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Jenson Button on pole in Oz

Here we go again.

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Jenson Button (left) and Rubens Barrichello of Brawn

With Formula One changed almost out of recognition, a row broke out yesterday at Albert Park, where the Australian Grand Prix is kicking off the new season tomorrow.

Brawn (formerly Honda), Williams and Toyota occupied six of the top seven places in practice, allegedly because they are running double diffusers of contested legality which exploit a grey area in the rules.

The Brawn team now occupy both pole and second on the grid for the Sunday’s race. Button is firm favourite to take the chequered flag in the Grand Prix.

Last year’s champ, Lewis Hamilton hardly got a look in after his gear box had to be replaced and finished 18th on the grid. The other McLaren is 12th.

So, if Hamilton does poorly, we may yet have a British winner in Jenson Button, albeit in a German car.

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