Malaysian Grand Prix 2009: Button Takes Pole Again
Jenson Button sensationally grabbed pole in another close, tense affair in qualifying.
It is the second pole in two races for the British driver who many had written off in the running to this season. the Brawn GP BGP001 car looks fantastically fast, and its only serious rival at the current time is Toyota.
Jarno Trulli in that Toyota was 2nd, and Sebastian Vettel was 3rd in the Red Bull but he will lose 10 places due to that penalty from the Australian GP. As Barrichello, who finished 4th incurs a 5 place drop for a gearbox change, Trulli’s team-mate Timo Glock will start the race 3rd.
Kimi Raikkonen is down in 9th [but will start 7th], after a dismal qualifying session for Ferrari. The Finnish driver looked quick, but in truth the F60 is just not as fast at those running with the diffusers. The Finn also disabled his KERS system due to a major fire during free practice. His team mate Felipe Massa went out in Q1, after a massive strategic error by the Ferrari team in not sending him out for another lap. They thought they would be safe with a 1.35 time, but cars were getting the lap times down to 1.33’s at times during this qualifying session. The Brazilian was not amused.
Fernando Alonso made a colossal effort to get 10th, despite an ear infection which is affecting his fitness and balance. Miles faster than team mate Nelson Piquet Jr, who watched by his father the 3 time world champion, could do not better than 17th. As Eddie Jordan suggested, it would be short odds on the Brazilian to be sacked first this season.
Both McLaren’s were out in Q2, 13th and 14th respectively. Hamilton is still reeling after the “Liar Lewis” incidents, which filled the papers and question sessions again today. With fellow Brit Button doing so well, Hamilton’s lies and damage to his image must be on the way to becoming irreparable. Hamilton Fields will become Button Fields one can imagine at the forthcoming British Grand Prix, Silverstone.
The Force India’s made a valiant effort to get out of the first qualifying session, but could not – Adrian Sutil was fastest at one point, and no he was not the first car out! Sebastien Buemi will start last.
|5||M. Webber||Red Bull||1.35.027||1.34.222||1.35.797|
|6||R. Kubica||BMW Sauber||1.35.166||1.34.562||1.34.106|
|10||N. Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1.35.110||1.34.769|
|13||S. Vettel||Red Bull||Penalty||From||Australia|
|15||S. Bourdais||Toro Rosso||1.35.507||1.35.431|
|18||A. Sutil||Force India||1.35.908|
|19||G. Fisichella||Force India||1.35.951|
|20||S. Buemi||Toro Rosso||1.36.107|
This entry was posted on April 4, 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 Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, Malaysian GP Qualifying, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel.