2009 Australian GP – All Brawn front row

Jenson Button's Virgin branded Brawn GP car going for pole position

Jenson Button's Virgin branded Brawn GP car going for pole position

What a day for Brawn GP. First they get their new sponsor – Richard Branson’s Virgin – and then they lock the front row for tomorrow’s Australian GP all for themselves.

Jenson Button will start from the pole position for the first time since 2006 Australian GP, Rubens Barrichello will line up next to him on P2. Perhaps surprisingly P3 went to Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull, P4 to Robert Kubica in BWM Sauber. Nico Rosberg, fastest in all three practice sessions will start from P5. Perhaps a bit disappointed are Toyota drivers with Glock P6 and Trulli P8, especially Trulli who was regarded as dark horse for pole position following impressive showing in practice sessions. Ferrari’s made it to Q3 but only managed P7 (Massa) and P9 (Raikkonen). Mark Webber completes the top 10.


We will find out soon what these times mean, thanks to new regulations FIA will publish the starting weights of all the cars. So we will know who qualified light and who went out heavy …

Front row for Rubens Barrichello

Front row for Rubens Barrichello

Great qualifying from Sebastian Vettel - P3

Great qualifying from Sebastian Vettel - P3

It was disapointing day for McLaren. Lewis Hamilton only just made it to Q2 but took no part in it following gearbox problems. Hamilton will start the race from the back of the grid following the gearbox change. Heikki Kovalainen qualified in P14.

Not the best start to 2009 season for Lewis Hamilton

Not the best start to 2009 season for Lewis Hamilton

I must say that the Q1 was one of the maddest qualifying sessions I remember with times dropping and positions changing till the very last moment. No car coud relax and spend the second half of the session in pits waiting for Q2 as used to be case in the past… At one moment it looked like Force India will finish Q1 in top ten, at the end of the session both their cars were eliminated …

Kazuki Nakajima - great in practice but not the best qualifying for him

Kazuki Nakajima - great in practice but not the best qualifying for him

Qualifying Results 2009 Australian GP:

1. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:26.202
2. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP – 1:26.505
3. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:26.830
4. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:26.914
5. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:26.973
6. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:26.975
7. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:27.033
8. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:27.127
9. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:27.163
10. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:27.246

Q2:

11. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:25.504
12. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:25.605
13. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:25.607
14. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:25.726
15. L. Hamilton – McLaren – no time

Q3:

16. S. Buemi – Toro Rosso – 1:26.503
17. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:26.598
18. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:26.677
19. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:26.742
20. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:26.964

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20 Comments Post a Comment
  1. kaushalNo Gravatar says:

    oh! It was terrific.. I couldn’t let my eyes off the TV. The grid is totally different from the last year’s one.Looking for a great race tomorrow.

  2. Cruz GonzalezNo Gravatar says:

    Vettel was the surprise in this Q, we will see when the weight be announced, just imagine when the RBR decide to use the “illegal” diffuser once the FIA allow it! (April 14 :D)
    Take care of the Kid!

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      it will not be that easy for the others to come up with their own diffusers. it will take much more work then simply adding new diffuser to the back of the car. they will copy and paste at some point, but it may take some time …

  3. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    Do you think Heidfeld using KERS made the difference in speed to Kubica? Cars did seem to be opposites in pace and cornering

  4. JRNo Gravatar says:

    Forget all that. The big question is McLaren. What’s the problem. At least Ferrari held it together.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      The problem is that even in McLaren they do not know what exactly is the problem. It is not the engine (as Brawn shows), it is the aero and lack of downforce. They can’t blame it on the diffuser only as there are other teams not using the controversial diffuser and still manage decent pace (Red Bull, BMW Sauber, Ferrari)… Will be interesting to see how long will it take to a team like McLaren to sort out their troubles. Back in 2004 they only became competitive after they introduced “B” car almost half way through the season …

  5. JRNo Gravatar says:

    To me all cars seemed smooth, the non-super-diffuse cars held it together rather well. They narrowed the gap on the diffuse cars. I’m still betting on Ferrari.

  6. JRNo Gravatar says:

    With all due respect, F1W,” it will take much more work then simply adding new diffuser to the back of the car. they will copy and paste at some point, but it may take some time”

    I think this will happen a lot quicker than we can imagine.

    There is too much money involved.It is simple plastic stuff. They’ve already got airtunnels and mockups. Scuderia can probably redeploy within 48 hours.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      If they have already plan B and diffuser version ready then perhaps it can happen rather quick. But there were some F1 technical people speaking on the track radio about this issue here in Melbourne and their view is that to add the special diffuser requires massive changes to the design of the car and totally new philosophy. It is rather complex issue and without testing it may not be that simple …

      We will have to wait and see :-)

  7. Very early days yet, but if Brawn can get a head-start on the others in what is looking to be one of the closest seasons in history it may be too late for McLaren, even if they get it right within a couple of races.

    Steve Robertsons last blog post..Start of the F1 Season on the Radio

  8. What a fantastic start to the new F1 season.
    A month or so ago, who would have predicted that Jenson Button would even be on the grid this year, let alone having a pole position for the 1st race
    Fantastic acheivement from Brawn GP

  9. seskuNo Gravatar says:

    i bet brawn gp will finish this 2009 season flying colour. win constructor and driver champion… i better put my money on brawn gp quick!!!btw…mclaren cannot build b spec car but a totally new car..in 2003 they use modified version of 2002 car. 2009 is totally different car compared to last year car…

    seskus last blog post..punco sobonar kejatuhan kerajaan Melaka

  10. JRNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks F1W.

    BTW, this is probably the exact wrong time to bring this up, but comments aren’t showing on my IE7 browser. Chromium is fine.

    Yes, I agree with what “those people” have to say. But I bet the Ferrari/McClaren/Renault manufacturing cycle is so fast they can do this in a week.

  11. JRNo Gravatar says:

    “what is looking to be one of the closest seasons in history”

    No offense, Steve Robertson, but why would this be one of the closest seasons in history? In fact, the numbers say it won’t be for one simple reason -

    The last three seasons HAVE been the closest in history. THAT was the Black Swan. It was like 9/11. it already happened.

    From a strictly philosophical/statistical point of view – this season should be wild.

  12. JRNo Gravatar says:

    Check out this link on KERS from my boy, BunnBunn. This will see anybbody through til race time.

    http://www.f1technical.net/features/11805?sid=9caa2876814667af5c80ce5ff8d69665

    @F1W -

    how about a liveblog? As I recall you did that before. In fact, I think I got the idea from you.

    You’ve got the traffic. Do it.

    Australia calls for it. You are live. I’ll host it, if you don’t want to. But I defer to you. I won’t do it without your blessing.

    Seriously do it.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      Here I have no access to ineternet on track, all I manage is a tweet here and there from my phone. Difficult to do anything else than few updates at the end of the day.

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