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Qualifying results and car weights

1.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:35.058  1:33.784  1:35.181
2.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:34.745  1:33.990  1:35.273
*** 3.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:34.935  1:34.276  1:35.518***
** 4.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:34.681  1:34.387  1:35.651**
5.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:34.907  1:34.258  1:35.690
6.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:35.083  1:34.547  1:35.750
7.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:35.027  1:34.222  1:35.797
8.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:35.166  1:34.562  1:36.106
9.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:35.476  1:34.456  1:36.170
10.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:35.260  1:34.706  1:37.659
11.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:35.110  1:34.769
12.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:35.341  1:34.788
13.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:35.280  1:34.905
14.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:35.023  1:34.924
15.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:35.507  1:35.431
16.  Massa        Ferrari               (B)  1:35.642
17.  Piquet       Renault               (B)  1:35.708
18.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:35.908
19.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:35.951
20.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:36.107

***dropped 10 places due to engine change**

**dropped 5 places for gearbox change**

Car weights

1.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes         660
2.  Trulli       Toyota                 656.5
3.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault       647

 4.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes         664.5
5.  Glock        Toyota                 656.5
6.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota        656
7.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault       656
8.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber             663
9.  Raikkonen    Ferrari                662.5
10.  Alonso       Renault                680.5
11.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber             692
12.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota        683.4
13.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes       688
14.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes       688.9
15.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     670.5
16.  Massa        Ferrari                689.5
17.  Piquet       Renault                681.9
18.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes   680.5
19.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes   655.5
20.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari     686.5

It was another fantastic qualifying performance from Button today. Again he got pole position with more fuel than his immediate rivals. He will also be pleased that the first KERs car was only 7th.

However Toyota will give Brawn GP a fright tommorrow. It’s much closer than it was last weekend. Button should just be able to edge ahead but Trulli or Glock will push him all the way. Also Toyota have a proven reliability record. Brawn GP could have an issue with reliability here in these hot conditions.

If Raikkonen can utilise his KERs system and get a decent start then he could get involved in the battle for the victory.

Massa will have to make full use of his KERs system back in 16th place. Ferrari were extremely complacent. I am sure they won’t make that error again next time.

My prediction for the podium

1. Button

2. Trulli

3. Raikkonen

However if it rains then it could turn into a real lottery.

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April 4, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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