Brawn Introduce Major Upgrade on BGP 001 in Hungary
In an effort to become great once again in the 2009 Formula One Championship, Brawn announced it will introduce a major upgrade to their BGP 001 at Hungaroring. In addition to the aerodynamic updates, the Brackley based team will finally benefit from high track temperatures in Hungary – unlike in Silverstone and Nurburgring – which will likely make all their tire-related problems in the past couple of races disappear.
Both Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button suffered from tire problems during the British and German Grands Prix, as the compound picked by Bridgestone for the aforementioned races did not get up to temperature in due time – causing them to lose valuable seconds on track. The image of Button trying to warm his tires during his 3rd stint at the Nurburgring is anthological for Brawn's problems in low-temperature conditions.
“We have a significant aerodynamic upgrade for the race in Budapest which will bring performance gains in efficiency, downforce and aero balance but we face a fierce battle and we must continue to improve for the rest of the season,” said Ross Brawn in a preview for the Hungarian race.
Championship leader Jenson Button will return to the track where he scored his first win in Formula One, back in 2006. While enthused about the prospect of scoring his second win ahead a Hungarian crowd, the Brit admitted he is glad to finally see some high temperatures ahead.
“Hungary is always one of my favourite races and even more so this year as it should finally be a return to some real summer temperatures! The circuit holds some very special memories for me as the venue of my first Formula One win three years ago and it’s fantastic to be going back there with the chance to compete for the win again,” said Button.
“The Hungaroring is quite a challenging circuit as it is so twisty and there’s no real respite round the lap but it is a lot of fun to drive. The lap has a good rhythm and mix of slow-speed and high-speed turns. The circuit generates an incredible amount of grip as the weekend gets underway which can provide a real challenge in finding the right set-up,” added the 29-year old driver.