With a new team on the front row and some fast cars at the back of the grid the 2009 F1 season looks set to get off to a thrilling start at Melbourne tomorrow. Will we see a first-corner pile-up? Will the KERS drivers have an advantage at the start? How many drivers will lose … Continue reading Australian GP: thoughts on the start
Williams has withdrawn a protest against Ferrari and Red Bull Racing “in the interests of the sport”. It had protested that the pod wings on the front of the F60 and RB5 contravened the rules. After cancelling the protest it issued a statement saying (emphasis added):
Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello dominated qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Here’s a selection of pictures of all the teams and drivers during today’s qualifying session. If you’re in Melbourne for the Grand Prix this weekend you can share your pictures with us by uploading them to the F1 Fanatic drop.io.
More bad news for Brawn GP’s rivals: as well as having locked out the front row of the grid, they are also carrying more fuel than anyone Q1 apart from Timo Glock. Robert Kubica’s strong qualifying position appears to have been partly fuel-assisted as he is the lightest driver on the grid. Before his exclusion, … Continue reading Australian GP grid and race weights
Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will start the Australian Grand prix from the back of the grid after being excluded from qualifying. The rear wings of their TF109s were found to be in contravention of the rules limiting how much they may flex. Glock and Trulli originally qualified sixth and eighth respectively. But … Continue reading Toyota drivers lose qualifying positions
Even when McLaren admitted their MP4-24 wasn’t on the pace there was still a suspicion that maybe, just maybe, they were having us on. But qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix proved not only that the new car is slow – it’s unreliable too. A disastrous combination for defending world champion Lewis Hamilton. The question … Continue reading McLaren are slow – and unreliable too
A few weeks ago we had never heard of Brawn GP. Now the team that rose from the dead has sensationally locked out the front row of the grid for the Australian Grand Prix. Jenson Button took pole position – his first for three years – from Rubens Barrichello. Sebastien Vettel claimed third on the … Continue reading Jenson Button leads Brawn GP 1-2 (Australian Grand Prix qualifying)
Review the Australian Grand Prix Qualifying live blog below.
Nico Rosberg completed a hat-trick of fastest times in the three practice sessions leading up to the Australian Grand Prix. But he has Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button hot on his tail as three of the ‘double decker diffuser’ cars set the fastest times. Felipe Massa was the quickest car not to be using such … Continue reading Australian Grand Prix Practice 3 Live Blog