Brawn GP Continue Tests in P3.…and Leave Jenson Button Alone!!

Patrick AllenAnalyst IAugust 29, 2009

SPA FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 29:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP prepares to drive during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 29, 2009 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

This is a split article. Half of me just wants to rise above the press and simply report on the practice session and half of me wants to scream my head off!

Throughout the last three practice sessions, whenever there is any discussion about Jenson Button, the overarching point seems to be that he is crap and losing the Championship.

The only sensible comments I have heard have come from Ant Davidson. Jenson had a poor race in Valencia and he perhaps should have pushed harder off the start.

He also had a relatively poor qualifying result last weekend….but that doesn’t cancel out his excellent work to get him to be the leader of the Championship since round one.

One idiot said in a question to the BBC "is Jenson returning to the poor form he showed in 2007 and 2008?" What?

Jenson may have gone off the boil towards the end of 2008, but he worked his arse off in those two awful cars and drove the best he possibly could. Why is it in F1 that if someone sneezes they have the plague! It really pisses me off!

Anyway, that’s about all I have to say about that. On to P3 now and it was another quiet test session for Brawn GP. Badoer was amongst the first drivers to exit the pits and he really had to improve over this final 60 minutes.

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Fisichella set the first time of 1:49:018 just about 11 minutes in. Jenson’s first time was a 1:48:573, which put him P5 of 8. The Current Championship leader was doing a 3 lap run whilst his team mate was doing a four lapper.

Rubens’s first time was a slow 1:56:950 which put him P11 of 11. I noticed that neither car was running the hideous shark fin aero design today, so perhaps it was as useful as it was pretty yesterday. Jens struggled with traffic and tyre heat, but he did get as high as P10.

Meanwhile, Rubens put in a 1:47:299 and gained P10. Hamilton was pole at the moment on a 1:46:588. With about 20 minutes left both Brawns were quite low down the pack, but were going for lengthy race tests rather than low fuel runs.

I think it is worth mentioning young Algursuari’s pace again as, for the second practice session he impressed and lapped around P10 for quite a while.

With about six minutes left, Sutil on light fuel was first, Jens was in P16 and below Badoer! But the Red Bulls seemed to be experiencing engine troubles.

The whole pack were really struggling with the super softs and the Brawns were unfortunately no exception.

Jens managed to push and got up to P6 on a 1:46:649, but he then slipped down to P10 (where he finished up).

Rubens’s 1:46:968 was good enough for P11, but the Brazilian finished up in P16. The eventual pole sitter for P3 was Heidfeld, who put in a tasty lap right at the end.

Brawn’s primary threat, Webber, failed to set a time with engine problems. The Australian’s issues prompted the commentators to state that Jenson must be the luckiest man on the grid.

To be perfectly frank with you, it’s comments like this that are turning me faster and faster away from Formula One.

As I say, I can’t think of any other sport that is so quick to judge or put people down. You may well argue that F1 is hyper-critical because it is the ‘king of all motor sport’ but I would argue that is rubbish! F1 is simply the richest!

Yes, Jenson is a marmite driver, and I happen to like him, but for Christ's sake leave him and any other driver who isn’t 100 percent, 24/7 alone! The bloody press have very short memories!

I don’t think it’s going to get any better after this weekend either! I think Brawn will get into the top 10 today but they’ll struggle to break higher than P5. They were both slow in the crucial middle sector so the race doesn’t look good either.

Now, if Brawn do poorly in Spa this weekend, I’ll be disappointed, but not suicidal. It has always been expected that Brawn will not perform in Belgium, my only wish is that the press could think like that as well!

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps

1 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:45.388 17

2 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:45.462 0.074 18

3 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:45.677 0.289 20

4 8 Romain Grosjean Renault 1:45.878 0.490 18

5 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:45.908 0.520 18

6 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:45.987 0.599 18

7 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:46.040 0.652 19

8 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:46.114 0.726 21

9 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.301 0.913 17

10 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:46.406 1.018 20

11 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:46.409 1.021 19

12 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:46.417 1.029 19

13 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.462 1.074 17

14 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:46.747 1.359 14

15 11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:46.814 1.426 22

16 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:46.815 1.427 19

17 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:46.926 1.538 14

18 3 Luca Badoer Ferrari 1:47.055 1.667 20

19 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:47.078 1.690 19

20 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault No time 3

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