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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vettel on pole in Turkey

Once again it came down to the final moments of qualifying, but this time it was Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who took pole from Jenson Button and put himself in prime position for tomorrow's Turkish Grand Prix.

F1 Grand Prix of Turkey - Qualifying

It was a hectic Q3, with first Mark Webber, then Button, and then Vettel taking the top spot. Button will start second. Teammate Rubens Barrichello pipped third from Webber, who starts fourth in the second of the Red Bulls.

Jarno Trulli shook off Toyota's terrible Monaco weekend, taking fifth and beating both Ferraris. Kimi Raikkonen starts sixth and Felipe Massa, who led the morning practice session, seventh.

Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Robert Kubica round out the top ten.

It was another difficult qualifying for McLaren, Heikki Kovalianen eliminated in Q2 and Lewis Hamilton, struggling for grip, a Q1 casualy. But Hamilton's loss was Adrian Sutil's gain as the German put the Force India into Q2.

So that's how it shapes up for Sunday's race. With time starting to work against them, Red Bull will be looking to take the fight to Brawn. That means the lighter fueled Vettel will be hoping for a good start from teammate Webber to help keep Button off his back. Another Button win will be one more nail in the coffin for Red Bull's title hopes.

The Grid and pre-race weights
  1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 649.5
  2. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 655.5
  3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 652.5
  4. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 656
  5. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 652
  6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 658
  7. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 654
  8. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 644.5
  9. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 660
  10. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 664
  11. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 681.5
  12. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 680.4
  13. Timo Glock, Toyota, 689
  14. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 665
  15. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 668.5
  16. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 696.5
  17. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 689.6
  18. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 686.5
  19. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 688.5
  20. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 701


Vitaly Petrov dominated the first race for Barwa Addal. Luca Filippi and Davide Valsecchi joined him on the podium.


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