Before 2017 the last time F1 had a major aerodynamic shake up was in 2009, the first race of the season in Melbourne will be remembered for the incredible story of Brawn GP.
In 2007 and 2008 Ferrari and McLaren were the team’s to beat, with BMW Sauber being the best of the rest.
In 2009 the cars returned to using slick tyres which was a big deal for the team’s as they had not been used since 1997, there was an overhaul of the cars aerodynamics with front wings being made wider and rear wings being made taller and narrower.
The first race of the season did not disappoint, McLaren were struggling with drivers Hekki Kovalainen and World Champion Lewis Hamilton qualifying a disappointing 14th and 15th.
The shock was Brawn GP who rose from the ashes of Honda F1 locking out the front row with Jenson Button on pole and Rubens Barrichello a superb second, Brawn found a loophole in the new technical regulations and pioneered the double diffuser which gave them a clear advantage over their rivals.
On race day it got even better for the team, Jenson Button dominated the race from start to finish to take the team’s first victory in their first Grand Prix, Rubens Barrichello came home second after a poor start to make it a dream 1-2 finish for the team.
After Honda decided to pull out at the end of 2008, Button, Barrichello and the whole team thought it was game over.
With the genius of Ross Brawn and the dedication and hard work from all the team in Brackley they made what seemed to be a impossible dream come true. Button and the team went on to win the driver’s and constructors championships.
This was a great race to watch as it is one of the greatest underdog stories in Motorsport, the 2009 season opener will always be remembered because of what Brawn GP achieved.