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F1 Mole | 03:43 UK time, Saturday, 28 March 2009

His Brawn Grand Prix team may well be tipped to get on to the top of the podium in Australia but the Mole understands Jenson Button was really feeling the heat in Friday's practice sessions.

A tiny hole in the Brawn cockpit left the Englishman exposed to some leaking heat from his radiator.

Unable to keep taking the heat in his sensitive regions, he had to leap out of his car.

Jenson Button and new Brawn sponsor Richard Branson soak up the sun in Melbourne

By then, Button had already been through the rigours of an official media conference at Albert Park.

It is fascinating to watch the drivers squirm their way through the sessions; Fernando Alonso texting on his mobile, Lewis Hamilton hanging his head with his shades around his neck and Sebastian Vettel smirking like a naughty schoolboy.

The stare of the media room is one place where the drivers really stick together.

When the drivers were asked about the diffuser row, Grand Prix Drivers' Association director Mark Webber gamely answered - with a very nicely judged response - before Hamilton said: "I agree with Mark."

What did Alonso think? The Spaniard pointed at Webber. And rookie Sebastien Buemi? He also pointed the finger at Webber - a rare moment of driver unity.

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