Sunday, March 29, 2009

The 2009 Formula 1 season is under way - Jenson Button in the Brawn GP Mercedes wins the Australia Grand Prix.


(Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, it’s a late for me, I haven’t even gone to bed yet, by this time, it’s early morning here in on the east coast of the United States and I am up watching the season opener of the 2009 Formula 1 season and judging by this first race, the unusual looking F1 cars and the new names, faces and even teams, this is shaping up to be an already unpredictable season to say the least.

Personally for me, I really wasn’t planning on watching, let alone covering Formula 1 this year, for the first time in several years, there will not be a Formula 1 race in North America, no F1 race in the United States and now no F1 race in Canada, Formula 1 needs to be in the United States if not in Canada and the manufacturers know it, this is a huge market and yet nothing, but you know as not only a NASCAR fan, but Motorsports fan, I love it, I live for the green flag and enjoy most forms of racing and even without a date in North America, new F1 cars and more drama that shouldn’t be in Formula 1, I still am going to check it anyway.

As we kick off the 2009 Formula 1 season down under in Melbourne, Australia for the Australian Grand Prix, there are already so many questions that will most likely take most, if not all of the season to answer, let’s start with what is Brawn Mercedes? This team use to be the Honda teams, but where bought out, they sure don’t act or look like the old Honda teams, boy those cars are powerful. More importantly, what is the new tires, the new F1 car, the new rules changes going to do in 2009, is the racing going to change or is it going to be the same all over again? Who is going to win the World Championship? Is 2009 going to be a duel between Ferrari & Mercedes?

One thing about this new car that has me scratching my head is, a core system for an extra boost (80 horsepower), a diffuser on the back of the car, let alone the super soft tires vs. the hard tires, I know F1 is the technology motorsport, but damn.

With that said, let’s kick the 2009 Formula 1 Season off in style, tighten those belts up, there goes the light and the 2009 F1 season with the Australian Grand Prix is under way, man I hate that first corner and someone has to give, and of course one of the Mercedes is out, but boy those cars look so different, are so fast and yet you have to that sound when they go full throttle down the straightaway.

In watching this race, I have to say that there was a lot of passing during the race (for Formula 1 anyway), but at the same time, all it takes in Formula 1 is that one pass, and this one battle with 3 laps to go for 2nd place changed everything, when Vettel and Kubica were battling and went into a corner, hit and both cars ended up wrecking hard, which ended the race.

However the highlight of this race had to be the underdog team if you will, Brawn GP Mercedes, this team was the former Honda team that was bought and what a change as Jenson Button dominated and wins the race with his teammate Rubens Barrichello coming home in second for a Brawn Grand Prix 1-2 finish, over Jarno Trulli, Lewis Hamilton (who started in the back) and Timo Glock in 5th, and yet no Ferrari in the points, how long will that last?

What a good start to the 2009 F1 season and hats off Brawn Mercedes, they got a 1-2 finish in their debut race, good job, who would have thought it. I love these types of stories.