Sebastian Vettel starts the British Grand Prix from pole position and with more fuel on board than anyone in the top ten – giving him an excellent chance of winning tomorrow.
Here’s the drivers’ fuel weights in full.
|Qualifying||Name||Weight||Fuel (kg)||First stint (laps)|
|14||Nelson Piquet Jnr||682.5||77.5||30|
52 comments on “Pole position and strategy advantage put Vettel in strong position to win”
20th June 2009, 18:45
Amazing performance from vettel, i really hope this is just a blip for brawn but it looks like red bull have got their game together
Mussolini's pet cat
20th June 2009, 18:50
I wouldnt worry, Vettel will bottle it. Webber will break down, Barrichello will just fade away, leaving Jenson to win. HOORAY!
21st June 2009, 0:02
I’m kind of with you on this. But I hope not…
21st June 2009, 9:00
I’m kinda hoping that Barrichello drives his usual race, and therefore finishes third. Red Bull strategy costs Webber the win and he ends up second.
Buttons ability to real in the laps when it counts, his masterful overtaking on the first lap, and the Brawn strategy puts him out front for the win.
Vettel??… oh, he binned it on the first lap ;-)
20th June 2009, 19:04
Right after qualifying I suspected Vettel of running light, but he’s proved me wrong. Great job by him, he’s definitely in a prime position to win the race now.
20th June 2009, 19:18
What the heck is Alonso’s comment that they have a good strategy–he is almost the lightest guy in the top ten. Today it he was just slow.
20th June 2009, 19:28
absolutely stunning drive by vettel!! heaviest car in Q1 goes fastest by a good margin!
20th June 2009, 19:37
If Button wins this race, it’ll really suck…
20th June 2009, 19:49
In terms of the championship it might, but it’s bound to be a fairly interesting race if someone that far back wins.
Mussolini's pet cat
20th June 2009, 23:17
rubbish, it’ll prove once and for all he’s world champ quality.
Mussolini's pet cat
20th June 2009, 23:18
i was responding to hammad’s comment, not matt’s.
21st June 2009, 6:02
Depends how he gets there… if it’s by passing everyone in front of them, yes I’ll agree with you.
20th June 2009, 20:15
Damn what a lap by Seb it looked great on TV but seeing these fuel loads makes it more impressive tommorow is his race to lose and i hope he doesn’t lose it Webber i want him to win to end his bad luck but Vettel with a performance like that would deserve it.
Interestingly Trulli said he could’ve gone quicker on his final lap and that 3rd was a possibility lets just say Webber wasn’t compromised and got pole or 2nd then Trulli would be 3rd on a similar fuel load to both Brawns which would show that Brawn can be caught up and Williams aren’t far off the race is shaping up to be breathtaking :D
20th June 2009, 20:36
My view of the opening lap is that Barrichelo will blast off the line pass vettel and command the race. Jenson will play catchup, and because webber is sore out of luck, as always, he will loose the 3rd spot for Jenson…
but seriously, does it matter? if FOTA split, all this is pointless, so would the past 60 years…
20th June 2009, 20:54
Sorry Ronman, I take the opposite point of view. FIA/FOTA is pointless; this is where the important bit is. This is racing.
Forget the last sixty years, they don’t count once the lights go out.
S*d the administration, racing is what it’s all about.
21st June 2009, 5:17
When the flag drops, the bull**** stops :D
21st June 2009, 11:22
sorry ronman but Rubens has never been good at starts
20th June 2009, 20:45
Vettel and Bubens better score top points tomorrow if they want to keep their WDC chances alive.
So far so good :-)
I hope Bubens won’t sleep at the green light again.
20th June 2009, 20:49
1981 Watson sixth – the five in front fall out Watson wins…… bring it on.
20th June 2009, 21:00
looking at the weights, Vettel really stuck it. Damn thats nice. He has 4 laps on the quick Brawn.
I wonder if the heavy Kubica and Heiki will do well.
20th June 2009, 21:13
i am very very surpried, i thought 90% he is lighter than others around him or might be same but he turned out to be the heaviest in Top 10. Stunning performance from Vettel. Who can stop him…maybe only relibilty
20th June 2009, 21:26
A bit like Hamilton after Monaco 2007, Vettel responded to being held back by the team (he thought) in the last race with real determination. Congratulations! Now he has to hold it together off the grid tomorrow, but I can see him doing it. At least a Vettel-Webber 1-2 could sustain interest in the 2009 season a little longer. The onus now is on Button to show some fight from well off the front row for the first time. Has he got it?
20th June 2009, 21:33
20th June 2009, 21:34
i love martin brundle’s punchlines like today when he said about a hamilton moment-
‘he will radio the team for fresh underwears’ lol lol lol
21st June 2009, 0:11
wasn’t thst david coulthard? funny nonetheless. i know i laughed
21st June 2009, 0:42
It was Martin, and agree he’s good fun. Very glad he came over to the BBC.
20th June 2009, 22:34
Alonso and Raikkonen are side-by-side with identical fuel loads. What’s the betting Alonso pits four laps after Kimi? Somehow the Renaults squeeze a lot out of a drop of petrol.
My betting is Vettel will pit directly after Button, even if he has fuel for more laps, because Brawn has proved to be the better strategist, so they’ll copy him.
At the post-quali press conference, Vettel indicated that he had put in a truly exceptional lap for pole. Expect his race pace to be more modest.
21st June 2009, 10:01
Indeed. It will be very interesting to compare Renault’s and Ferrari’s fuel consumption.
20th June 2009, 22:40
How does it work with the fuel, I know that the drivers from Q3 have to start with the same tires and same fuel from Q3 but what about the drivers from Q2 and Q1 do they have to start with the same tyres from there Q too or can they change and adjust there fuel level ???
20th June 2009, 23:14
yes, drivers out at q1 and q2 can change their fuel.
21st June 2009, 4:55
They don’t have to start with the same tyres. They can even change tyres on the grid itself, after the installation lap.
They do have to use the tyres used for qualifying at some point in the race though – i.e. they can’t go for all new sets of tyres for the race (unless it rains, which introduces a combination where that is possible).
20th June 2009, 23:52
i wonder how vettel will cock it up this week. it is a rather amusing aside that those who claimed Vettel as the anti Hamilton hero now have to deal with the fact that their ” hero” is flawed too.
btw i love vettel and Lewis. oh no, how does that work. errrmmm because its not football div
21st June 2009, 0:09
If Vettel bins this one he’ll go down a notch or two in everyone’s estimation methinks. Of course the opposite is true if he bags the win. His racecraft is evolving, is it there yet?
Prospect of Button going aggresive is exciting. I think he’s in with a chance even if Vettel stays on it. Vettel will get slower as Jenson gets faster. Their driving styles are almost opposite. Vettel hard and aggresive, Button smooth and progressive.
My money’s on Jenson…
21st June 2009, 0:23
webber and button winge like 2 old men – the things they said after quali just show them to be trashy. webber always blames everyone else, i hope raikkonen knocks him out post-race and button’s crying ‘cos he’s P6 – worried he’s going to actually race! I just hope vettel and barrichello hold it together tomorrow cos they’re much better than their teammates.
21st June 2009, 0:51
From what I saw post-quali, Button wasn’t being a winge at all. He simply said the same as Ross in that he was having problems with grip in the fast corners. I don’t think that means he’s “trashy”.
The problem for Ruben’s is that Jens is a more consistent driver lap in lap out. I hope Ruben’s can get a win, he’s a great driver and a big favorite of mine, but he’ll need to keep it together as Jens will do a jump on him.
Vettel has the makings of a champion, but does, and recently has, made the smallest of errors and lost position for it… he’ll need to keep his cool with the guys behind him all wanting the top points.
21st June 2009, 0:34
Its all Vettel and Webber in the race. LLRB.
21st June 2009, 1:35
Once again Webber managed to screw it up when it counted. There is no excuse for not getting pole w/ three laps of fuel less than Vettel. And that it was because Kimi held him up is bologni. With this useless Webber there is always an excuse. He’s done it many times before. I said in another post and will say it here again … watch him crash in lap-1 or if he survices, he will crash later. He won’t finish the race.
21st June 2009, 3:12
Webber was forced to turn in early by Kimi, he took a different line into that corner that he would normally have. Not saying that cost him pole, just saying he would have lost some time doing that.
21st June 2009, 5:32
Proberbly didn’t cost him pole but it definatly cost him a front row birth.
21st June 2009, 2:08
If Red Bull’s pace is going to be like this for the rest of he season, this could get very interesting: Button has sixty-one points and needs eight-two to win. Vettel has twenty-nine points, and so likely needs three wins to cach the distance back to Button. So the next three races stop being about themselves and start becoming a larger race to see who can bank more points. Button needs to get his twenty-two as soon as possible, while Vettel needs to take the fight to him. I think this is going to make the season very interesting …
21st June 2009, 5:52
has anyone noted hamilton is carrying 666 kgs. number of the satan!!!
21st June 2009, 9:54
If you read the Daily Mail, he is Satan! Lol!
21st June 2009, 10:39
Haha true! Last year he was God this year he’s Satan and now Jenson is God
21st June 2009, 11:24
Vettel is carrying 666.5 too…
21st June 2009, 12:04
Satan and a half :P
21st June 2009, 8:58
Why Red Bull team works for Weber.In Turkey I doubted when they pitted vettel three times.Now I’m sure.Why they put less fuel weber not wettel.They wanted weber on the poll not vettel.Other thing corrected my opinion.In press release redd bull engineer says:
Mark seemed to be on for pole, but finished third in the end as he was blocked by Raikkonen, so again that gives me a little bit of mixed feeling.
Someone says Red Bull sales in australia very important for team.Any opinion on these sunject
Go Renault 09"
21st June 2009, 9:34
My opinion is learn to spell!! soft drink sales have nothing to do with racing!!
Jelle van der Meer
21st June 2009, 9:43
Raikonnen blocking Webber without being penalized is quite surprissing. I would assume FIA would no longer stand for Ferrari International Assistence.
Actually, has anyone noticed there have been no penalties (other than gear box) given by the FIA since Australia.
Is the FIA secretly starting to listen to fans or try to avoid more screw ups as in 2008 pushing fans more to FOTA.
Little bit the same as Bernie suddenly keeping the door open on Silverstone.
Back on subject, both Vettel’s Q3 and Q2 laps were absolutely stunning. His Q2 lap the fastest ever since chicanes were put in and his Q3 lap was adjusted for weight 0.6 faster than the #2.
21st June 2009, 10:28
Sutil was penalised for “blocking” Webber in qualifying in Bahrain. But there were similar “blocks” done in Monaco and now at Silverstone with no penalty.
I’ve always said that penalising drivers for getting in each other’s way is a joke, because part of the challenge of this kind of qualifying is making enough space for a clear run. But what is most important is that the rules are applied consistently.
21st June 2009, 10:05
Go Renault 09
Red Bull is a soft drink company.Why Red Bull entered f1 racing.for sport ?.
They selling more than coca cola in australia
21st June 2009, 12:05
@ mertyazan If a team is looking to lock out the front row, and so obviousley much quicker than the rest of the field, then it’s swings and roundabouts really, 2 like for like cars will result in one stopping earlier , giving the other 2 fast laps. I still fancy Webber for the win, Vettell will make a mistake and Rubens will have is usual tortoise getaway. In fact I wouldn’t be suprised to see Webber leading into lap 2.
21st June 2009, 16:28
British GP: Comparing Predicted and Actual pit stops.
Grid . . kg . .Pred. Actual . . . . Fin
.. . . . . . . La. T La T La T La T 60La
01 VET 61.5 24 s -- - 22 s 45 h 01
02 BAR 52.5 20 s -- - 20 h 48 s 03
03 WEB 54.5 21 s -- - 21 s 48 h 02
04 TRU 53.0 20 s -- - 19 s 47 - 07
05 NAK 47.5 18 h -- - 16 h 41 - 11
06 BUT 53.5 20 s -- - 19 h 50 s 06
07 ROS 56.5 22 h -- - 19 - 44 - 05
08 GLO 55.0 21 - -- - 20 s 49 h 09
09k RAI 49.0 19 s -- - 17 s 43 h 08
10 ALO 49.0 19 h -- - 19 - 40 - 14
11k MAS 70.0 27 - -- - 24 s 46 h 04
12 KUB 84.5 33 - -- - 29 - 48 - 13
13 KOV 90.5 35 s 35 h 36!h 39r RET
14 PIQ 77.5 30 - -- - 30 - -- - 12
15 HEI 60.5 23 - -- - 22 - 48 - 15
16 FIS 63.0 24 - -- - 22 - 46 - 10
17 SUT 87.0 34 - -- - 35 - -- - 17
18 HAM 61.0 23 - -- - 21 s 45 h 16
19 BUE 67.5 26 - -- - 23 - 43 - 18
20 BOU 82.5 32 - 25 - 36!h 40r RET
k = KERS, h = hard tyres, s = soft tyres
Fine and dry, no safety car.
Temp. air: 16 C, track: 30 – 26 C
Wind. 3.6 m/s
Order at end of first lap:
VET, BAR, WEB, NAK(+1), RAI(+4), ROS(+1), TRU(-3), MAS(+3), BUT(-3), GLO(-2), HEI(+4), ALO(-2), KUB(-1), FIS(+2), HAM(+3), PIQ(-2), BOU, BUE(+1), KOV(-6), SUT
KERS on first lap: RAI(+4), MAS(+3) good advantage.
Incidents: (1?)HEI damaged front wing, didn’t pit, (16)NAK slow pitstop, (35)BOU into back of KOV who moved across as BOU overtook, (45)HAM spins at Vale.
Unscheduled pits: (36)BOU nose, KOV puncture; (39)KOV retires (unknown reason), (40)BOU retires (oil pressure?).
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