Super-cool Vettel takes second pole in China (Chinese Grand Prix qualifying)

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Sebastian Vettel took the second pole position of his career – and Red Bull’s first – using just a single lap in Q2 and Q3 to deliver a perfect performance. Fernando Alonso surprised by grabbing second ahead of Mark Webber as Renault-engined cars locked out the top three – bumping back the Brawn duo of … Continue reading Super-cool Vettel takes second pole in China (Chinese Grand Prix qualifying)

Malaysian Grand Prix grid

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Here is the Malaysian Grand Prix grid following the application of penalties. The drivers’ starting weights have been published – see here: Malaysian GP fuel weights and strategies 1. Jenson Button 1’35.181 2. Jarno Trulli 1’35.273 3. Timo Glock 1’35.690 4. Nico Rosberg 1’35.750 5. Mark Webber 1’35.797 6. Robert Kubica 1’36.106 7. Kimi Raikkonen … Continue reading Malaysian Grand Prix grid

Hamilton’s third place under threat again (Update: FIA opening new investigation)

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Lewis Hamilton may have thought that Toyota’s press release announcing it would not appeal Jarno Trulli’s 25 second penalty was the end of the matter. But according to a report in Auto Motor und Sport (translation here) Hamilton could still lose the third place he inherited from Trulli at Australia – and potentially a lot … Continue reading Hamilton’s third place under threat again (Update: FIA opening new investigation)

Why Kubica probably wouldn’t have won (Australian Grand Prix analysis)

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After Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel’s controversial crash in the dying stages of the Australian Grand Prix, Mario Theissen claimed Robert Kubica would have won had he got past Vettel cleanly and been able to chase after leader Jenson Button. But the lap times don’t seem to support what Mario Theissen says. Here’s a look … Continue reading Why Kubica probably wouldn’t have won (Australian Grand Prix analysis)

Australian Grand Prix result

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1. Jenson Button 2. Rubens Barrichello 3. Jarno Trulli* 4. Timo Glock 5. Fernando Alonso 6. Nico Rosberg 7. Sebastien Buemi 8. Sebastien Bourdais 9. Adrian Sutil 10. Nick Heidfeld 11. Giancarlo Fisichella 12. Mark Webber 13. Sebastian Vettel 14. Robert Kubica 15. Kimi Raikkonen Disqualified: Lewis Hamilton** Did not finish Felipe Massa Nelson Piquet … Continue reading Australian Grand Prix result

Toyota drivers lose qualifying positions

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Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will start the Australian Grand prix from the back of the grid after being excluded from qualifying. The rear wings of their TF109s were found to be in contravention of the rules limiting how much they may flex. Glock and Trulli originally qualified sixth and eighth respectively. But … Continue reading Toyota drivers lose qualifying positions

Jenson Button leads Brawn GP 1-2

2009 Australian Grand Prix qualifying

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A few weeks ago we had never heard of Brawn GP. Now the team that rose from the dead has sensationally locked out the front row of the grid for the Australian Grand Prix. [retrompubrawn01]Jenson Button took pole position – his first for three years – from Rubens Barrichello. Sebastien Vettel claimed third on the … Continue reading Jenson Button leads Brawn GP 1-2