Just over three months since the announcement that Honda was withdrawing from Formula One, Jenson Button today gave the Brawn GP 001 its first shakedown at Silverstone.
With all systems working perfectly during its first exploratory laps around Silverstone, the team will take the car to Barcelona for their first serious test, before another private test session at Jerez the following week and a final run at Silverstone, before the cars are flown to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes engines used by Brawn GP are identical in specification to those used by McLaren although the Brawn uses their own gearbox. The Brawn GP 001 will not use KERS this season but judging by the problems all other teams are experiencing with the new Bridgestone slick tyres graining extremely quickly, the weight distribution of the Brawn without KERS could favour the team. KERS units weigh in the region of 45 kg.
Rubens Barrichello will partner Jenson Button.