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2009 F1 Round 2 Malaysian GP quali: Button versus Trulli

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Posted 04-04-2009 at 09:07 PM by Bludd
Updated 04-04-2009 at 09:11 PM by Bludd

Q1:
Ferrari really messed up in Q1. Massa and Räikkönen only did 4 laps each and parked the cars thinking they had done enough, but the times tumbled and Räikkönen was lucky he didn't get knocked out too. Piquet had a disappointing session, he's usually faster in the race, but the season isn't starting well for him. Fisichella and Sutil being out is no great surprise, but Buemi was on a fast lap and went off the track.

Knocked out thus far:
P16 Massa - Ferrari
P17 Piquet - Renault
P18 Fisichella - Force India
P19 Sutil - Force India
P20 Buemi - Toro Rosso

Q2:
Surprising to see Heidfeld and Nakajima there. The McLarens aren't fast, so this is no surprise, but it's surprising not to see Alonso here. He's struggling with an ear infection which will affect his balance, but he wrangled his car to get it into Q3 by 0.063 seconds. Wow. Bourdais messed up his second sector and last corner.

Knocked out thus far:
P11 Heidfeld - BMW
P12 Nakajima - Williams
P13 Hamilton - McLaren
P14 Kovalainen - McLaren
P15 Bourdais - Toro Rosso
P16 Massa - Ferrari
P17 Piquet - Renault
P18 Fisichella - Force India
P19 Sutil - Force India
P20 Buemi - Toro Rosso

Q3:
Button and Trulli were the men to beat, they fought for P1 trading punches, Button pipping Trulli by just 0.092 seconds. Very cool, and Button's time of 1:35.181 s is 0.567 seconds faster than Massa's 2008 pole position. Vettel did a great job too, but he has a 10 place grid penalty from his crash with Kubica in Australia. Barrichello made a little mistake in the last corner, also he's got a 5 place grid penalty. Glock was half a second slower than Trulli, just goes to show how good Trulli is over one lap. Rosberg did well, Webber is getting smashed by his younger team-mate, but Vettel can make errors in the race while Webber is unlucky, I hope he has a good race this weekend, he deserves it. Kubica is almost a second off the pole, Räikkönen had problems with his KERS apparently. It was off during Q3. Alonso must have filled the car full of fuel because his time was very slow compared to the others.

The grid for tomorrow's race:
P1 Button - Brawn
P2 Trulli - Toyota
P3 Vettel - Red Bull * to drop 10 places
P4 Barrichello - Brawn * to drop 5 places
P5 Glock - Toyota
P6 Rosberg - Williams
P7 Webber - Red Bull
P8 Kubica - BMW
P9 Räikkönen - Ferrari
P10 Alonso - Renault
P11 Heidfeld - BMW
P12 Nakajima - Williams
P13 Hamilton - McLaren
P14 Kovalainen - McLaren
P15 Bourdais - Toro Rosso
P16 Massa - Ferrari
P17 Piquet - Renault
P18 Fisichella - Force India
P19 Sutil - Force India
P20 Buemi - Toro Rosso

Post-qualifying car weights:
Code:
Pos. Driver       Team                Car weight (kg)
 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
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  1. Old Comment
    Dave-ros's Avatar
    I'm not normally into sport, but I happened to see this race getting called off on TV this morning, due to the sort of rain that even us Brits can't imagine!
    Posted 04-05-2009 at 07:51 AM by Dave-ros Dave-ros is offline
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    Bludd's Avatar
    Yeah, it was biblical.
    Posted 04-05-2009 at 09:38 PM by Bludd Bludd is offline
 

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