Brawn off the pace in Spa

button spa Jenson Button admits that his Brawn package is currently not quick enough as he prepares to defend his championship lead at the legendary Spa circuit in Belgium.

With the teams sitting out most of the first practice session on Friday due to a rain shower, it was left to the afternoon to cram in the teams’ development programmes for the weekend.

Brawn had a low key session with Button and Barrichello winding up in seventeenth and eighteenth place. And although the gap to the pace setter, Lewis Hamilton, was misleading due to the cars running different fuel loads and evaluation programmes, it will still be a concern to Jenson Button who is looking to defend his eighteen point championship lead this weekend.

“We collected a lot of information but obviously at the moment we’re not as quick as we would like to be,” said the Briton.

“There are a few areas that we do need to improve on with the balance but the potential is there to do that ahead of qualifying.”

Rubens Barrichello, fresh from his first victory in five years after winning in Valencia, also conceded that the car wasn’t performing as well as it had a week ago.

“The car doesn’t feel as competitive as it did in Valencia last weekend but we’re going to be in a good position to fight hard in qualifying tomorrow.”