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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Barrichello takes home pole in wild session

Could this be the year Rubens Barrichello finally takes home his home grand prix, and could he ride that wave of success to the championship?

The Brazilian certainly took a step in the right direction Saturday, claiming pole in a chaotic, thunderstorm-soaked session that will go down in the books as the longest qualifying in the history of the sport.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Qualifying

It took two hours and 41 minutes to shake out, and championship leader Jenson Button was left starting 14th.

It was much worse for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who saw his slim title chances go on life support after elimination in Q1. The German starts 16th, a victim of bad timing and and the weather.

Q2 was quickly red flagged after Vitantonio Luizzi aquaplaned in the pit lane and did in his Force India.

The session was stopped for over an hour until conditions improved enough to continue. After the restart, Button chose to remain on his wets too long and Button looks to be left trying to limit the damage to his lead tomorrow rather than sewing up the championship.

Mark Webber starts next to Barrichello on the front row. Adrian Sutil once again put Force India in a good position to score points by qualifying third.

Grid and pre-race weights
  1. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 650.5kg
  2. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 656
  3. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 656.5
  4. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 658.5
  5. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 651.5
  6. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 659
  7. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 657
  8. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 656
  9. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 664
  10. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 652
  11. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota, 671.6
  12. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 671.5
  13. Romain Grosjean, Renault, 677.2
  14. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 672
  15. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 683.5
  16. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 656.5
  17. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 661
  18. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 650.5
  19. Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, 683.5
  20. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India, 680*
*gearbox change

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