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NEWS REVIEW - PUBLISHED ON MARCH 29TH 2009
Australian GP: The weekend's headlines
In a new addition to coverage of race weekends, autosport.com brings you a Monday morning summary of the biggest headlines from throughout the racing weekend

  By Matt Beer
 
 

Brawn GP could not have wished for a better season-opener: announcing a coveted deal with Virgin and then seeing drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello sweep the front row and took a one-two in the race - despite Barrichello making an awful start and being involved in several collisions.

The ongoing diffuser row is the only question mark for Brawn. That pre-event furore marked the start of a weekend of protests, stewards' deliberations and penalties as F1's new era got off to a chaotic, controversial but ultimately extremely entertaining start.


THE ACTIONJenson Button

Rosberg tops first Australia practice

Rosberg stays on top in second practice

Rosberg also tops final Australia practice

Button leads all-Brawn front row in Oz

Button heads Brawn one-two in Australia


THE BIG STORIES

Hamilton expects no points in Australia

Stewards clear teams' diffusers

FOM: F1 teams paid 'monies owed'

Virgin enters F1 with clean-fuel target

Q & A with Richard Branson

Button: Pole a deserved reward for team

Hamilton to start from back of the grid

Toyota duo excluded from qualifying

Protest withdrawn 'in sport's interest'

Briatore criticism dismissed by Brawn

Button hails 'fairy tale' result for Brawn

Trulli penalised, Hamilton gets third

Vettel gets grid penalty for Malaysia

Brawn insists competition is close

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  ABOUT MATT BEER
Matt Beer originally joined autosport.com as a weekend editor in the website's early days from 1998 to 2001, before spending several years writing for other motorsport websites, covering UK national racing, working for teams and drivers, and getting some degrees.

He returned to the autosport.com fold for the start of the 2006 season and has remained on board ever since. Alongside his journalistic career, Matt is a director of a company that runs several award-winning theatres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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