April 04, 2009
Yup. Here's the provisional grid:
|1||Jenson Button||Brawn-Mercedes||1:35.058 || 1:33.784 ||1:35.181|
|8||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:35.166||1:34.562||1:36.106|
|11||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:35.110||1:34.769|
|17||Nelson Piquet Jr
|18||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Mercedes||1:35.908|
|19||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:35.951|
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!
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)
She's a Ferrari fan, y'see.
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 04, 2009 11:45 PM (tMdKd)
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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