2009 Bahrain GP – Post qualifying weights

FIA released the weights at the start of the 2009 Bahrain GP. Timo Glock’s Toyota is the lightest car out there, while Sebastian Vettel seems to in the best position for the race with about 2 more laps worth of fuel than Button and Hamilton. He should also pit about 3 laps later than Trulli and perhaps 4 laps later than Timo Glock. Hamilton is as heavy Button’s Brawn (and has the advantage of KERS).

The weights at the start of the 2009 Bahrain GP


1. Trulli – Toyota – 648.5
2. Glock – Toyota – 643.0
3. Vettel – Red Bull – 659.0
4. Button – Brawn – 652.5
5. Hamilton – McLaren – 652.5
6. Barrichello – Brawn – 649.0
7. Alonso – Renault – 650.5
8. Massa – Ferrari – 664.5
9. Rosberg – Williams – 670.5
10. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 671.5
11. Kovalainen – McLaren – 678.5
12. Nakajima – Williams – 680.9
13. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 698.6
14. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 696.3
15. Piquet – Renault – 677.6
16. Sutil – Force India – 679.0
17. Buemi – Toro Rosso – 678.5
18. Fisichella – Force India – 652.0
19. Webber – Red Bull – 656.0
20. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 667.5

The other piece of news is 3 places grid penalty for Adrian Sutil for spoiling Mark Webbers Q1 run.

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  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Some are going for one stop strategy??? I can’t believe I say this seriously HAHA But once I joked that Kubica’s car may be reaching the 700 Kg with him on board, and I never thought that this could be true :P But I should go on and say that there is quite a big difference in terms of strategy. There are very heavy cars and very light cars, even the rockets of Brawn GP had diet this race weekend and still didn’t make it that great on training and qualify! But it’s a huge difference between these ones which have more than 15-20 kg and still made it to Q1 as Rosberg and Raikkonen, don’t bet yet for them, but tomorrow we will see if the gamble for being more time on track will make the difference too :) The heaviest cars are BMW, they may be hopping to ‘hop’ some places up while staying on the track for more time, but they start with harder tires (medium compound) and left the softer (super soft compound, due the jump that have to be made between tire type), so I don’t know if this is will give them some kind of benefit… Let’s see, maybe they’re the surprise of the day when just stop 1-2 times for just refueling and switch to the option tire. Webber will have a difficult race recovering the lost terrain, but for the spectators it will be a big entertainment, a fast and lighter car at the end of the grid in a circuit where there are many overtaking possibilities, I guess the one of Red Bull will make a stunning race tomorrow too :D

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  2. I wonder how fast Massa could be if he was as light as Hamilton

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      well in Q2 they all usually go out on very low fuel, similar weights for all the cars. that may be an indication. these were the times today in Q2:

      Hamilton – 1:32.877
      Massa – 1:33.014

      and fastest was Vettel with 1:32.474

  3. Cruz GonzalezNo Gravatar says:

    Vettel is with no doubt the best candidate to win the race! I don´t like to predict the race but considering normal conditions he is there for a second win, if Webber stay out of troubles and start early to recover positions. will be able to reach the podium with some luck! What could be the reason of lack of peace of Rubinho in comparison with Button???

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      it looks like Button simply managed better lap than Barrichello in yesterday’s qualifying

    • JRNo Gravatar says:

      Barrichello is not as good. What do you think? he’s pushing 40. Schumacher is 40. Schumacher got out for a reason. He could see the writing on the wall.

      I don’t know if this is the reason, but it seem as good an explanation as any.

  4. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    Fingers crossed that heidfeld or kubica get a podium, it will be a good track for KERS I think.

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