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GP Week : Issue 37
>>F1 INSIGHT with engineer Jock Clear, and ld back on its heels with some – and some quick long runs ... But it’s only testing, isn’t it? Everyone plays games. BrawnGP was just on a low fuel set-up in a bid to get sponsors involved, weren’t they? Or… were they? Felipe Massa reckons that, at present, BrawnGP in race trim is “unreachable.” Fernando Alonso, too, reportedly said that Brawn’s pace was “unreachable.” The two- time F1 world champion puts this down to the gestation period of the BGP001: “The truth is that they have a car that Honda began working on in 2007 to use in 2009. And that's evident in its design, because it's a very elaborate car, with different shapes than the rest," he divulged. And he’s spot on. After all, why would Brawn need to attract sponsors? If the rumours are correct, Brawn has his operating budget for 2009 with the complete design process of the BGP having been absorbed by Honda and thus costing the new team relatively little, if not nothing, as Honda was set to fully fund the team until it found a new owner. One would assume then that the development costs of fixing the rear end to take a Mercedes engine would have been included in those costs. The F1 rumour mill is awash with stories of companies who may or may not become involved with the BrawnGP team … most, seemingly, because their colour schemes seem to fit well with the simple and striking white, black and yellow of the BGP001. But Brawn may not need to bother with corporate bullshit this year. It may be able to just go out and race and only worry about finding sponsors for 2010. After all, Honda managed to race for two years with no sponsorship but a massive bogey on the side of its F1 car. But what of Ross Brawn himself? As matter-of-fact as we have come to expect, his understated confidence at the performance of the car is ominous. Citing that the intention of the test had simply been to check reliability and run up mileage, he described himself as “extremely pleased,” and that his aims had been “successfully achieved.” There’s one more test planned for BrawnGP, which takes place in Jerez this week. While we won’t know just how competitive the car and the team will be until practice kicks off in Australia in a fortnight, for a first run the BGP001 has shocked the establishment. On the balance of first impressions, and given the extent to which the hitherto confirmed competitive order of Formula 1 is starting to worry about their form, BrawnGP may be on the verge of something amazing. And wouldn’t it be ironic if after the colostomy bag full of mistakes that Honda made during its time in Formula 1, its final decision in pulling out of Formula 1, when it had at its disposal a car which may just be set to challenge for regular race wins, was to be its greatest mistake of all. 27