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Jonathan Legard | 18:45 UK time, Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Hello all, I'm filling in for Murray Walker this week and looking ahead to this weekend's action in Istanbul. Can Jenson Button and Brawn make it six wins out of seven? Or will Ferrari score their first win of the year? And can Red Bull recover from a disappointing Monaco? Here are my thoughts:

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  • 1. At 07:50am on 04 Jun 2009, TheBBCFan wrote:

    Good video. I think Button's run shall come to an end, yeah he has proved what a superb driver he is but I reckon Brawns run can't go on and on and a Ferrari shall win this race.

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  • 2. At 08:11am on 04 Jun 2009, GTI-HEAD wrote:

    i hope massa dosent win but it seems likely, no one else is going to be competative enough to stop the brawns just yet, i do think rubens will win at some point this season and this could just be his race

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  • 3. At 08:52am on 04 Jun 2009, DeamonAramar wrote:

    It's too early to peg Ferrari for a win at this stage. The performance in Monaco has no bearing on this type of track. Brawn will clearly be contenders as they have at every race so far. Red bull will be back up the front too as they clearly have an effective car aero-wise. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Toyota spring back up either. Ferrari will likely be closer than they have been but the car is still an unknown quantity for this track. Historical performance counts for nothing after such sweeping rule changes.

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  • 4. At 09:02am on 04 Jun 2009, Lordy L wrote:

    I think Button will do it once again simply because he is on the crest of a wave and seems to be able to get the absolute best out of the car when he most needs to.

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  • 5. At 09:22am on 04 Jun 2009, Captain_Badger wrote:

    Nice to hear a calm, measured and coherent analysis from Mr. Legard; so different from his over-excited, disappointing and frankly rather annoying race hyperbole. Of course during the race one must think on one's feet, which may explain much.

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  • 6. At 09:49am on 04 Jun 2009, theblobinator wrote:

    If a Ferrari is going to win this weekend then its Kimi Raikkonen. However, ideally, Button will make it 6 wins out of 7. Although, that said I wouldn't mind if Barrichello stood on the top step of the podium either.

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  • 7. At 09:51am on 04 Jun 2009, NjB71 wrote:

    Brawn GP have some upgrades which Ross Brawn says will keep them ahead for this Grand Prix. Yes the Red Bulls will be there in the mix along with Ferrari and also we could see Toyota back in the hunt. BUT I still believe it will be the Brawns that will dominate again. The overall package is totally awesome and they are still developing the car. Its Brawn GPs to loose, and I cant see them not winning both the Constructors and Drivers Championship this year.

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  • 8. At 10:31am on 04 Jun 2009, AbsolutelyGlorious wrote:

    I think Vettel will win the next two and keep the title race alive. Turkey and Silverstone are high speed track, which will hugely favour the Red Bull's. Vettel has proven already that if he gets so much as a sniff of victory he takes it.

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  • 9. At 10:37am on 04 Jun 2009, LordWoz wrote:

    Good review from Jonathan Legard.

    It would be great if Button could win, but then if its someone else... Rubens or one of the red bulls of even either of the ferrari's then it would be great as well.

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  • 10. At 10:55am on 04 Jun 2009, LWhitall23 wrote:

    i think that it'll win be another brawn one-two this week, but i think barichello will win here, with vettel coming in third


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  • 11. At 11:36am on 04 Jun 2009, -JP23- wrote:

    I'm hoping for some decent upgrades for Red Bull this weekend and its gotta be Vettel for me. He just seems so good on open tracks like this, Webber has a chance also. Brawn will be on podium somewhere.

    It would be great aswell to see Massa win 4 races consectively, but that would put him in a league of greats that i'm not sure he can match yet without a WDC (still a great racer though don't get me wrong).

    Oh and by the way Johnathon I thought your commentary was superb for the Monaco GP, your relationship with MB is begining to work nicely.


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  • 12. At 11:47am on 04 Jun 2009, caymankai wrote:

    Im backing Vettel for this one

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  • 13. At 11:54am on 04 Jun 2009, Huwawelshkiwi wrote:

    i think that brawn will win button or ruebens 1-2 then maybe mclaren might be up their i say this because lewis hamilton before monaco was improving and heikki has also improved or i should say the car has improved. But then again ferrari(fellipe massa kimi hasn't shown the performances of massa so this one will be interesting)& red bull will be up their. Toyata i cant see coming back but you never know its 2009 formula 1

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  • 14. At 11:55am on 04 Jun 2009, effone365 wrote:

    #5 I agree with Captain Badger. After the first few races I was hoping that Jonathan & Martin would find their spaces a bit more but so far Jonathan "extraordinary" Legard cuts over Martin (who never makes an invalid point) to comment on something that did not deserve the interruption far too often. The jury is still out on the pairing as far as I am concerned. Not sure if JL came from the radio but I think there could be less descriptive offerings and more info that may not be obvious to the viewer such as more input on strategy reminders and purple sectors throughout the race....dare I say it: a bit like James Allen did.

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  • 15. At 12:40pm on 04 Jun 2009, TreezaGreen wrote:

    its all about aero so its got to be Brawn again, (yup, its starting to get boring now isnt it!) a repeat of Barcelona. The red bulls should be ok and ferrari have caught up but not enough for the win, although expect massa to be flying the flag for the red cars, he loves the place.

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  • 16. At 1:04pm on 04 Jun 2009, f1madmatt wrote:

    I'm hoping someone takes the fight to the Brawns this weekend , the last 2 races have been dull. Massa is surely the man to watch with the improving Ferrari and his record at this track.

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  • 17. At 1:33pm on 04 Jun 2009, invinciblesuperhands wrote:

    Have to agree with the general consensus on J Legard. Jonathan stop trying so hard during commentary...please :-) This preview clearly demonstrates you know what you're talking about. Nothing wrong with a little theatre, but perhaps tone it down a shade.

    As for the race, Rubens has to take one at some point. Would prefer another win for Jenson, but I'll go with Rubens.

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  • 18. At 1:48pm on 04 Jun 2009, Snell wrote:

    I hope that Jensen can carry on his amazing run. It would be nice to see Rubens win a race but Jensen needs to keep beating him as at the moment he is biggest rival for title. I really hope that Massa doesn't win four in a row, but he does like the track and Ferrari have been making progress. I agree with effone 365 JL needs to learn to be quiet when Brundle is talking and to stop telling us things that are really apparent

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  • 19. At 1:50pm on 04 Jun 2009, splendidPhoenix wrote:

    I am surprised people are saying the races have been dull - Monaco is always like that unless it rains and all the previous races have provided a higher level of entertainment as the new guard compete at the front, whilst the usual top performaers (Ferrari, McLaren etc) all struggling and fight to improve due to the rule changes. It has made this season far more interesting and intriguing to watch big teams really wanting for pace. Brawn for a podium.

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  • 20. At 1:57pm on 04 Jun 2009, patrickjj wrote:

    It's interesting that the preview didn't even mention Hamilton or McLaren. Are they still no hopers?
    Before Hamilton's off at Monaco they looked to be on the pace a bit more.

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  • 21. At 2:13pm on 04 Jun 2009, AAyare wrote:

    Completely agree with #5 & #14 on JL during the race and qualies. JL You have got to dial it down. I have to say that even the BBC pundits do that sometimes, overly analysing something which is quite obvious.

    It is great to see Button extremely consistent in races but also to see Ferrari improvements! That was some turnaround. I couldn't possibly comment on who will be winning but the track is such that it will favour a car with a good mechanical downforce. Ferrari seemed to have improved their performance, but Brawns are still the favs. McLaren is way off the pace in high speed tracks so they could be counted out. We'll have to wait until Sat practice to get clearer indications.

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  • 22. At 2:43pm on 04 Jun 2009, TheRBman wrote:

    Normally you would push the house on Massa, but anyone who thinks Ferrari will be up to speed on this track needs a nice cold long drink. It will be between Brawn and Red Bull and I would give the edge to Button because of tyre management.

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  • 23. At 3:19pm on 04 Jun 2009, goldMarkL1 wrote:

    #5, #14 and #21, wash your mouths out with soap and water.

    Jonathan is doing a great job and is getting better race by race. Keep up the good work, Jonathan.

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  • 24. At 3:22pm on 04 Jun 2009, tootsie323 wrote:

    I don't believe that McLaren have the correct aero package yet for such a circuit as this (Monaco was the ideal opportunity to showcase the car's nimbleness and make the best of lack of aero demand - hence Lewis' obvious disappointment when he effectively ruined his weekend).

    Ferrari do have a better aero set-up so they should be closer to the pace, but I'd expect to see Red Bull and Toyota challenge the Brawn duo over the weekend, as with Bahrain. I'd like to think that Felipe will be psychologically boosted by the fact that he has scored a hat-trick here and that may add an edge to his driving (let's face it - put him at the front of the grid and he is as fast as anyone on his day).

    Much as I'd love to see countryman Jenson win (again!) it would be great to see some sustained challenge through Sunday.

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  • 25. At 3:31pm on 04 Jun 2009, whydowemakeitsohard wrote:

    i cant see massa taking the checkerd flag this weekend i can see button and rubens with a 1-2 also i can see kubica and vettel being strong with hamilton in the top 6! I think maclaren are going to get stronger and will be back to being on the championship level very soon with ferrari trailing behind bulls vettel and webber will get a few points here and there but not enough to win any championships not this year.jenson button is hungry he has a very good car and with the bit between jensons teeth he will make the most with the package hes got to go on and be a very good champion(i hope)ha ha but am i counting my chickens?i have seen this happen before i hear you say, but watch this space

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  • 26. At 4:25pm on 04 Jun 2009, Welshf1 wrote:

    What i don't understand is that the British press are bashing Hamilton for moving to Switzerland, yet Jenson pays no tax in Monaco anyway and he doesnt get bashed around, strange.

    Anyway, hoping that Red Bull, Mclaren and BMW Sauber are strong this weekend. Cannot stand another Brawn win.

    Good preview from Legard, shame he cant be that good commentating.

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  • 27. At 4:51pm on 04 Jun 2009, Jyvaskyla (BEng) wrote:

    It will totally depend on how well the further improvements Ferrari bring in for this race work, if we see similar improvement to Barcelona they will have the fastest car, but even if they end a bit behind Brawn what with KERS I bet they and McLaren will be the fastest things through the third sector, nice long straight after turn 10. Massa for four in four!

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  • 28. At 4:52pm on 04 Jun 2009, splendidPhoenix wrote:

    Interesting comments on Jonathan, but hopefully you can all agree he is much better than James Allen.

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  • 29. At 4:57pm on 04 Jun 2009, tommybrusher wrote:

    Although I want Jenson to win the title the season needs a strong challenge from another team. Hopefully Red Bull will dominate this race with some overdue reliability problems for Brawn perhaps!?!

    Its great to be a fickle TV fan, I was cheering on Lewis last year and its good to see him doing his real F1 apprentaship like most others have. All I want to see is some close racing and a tight finish in the championship.


    will do well for starters.

    I have to agree that the commentary is annoying/comical but James Allen was far far worse imo....

    My favourite Legard gaffe is when a replay comes on of a spin, and he's like "he's off again!"


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  • 30. At 5:15pm on 04 Jun 2009, Pasinho wrote:

    Raikkonen all the way

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  • 31. At 7:46pm on 04 Jun 2009, tranquility2k9 wrote:

    I am kind of getting sick of seeing Brawn win so easily, Brawn himself is always getting praise for his 'genius tactics' and Jenson for his 'Faultless driving'. I honestly think that they have got real lucky, what with new regulations coming in this year, yes it is astonishing that they have got such a great car with almost no testing or adjustments, but does this not signify a slight amount (or maybe a HUGE amount) of luck?

    It has almost become boring now and im starting to become bored of it, like I did with Schumi, but aleast with him and Ferarri you had respect for both as they wern't winning the championship over and over again by pure luck. Atleast last year there was some competition, FERRARI vs MCLAREN with BMW close behind, we had so many exciting races. Can you honestly say many of these races have been exciting for the right reasons? which is that there are two or three cars that could realistically win the race if all things go well. For me, this is like Man U and Liverpool suddenly becoming relegation contenders rather than championship fighters (and im not even a football fan, but it'd just not feel right at all).

    I think that the big teams are getting hurt by the incredible goons incharge of F1.. *cough* - Max and Bernie.

    Anyway, enough about that, I honestly hope that there is more competition in this race, although Red Bull vs Brawn just isn't the same as Mclaren vs Ferrari. I actually really dislike Ferrari (im a Mclaren fan), but im actually cheering them on to win at the moment!

    My predictions for the race are as follows:

    1. Vettel
    2. Massa
    3. Barichello
    4. Webber
    5. Raikkonen
    6. Truilli
    7. Hamilton
    8. Alonso

    I feel that it will be hard fought between Red Bull, Ferrari and Brawn with Jenson crashing out at some stage (hopefully) and I think the Red Bulls will show their pace this weekend with Ferarri close behind. I also think that Toyota will come good again on a faster track with Hamilton and Alonso grabbing the last two because they are the best two drivers! (CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM BOTH FIGHT IT OUT AGAIN AT THE TOP AND DEMOLISH EVERYONE ELSE)

    I also expect Rosberg to be there or there abouts as he has been impresive lately, so maybe he'll be another to get in the top 8.

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  • 32. At 8:02pm on 04 Jun 2009, GFasulo wrote:

    GoldMarkL1 - Totally agree.

    splendidPheonix - Totally agree again. Anyone who says or thinks otherwsie needs there ears and brains testing. Allen was so really annoying and it's incredible how people forget that so quickly.

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  • 33. At 8:37pm on 04 Jun 2009, robbo64 wrote:

    Button is good but not great; for two reasons: he's flattered by a very good car that's being bankrolled by Honda, so not quite the fairy tale Ross Brawn likes to portray ; and secondly he's partnered by a washed up
    Brazilian who has never recoverd from being Schumacher's poodle.

    Remember Button was destroyed by Trulli and Fisico, so for me will never be
    great. Nice guy, yes and much more palatable than LH.

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  • 34. At 10:38pm on 04 Jun 2009, Leon wrote:

    What Mosley and those who wish to see the established names leave F1 is fail to realise that unlike any other form of racing F1 is watched by people supporting the cars taking part. Yes we all have favourite drivers but it is car that matters, do we care about the amount of overtaking etc, no we care more about the car we are supporting winning and whether that happens because the car is the fastest or it's opponents break down or crash out we don't care. The truth is that F1 has never been the most entertaining form of motor sport just the most important. I love watching the Moto Gp formulas for their great races, overtaking and bravery and the GP2 teams
    race on the same weekends as the F1 boys and on the odd times I have watched them the racing is closer and better than F1 but in truth who watches them and in truth who cares about them.
    F1 is meant to be the pinnacle of car racing and so how can you do it on the cheap, so you are supposed to run a F1 team on £40 million when Real Madrid are about to spend £56 million on just one player plus wages etc.
    I am sure that I am not the only one who is finding this years racing more tedious than exciting, it might be different if Jenson at least had a more motivated team mate. But in truth the majority who watch F1 don't really care for the Braun/Honda and the trailing Red Bulls and this seems to be reflected by the viewing figures announced by the European Television Union which has stated that viewing figures for this F1 season are down between 15-20% when compared to last year.
    And for those who claim that they were turned off F1 by the years of Schmacher domination the highest worldwide viewing figures ever recorded were in 2004 when the Ferrari's were at their most dominant and the championship over by August.
    Take away Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal from the Premier League and viewing figures would crash and Sky would want most of their money back the same would happen in F1 without the Fota teams.
    I wouldn't be too surprised if there is no resolution to this feud until October when Mosley stands for re-election, hopefully he hasn't destroyed F1 beyond repair by that time.

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  • 35. At 08:35am on 05 Jun 2009, theblueoctopus wrote:

    ~~~What i don't understand is that the British press are bashing Hamilton for moving to Switzerland, yet Jenson pays no tax in Monaco anyway and he doesnt get bashed around, strange.~~~

    It's not strange. Jenson didnt say he was living in Monaco to escape his fans like Lewis did when in fact he was doing it to escape the tax.
    In summary, lewis lied (no surprise there) about why he moved to a tax haven and Jenson didn't.

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  • 36. At 10:25am on 05 Jun 2009, BillySparkle wrote:

    The fuss about new scoring systems could be easily sorted by using something like that used in Cycling.

    A driver could be awarded points for achieving the fastest lap OR sector time at set stages though the race. This means that drivers who regularly set fastest laps OR sector times, but do not always make the top 10, can be rewarded.


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  • 37. At 7:31pm on 05 Jun 2009, LeNicko wrote:

    I can't believe that a couple of people have criticised Legard and Blundell's commentary. They're superb. Legard has the perfect voice for motor racing, knows his subject and Blundell has always been a class act - even when he was on ITV.

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  • 38. At 8:28pm on 05 Jun 2009, effone365 wrote:

    #37, #35 & #32 ref my #14 & others - Yes JL is better than JA without a doubt. Also LeNicko its "BRUNDLE". It's just that he is forcing it a bit too much. It's a tribute to the great Murray Walker that both the past two lead commentators are not convincing in their excitement and are still overshadowed by the voice of F1. Brundle is a fantastic commentator and I stick with the BBC TV commentary for MB.

    I also can't believe that people are bored with Brawn winning and comparing it to Ferrari/Schumi dominance which spanned years. Brawn need to make hay while the sun shines as I am not convinced they will have the development to do the same next year if they go for the championship this year. It's a season for the underdogs and that is fine by me.

    Jenson V Hamilton is interesting. I think that Lewis is perceived as the golden boy who was given the perfect car and has been groomed from the start. Jenson has paid his dues in F1 and deserves the wins. Not entirely fair as Lewis has still worked up to F1 and Jenson has made some poor career choices but that's the perception I think.

    #31 You cannot win 5 Grand Prix on luck but you can with great engineering and faultless driving. Championships have been won on that many wins.

    Jenson will own the race.

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  • 39. At 8:37pm on 05 Jun 2009, effone365 wrote:

    #36 - not a bad idea. I would award points for Q2 performance down to 10th place: 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

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  • 40. At 10:13am on 08 Jun 2009, fox30826 wrote:

    Can anyone get Legard to stop talking ALL the time? it is TV and we can see what it going on. If he can't stop then please let Martin Brundle get a word in.

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  • 41. At 07:11am on 09 Jun 2009, sufc63 wrote:

    I cannot believe so much time on this blog is wasted commenting on the commentary! Armchair experts - ask yourself when was the last time you spoke live to millions of people? Get a perspective for goodness sake. In fact, here's one that might bring a rare smile to your obviously dull lives: Murray Walker (aka F1 god) was not infallable, as his amusing gaffs are testimony to (see: We can all (including Murray I'm sure) look back and laugh now but I wonder how much he would have been crucified by #5, #14 and #21 etc if blogs had been around then!
    Thanks JL and all the BBC crew for the very professional all-round coverage we now get. Back to the armchair...

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  • 42. At 10:53pm on 12 Jun 2009, GB_Paul wrote:


    Copy & paste at end of you blog

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  • 43. At 3:38pm on 21 Jun 2009, jonziaf wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 44. At 8:15pm on 22 Jun 2009, jonziaf wrote:

    Just like to compliment Jake Humphrey who is excellent as the BBC F1 anchor and of course Martin Brundle and Ted Kravitz who are as knowledgeable and informative as ever.

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