CLAS­SIC RACE: 2009

F1 Racing - - RACE PREVIEW -

Do you re­mem­ber the last time whole­sale F1 changes led to a sur­prise grand prix win­ner? Well, eight years ago in 2009 the Brawn GP team stunned the mo­tor-rac­ing world when they qual­i­fied first and sec­ond on the grid and drove off into the dis­tance in the race.

Months ear­lier, Jen­son But­ton and Rubens Bar­richello were fac­ing a year on the side­lines fol­low­ing Honda’s shock de­par­ture from F1. But Ross Brawn saved the team, se­cured a Mercedes en­gine deal, and ex­ploited a rule loop­hole to bring in the in­no­va­tive dou­ble dif­fuser. The team duly won their de­but race at Mel­bourne.

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