As claimed by Ross Brawn, Jenson Button is indeed carrying more than 20 laps’ worth of fuel going into the Monaco Grand Prix.
The championship leader starts with 23 laps’ worth of fuel on board – two more than Kimi Raikkonen, who starts alongside him. And, crucially, he has 16kg more fuel on board than fourth-placed Sebastian Vettel.
|Grid||Qualifying||Name||Weight||Fuel (kg)||First stint (laps)|
|12||12||Nelson Piquet Jnr||673.1||68.1||38|
Fuel weights source: FIA. Fuel use per lap: 1.723kg – source: Williams
Other points to note:
- The Red Bull duo are on completely different strategies, with Mark Webber carrying a similar load of fuel to the Button, but down in eighth. It seems Red Bull are just off the pace at Monaco.
- Lewis Hamilton is much lighter on fuel than the cars immediately in front of him – if anyone’s going to be doing some overtaking in the opening stages, it has to be him.
- Glock is brimmed full, his starting weight over 700kg. A couple of safety cars would suit him nicely.