Brawn GP and Button on pace in Barcelona

buttonJenson Button set the fastest time of all in the morning session at Barcelona this morning. The Englishman, driving the BGP 001 for his newly-formed Brawn GP team, acquitted the car very well in its first public testing appearance.

Button’s fastest lap was 1:21.140, more than half a second faster than Toyota’s Jarno Trulli, whose time was 1:21.85s.

Testing times are not a reliable indicator of overall competitiveness, but reliability can be judged to an extent. The new Brawn car, which had its shakedown at Silverstone last week, completed 30 trouble-free laps at the Circuit de Catalunya this morning.