2009 Japanese GP – Qualifying – Vettel on pole

Suzuka pole for Sebastian Vettel

Suzuka pole for Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel will start the the Japanese GP from the pole position. Jarno Trulli will line up next to Vettel on the front row. Hamilton and Sutil claimed P3 and P4. Brawn GP drivers Barrichello and Button qualified on P5 and P7 after some strange tactics that only left them with enough time for one timed lap in Q3.

Update: Button, Barrichello, Sutil, Alonso received 5 places grid penalties for their driving under yellow flags following Buemi’s accident. Buemi was also hit with 5 places drop ( and also reprimand). Earlier it was announced that Vitantionio Liuzzi will drop 5 places following gearbox change.

The final session followed the fine tradition set in Q2 – 3 minutes in and red flag caused by Heikki Kovalainen. He walked away OK.


2009 Japanese GP top 10 qualifiers:

1. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:32.160
2. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:32.220
3. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:32.395
4. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:32.466
5. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP – 1:32.660
6. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:32.945
7. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:32.962
8. K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:32.980
9. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – no time
10. S. Buemi – Toro Rosso – no time

Q2:

The second qualifying session was red flagged twice. The first red flag came after Jaime Alguersuari crashed into the tyre wall. He walked out of the car. It was worse for Timo Glock who crashed shortly after the session resumed. It took about 8 minutes to extract Timo Glock out of the car. He was taken away on stretcher. Only two drivers ITrulli and Raikkonen) managed to post time before the red flag. The session resumed with only little over 7 minutes left. That was not the end of incidents in Q2 – just before the end of the session Mr. Buemi hit the barriers and lost the front wing causing yellow flags. The fastest time of the session belongs to Sebastian Vettel – 1:30.341. Hamilton, Trulli, Button, Raikkonen, Barrichello, Buemi, Sutil, Kovalainen and Heidfeld all made it to Q3.

The drivers eliminated in Q2:

11. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:31.482
12. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:31.638
13. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:32.341
14. T. Glock – Toyota – no time
15. J. Alguersuari – Toro Rosso – no time

Q1:

Sebastian Vettel Was fastest in Q1 with 1:30.883 ahead of Hamilton, Button, Trulli, Buemi, Raikkonen, Barrichello, Rosberg, Sutil, Alonso, Kubica, Kovalainen, Heidfeld, Glock and Alguersuari. Both Toro Rosso cars made it to Q2 … Drivers eliminated in Q1:

16. G. Fisichella – Ferrari – 1:31.704
17. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:31.718
18. R. Grosjean – Renault – 1:32.073
19. V. Liuzzi – Force India – 1:32.087
20. M. Webber – no time

Mark Webber did not take part in qualifying following his crash in FP3 this morning. Webber will start the race from the pitlane.

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2013 Teams and Drivers

Red Bull
1. Sebastian VETTEL
2 Mark WEBBER
Ferrari
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
McLaren
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
Lotus
7. Kimi RAIKKONEN
8. Romain GROSJEAN
Mercedes
9. Nico ROSBERG
10. Lewis HAMILTON
Sauber
11. Nico HULKENBERG
12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
Force India
14. Paul di RESTA
15. Adrian SUTIL
Williams
16. Pastor MALDONADO
17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
19. Jean Eric VERGNE
Caterham
20. Charles PIC
21. Giedo van der GARDE
Marussia
24. Jules BIANCHI
25. Max CHILTON

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22-24 March - Malaysia
12-14 April - China
19-21 April - Bahrain
10-12 May - Spain
23-26 May - Monaco
07-09 June - Canada
28-30 June - Great Britain
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26-28 July - Hungary
23-25 August - Belgium
06-08 September - Italy
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