Jenson Button may be on pole position but he’ll have to pull away quickly at the start as four cars behind him on the grid are all carrying more fuel.
Sebastian Vettel looks set to stop two laps later and Felipe Massa has around four more laps of fuel on board.
|Grid||Qualifying||Name||Weight||Fuel (kg)||First stint (laps)|
|12||12||Nelson Piquet Jnr||677.4||72.4||30|
How the pit stop predictions were calculated: 1. Deduct minimum weight of 605kg. 2. Divide fuel load by average of 2.271kg per lap (source: Williams) 3. Deduct one lap of fuel to cover the drivers driving to the grid and doing their formation lap.
Other factors may alter the lap a driver pits such as changes in weather conditions, safety car deployment, variation in fuel use between different engines and cars, changes in setup, drivers’ ability to save fuel and reduced fuel use as the load decreases and a car becomes lighter.
Other points to note include:
- Both Red Bulls are carrying the same fuel load
- Heikki Kovalainen has fuelled lightly in a bid to make up places
- Kimi Raikkonen has chosen the opposite tactic in a bid to make up places and is carrying a lot of fuel instead