andartop wrote:I believe Button was just controlling his pace during the closing stages, and never really had to push 100% during the whole race. Rubens' recovery as well was quite astonishing. I'm not saying either of them was not worth it, but I think Brawn GP DID dominate this GP as much as some people are reporting.
Using that logic, a team like Toyota never really showed 100% of their true pace, as both Toyotas at different points in the race were stuck behind slow traffic. Glock near the end of the race did show to be one of the fastest on super-soft tires. Trulli also in second half of the race was showing pace similar to Barrichello.
I'm sure Brawn did not push 100% as they were likely concerned with reliability and tire usage, among other things.
It doesn't really matter in the end though; Australia is not representative of other races in the season. Also regardless of which teams were pushing 100% and which were not, what counts is the race results.
The comments supposedly coming from a 'Brawn insider' I think should be taken with a grain of salt. Even if they could have been faster, perhaps their reliability would have suffered or their tire usage would have been bad. To put it in other words, if the Brawn car has more pace but that compromises the tire usage as well as reliability we may never actually *see* that pace from the Brawn car.
Regardless, we shall see in Sepang a more accurate pecking order.