May 23, 2009
|12||Nelson Piquet Jr
|13||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.063||1:16.146|
|15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.248||1:16.545|
|17||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:16.264|
|18||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:16.405|
The rebirth of Ferrari appears to be in full-force. Kimi Raikkonen turned the fast lap of the day in Q2, averaging over 100mph on the slowest circuit on the calendar. That's pretty darn fast around Monaco. That Q3 times only went up about half-a-second suggests that everybody up front ran light on fuel in their bid for the all-important pole.
Which, for the fourth time in six races, is won by BrawnGP's Jenson Button. Right behind him on the grid is the aforementioned Raikkonen, and Button's teammate Rubens Barrichello. Sebastian Vettel's RedBull, after sitting on provisional pole for most of Q3, ended up fourth, followed by Kimi's teammate Felipe Massa.
So supposedly slow cars up the grid, allegedly fast ones down the grid, and the current Monaco master (Hamilton is acclaimed as the best Monaco driver active) sitting low. Should make for a fascinating race on Sunday, and of course F1 Update!'ll be right here.
See ya then.
UPDATE: Fuel weights have been released, and it's not looking good for anybody not driving a Brawn. Button's weighing in at 647.5kg, Barrichello's at 648kg, everybody else in the top eight is at least 4kg lighter. Monaco's a different type of track, but one thing doesn't ever change: having more fuel than anybody and still being the polesitter is a good combination.
Nice to see Ferrari making a come-back. Wonder if the race will be as unpredictible?
Posted by: Mallory at May 23, 2009 12:29 PM (WJ2qy)
Whoever got that photo has a combination of incredible luck, good equipment, and good reaction time. It's a keeper. Is that Hamilton?
Button is having the season of his life. It'll never be better than this for him.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 23, 2009 01:00 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 23, 2009 01:14 PM (hlGBx)
Oh, I missed it. That thing's being picked up by a crane.
I thought the camera-man had caught the car in mid-crash! (And I was wondering why there was no motion blur!)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 23, 2009 07:38 PM (+rSRq)
That would have been a most impressive photograph, yes!
Why no motion blur? REALLY high-speed film. *heh*
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 23, 2009 08:32 PM (DcSb+)
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