New Season of F1!





So the new season of F1 kicked off with a pretty exciting race late last night. The race got off to a very bumpy start with Rubens Barrichello from the new Brawn Mercedes team, mucking up his start and causing absolute chaos for everyone behind him on the first corner. A pretty rough clash then ensued in the first corner between before mentioned Barrichello, BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld, Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Force India's Adrian Sutil and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen.





Barrichello's teammate Jenson Button enjoyed a very healthy 47.7s lead over the rest of the pack as he raced past the likes of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, of the Ferrari team. However his lead was short lived as Kazuki Nakajima crashed into a wall, and the safety car took forever to get on, and off the track.

The safety car however made it's second appearance when Sebastian Vettel attempted to overtake Robert Kubica and ended up clipping him, the two looked as if they would regain control, but it wasn't so as Vettel had lost his front wing, and crashed. Kubica also had some bad luck as he crashed as well.

Somehow in all of this commotion, Barrichello, who caused the mess in the beginning of the race, rocketed up to 2nd place to trail just behind his Brawn Mercedes teammate, Jenson Button. As a result, it was an extremely exciting race, and a historical one for that matter. The last time a new F1 team has finished as 1st-2nd, was in 1954 with the Mercedes Benz team.





With the new rules enforced this year, and the extremely exciting KERS system, this season promises to be one to remember. I found it very interesting that the teams where forced to reduce the size of both their front and rear spoilers, specially since it seemed to me throughout the race that there was a lot of back tire slipping due to the smaller rear wing this year.



The Results for the Australia opener was as follows:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 58 1:34:15.784 1 10
2 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 58 +0.8 secs 2 8
3 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +2.9 secs 18 6
4 10 Timo Glock Toyota 58 +4.4 secs 19 5
5 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 58 +4.8 secs 10 4
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 58 +5.7 secs 5 3
7 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 58 +6.0 secs 13 2
8 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 58 +6.2 secs 17 1
9 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 58 +6.3 secs 16
10 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 58 +7.0 secs 9
11 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 58 +7.3 secs 15
12 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 58 +26.6 secs 20
13 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 57 +1 Lap 8
14 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 56 Accident 3
15 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 55 Accident 4
16 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 55 Differential 7
Ret 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 45 Suspension 6
Ret 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 24 Spin 14
Ret 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 17 Accident 11
Ret 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Accident damage 12


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Edited by Osaladin




So the new season of F1 kicked off with a pretty exciting race late last night. The race got off to a very bumpy start with Rubens Barrichello from the new Brawn Mercedes team, mucking up his start and causing absolute chaos for everyone behind him on the first corner. A pretty rough clash then ensued in the first corner between before mentioned Barrichello, BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld, Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Force India's Adrian Sutil and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen.





Barrichello's teammate Jenson Button enjoyed a very healthy 47.7s lead over the rest of the pack as he raced past the likes of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, of the Ferrari team. However his lead was short lived as Kazuki Nakajima crashed into a wall, and the safety car took forever to get on, and off the track.

The safety car however made it's second appearance when Sebastian Vettel attempted to overtake Robert Kubica and ended up clipping him, the two looked as if they would regain control, but it wasn't so as Vettel had lost his front wing, and crashed. Kubica also had some bad luck as he crashed as well.

Somehow in all of this commotion, Barrichello, who caused the mess in the beginning of the race, rocketed up to 2nd place to trail just behind his Brawn Mercedes teammate, Jenson Button. As a result, it was an extremely exciting race, and a historical one for that matter. The last time a new F1 team has finished as 1st-2nd, was in 1954 with the Mercedes Benz team.





With the new rules enforced this year, and the extremely exciting KERS system, this season promises to be one to remember. I found it very interesting that the teams where forced to reduce the size of both their front and rear spoilers, specially since it seemed to me throughout the race that there was a lot of back tire slipping due to the smaller rear wing this year.



The Results for the Australia opener was as follows:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 58 1:34:15.784 1 10
2 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 58 +0.8 secs 2 8
3 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +2.9 secs 18 6
4 10 Timo Glock Toyota 58 +4.4 secs 19 5
5 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 58 +4.8 secs 10 4
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 58 +5.7 secs 5 3
7 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 58 +6.0 secs 13 2
8 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 58 +6.2 secs 17 1
9 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 58 +6.3 secs 16
10 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 58 +7.0 secs 9
11 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 58 +7.3 secs 15
12 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 58 +26.6 secs 20
13 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 57 +1 Lap 8
14 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 56 Accident 3
15 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 55 Accident 4
16 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 55 Differential 7
Ret 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 45 Suspension 6
Ret 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 24 Spin 14
Ret 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 17 Accident 11
Ret 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Accident damage 12


Posted by RetroIce4

Yay?... even though I don't watch F1 at all. I am more of a person that would watch Nascar and F1 for the wrecks & crashes. 0_o *looks around*

Edited by BurnTheAction

mate i was up at 5am yesterday for qualy and 6am today for the race, was awesome, such a great start to the season, one of the best races ive seen, hopefully the season continues on this footing! got to love the whole brawn story, lets hope button gets a few more wins under his belt!

Posted by deadly_polo
BurnTheAction said:
"mate i was up at 5am yesterday for qualy and 6am today for the race, was awesome, such a great start to the season, one of the best races ive seen, hopefully the season continues on this footing! got to love the whole brawn story, lets hope button gets a few more wins under his belt!"
Totally agreed and I also woke up for both of the qualy and race. Anyone else love when at a quater past seven in the morning Richard Branson said Bas@~*d (I think i would be allowed to write it out but ive been sanctioned before on other sites).

This years title championship could be really good - I'd love for Brawn to win the constructors aswell
Posted by TheWorstPlayerEver

Im so stoked it started. I recorded the race and am watching it currently. Im really curious to see how things pan out this season with the new rule changes, the KERS system, etc.

Posted by FrankCanada97

I don't watch F1 much anymore, but I noticed that the field finished alot closer together. was this because of the size reduction in the wings, or because of a late safety car, or am I missing something else entirely?

Posted by BrickRoad

The safety car was the reason they all finished together, before that it was more spread out. Having said that the race seemed to be closer than in previous years, with a variety of constructors in a position to win or get close to winning. Brawn, of course, Red Bull, BMW, and for a while Ferrari.

Posted by angelkanarias

Alonso is freaking gonna win.

Posted by mracoon

The Autralian GP was amazing. It was so close right until the end and that's the best kind of race. I hope the rest of the season is just as competitive and exciting.

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Posted by get2sammyb

I can't believe Button won. Good for him. He's had a tough time recently.

Posted by FLStyle

Great race from start to finish, I enjoyed every second.

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