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What if Brawn hadn’t survived?

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If Brawn hadn’t survived, the championship standings would be thus:

1) Mark Webber – 36.5 pts
2) Sebastian Vettel – 36 pts
3) Jarno Trulli – 27 pts
4) Timo Glock – 24 pts
5) Nico Rosberg – 21.5 pts
6) Fernando Alonso – 21 pts
7) Felipe Massa – 19 pts
8) Kimi Raikkonen – 17 pts
9) Lewis Hamilton – 15 pts
10) Nick Heidfeld – 10 pts
11) Sebastien Buemi – 7 pts
12) Sebastien Bourdais – 6.5 pts
13) Heikki Kovalainen – 6 pts
14) Robert Kubica – 3 pts
15) Adrian Sutil – 2 pts
16) Giancarlo Fisichella – 2 pts
17) Nelson Piquet Jr – 1 pt
NC) Kazuki Nakajima – 0 pts

1) Red Bull-Renault – 72.5 pts
2) Toyota – 51 pts
3) Ferrari – 36 pts
4) Renault – 22 pts
5) Williams-Toyota – 21.5 pts
6) McLaren-Mercedes – 21 pts
7) Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 13.5 pts
8) Sauber-BMW – 13 pts
9) Force India-Mercedes – 4 pts

Wins
Australia – Jarno Trulli (Toyota)
Malaysia – Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)
China – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Bahrain – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Spain – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
Monaco – Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
Turkey – Mark Webber (Red Bull)

Poles
Australia – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Malaysia – Jarno Trulli (Toyota)
China – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Bahrain – Jarno Trulli (Toyota)
Spain – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Monaco – Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
Turkey – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

Of course it’s completely useless and doesn’t matter, and you’d have to take other things into consideration such as Rubens being one of the main causes of the turn 1 pile-up in Australia that effectively took Webber out of the running. But nonetheless, an interesting reference point – before the BGP 001 blitzed the tests, everyone was talking about how it was going to be the closest season in years, and if the white and flourescent cars hadn’t made an appearance, it probably would be just that, with 5 different winning drivers and 4 different winning teams from the first 7 races, Heidfeld, Webber, Toyota and Red Bull breaking their ducks, and a very close and unpredictable championship.

Instead, we have a procession.

Ross Brawn has a lot to answer for…

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Written by James Bennett

June 7, 2009 at 18:01

Posted in F1

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