Brawn GP: 1-2 In Malaysia?

Jim MoneyContributor IMarch 29, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  (EDITORS NOTE: A TILT SHIFT LENS WAS USED IN THE CREATION OF THIS IMAGE) Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP drives on his way to winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 29, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

This weekend's Australian GP saw many firsts for the F1 fraternity, from new regulations to new technologies to debut points finishes for Buemi and of course, a 1-2 finish for Brawn GP.

On their first ever race, the Brackley-based squad recorded a historical win, and the first 1-2 on a team's debut since Wolf in 1977, who coincidental was employing Ross Brawn at the time. It was Jenson Button that led home Rubens Barrichello and scored 18 world championship points between them. So what happens next week in Malaysia?

The teams now know how they compare to each other, and with no time to develop the cars before they get to Kuala Lumpur, will the pecking order stay the same?

Brawn GP will still run at the front, their car is mighty strong and has so much raw pace that, even with a heavy fuel load can still set the fastest lap times. Reliability is still an issue for the team and with 70% humidity in the race, this might cause some unseen problems. So which driver will win? Rubens has always been fast in Malaysia and if its dry, should have a two-tenths advantage over Button.

Red Bull, BMW, Toyota and Williams appear to be the nearest rivals, and unless they have some bad luck again I would expect a very close battle for the final podium spot.