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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Button on pole in Malaysia

Jenson Button made it two in a row for Brawn GP, fending off a strong challenge by Toyota's Jarno Trulli to take the number one spot on the grid for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia - Qualifying


Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull and Rubens Barrichello fourth for Brawn GP, but both will receive penalties (Vettel 10 places for his Australia infraction, Barrichello five for Friday's gearbox change), promoting Timo Glock (Toyota) and Nico Rosberg (Williams) into the second row.

Once again, it was a tough day for the old guard. The best Kimi Raikkonen could do was ninth, and teammate Felipe Massa and the Scuderia were caught flat-footed in Q1, the Brazilian missing the cut. Ferrari played off Massa's result as poor planning, but could they be masking a bigger issue with the car?

Meanwhile, McLaren saw both cars eliminated in Q2.

The notorious weather played fair for quali, will it continue to do so in the Malaysian twilight as Brawn GP and Button try to get out of the gate with two wins on the season? The team will want to maximize its take prior to the International Court of Appeal hearing on diffusers April 14.

The Grid
  1. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes
  2. Jarno Trulli, Toyota
  3. Timo Glock, Toyota
  4. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota
  5. Mark Webber, RedBull-Renault
  6. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber
  7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
  8. Fernando Alonso, Renault
  9. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes
  10. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber
  11. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota
  12. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes
  13. Sebastian Vettel, RedBull-Renault
  14. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes
  15. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso-Ferrari
  16. Felipe Massa, Ferrari
  17. Nelson Piquet, Renault
  18. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes
  19. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes
  20. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari

Notes
BMW Sauber has lodged an official protest of the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams diffusers. It is believed this is so the Malaysian results will be included in the April 14 hearing.

The quotes

The Press Conference

The Fuel Loads

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1 comment:

KnitSix said...

This has been a good week ;-)

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