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British Grand Prix 2009: Vettel Storms To Pole Position!

Sebastian Vettel stormed to a British Grand Prix pole position, his second in a row this season and will be hoping to convert it into a win.  Team mate Mark Webber held good pace throughout the session and will start 3rd.

Webber is behind Rubens Barrichello, a man who loves this circuit out qualifying Michael Schumacher here 3 times in the Ferrari days.  His team mate, the home favourite and world championship leader Jenson Button only starts 6th after a lacklustre showing.

His British compatriot Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 winner starts a lowly 19th place after a catastrophic qualifying which saw the other McLaren start 13th.

Raikkonen was the best of the Ferrari’s in 9th, with Massa in 11th split by Fernando Alonso in the Renault.

The main action came from Adrian Sutil who appeared to have a brake failure at Abbey, just before Bridge and his Force India smashed into the barriers with half the car missing.  The rear wing ended up over the crash barriers with the marshals.  He emerged unscathed, although at first it looked like he had hurt his back, spinal x-rays showed he was all clear.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:18.685  1:18.119  1:19.509
 2.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:19.325  1:18.335  1:19.856
 3.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:18.674  1:18.209  1:19.868
 4.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:18.886  1:18.240  1:20.091
 5.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:18.530  1:18.575  1:20.216
 6.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:18.957  1:18.663  1:20.289
 7.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:19.228  1:18.591  1:20.361
 8.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:19.198  1:18.791  1:20.490
 9.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:19.010  1:18.566  1:20.715
10.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:19.167  1:18.761  1:20.741
11.  Massa        Ferrari               (B)  1:19.148  1:18.927
12.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:19.730  1:19.308
13.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:19.732  1:19.353
14.  Piquet       Renault               (B)  1:19.555  1:19.392
15.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:19.559  1:19.448
16.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:19.802
17.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:19.898
18.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:19.909
19.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:19.917
20.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:20.236



One response

  1. A great race, shame the Brawn’s didn’t do as well. but its good to see the other teams having a go. Well done to Vettel, super drive.

    June 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

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