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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Button nips Vettel for P1 in Spain

Jenson Button edged Sebastian Vettel by a tenth in the dying seconds of qualifying to put his Brawn on pole for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Feel free to insert your own Terminator Salvation reference here...

F1 2009 - Rd5 Spanish GP รข€“ Practice

Button, who has been unhappy with his car all weekend, ran behind teammate Rubens Barrichello through much of qualifying, but pulled it out when it counted. Barrichello will start third.

Vettel's Red Bull stablemate Mark Webber starts fourth.

Ferrari finished 1-2 in the final practice session this morning, and Massa mixed it up with the Brawns and Red Bulls in Q3, putting himself in fifth. Interestingly, Massa's car is one of the heavier cars in the top 10, a fact that makes Kimi Raikkonen's 16th look all the worse.

The team blamed a "miscalculation" for the Finn's inability to get out of Q1, but that makes twice this year, an unforgivable offense back in the Todt years.

The Toyotas locked up sixth and seventh, while hometown hero Fernando Alonso starts eighth.

Once again, Nico Rosberg's Friday pace did not translate into qualifying, his heavily-fueled Williams down in ninth, and Robert Kubica rounds out the top 10 in his BMW Sauber.

Well off the pace was McLaren, Lewis Hamilton the better of the pair in 14th. Heikki Kovalainen was eliminated in Q1.

The grid and pre-race weights
  1. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 646kg
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 651.5
  3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 649.5
  4. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 655
  5. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 651.5
  6. Timo Glock, Toyota, 646.5
  7. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 655.5
  8. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 645
  9. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 668
  10. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 660
  11. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 676.6
  12. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 677.4
  13. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 676.3
  14. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 683
  15. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 678
  16. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 673
  17. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 669
  18. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 657
  19. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 675
  20. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 656

Did you miss it? From the BBC: Spanish GP qualifying as it happened


Roman Grosjean took pole for the season opener. Lucas Di Grassi joins him on the front row.


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