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Brawn regroups ahead of renewed assault.


The short break between grands prix might have allowed for a spot of celebrating back at base, but the Brawn GP team will head for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix with little altered on its race-winning car.

Although revealing the developments are already in the pipeline and aimed at the start of the European leg of the season, team principal Ross Brawn has confirmed that Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello - currently sitting 1-2 in the standings - will not find much new on their BGP001s when they take to the track in Shanghai on Friday.

"The short break between the two sets of back-to-back flyaway races has been a welcome opportunity for the team to regroup at the factory in Brackley, to assess our performance and to plan ahead for the forthcoming races," Brawn noted, "Whilst there have been no developments to the car, we have taken the opportunity to address a few small issues which arose over the first two races and we are in good shape for the next race in China."

This year's Chinese race takes place at the opposite end of the schedule to the previous five, and could provide conditions similar to those which saw Button triumph in Malaysia last time out.

"We are expecting temperatures will be cooler and less humid this year, with the race taking place six months earlier," Brawn commented, "Therefore, as was the case in Malaysia, we will need to be prepared for the unexpected - rain has played its part in recent races at the Shanghai International Circuit."

While last October's trip to Shanghai was hardly fruitful for either Button or Barrichello - who finished 16th and eleventh respectively - the pair have good memories of China, having dominating the first ever race there, in 2004, with Ferrari-mounted Barrichello heading home Button's Honda.

"It seems strange to be returning to China already, but I'm looking forward to the weekend," the Brazilian admitted, "The track holds some good memories for me as I won the first race here in 2004 and, with the car that we have this year, it is so exciting to be able to return with the opportunity to compete at the front again.

"The BGP 001 has gone well at the two very different race tracks in Australia and Malaysia, so it will be interesting to see how the car performs in Shanghai, which is quite a unique circuit."

Brawn's biggest battle could yet come in the days leading up to the race, with the FIA court of appeal due to sit on the diffuser appeal just as most of the teams and personnel are boarding 'planes for the Orient. Button, however, admits that he is not heading east expecting to complete a unique hat-trick, whatever the outcome in Paris.

"After the excitement of the first two races, it has been great to have the chance to relax and reflect for a few days since the dramatic race in Malaysia," the championship leader pointed out, "I am understandably delighted with how our season has begun, but we are only two races in and everyone at the team is aware that
our competitors will not stand still. We fully expect a tough fight from here if we want to continue our early successes."


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looking good - Unregistered

April 15, 2009 8:57 PM

Will they are not illegal, so it is business as usual, I think it be more of a case of what McLaren are gonna do if they are booted out the F1 championship for being lying cheating bstards. Brawn, Button and Barracello, go whip some hide boys!



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