CLASSIC RACE: 2009
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.