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Button fastest in Australian GP qualifying

Just three weeks after finally confirming its future, let alone its entry to the 2009 F1 world championship, Brawn GP claimed pole position for its first grand prix, courtesy of Jenson Button.

Having trailed team-mate Rubens Barrichello in the first two qualifying phases, Button turned the table to claim top spot for Sunday's Australian GP by three-tenths of a second, while the Brazilian will complete an all-Brawn front row in front of new sponsor Richard Branson.

Sebastian Vettel bounced back from his disappointing Friday to claim the inside of row two, but there was less good news for Red Bull team-mate - and local favourite - Mark Webber, who had to settle for tenth place in the shoot-out and the outside of row five, although tactics may yet play a part.

Ferrari, too, failed to threaten, with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen 'only' seventh and ninth, allowing Robert Kubica and Nico Rosberg to fill the top five, and Timo Glock to claim Toyota bragging rights in sixth.

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Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn BGP001, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009
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27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and his girlfriend Brittny Ward (USA)
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and his girlfriend Brittny Ward (USA)
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
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27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
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27.11.2016 - Group photo 2016 F1 drivers, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
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Racefan - Unregistered

March 28, 2009 8:18 AM

Interesting to hear Brundles take on it that there is no controversy, just bitching from the teams that are being left behind. The diffusers are legal, just a more clever interpretation of the rules by those at the front, and the others will have to catch up. Maybe it really is that simple!

bullet - Unregistered

March 28, 2009 9:12 AM

I am most definitely going to watch and record the re-run here in the UK. That's how good THAT qualifying session was. The two commentators were out of breath by Quali 2! :) This just might be the year for recording EVERY quali session and race! Need to stock up on some blank videos/DVDs! On another note, for Webber's sake, I hope Vettel's 3rd position is down to team strategy. Cos if not, this might just be the beginning of the end of Webber's F1 career - in the Red Bull team at least. Especially if Vettel somehow manages to out-drive the Brawns and win tomorrow!! In my house, we call him "the baby-faced assassin". One minute he's smiling like a kid, the next he's driving like a demon!



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