Australian GP 2009: Button On Pole For Brawn GP
Jenson Button has slotted the brawn new Brawn BGP001 onto the pole position slot of the albert Park circuit for the 2009 Grand Prix, marking the first time a new team has gained a pole position since Jackie Stewart with Tyrrell.
Button, 29, was largely written off at the end of last season and only a month ago it looked like he would not have a drive for this season. He will be joined by Rubens Barrichello on the front row of the grid, marking a very special first race for the Brawn team born from the ashes of Honda Racing F1.
In the first session, both Force India’s were out, as were both Toro Rosso’s. Despite big gains for Force India, they still couldn;t make it into Q2, the 2005 Aussie GP winner Giancarlo Fisichella declared himself bitterly disappointed with the result.
Nelson Piquet Jr. was also out in this first session of qualifying, the Brazilian entering his second season of F1 in a poorly similar way to his first.
The big suprise was that World Champion Lewis Hamilton scraped into the Q2 session in last position, but before he could even put a lap on the board he had to retire as his gearbox was broken. The Brit’s good form of luck looks like its run out, and with the 5 place grid drop for the gearbox change he will start tomorrow’s race from last position.
Heikki Kovalainen fared no better than his team mate and ended up 14th, going out with Nakajima, Heidfeld, Alonso and Webber all of whom put in stellar laps. At one point there was just 2 tenths covering the top 9 cars.
The final session proved the Brawn cars’ dominance, they were easily fastest and with the printouts of vehicle weights we can see they were running fuel.
Vettel and Kubica did a great job in breaking the possibly illegal diffuser cars dominance of the top spots with 3rd & 4th place, followed by Rosberg, Glock and Trulli. Kubica also declined to run KERS at this event.
The Ferrari’s propped up the table, but they looked fast and potentially could have good levels of fuel. Kimi Raikkonen did some scorching laps in the F60.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps 1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:25.211 1:24.855 1:26.202 19 2. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:25.006 1:24.783 1:26.505 21 3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.938 1:25.121 1:26.830 21 4. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:25.922 1:25.152 1:26.914 19 5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:25.846 1:25.123 1:26.973 21 6. Glock Toyota (B) 1:25.499 1:25.281 1:26.975 19 7. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:25.844 1:25.319 1:27.033 21 8. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:26.194 1:25.265 1:27.127 20 9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:25.899 1:25.380 1:27.163 21 10. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.427 1:25.241 1:27.246 20 11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:25.827 1:25.504 14 12. Alonso Renault (B) 1:26.026 1:25.605 12 13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:26.074 1:25.607 16 14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:26.184 1:25.726 15 15. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:26.454 no time 5 16. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:26.503 10 17. Piquet Renault (B) 1:26.598 12 18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:26.677 10 19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:26.742 9 20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:26.964 10
This entry was posted on March 28, 2009 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2009 Race Weekends, BMW Sauber, Brawn GP, F1 News, Ferrari, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toyota, Williams and was tagged with 2009 Australian Grand Prix, Australian Grand Prix, Australian Grand Prix Qualifying, Brawn GP, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Rubens Barrichello, Sebastian Vettel.