Sebastian Vettel carrying more fuel than Toyotas (Bahrain GP fuel and pit stops)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel is fuelled three laps longer than pole sitter Jarno Trulli
Sebastian Vettel is fuelled three laps longer than pole sitter Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli may have taken pole position but Sebastian Vettel is set to stop three laps later than the Toyota driver in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Here’s the fuel weights for each of the drivers and their predicted first stint lengths.

Grid Qualifying Name Weight Fuel (kg) First stint (laps)
1 1 Jarno Trulli 648.5 43.5 12
2 2 Timo Glock 643 38 10
3 3 Sebastian Vettel 659 54 15
4 4 Jenson Button 652.5 47.5 13
5 5 Lewis Hamilton 652.5 47.5 13
6 6 Rubens Barrichello 649 44 12
7 7 Fernando Alonso 650.5 45.5 12
8 8 Felipe Massa 664.5 59.5 17
9 9 Nico Rosberg 670.5 65.5 19
10 10 Kimi Raikkonen 671.5 66.5 20
11 11 Heikki Kovalainen 678.5 73.5 22
12 12 Kazuki Nakajima 680.9 75.9 23
13 13 Robert Kubica 698.6 93.6 29
14 14 Nick Heidfeld 696.3 91.3 28
15 15 Nelson Piquet Jnr 677.6 72.6 22
16 17 Sebastien Buemi 678.5 73.5 22
17 18 Giancarlo Fisichella 652 47 13
18 19 Mark Webber 656 51 14
19 16 Adrian Sutil* 679 74 22
20 20 Sebastien Bourdais 667.5 62.5 18

*Three-place penalty

A few other things to note:

  • Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button both out-qualified their team mates despite carrying more fuel
  • Mark Webber is starting light in a bid to make up places
  • Both the BMWs are fuelled very heavily

How the pit stop predictions were calculated: 1. Deduct minimum weight of 605kg. 2. Divide fuel load by average of 2.879kg per lap (source: Williams) 3. Deduct three laps for grid lap, formation lap and extra left in tank before first stop.

Read more: Jarno Trulli leads first Toyota front row lockout (Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying)

Bahrain Grand prix pit stop predictions (click to enlarge)
Bahrain Grand prix pit stop predictions (click to enlarge)