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Barrichello to take grid penalty in Malaysia.

The Brawn GP team suffered its first bit of bad luck since making it to the start of the 2009 Formula One season when Rubens Barrichello was forced to change his gearbox on the eve of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Under regulations that state that all gearboxes must last a minimum of four full race weekends, the necessary change incurs a five-place grid penalty, ending the Brawn team's hopes of annexing the front row for the second event in as many weekends following last Saturday's qualifying success in Melbourne.

Barrichello did not appear to suffer any problems during the two Friday practice sessions, finishing fourth and sixth fastest respectively to end the day sixth overall, suggesting that the change was as much precautionary as in direct response to a failure. Reports suggest that the unit was overly stressed by Barrichello's attempts to get off the grid in Melbourne a week ago, when his car slipped into anti-stall.

Team-mate Jenson Button remains on course to chase a second successive pole for the team, although there appears to be more opposition from the likes of Ferrari, as well as Melbourne opponents Red Bull and Williams, at Sepang.


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rob01

April 04, 2009 2:29 PM

You two old ladies having a go at me when I am busy? I never press a button more than once. If that was necessary I would just make a comment. And why would I disagree with Sunny? He would have to have an HONEST opinion before I would do that.

stivala sunny - Unregistered

April 04, 2009 5:03 PM

No Richard I am sure rOBO1 doesn't, and in this I am honestly covinced, and please next time be a tad more carfull as he was busy contemplating if should carry on supporting his driver and team or change over to the great FERRARI AND FLIP



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