2009 Australian GP – Post qualifying – Weights, exclusions, protests

It is back of the grid for Toyota after exclusion from qualifying

It is back of the grid for Toyota after exclusion from qualifying

Both Toyota cars were excluded from qualifying after failing post-qualifying technical inspections by the FIA. It was found that Toyota’s rear wing elements were in breach of the rules:

“The Stewards have heard the explanation from a representative of Panasonic Toyota Racing and have examined the cars in question. The Stewards concur with the opinion of the Technical Delegate and find the cars contravene the requirements of Article 3.15 of the 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations. It is the Stewards decision that cars number 9 and 10 be excluded from the Qualifying Session Official Classification.”

So the Toyota duo, so impressive during free practice sessions, will start from the back of the grid.

Williams protested legality of Red Bull and Ferrari cars, the protest is aero related and had something to do with the sidepods. Williams later withdrew the protest.

And here are the postqualifying weights of all the cars made public by FIA. Those eliminated in Q1 and Q2 their declared race start weight. It is now clear that Brawn GP cars had no weight advantage in Q3. On the contrary, they were the 2nd and 3rd heaviest car out there in final qualifying session … Lightest car in Q3 was Kubica’s BMW Sauber, that perhaps explains his P4. Both Ferraris were also rather light.

1. Jenson Button – 664.5kg
2. Rubens Barrichello – 666.5kg
3. Sebastien Vettel – 657kg
4. Robert Kubica – 650kg
5. Nico Rosberg – 657kg
6. Felipe Massa – 654kg
7. Kimi Raikkonen – 655.5kg
8. Mark Webber – 662kg

Q2 and Q3

9. Nick Heidfeld – 691.5kg
10. Fernando Alonso – 680.7kg
11. Kazuki Nakajima – 685.3kg
12. Heikki Kovalainen – 690.6kg
13. Sebastien Buemi – 675.5kg
14. Nelson Piquet – 694.1kg
15. Giancarlo Fisichella – 689kg
16. Adrian Sutil – 684.5kg
17. Sebastien Bourdais – 662.5kg

Penalized for gearbox change:

18. Lewis Hamilton – 655kg

Excluded from qualifying, demoted to back of the grid:

19. Jarno Trulli – 660kg
20. Timo Glock – 670kg

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5 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    The rear wings were maybe illegal, and tha cars have been dropped to the back, but will be they legal tomorrow???

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    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      in Toyota they believe they will be legal tomorrow:

      “We naturally accept and respect the decision of the race stewards. We intend to modify the components overnight and we are confident these modifications will not result in any performance drop.”

  2. seskuNo Gravatar says:

    toyota already ask the steward to release their car for the modification. but the rule said the top 10 qualifier must stay in parc ferme one night and the racing with the same spec the qualified.

    seskus last blog post..punco sobonar kejatuhan kerajaan Melaka

  3. JRNo Gravatar says:

    The grid is set. Massa and Raikkonen will dominate.

  4. psychyNo Gravatar says:

    timo just told to the german tv, that is was strange to him, because the wing passed all previous fia tests. and now its illegal.
    it’s sad, i really like trulli, but at least we will see some good overtakes :-)

    @sesku: good point. have they to start from the pit lane so they can change the wings? otherwise they would start illegal.

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