October 18, 2009

The Curious Case of Jensomin Button

(Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Has Jenson Button actually figured out a way to go from a seemingly insurmountable lead to losing the world championship to Ruben Barrichello? Sure looked like it during qualifying, Button plain blew it, no excuses. Barrichello barely made Q3 but then got the job done with a light car to score his first pole in a long time.
Vettel also blew it and then blew a gasket in a not so cool "toy out of the pram toss" episode... Dude, conditions were tough for everyone.

Of course some cars will have gambled on dry setups and in the unlikely case of a dry race, watching the "drys" make their way through the field should be very entertaining.

Because Liuzzi has to change his gearbox (destroyed when he crashed in Q2) he will start from the back which means Button and Vettel will start side by side.

Barrichello is on pole but he has been traditionally jinxed in Brazil and he has the lightest fuel load. Webber looks like a real threat but Raikkonen is also there ready to pounce and now probably very motivated to show well.

Don't miss the race this afternoon!

(Ercole Colombo)

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3
1. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:24.100 1:21.659 1:19.576
2. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:24.722 1:20.803 1:19.668
3. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:24.447 1:20.753 1:19.912
4. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:24.621 1:20.635 1:20.097
5. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:23.047 1:21.378 1:20.168
6. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.591 1:20.701 1:20.250
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:22.828 1:20.368 1:20.326
8. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:23.072 1:21.147 1:20.631
9. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:23.161 1:20.427 1:20.674
10. Alonso Renault (B) 1:24.842 1:21.657 1:21.422
11. Kobayashi Toyota (B) 1:24.335 1:21.960
12. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.773 1:22.231
13. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:24.394 1:22.477
14. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:24.297 1:22.504
15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:24.645
16. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:25.009
17. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:25.052
18. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:25.192
19. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:25.515
20. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:40.703

All Timing Unofficial

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