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Button the Bollard?


MOTOR-RACING-PRIX/Formula One championship leader Jenson Button came up with a nice riposte to being likened (in terms of speed) to a kerbstone (‘paracarro’) by Renault boss Flavio Briatore:

“He also needs to remember that he tried to employ me for this year.”

If that is indeed the case, then it prompts several observations.

Firstly, was Briatore trying to ditch Nelson Piquet (no great surprise, perhaps) or looking for a replacement for Fernando Alonso?

Piquet, whose rookie season was distinctly lacklustre, was confirmed for 2009 on Nov. 5 — a month before Button’s Honda team, Brawn GP’s predecessors, announced they were pulling out.

Brawn Supremacy provides F1′s feelgood moment



Brawn GP’s one-two win on their debut in the Australian Grand Prix may turn out to be the feelgood moment of the Formula One year (although maybe not for those locked in the great Melbourne diffuser debate).

Race winner Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello were the happiest drivers in the paddock by a very long way on Sunday night and even team owner Ross Brawn seemed momentarily overcome.