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GP Week : Issue 45
> F1SPAIN> nd Prix, Barcelona Yet more new aero parts down at Toro Rosso gave the team a dose of confidence and practice times reflected this new- found boost. Qualifying was a dose of reality as Bourdais again failed to make it out of Q1, but Buemi again excelled making it into Q2, albeit ultimately lining up 15th. Both drivers were hoping for good things from the race, but it was over Red Bull was quick in Spain. Really quick. Fifth and seventh in practice showed a small sign of what could be expected for the weekend, and in qualifying Vettel was only denied pole by the absolutely stellar lap of Jenson Button. \With Webber a disappointed fifth, the team was nevertheless enthusiastic about its updates and its ultimate pace in race trim. Williams is proving something of an anomaly at the moment. We all know they’re fast. Over one lap they’re great. Over a long run, they’re competitive. But in race trim they really are struggling. Once again they locked out the top spots in practice and in qualifying Rosberg was delighted with ninth, while Nakajima was unhappy with 11th. Nakajima was unlucky to get caught With the adjustable front wing finally in operation at Force India, Giancarlo Fisichella declared himself happier with the feel of his car, although he was still struggling with understeer in slow speed corners. Adrian Sutil wasn’t going anywhere, as a fuel cell problem left him out of second practice. The duo lined up last on the grid after a very close qualifying session in which Pole for Button. Win for Button. Ahh yes, but what about that dodgy pit call for Barrichello? The name Brawn and the topic of team- orders was always likely to crop up at some point this season given the team’s competitiveness, but in the clear light of day BrawnGP is not Ferrari. It doesn’t operate like that. Sure the decision to put Barrichello on before it had really begun for them both. Rounding Turn 2 Buemi braked to avoid Trulli and Bourdais had nowhere to go but straight over the back of his team-mate. As the team press release stated: Two cars, two corners, game over. They’ll hope to keep their noses clean in Monaco and pick up some points in what is always a race of attrition. At the start Vettel was unlucky to get caught up behind Massa, as the time he lost behind the Brazilian ultimately cost him a shot at the Brawns. Webber had an awesome mini-scrap with Alonso and ran a smarter strategy to overhaul his team- mate in the pits and come home a brilliant third. When Vettel finally got past Massa he didn’t look back and came home fourth for another good Red Bull result. up in the Turn 2 melee and the new front wing he needed ruined his race. Rosberg came home in eighth to record a point, but was adamant he could have had fifth. Hampered by oversteer, his race was more of a struggle than he was anticipating. With only 4.5 points after the first five races, that’s something of a metaphor for his season. either could have got into Q2 with a bit of luck and a bit less traffic. The race itself started badly. Sutil ran wide through Turn 1 and as he returned to the track he was taken out by Trulli’s spinning Toyota. Race over for the German. Fisichella was held up by the incident but kept his car in one piece and very much on the pace, setting one of the fastest laps of the race. a three-stopper and switch Button onto a two-stopper was a little strange, but it is what it is and the team recorded its second 1-2 of the season. From a team perspective that is all that matters. Button extends his lead in the championship as does Brawn. Barrichello, meanwhile, lives to fight another day and get the win his pace tells us can’t be far off. 33