Saturday, March 28, 2009

Brawn Heads the Field as Favourites

In what were the most amazing qualifying sessions in ages, Brawn GP the former Honda F1 team making its debut as a team managed to set the track on fire and pulled off the best of miracle stories as the team was not sure if it would exist a month back now have the fastest car and is all set to dominate the 2009 Australian GP by having both cars on the front row.

Sebastian Vettel proved that he is no flash in the pan and he is truly the Next Big Thing of F1 by coming 3rd in the qualifying. I expect him to challenge the Brawn GP cars and well could go on and even win the race. He is surely the dark horse for the Championship this season. It was also a good comeback for Webber after his injuries while Toyota too put up a solid performance. Williams after dominating the free practice sessions just failed to deliver but expect Rosberg to challenge for a spot on the podium.

The big boys of F1 must be wondering what’s happening to the F1 world as Ferrari and Kubica barely is made it to the top 10 while former champions Alonso and Hamilton will start from 12th and 15th respectively. Atleast Ferrari and BMW have some chance of scoring points but McLaren and Renault may have a race that they would rather forget. STR after last year’s heroics is struggling while Force India will take over its usual back marker status.

The race could be a whole different deal but you can say that there is a very good chance of a team winning a race for the very first time (Brawn, RBR & Toyota) or even sees a Williams’s revival.

My Top 8 for the race
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Jenson Button
3. Nico Rosberg
4. Rubens Barrichello
5. Robert Kubica
6. Felipe Massa
7. Kimi Räikkönen
8. Mark Webber

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