Brawn's Melbourne form could see the team on a fast track to the 2009 championship, according to 2008 runner-up Felipe Massa.

Brawn's Melbourne form could see the team on a fast track to the 2009 championship, according to 2008 runner-up Felipe Massa.

Before recording a predicted one-two finish at Albert Park on Sunday, the Mercedes-powered cars also qualified first and second -- laden with more starting fuel than the Ferraris further down the grid.

"If they carry on like that they will win the championship in the middle of the year," Brazilian Massa said in Melbourne.

His countryman Rubens Barrichello, second in Melbourne behind Brawn teammate Jenson Button, had an eventful race and revealed that the component that has been the talk of the paddock this weekend was not even working.

He said in a first-corner hit from a McLaren, his famous 'double-decker' diffuser - whose legality is subject to an appeal hearing next month - was damaged.

"If people think our car is only good because of the diffuser, that big hit broke the diffuser completely, so the car was strong," said Barrichello in the press conference.

 

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