I saw this advert from Honda on a site today.
Brawn won today because Honda failed last year. They made the brave choice to write off 2008 and spend the year working on the car that was the class of the field today.
It's a pity Honda couldn't live their dream. That decision to pull out of F1 might make financial sense but it's cost them a fortune in publicity this week, month, maybe even a title this year. The eyeball to dollar value of F1 is high, especially when you are winning.
You can't count out McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull or even Toyota (last to third!) but Brawn have a healthy advantage and several flyaway races to make the most of it.
Congratulations to Brawn, Jenson, Rubens and the team. Commiserations to all those at Honda who helped make it happen and weren't there to live the dream. Who kicked out their ladder?