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
All Toyota front row
Jarno Trulli will start the 2009 Bahrain GP from pole position, his team mate Timo Glock will line up next to him on the front row. Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button form the row 2.
1. Jarno Trulli – 1:33.431
2. Timo Glock – 1:33.712
3. Sebastian Vettel – 1:34.015
4. Jenson Button – 1:34.044
5. Lewis Hamilton – 1:34.196
6. Rubens Barrichello – 1:34.239
7. Fernando Alonso – 1:34.578
8. Felipe Massa – 1:34.818
9. Nico Rosberg – 1:35.134
10. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:35.380
It will be interesting to see the car weights when FIA publishes them later today. Ferraris and Rosberg however do seem to carry quite a lot of fuel on board while Trulli may be a bit light.
Timo Glock was the fastest driver in the final practice in Bahrain however his car broke down and his crew will be busy to get him ready for qualifying. Some of the favourites (Brawn GP, Red Bull) ended the session quite far back but that is probably just an indication of running with more fuel on board.
2009 Bahrain GP – Saturday Practice Times:
The 2009 Bahrain GP kicked off with Friday practice. Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man on track in the morning session ahead of BMW Sauber duo.
2009 Bahrain GP Friday Practice 1 Times:
Massa and Raikkonen on Bahrain podium in 2008
The 2009 Formula 1 season continues with Bahrain GP. Most teams plan major developments only for the Spanish Grand Prix so there should not be too many suprises this weekend. But one never knows …
With the fuel loads taken in consideration the Brawn GP cars were still the fastest ones around in China on the dry track while Red Bulls were the class of the field in wet conditions. Both teams should be fighting for the podium in Bahrain too, as well as the “diffuser gang” teams Toyota and Williams.
Toyota spent quite a lot of their winter testing time in Bahrain and that may play to their advantage. Williams have the pace to challenge for the points and podium but they will need to start making the right calls during the races if they also want to get some results before the rest of the field catches up …
Pedro de la Rosa - testing Force India or getting tested by them ?
Pedro de la Rosa’s test for Force India F1 last week sparked speculations about his possible move to Vijay Mallya’s team. Current Force India drivers do not seem to care too much but that is not stopping the media. As this is a hot topic in India, Kaushal asked me for a post on Pedro de la Rosa and his career. I tought why not, and why not to make it an opening post of a series on Formula 1 drivers who never really made it in F1.
Two drivers started this race with new gearboxes, 14 drivers had new engines in the backs of their cars. Felipe Massa at the end seems to have kept his engine from Malaysia and clearly it did not do him any harm…
Many expected Ferrari to dominate this race, thanks also to their winter test on Bahrain track. Well, this is exactly what has happened. Since Friday Ferraris were the quickest cars, Felipe Massa looked like the man to beat. It did not go all to well for him in qualifying and he had to start from P2. He however took an advantage of problems Kubica was experiencing and lead the race from the start. Kimi Raikkonen lost his position briefly to Heikki Kovalainen. He claimed it back quickly and overtaking of Kubica followed shortly.
Raikkonen lost some time during his first pit stop and from there it was clear that bar some technical problems or accident Ferrari were going to score 1-2 finish and Massa his first win of the season. None of the drivers did anything silly and Ferrari 1-2 it was.
Kubica complained about lots of wheel spin at the race start he lost his P1 quickly to Massa. Nobody apparently told him about oil on the track on lap 2. The whole situation lead to Kimi overtaking him. From then on however Kubica matched the pace of the leading Ferraris for pretty much the rest of the race. Nick Heidfeld overtook Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli and gained to places to finish 4th. This was a very impressive showing from BMW Sauber team. Pole position, third podium in the row and importantly outpacing McLaren … BMW Sauber now lead the constructors table and Nick Heidfeld sits in the 2nd position of drivers standings. It is hard to consider them just lucky after 3 races like this…
First win (and first points) of the season for Felipe Massa, first 1-2 finish for Ferarri (and for anybody) this season, second consecutive podium for Robert Kubica. Race to forget for McLaren …
2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP Result:
1. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:31:06.970
2. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 3.339
3. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber + 4.998
4. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber + 8.409
5. H. Kovalainen – McLaren + 26.789
6. J. Trulli – Toyota + 41.314
7. M. Webber – Red Bull + 45.473
8. N. Rosberg – Williams + 55.889
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After just missing out in Melbourne, Robert Kubica scored the maiden pole position for himself and the BMW Sauber team this time in Bahrain. Felipe Massa will start alongside him from P2. Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen occupy the second row. Besides the top 3 teams also Toyota (Trulli), Williams (Rosberg), Honda (Button) and Renault (Alonso) made it to Q3. Takuma Sato crashed during P1 causing yellow and red flags.
The Qualifying Results:
1. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:33.096
2. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:33.123
3. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:33.292
4. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:33.418
5. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:33.488
6. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:33.737
7. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:33.994
8. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:34.015
9. J. Button – Honda – 1:35.057
10. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:35.115
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Nico Rosberg in Williams confirmed a good form this weekend in the final practice for Bahrain GP. He finished the session 2 tenths ahead of Massa and Webber. It was quiet session for Ferrari, each driver barely managed 3 timed laps… Massa lead the timesheets since his first timed lap. Towards the end however many drivers embarked on quick low fuel runs and the table below is the result. As it is becoming a habit this season, McLarens did not show much pace in P3.:
Saturday Free Practice Times: