Brawn GP had no fuel advantage in qualifying, after FIA release top ten fuel loads

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    Brawn GP had no fuel advantage in qualifying, after FIA release top ten fuel loads

    Post by Ross on 28th March 2009, 08:25

    Starting fuel loads revealed




    The fuel weights have been published by the FIA for the first time, under the new rules for this season.

    There are some very interesting things here.

    For a start the Brawn cars are, as we expected, massively quick, given that Jenson Button’s car has 22 laps worth of fuel in it (59 kilos).

    Rubens Barrichello will go one lap longer, to 23. This is a long first stint for a two-stop strategy.

    Knowing this we can say that Jenson did a stunning job today in the final part of qualifying as the smaller amount of fuel he’s carrying will have given him less than a tenth of a second of lap time compared to Rubens and yet he is three-tenths faster.

    Rubens liked the car more on low fuel in the early part of qualifying, Jenson liked it more in heavy fuel mode. He will be on his own tomorrow in the race.

    Sebastian Vettel, who qualified third, will go to lap 20, the same as Nico Rosberg.

    This means that the Red Bull is a couple of tenths faster than the Williams.

    Meanwhile the Ferraris are in trouble: Felipe Massa has only 18 laps of fuel in his car and yet he was 0.8s off Button, who has 0.3s of a weight disadvantage.

    That puts the Ferrari more than a second slower in qualifying trim today.

    Kimi Raikkonen has a similar amount as his team-mate and was a tenth slower.

    Robert Kubica’s lap looks less stellar when you realise that he is running light – he will be stopping on lap 17.

    Button should control the race; reliability is his only competitor tomorrow.

    Barrichello has more than enough speed to stay ahead of Vettel and Rosberg who will be fighting for a podium.

    Massa moves forward to sixth on the grid after Timo Glock’s exclusion and he has a shot at a podium from there to get his championship campaign off to a strong start.

    The Ferrari should prove a faster race car than it was a qualifier here.


    The weights, sorted by grid order, are:

    1. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 664.5kg
    2. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 666.5
    3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 657
    4. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 650
    5. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 657
    6. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 654
    7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 655.5
    8. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 662
    9. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 691.5
    10. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 680.7
    11. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 690.6
    12. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 694.1
    13. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India 689
    14. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 612.5
    15. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 675.5
    16. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 684.5
    17. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 662.5
    18. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 655
    19. Timo Glock, Toyota, 670
    20. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 660


    Source: jamesallenonf1.com, f1.com


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    Re: Brawn GP had no fuel advantage in qualifying, after FIA release top ten fuel loads

    Post by Ross on 28th March 2009, 08:28

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