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GP Week : Issue 60
>>F1VALENCIA and Prix, Valencia A home race for new boy Jaime Alguersuari, who had impressed with a measured debut in Hungary before the summer break. The Valencia circuit is not an easy one to learn, but he acquitted himself well despite the high temperatures to which he was not used to. He was considerably faster than Badoer in the Ferrari, though. A new front wing was helping Buemi Practice seemed to confirm Red Bull’s worst fears, which were that Brawn would be back to their best in Valencia. The RB5 wasn’t slow, it just wasn’t looking like a race winner. That race win also became a doubt when Vettel’s engine blew on Saturday morning. Still, with his sixth unit strapped in for qualifying, he took a promising fourth place to Webber’s ninth. Having publically stated that they would drop their low-fuel runs in practice, the sight of both Williamses in the top five on Friday gave the team some real hope for the weekend. Although Rosberg remained wary of his rivals, there was a feeling that some good points could be notched up in Valencia. In qualifying, however, an engine cutout on Nakajima’s car left him down Force India had a major upgrade package for Valencia, and it looked to be doing the business early on. Top 10 times in practice and a shock P1 for Sutil on Saturday morning gave the entire team a much needed boost, and pointed to the possibility of the team’s first F1 point in the European Grand Prix. Alas it was not to be. 16th for Fisichella in qualifying was disappointing, but 12th Although McLaren had the ultimate pace in the early running, it was obvious that Valencia presented a major step forward for Brawn after some frustrating races. Button and Barrichello seemed evenly matched, although Barrichello seemed to have more confidence about himself. His belief was well-founded with third in qualifying, from which he thought he could fight for the win. move up the grid, and in Q1 he was well within the top 10. A Q3 slot was not to be for the Swiss driver, however, who dropped out in Q2. The pair would line up 15th and 19th. In the race Buemi lost his front wing on the first lap and had to pit for repairs before retiring with a broken brake disc. Alguersuari took 16th after a tough physical race. In the race, Vettel’s race came undone at the first pit-stop when the fuel rig failed. Vettel was forced to make a second stop the lap after but was soon in retirement with another blown engine. Webber raced hard with Button for the majority of the afternoon, but just didn’t have the pace in the final laps and missed out on the points by finishing where he’d started. in 17th. Rosberg looked sharper, going through to Q3 and nailing his Williams to seventh. Nakajima fought his way up to 13th in the race before a puncture curtailed his afternoon, leaving him 18th. Rosberg, however, had a better race and finished fifth, although he might realistically have challenged for fourth, or even a podium, on another day. for Sutil showed what might be doable for the team (and the car) as the season progresses. The German nearly took those historic first points for the team, too. Racing with Webber at the chequered flag, 10th place was a real achievement, and with Fisi not far away in 12th, there is genuine belief that points are now not far away. Surely ... With Button in fifth, it was Rubens’ chance to shine. And shine he did. The Brazilian was in masterful form to record his first F1 win for Brawn, moving himself into second position in the championship in the process. Button, meanwhile, had a tougher race. He was forced to heed position early on to Webber after he cut the chicane, but from there put his head down to take seventh and two points. 1