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.
Hamilton Vettel Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the 2009 Singapore GP ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg. Few drivers had their final Q3 runs cut short after Rubens Barrichello crashed causing red flag with less than 30 seconds to go. It was not the best of qualifying for Jenson Button who missed out on Q3. Rubens Barrichello’s advantage for Sunday race won’t be that big however as he will drop five places on the grid following gearbox change.
2009 Italian GP top 3 qualifiers
The post qualifying weights for Italian GP have been released by FIA. The drivers on the front row, Hamilton and Sutil, are the lightest ones in the field. They will probably make their first pit stops around lap 15. Kovalainen, Barrichello, Button, Webber and Vettel carry quite heavy fuel loads and may go for around 10-12 laps longer than Hamilton and Sutil. It is wide open race but Kovalainen’s combination of grid position, KERS and heavy fuel does look quit good for the race …
Lewis Hamilton on pole in Monza
Lewis Hamilton will start the Italian GP from the pole position. For the second race in a row Force India car will start from front row – P2 for Sutil. Behind them will line up Raikkonen, Kovalainen, Barrichello, Button, Liuzzi, Alonso, Vettel and Webber. Looking at the times in Q2 and Q3 it looks like Brawns and Red Bull are quite heavy on fuel.
Mighty Eau Rouge at Spa Francorchamps
The Belgian GP post qualifying weights have been made public by FIA. Giancarlo Fisichella is the second lightest on the grid after the lightest car of Rubens Barrichello. Trulli, Heidfeld and Raikkonen are fueled for about 2 laps more than Fisichella, Barrichello and Kubica. It will be interesting to watch the heavier Red Bulls, Rosberg, Hamilton and Button trying to climb up the order as the race develops …
Post qualifying weights Belgium:
Fisichella’s pole position in Begium is the maiden pole for the Force India team. They still have a race to do but that does not mean they can’t celebrate on Saturday. Here are few photos of Force India pole position celebrations (courtesy of Force India F1 team).
Pole position for Giancarlo Fisichella and Force India
Giancarlo Fisichella will start the 2009 Belgian GP from pole position ! What a result for Force India. P2 belongs to Jarno Trulli, P3 to Nick Heidfeld, P4 for Rubens Barrichello.
Sebastian Vettel will start from row 4 (P8), Mark Webber from row 5 (P9). Let’s see what the post qualifying weights (click here) will reveal when they are published few hours later.
1. G. Fisichella – 1:46.308
2. J. Trulli – 1:46.395
3. N. Heidfeld – 1:46.500
4. R. Barrichello – 1:46.513
5. R. Kubica – 1:46.586
6. K. Raikkonen – 1:46.633
7. T. Glock – 1:46.677
8. S. Vettel – 1:46.761
9. M. Webber – 1:46.788
10. N. Rosberg – 1:47.362
Lewis Hamilton - On pole but with the lightest fuel load
The post qualifying weights for the 2009 European GP have been made public. Lewis Hamilton is the lightest one on the grid, probably pitting a lap earlier than Heikki Kovalainen. Sebastian Vettel will be making his stop at about the same time as the McLaren drivers. Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button have fuel for about 3 laps more than the three lightest cars. Raikkonen will start with the same fuel load as Button, on the dirtier side of the track but with the magic KERS button … Rosberg, Webber and Alonso will need to pit a lap or two later than the Brawn cars and Kimi’s Ferrari. The honour to be the heaviest car on the grid goes to Jarno Trulli with mighty 707.3 kg, five kg more than another super heavy car – Kazuki Nakajima’s Williams (702 kg) …
Post qualifying weights Valencia:
All McLaren front row in Valencia
It will be all McLaren front row tomorrow with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Heikki Kovalainen next to him on P2. Rubens Barrichello qualified 3rd, Vettel 4th, Button 5th. Later today when the post qualifying weights are published we will see who is heavy, who is light and who extra light.
1. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:39.498
2. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:39.532
3. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP – 1:39.563
4. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:39.789
5. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:39.821
6. K. RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen – Ferrari – 1:40.144
7. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:40.185
8. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:40.236
9. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:40.239
10. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:40.512
The Hungarian GP post qualifying weights have been released by FIA. Fernando Alonso is very light with. Jenson Button on the other hand is quite heavy probably also because of his limited running in Q3. It looks pretty good for Red Bulls if they can keep Hamilton with his KERS behind …
2009 Hungarian GP – post qualifying weights
Pole position for Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso claimed his first pole position of the season, Sebastian Vettel qualified 2nd and Mark Webber 3rd. There were bizzare scenes in the pitlane after qulaifying. The timing screens went off and nobody had any idea how the qualifying ended for quite a while …
1. F. Alonso – 1:21.569
2. S. Vettel – 1:21.607
3. M. Webber – 1:21.741
4. L. Hamilton – 1:21.839
5. N. Rosberg – 1:21.890
6. H. Kovalainen – 1:22.095
7. K. Raikkonen – 1:22.468
8. J. Button – 1:22.511
9. K. Nakajima – 1:22.835
10. F. Massa – no time
Here are some interesting facts and stats following the wet dry wet damp qualifying session for the 2009 German GP:
As everybody is probably aware by now, Mark Webber scored his first ever pole position. He became only 4th driver on pole this season.
The last remaining zeros disappeared from the 2009 head-to-head qualifying statistics.
Mark Webber outqualified his team mate Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season.
Nelson Piquet outqualified Fernando Alonso for the first ever. It took him 18 sessions in 2008 and 9 sessions in 2009 to finally qualify ahead of his team mate.
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