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1 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:18.685 1:18.119 1:19.509 21
2 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:19.325 1:18.335 1:19.856 23
3 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:18.674 1:18.209 1:19.868 18
4 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:18.886 1:18.240 1:20.091 21
5 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:18.530 1:18.575 1:20.216 27
6 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:18.957 1:18.663 1:20.289 25
7 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:19.228 1:18.591 1:20.361 21
8 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:19.198 1:18.791 1:20.490 25
9 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:19.010 1:18.566 1:20.715 24
10 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:19.167 1:18.761 1:20.741 22
11 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:19.148 1:18.927 19
12 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:19.730 1:19.308 21
13 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.732 1:19.353 19
14 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:19.555 1:19.392 18
15 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:19.559 1:19.448 19
16 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:19.802 11
17 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 1:19.898 10
18 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:19.909 10
19 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.917 7
20 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:20.236 12
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Sebastian Vettel continued his domination of Silverstone by taking pole position for the British Grand Prix with a lap of 1m 19.509s in his Red Bull. As pre-race favourite Jenson Button failed in his quest and took only sixth place, Rubens Barrichello was Brawn’s lead runner in second with 1m 19.856s. A spoiled first run and traffic at Stowe prevented Mark Webber from joining his Red Bull team mate on the front row, and his 1m 19.868s left him third.

Jarno Trulli continued his unobtrusive form for Toyota with 1m 20.091s for fourth, while Kazuki Nakajima’s last-moment lap of 1m 20.216s in the Williams shoved Button back a place. The championship leader could not better 1m 20.289s.

Nico Rosberg failed to improve on his final try and was seventh in 1m 20.361s in the second Williams, ahead of Timo Glock’s Toyota on 1m 20.490s, Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari on 1m 20.715s and Fernando Alonso’s Renault on 1m 20.741s.

Q2 saw the demise of Felipe Massa, who just didn’t have his Ferrari as well set up as team mate Raikkonen. The Brazilian’s best lap was 1m 18.927s, good enough only for 11th. Neither BMW Sauber made it through, Robert Kubica’s lap of 1m 19.308s leaving him 12th, Nick Heidfeld’s 1m 19.448s seeing him line up 15th. Between them was McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 19.353s, and Renault’s Nelson Piquet (who went off at Stowe at one stage) on 1m 19.392s.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, the darling of Silverstone 2008, had a torrid time and was a victim of a big accident which befell Adrian Sutil in the closing moments of Q1, in which Kazuki Nakajima set the pace. The Force India driver lost control on the left-hander at Abbey and crashed heavily into the tyre wall on the outside, necessitating the red flag. He was unharmed. Hamilton was on his flying lap, but with less than a minute of the session left his lap was ruined.

Giancarlo Fisichella was 16th on 1m 19.802s in the sister Force India, ahead of Sebastien Bourdais’s Toro Rosso on 1m 19.898s. Sutil had recorded 1m 19.909s earlier, and Hamilton 1m 19.917s, leaving them 18th and 19th ahead of Sebastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso in 1m 20.236s.
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I think with a cleaner final lap, i.e. Raikkonen cruising on the racing line, it would have been a Red Bull 1 + 2. A great effort by Barrichello in second, with Button strangely off the pace.
I haven't seen the weights yet, but I assume Red Bull to be a lap or two lighter than Brawn.
It would be nice for Rubens to win a race again.

Edit: Looking at the next post, I was definitely wrong re car weight fuel loads.
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Qualifying analysis - can anyone ruin Red Bull’s party?

20 Jun 2009
Qualifying analysis - can anyone ruin Red Bull’s party?

An unpredictable wind, difficulty in keeping Bridgestone’s soft tyre alive by the third sector of the lap, and/or generating sufficient tyre temperatures in the cool conditions presented the teams and drivers with some serious challenges throughout qualifying, while several runners fell foul of Adrian Sutil’s heavy crash at Abbey in Q1, Hamilton among them, and failed to do better as the session was red flagged.

In the fuel weight stakes, Vettel’s performance was put into further perspective by his 666.5 kg load, compared to Webber’s 659.5, and 657.5 apiece for the Brawn drivers. The lightest top 10 racer was Nakajima on 652.5, while Raikkonen and Alonso each had 654.

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 19.509s, P1
Mark Webber, 1m 19.868s, P3
This was almost the perfect qualifying session for Red Bull, spoiled only when Webber met traffic in the shape of Raikkonen at Stowe on his final run. Vettel said he really got his RB5 hooked up on the soft tyre from Q2 onwards, and that the new aero package tried for the first time this weekend had helped the team make a good step forward.

Brawn GP
Rubens Barrichello, 1m 19.856s, P2
Jenson Button, 1m 20.289s, P6
In contrast, Brawn have struggled for grip all weekend, both drivers complaining about understeer and oversteer for much of the time. At the end of Q3 Barrichello did what he said was an absolutely on-the-limit lap, while despite changes Button never got the balance of BGP001 to his liking. Sixth was his worst qualifying position of the year.

Toyota
Jarno Trulli, 1m 20.091s, P4
Timo Glock, 1m 20.490s, P8
Trulli was in the hunt all weekend and very happy with fourth place. Like the Red Bull pilots, he praised a new aero package, and said his final lap could have been better still. At 658 kg, his fuel weight was competitive.

Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 20.715s, P9
Felipe Massa, 1m 18.927s, P11
This was another disappointing qualifying for Ferrari. A mistake in the final sector prevented Massa from progressing from Q2, leaving him 11th. Raikkonen simply said that his lap showed the performance level of the car in its current state.

Renault
Fernando Alonso, 1m 20.741s, P10
Nelson Piquet, 1m 19.392s, P14
Renault gave Alonso a reasonable fuel load on the basis that here it is better to go a distance in the first stint rather than run light, pit earlier and lose track position. The Spaniard felt he got the most from the car, and said that gaining points in the race would be dependent on managing tyre wear. Piquet liked the feel of his R29 at the start of Q1, but said that something didn’t feel right at the rear of it at the end of Q2, and that he was obliged to abort the lap.

Williams
Kazuki Nakajima, 1m 20.216s, P5
Nico Rosberg, 1m 20.361s, P7
Nakajima bounced from nowhere to fifth in the closing minute, pushing Button back a place. He had the lightest fuel load, but had been on it all weekend and looked confident on this high-speed track. Fifth was the best qualifying result of his career. Rosberg was seventh, and said he hadn’t got the best from his FW31 in Q3. Both men said an upgrade package had made the car very competitive.

BMW Sauber
Robert Kubica, 1m 19.308s, P12
Nick Heidfeld, 1m 19.448s, P15
Kubica had more technical problems in the morning, and was unable to generate decent tyre temperatures in the afternoon. Heidfeld was in similar trouble, and to add to the woe the Silverstone upgrade proved less effective than others.

McLaren
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 19.353s, P13
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 19.917s, P19
Hamilton did not blame Sutil for the accident which caused the red flag which resulted in his final lap having to be aborted in Q1. He said he felt any improvement in speed would not have been sufficient to push him much higher up the grid. Kovalainen had no problems and reported a clean lap, which nevertheless yielded only 13th place. A far cry from Silverstone 2008.

Force India
Giancarlo Fisichella, 1m 19.802s, P16
Adrian Sutil, 1m 19.909s, P18
Fisichella said he lost one lap because Buemi was ahead of him when he was running his last set of tyres in Q1 and slowed him down, then he came across the red flag from Sutil’s accident. The German said his shunt was caused by brake failure, but emerged unharmed from the heavy impact.

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Bourdais, 1m 19.898s, P17
Sebastien Buemi, 1m 20.236s, P20
Bourdais thought any improvement since Turkey had been countered by other teams doing likewise but better, and was another to suffer from the red flag in Q1. Buemi has struggled all weekend, with small undisclosed problems, and blamed traffic for not being able to go faster.
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Pre-race weights & provisional grid

20 Jun 2009
Pre-race weights & provisional grid

Timo Glock (GER) Toyota TF109. Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 20 June 2009 Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW31. Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 20 June 2009 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2009. Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 20 June 2009

For the 2009 season, the FIA are making public the weights of all cars ahead of the race start to help give an idea of relative fuel loads. The cars that made Q3 are weighed after qualifying, while the weights of the remaining cars must be declared by their teams shortly after the session.

Below is the provisional grid for the British Grand Prix with each car's weight.

1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 666.5 kg
2. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 657.5
3. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 659.5
4. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 658
5. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 652.5
6. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 657.5
7. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 661.5
8. Timo Glock, Toyota, 660
9. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 654
10. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 654
11. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 675
12. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 689.5
13. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 695.5
14. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 682.5
15. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 665.5
16. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 668
17. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 687.5
18. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 692
19. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 666
20. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 672.5
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