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Dream start or what

Jenson Button

Now this is what you call a DREAM START – not only for the 2009 F1 season but also for Brawn-Mercedes who put up a remarkable show at the Australian Grand Pix by grabbing the top two spot and taking home the maximum number of points (i.e. 18) on the offer and that too in their very first race. And trust me this is not a common site – the last time it happened was in 1954 at the French Grand Prix when Mercedes-Benz was the all out winner. Apart from the dream start that the team enjoyed, it was kind of a comeback for the two drivers – Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. For Button, it was the second win of his career after nearly three years and for Barrichello the race showed some glimpse of his career at Ferrari where he was more often than not at the second spot. Prior to this, both the drivers had a diffcult time with the Honda team and their future was under severe doubt when the Honda team had decided to pull out of Formula 1 due to the recession hit. But thanks to the last minute takeover deal, the team and the drivers are now part of the 2009 season and rearing to go. Lets see whats on the offer.

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Formula 1 kicks in

The 2009 Formula One season finally starts this week with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. With 10 teams and 20 drivers and a number of changes to both the sporting and technical regulations aimed at providing more overtaking opportunities, the season promises to be an exciting one for the audience and the fans. 2009 season will come up with new challenges both for the drivers and the teams because of the new regulations that are being enforced. According to FIA, the new Sporting Regulations are aimed to enforce increased reliability and further cost reductions while the technical changes serve three main objectives – reducing the role of aerodynamics in the cars’ performance; making overtaking easier; and keeping lap times in check.

We may be in for a new champion car and driver this season. The first qualifying session of the season already showed some signs by providing a dream start to the Brawn-Mercedes as it took the top 2 pole position with Jenson Button having his first pole position in three years

Zardari at 5th position

Yet another recognition for the president of Pakistan, Mr Asif Ali Zardari. In the latest issue of the Foreign Policy magazine, a list of world’s top 13 losers is published and thanks to his ever growing “popularity”, Zardari is well positioned at the fifth spot. Here is how the magazine recognized his contributions:

Zardari was known to be a bad guy long before he became Pakistan’s president. Many of the closest friends of his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, could not stand him. Now, as it turns out, neither can most of the Pakistani people. Locked in a bitter struggle with opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, Zardari showed his weakness by capitulating to demands to reinstate Pakistan’s former Chief Justice per Sharif’s demands. Now in a desperate attempt to reassert control of his own party he may be plotting the ouster of his Prime Minister according to Indian press reports. He’s on the ropes, his opposition is gaining strength, and meanwhile fraught, dangerous, complex Pakistan is hardly being governed at all. 

Too bad, he missed out on the top spot 😦