2009 Australian GP – Post qualifying – Weights, exclusions, protests

It is back of the grid for Toyota after exclusion from qualifying

It is back of the grid for Toyota after exclusion from qualifying

Both Toyota cars were excluded from qualifying after failing post-qualifying technical inspections by the FIA. It was found that Toyota’s rear wing elements were in breach of the rules:

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2009 Australian GP – All Brawn front row

Jenson Button's Virgin branded Brawn GP car going for pole position

Jenson Button's Virgin branded Brawn GP car going for pole position

What a day for Brawn GP. First they get their new sponsor – Richard Branson’s Virgin – and then they lock the front row for tomorrow’s Australian GP all for themselves.

Jenson Button will start from the pole position for the first time since 2006 Australian GP, Rubens Barrichello will line up next to him on P2. Perhaps surprisingly P3 went to Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull, P4 to Robert Kubica in BWM Sauber. Nico Rosberg, fastest in all three practice sessions will start from P5. Perhaps a bit disappointed are Toyota drivers with Glock P6 and Trulli P8, especially Trulli who was regarded as dark horse for pole position following impressive showing in practice sessions. Ferrari’s made it to Q3 but only managed P7 (Massa) and P9 (Raikkonen). Mark Webber completes the top 10.

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2008 Formula 1 Season – Final team mates head to head statistics

The final qualifying session of the season is over, here are the final team mates head to head statistics. Clean sweep for Alonso, close calls between Barrichello and Button and Fisichella and Sutil …

2008 Formula 1 Qualifying - Team Mates Head to Head

  AU MA BA SP TU MO CA FR GB GE HU EU BE IT SI JP CN BR SCORE
RAI 16 2 4 1 4 2 3 1 3 6 6 4 4 14 3 2 2 3 6
MAS 4 1 2 3 1 1 6 2 9 2 2 1 2 6 1 5 3 1 12
                                       
KUB 2 6 1 4 5 5 2 7 10 7 4 3 8 11 4 6 12 13 13
HEI 5 7 6 9 9 13 8 12 5 12 16 8 5 10 6 16 7 8 5
                                       
ALO 12 9 10 2 7 7 4 4 6 5 7 12 6 8 15 4 4 6 18
PIQ 21 13 14 10 17 17 15 11 7 17 10 15 12 17 16 12 11 11 0
                                       
ROS 7 16 8 15 11 6 5 15 18 13 15 9 15 5 9 15 15 18 14
NAK 14 18 16 12 16 14 12 16 15 16 17 11 19 18 10 14 17 16 4
                                       
WEB 15 8 11 7 6 9 10 8 2 8 8 14 7 3 13 13 6 12 16
COU 8 12 17 17 10 10 13 9 11 10 13 17 14 13 14 11 16 14 2
                                       
TRU 6 5 7 8 8 8 14 5 14 4 9 7 11 7 11 7 9 2 14
GLO 9 10 13 14 15 11 11 10 12 11 5 13 13 9 8 8 13 10 4
                                       
BUT 13 11 9 13 13 12 19 17 17 14 12 16 17 19 12 18 18 17 8
BAR 11 14 12 11 12 15 9 18 16 18 18 19 16 16 18 17 14 15 10
                                       
VET 10 15 19 18 14 18 20 13 8 9 11 6 10 1 7 9 8 7 13
BOU 18 19 15 16 18 16 16 14 13 15 14 10 9 4 17 10 10 9 5
                                       
FIS 17 17 18 19 19 20 18 19 20 20 19 18 20 12 20 20 20 19 10
SUT 19 21 20 20 20 19 17 20 19 19 20 20 18 20 19 19 19 20 8
                                       
HAM 1 4 3 4 3 3 1 3 4 1 1 2 1 15 2 1 1 4 14
KOV 3 3 5 6 2 4 7 6 1 3 2 5 3 2 5 3 5 5 4
                                       
SAT 20 20 22 22                             2
DAV 22 22 21 21                             2

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Qualifying – Massa on pole, Hamilton P4

Massa on pole in his home race

Massa on pole in his home race

It is advantage Massa … Felipe Massa will start the final race of the 2008 Formula 1 season from the pole position, his 6th P1 of the year. Jarno Trulli will be his neighbour on the front row. Behind them Kimi Raikkonen P3 and Lewis Hamilton P4.

It does look good for Felipe Massa – pole position, potential Trulli train and then chance of Kimi Raikkonen’s help in managing the gap between himself and Hamilton. But the race is 73 laps long and P4 is still a title winning position for Lewis Hamilton… Interesting set up for the title deciding race we have …

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2008 Brazilian F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 Chinese F1 GP – Qualifying – Pole for Hamilton

7th of the season and 13th career F1 pole position for Lewis Hamilton

7th of the season and 13th career F1 pole position for Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton will start the Chinese GP from pole position for the second year in a row. But it is a hostile territory around him, Kimi Raikkonen next to him, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso right behind. Robert Kubica, the 3rd driver still in the title hunt, struggled with his car and missed out on Q3. He will start from P11 after Mark Webber (qualified 6th) will be demoted 10 places following his engine blow up in Saturday morning practice. Toro Rosso has again both cars in top 10.

Update: Nick Heidfeld was handed 3 place grid penalty for his role in the incident involving also David Coulthard.

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2008 Chinese F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 Japanese F1 GP – Qualifying – P1 Hamilton, P5 Massa

Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Japanese GP

Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Japanese GP

Lewis Hamilton will start the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix from the pole position, well ahead of his main title fight rival Felipe Massa, who only managed P5. Kimi Raikkonen returned to the front row for the first time since French Grand Prix. It does look good for Hamilton with Heikki Kovalainen and Fernando Alonso also ahead of Felipe Massa on the grid.

It was good session for Toyota and Toro Rosso, both teams had 2 cars in Q3. Toro Rossos do seem to be a bit heavier than other cars in top ten. BMW Saubers struggled in Q1 with Kubica only just making it to Q2 and Heidfeld eliminated. Kubica however pulled his act together and qualified solid 6th.

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2008 Japanese F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 Singapore F1 GP – Saturday – Few photos from the track

Kimi Raikkonen Nick Heidfeld Singapore GP

Kimi Raikkonen Nick Heidfeld Singapore GP

Saturday was another beautiful day in Singapore. Still not a drop of rain, but I can smell it in the air today (Sunday). The atmosphere on the track is perhaps the best I ever experienced at F1 race, perhaps because it is so unique. So far the action – free practice and quali – was very exciting to watch. I hope that we will see some action in the race itself too. My prediction is at least 2 safety cars :-), the cars kept getting way too close to the walls and that was on fresh tyres …

You can see some photos from Saturday action inside this post. For me it is beach time now :-).

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Sebastian Vettel – Pole Position Photogallery

Sebastian Vettel became yesterday the youngest ever pole setter in Formula 1 history beating the previous record set by now 2 time world champion Fernando Alonso back in 2003 (Malaysian GP). This is also the very first time Toro Rosso car will start the race from the P1, a feat that the team never achieved in its previous life as Minardi. This is also only the first time any Red Bull car is on pole position. Here is the photogallery from the remarkable day for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Click on the thumbnails to open the high resolution files:

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2008 Italian F1 GP – Qualifying – Vettel on pole !

Pole position for Sebastian Vettel

Pole position for Sebastian Vettel

This has been one of the most thrilling qualifying sessions I can recall. The water kept coming down on the track and some big names got themselves in trouble. There were not too many surprises in Q1, except Fisichella taking Force India to Q2 for the first time ever. But then Q2 and the fun started. Several drivers got their laps together before the weather deteriorated, some left it too late … Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica were the big casualties. Felipe Massa was the last driver to actually do a lap that was good enough for top ten after Q2. For the second race in a row Nick Heidfeld outqualified Robert Kubica, for the 3rd race in a row both Toro Rosso cars advanced to Q3. And that wasn’t the end of the story …

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest guy on track in Q3 claiming his maiden Formula 1 pole position. Sebastien Bourdais completed the best day yet for Toro Rosso team with P4. Mark Webber, another member of the extended Red Bull family will start from P3.

The best placed driver from the top teams will be Heikki Kovalainen who will start from the front row, next to pole setter Vettel. Felipe Massa only qualified sixth.

Rain or shine it promises to be very exciting Sunday in Monza tomorrow…

Italian GP qualifying results:

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