April 04, 2009

F1 Quals: Malaysia 2009!

Could Brawn make it two poles in a row?

Yup.  Here's the provisional grid:

Pos       Driver                     

1 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes

2 Jarno Trulli Toyota

1:34.745 1:33.990 1:35.273
3 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault

1:34.935 1:34.276 1:35.518
4 Rubens Barrichello

1:34.681 1:34.387 1:35.651
5 Timo Glockenspiel Toyota

1:34.907 1:34.258 1:35.690
6 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota

1:35.083 1:34.547 1:35.750
7 Mark Webber RBR-Renault

1:35.027 1:34.222 1:35.797
8 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber

1:35.166 1:34.562 1:36.106
9 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari

1:35.476 1:34.456 1:36.170
10 HWMNBN Renault

1:35.260 1:34.706 1:37.659
11 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber

1:35.110 1:34.769
12 Kazoo Nakajima Williams-Toyota

1:35.341 1:34.788
13 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

1:35.280 1:34.905
14 Heikki Kovalaininnie

1:35.023 1:34.924
15 SeaBass STR-Ferrari

1:35.507 1:35.431
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari


17 Nelson Piquet Jr


18 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes


19 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes


20 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari


Rubens Barrichello had to change a gearbox and will suffer a five-spot grid penalty.  Sebastian Vettel, of course, has a 10-spot penalty from last week's wreck with Kubica. 

The biggest surprise, however, is down at 16: Felipe Massa.  Ferrari and Massa are both guilty of complacency.  He did four laps in Q1, and was fourth after 12 minutes... at which point, the team thought "heck, he's in, let's get ready for Q2." 

And then the track, which had been washed clean by a monster downpour on Friday night, began to come alive as more and more rubber was laid down.  Times began to plummet and Massa's 1:35.642 began to look less and less solid.  Yet Ferrari did nothing... it was as if the team didn't even notice.  By the time there was any reaction from the team, it was too late to get the Ferrari back on the track and around to start a hot lap.  Just like that, Massa was out in Q1, a pathetic 16th.

Other than that, there wasn't much in the way of odd excitement.  Don't get me wrong, it was thrilling to watch the back-and-forth between the two Brawns, Jarno Trulli, and Seb Vettel, all of whom were P1 at one time or another, but the strategies and driving were normal F1 level.  Nobody jumped above the norm.  Which was still pretty cool, and Jarno Trulli is making a bid for the "smoothest driver" award for sure.  If he doesn't have a couple of poles and wins this season, it'll be a huge surprise.

Maybe his first will be Sunday... we'll find out then!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:36 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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What's really most amazing to me is the complete absence of blue-chip teams in the front ranks. The highest is Kubica at #8, and everyone above that is part of a team which, last year, was trash.

This is really neat!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 04, 2009 10:45 PM (+rSRq)

2 It is pretty cool, though Mallory is probably dying a little inside at the conclusion of every session.

She's a Ferrari fan, y'see.

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 04, 2009 11:45 PM (tMdKd)

3 (The Wondering Brit had a comment here that was a partial spoiler, so I've deleted it.)

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 05, 2009 08:33 AM (tMdKd)


I'm actually a fickle Ferrari fan.  ;-)  When Schumacher was driving -- YAY!  With Kimi and Massa--not so much.

At the moment, I'm a Brawn-Mercedes fan.  They're awesome!!  It's so exciting to have a more or less even playing field, instead of the just-us-four-and-no-more fields of recent years.




Posted by: Mallory at April 05, 2009 08:55 AM (WJ2qy)

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