello is probably a good driver choice. Expect staff to be cut.



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