Rubens Barrichello won his first race since 2004 Chinese GP
Rubens Barrichello won the 2009 European GP, his first F1 race win since 2004 Chinese GP. Lewis Hamilton finished second after his pit crew threw his race away (by not having tyres ready). Kimi Raikkonen completes the podium.
Jenson Button finished 7th and gained 2 points on the Red Bull drivers. The second place in the drivers standings however again belongs to Rubens Barrichello …
Jarno Trulli - On the way out of Toyota ?
Some interesting bits of information came out last night from Toyota and Williams camps. Let’s look at it.
First Toyota’s John Howett revealed that it is likely Toyota will not renew the contract with Jarno Trulli. Although no specifics have been given there are obviously some differences between the expectations of two parties involved:
“We are in negotiation (with Trulli) and we haven’t reached an agreement and there is a possibility that we won’t close the gap. At the moment the gap is reasonably large. We have to say there is a very strong probability not (to renew).” – John Howett
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
Adrian Sutil - The fastest driver in FP3
Adrian Sutil was the fastest driver in the final practice session for the European Grand Prix. His team mate Giancarlo Fisichella ended up in 6th place. It does look like Force India have brought a strong package to Valencia …
Williams, McLaren, BMW Sauber, Brawn, Renault all look quick as well, it promises to be interesting qualifying later today … Red Bull seems to be struggling a bit. Luca Badoer has a mountain to climb …