Spanish Grand Prix facts and stats

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The wins continue to pile up for Jenson Button and Brawn GP – and Nick Heidfeld continues to grind out astonishing, if unspectacular, consistency. It was also a landmark race for Mark Webber, who matched three-times champion Sir Jack Brabham as the Australian driver to have started the most races. Here’s the facts and stats … Continue reading Spanish Grand Prix facts and stats

Renault and Ferrari cut gap to Brawn (Spanish Grand Prix analysis)

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Brawn may have scored a one-two in the Spanish Grand Prix but did the chasing pack reduce their advantage? F1 Fanatic guest writer James Bolton takes a look at the qualifying data. Many F1 teams brought upgrades for the Spanish Grand Prix with the intention of closing the gap between themselves and champinoship leaders Brawn. … Continue reading Renault and Ferrari cut gap to Brawn (Spanish Grand Prix analysis)

Did Brawn deliberately give Barrichello a poor strategy to let Button win?

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Rubens Barrichello made an excellent start to take the lead of the Spanish Grand Prix from third on the grid. With more fuel on board than second-placed Jenson Button, and overtaking very difficult at the Circuit de Catalunya, he should have been very hard to beat. But a strange strategy call left Barrichello second behind … Continue reading Did Brawn deliberately give Barrichello a poor strategy to let Button win?

Button and Vettel will watch their mirrors for Massa (Spanish GP start analysis)

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The championship-leading trio of Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barrichello have taken the top three spots on the grid for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix. But keep an eye on the man in fourth: Felipe Massa in the newly-upgraded Ferrari could use his KERS to disrupt the leaders at the start. Here’s a look at … Continue reading Button and Vettel will watch their mirrors for Massa (Spanish GP start analysis)

Spanish Grand Prix grid

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1. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 1’20.527 2. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 1’20.660 3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes, 1’20.762 4. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1’20.934 5. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 1’21.049 6. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1’21.247 7. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1’21.254 8. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1’21.392 9. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1’22.558 10. Robert Kubica, BMW, 1’22.685 11. Kazuki Nakajima, … Continue reading Spanish Grand Prix grid

Now we’ll find out if they can overtake…

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The Circuit de Catalunya will test more than just the drivers’ abilities this weekend – it will also give F1’s new ‘overtaking friendly’ cars their sternest challenge yet. Much of the aerodynamic changes made to this year’s cars were made to make overtaking easier. So far it seems we’ve seen more wheel-to-wheels racing than in … Continue reading Now we’ll find out if they can overtake…

Teams bringing new parts to catch Brawn (Spanish Grand Prix preview)

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Many F1 teams are expecting a boost in performance at the Spanish Grand Prix as the return to Europe gives them a chance to bring a host of news parts. Several of them are likely to introduce their versions of the ‘double decker diffusers’ that were confirmed legal last month. But with Brawn bringing updated … Continue reading Teams bringing new parts to catch Brawn (Spanish Grand Prix preview)