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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