FIA released the post qualifying weights short while ago. It looks like Jenson Button will pit 2 laps later than Vettel and a lap later than Barrichello. Webber may stop on the same lap as Button. The lightest among the top 10 is Fernando Alonso, likely to stop on about lap 13.
Sebastian Vettel – 649.5 kg
Jenson Button – 655.5 kg
Rubens Barrichello – 652.5 kg
Mark Webber – 656.0 kg
Jarno Trulli – 652.0 kg
Kimi Räikkönen – 658.0 kg
Felipe Massa – 654.0 kg
Fernando Alonso – 644.5 kg
Nico Rosberg – 660.0 kg
Robert Kubica – 664.0 kg
Nick Heidfeld – 681.5 kg*
Kazuki Nakajima – 680.4 kg*
Timo Glock – 689.0 kg*
Heikki Kovalainen – 665.0 kg*
Adrian Sutil – 668.5 kg*
Lewis Hamilton – 696.5 kg*
Nelson Piquet – 689.6 kg*
Sébastien Buemi – 686.5 kg*
Giancarlo Fisichella – 688.5 kg*
Sébastien Bourdais – 701.0 kg*
* declared weight (cars eliminated in Q1 and Q2)
Sebastian Vettel will start the Turkish Grand Prix from the pole position. Next to him on the front row will be the championship leader Jenson Button. Their team mates will form the row 2 – Rubens Barrichello P3 and Mark Webber P4. It will interesting to see what are the fuel levels of Brawns and Red Bulls.
The only KERS cars in top ten are Ferraris – P6 Raikkonen and P7 Massa.
2009 Turkish Grand Prix qualifying result:
1. S. Vettel – 1:28.316
2. J. Button – 1:28.421
3. R. Barrichello – 1:28.579
4. M. Webber – 1:28.613
5. J. Trulli – 1:28.666
6. K. Raikkonen – 1:28.815
7. F. Massa – 1:28.858
8. F. Alonso – 1:29.075
9. N. Rosberg – 1:29.191
10. R. Kubica – 1:29.357
The final practice for the Turkish GP is over. Felipe Massa was the fastest man on the track, the only one in 1:27s. Toyota cars seem to be doing much better than 2 weeks ago in Monaco – Trulli was second, just ahead of his team mate Timo Glock. Robert Kubica’s 5th best time may be a sign that the new aero package (and diffuser) is working for BMW Sauber. Brawn and Williams look competitive too however pace of McLarens does not seem to be as competitive as Friday times might have suggested. But … this was still only practice, qualifying starts in less than 2 hours …
Turkish GP Saturday free practice times:
The Turkish GP weekend has started with Friday practice. Nico Rosberg was the fastest driver in the first session ahead of Hamilton, Trulli, Vettel, Massa and Nakajima. The session was red flagged for a while when the green carpet (astroturf) ripped away by cars going wide had to be fixed.
Heikki Kovalainen posted the fastest time of the afternoon session. Fernando Alonso climbed to second place on his final lap jumping ahead of Robert Kubica. Sebastian Vettel only stopped his car after only four laps (technical issues) but still ended up 5th fastest in this session. It was a tricky sessions with lots of spins (Hamilton, Nakajima). Most of the drivers experienced problems with the soft tyres.
2009 Turkish GP Friday practice 1 times:
Istanbul Park - A Felipe Massa territory
After rather quiet F1 week the racing is about to return. The fifth Turkish F1 Grand Prix is on this weekend. The inaugural race in 2005 was won by Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren that time). But from then on it was all about Felipe Massa who went on to win the Istanbul Park race in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Following Ferrari’s recent return to form there is every chance that the monopoly the current Ferrari drivers have on the Turkish GP wins may continue.
It was a big day for motor racing yesterday. Monaco GP for Formula One fans, the Indy 500 for those who prefer IRL and the oval racing.
We had the Indy500 here on TV live last night. Unfortunately thanks to time difference the race start in this part of the world is at 1am. That makes it really difficult to stay awake for the entire race, really difficult. At the end I ended up watching around 120 laps of the Indy500 action.
It was not too bad, actually I quite enjoyed the spectacle. But what surprised me was that there was not that much overtaking on the track. The main place to gain or loose postions was the pitlane. It somehow reminded me of another open wheel racing series …
After last Indy500 race, I was wondering whether it would or would not be fun to have one F1 race a year on oval. Well, I think it is better to stop wondering. F1 is F1 and for the taste of oval racing action I can continue with my once a year Indy500 TV experience .
Jenson Button celebrating race win yet again
Jenson Button won the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix, his 5th win of the season. Rubens Barrichello completed 1-2 for Brawn GP. Kimi Raikkonen brought Ferrari to the podium for the first time this year. Felipe Massa finished 4th.
2009 Monaco GP race result:
1. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:40:44.282
2. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP + 7.666
3. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 13.442
4. F. Massa – Ferrari + 15.110
5. M. Webber – Red Bull + 15.730
6. N. Rosberg – Williams + 33.586
7. F. Alonso – Renault + 37.839
8. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso + 1:03.142
FIA published the post qualifying weights short while ago. Brawn cars are the heaviest ones among the front runners while Sebastian Vettel is very lightly fueled. Fisichella, Bourdais, Kubica and Glock are extremely heavy.
Jenson Button – 647.5
Kimi Raikkonen – 644.0
Rubens Barrichello – 648.0
Sebastian Vettel – 631.5
Felipe Massa – 643.5
Nico Rosberg – 642.0
Heikki Kovalainen – 644.0
Mark Webber – 646.5
Fernando Alonso – 654.0
Kazuki Nakajima – 668.0
Sebastien Buemi – 670.0*
Nelson Piquet – 673.1*
Giancarlo Fisichella – 693.0*
Sebastien Bourdais – 699.5*
Adrian Sutil – 670.0*
Lewis Hamilton – 645.5*
Nick Heidfeld – 680.0*
Robert Kubica – 696.0*
Jarno Trulli – 688.3*
Timo Glock – 700.8*
* – declared weights
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes released this video offering a closer look at their new aero for the high downforce Monaco track.
Another pole for Button, best qualifying result of the season for Raikkonen
Jenson Button will start Monaco Grand Prix from pole position. Next to him on front row will be KERS equipped Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. P3 went to Rubens Barrichello, P4 to Sebastian Vettel. Q3 times of some of the fornt runners are rather quick when compared to Q2 suggesting that top 8 may not have too much fuel on board. We will see later today when FIA publishes the car weights.
Q3 times 2009 Monaco GP:
1. Jenson Button – 1:14.902
2. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:14.927
3. Rubens Barrichello – 1:15.077
4. Sebastian Vettel – 1:15.271
5. Felipe Massa – 1:15.437
6. Nico Rosberg – 1:15.455
7. Heikki Kovalainen – 1:15.516
8. Mark Webber – 1:15.653
9. Fernando Alonso – 1:16.009
10. Kazuki Nakajima – 1:17.344
Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time of the final practice session in Monaco, followed by Jenson Button and Heikki Kovalainen. Top seven drivers were separated only by 2 tenths. Looks like we are in for very unpredictable qualifying session with Brawn, Ferrari, McLaren, Alonso and perhaps Red Bulls as well all looking like pole position candidates. The slowest cars on track in this session were BMW Saubers and Toyota.
2009 Monaco GP – Saturday practice times:
1. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:15.164
2. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:15.233
3. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:15.278
4. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP – 1:15.266
5. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:15.293
6. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:15.382
7. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:15.389
8. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:15.722
The Monaco GP weekend started today with free practice sessions. Rubens Barrichello was the fastest driver this morning, followed by Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel’s engine blew up earlier in the session.
Nico Rosberg ended on the top of timesheets in the significantly faster second practice session, ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button. After Vettel’s engine blow in the morning there was even more spectacular one in the afternoon session – courtesy of Robert Kubica and his BMW. Oh, and Nelson Piquet was faster than Fernando Alonso …
2009 Monaco GP – Thursday Practice 1 Times: