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Chinese Grand Prix 2009: Vettel Takes Pole!

Sebastian Vettel deposed the Brawn GP cars from scoring a 3rd straight pole position, by putting the Red Bull Racing car onto pole position for the first time in their history.

The team, based in the UK and funded soley by the Austrian energy drink company have been in F1 since 2005.

It was double glory for them with Australian veteran Mark Webber sealing 3rd position after topping the times briefly in Q3.

Fernando Alonso managed to get ahead into 2nd position, his car sporting a new rear diffuser.  Team boss Flavio Briatore had his private jet taken apart, and the diffuser put into the back and flown to China overnight, the team then stayed up unti 5am this morning to put the new piece onto the car.  It has made a clear difference.

Barrichello and Button will have to make do with 4th and 5th, is their reign as the fastest in F1 coming to an end already?

Trulli was down in 6th, well ahead of team mate Glock who will start 14th after a terrible qualifying session.  Nico Rosberg is behind them, proving the new diffusers are not as quick as the used to be.

Kimi Raikkonen made a stellar effort into 8th for Ferrari, with team mate Felipe Massa down in 13th position – he has pretty much no chance tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton is down in 9th, his McLaren wall all over the place – didn’t look good at all.  And Sebastien Buemi rounds off the top 10.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3      Laps
 1.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B) 1:36.565  1:35.130  1:36.184  11
 2.  Alonso       Renault               (B) 1:36.443  1:35.803  1:36.381  21
 3.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B) 1:35.751  1:35.173  1:36.466  19
 4.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B) 1:35.701  1:35.503  1:36.493  21
 5.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B) 1:35.533  1:35.556  1:36.532  19
 6.  Trulli       Toyota                (B) 1:36.308  1:35.645  1:36.835  21
 7.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B) 1:35.941  1:35.809  1:37.397  23
 8.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B) 1:36.137  1:35.856  1:38.089  19
 9.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B) 1:35.776  1:35.740  1:38.595  17
10.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B) 1:36.284  1:35.965  1:39.321  21
11.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B) 1:36.525  1:35.975            14
12.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B) 1:36.646  1:36.032            10
13.  Massa        Ferrari               (B) 1:36.178  1:36.033            11
14.  Glock        Toyota                (B) 1:36.364  1:36.066            14
15.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B) 1:36.673  1:36.193            13
16.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B) 1:36.906                      10
17.  Piquet       Renault               (B) 1:36.908                      10
18.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B) 1:36.966                      8
19.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B) 1:37.669                      10
20.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B) 1:37.672                      10


2 responses

  1. Last time Vettel got the pole (Monza 2008), he also won the race. After a great race at Melbourne I think he can finish today on podium, but will not win this time.

    April 19, 2009 at 7:40 am

  2. jojolsarno

    You are great and congratulations, Sebastian Vettel by winning the Chinese Grand Prix. Hoping that you and your team win most race in near future
    You are a new rain master same with Micheal Schumacher

    April 19, 2009 at 10:55 am

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