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GP Week : Issue 49
Re Brawn’s first DNF WHILE Jenson Button roared to his sixth win in the first seven races of 2009, his team- mate Rubens Barrichello was left to record BrawnGP’s first DNF of the year. Barrichello, who had qualified third, made a poor getaway off the line and was swamped by rivals. Attempting to make up lost positions he then spun amidst a great battle with Heikki Kovalainen before damaging his car in an ill- timed move on Adrian Sutil’s Force India at the final corner. Barrichello eventually called an end to his afternoon on the 47th lap of the race, bringing Brawn’s incredible run of perfect finishes to an end. “It was a difficult and immensely frustrating day for me today,”he said after the race. “We had a problem with the clutch at the start which caused the car to go into anti- stall so I wasn’t able to get off the line. That dropped me back into the pack and to complicate things further, I was hitting the limiter on the straights, which meant that I couldn’t overtake and had to take risks. So it was an eventful first half of the race as I tried to compensate for the problems and I had a couple of incidents with other cars. “I was prepared to fight my way up the field but the damage caused to the gearbox by the problems at the start began to get worse so the team had to retire my car. It’s difficult to have a day like this when you could see the pace of the car was fantastic but we will bounce back. Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits so I’ll stay positive and look ahead to the British Grand Prix in two weeks time.” Toyota delighted with recovery TOYOTA Motorsport President John Howett has told GPWeek of his pleasure at seeing his team recover from their recent downturn in form to record a double points finish at the Turkish Grand Prix. Jarno Trulli’s fourth and Timo Glock’s eighth position were the team’s first points since Bahrain. “I think we expected to recover,”he told GPWeek. “It’s very positive that we have. I think what we understood to be the problem in sector three of Barcelona and around Monaco appears now to be very correct. Obviously still we want to be in front of Jenson so we’ve got to go back and work very hard.” Howett pointed to a major upgrade to the TF109 as having aided the team in Turkey and insisted that development at Toyota would not relent as the team tries to catch the Brawn and Red Bull outfits. “There’s a fairly big upgrade on this weekend and we’re not lifting at all. We’ll hopefully continue and we think that within the current existing package, having verified if you like the basic position, that we’ve got even more to come out of this car and the configuration here.” 30