Monaco GP fuel loads give no comfort to Button’s rivals – especially Vettel

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

With pole position and a decent fuel load, Jenson Button will be hard to catch
With pole position and a decent fuel load, Jenson Button will be hard to catch

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)
1 1 Jenson Button 647.5 42.5 23
2 2 Kimi Raikkonen 644 39 21
3 3 Rubens Barrichello 648 43 23
4 4 Sebastian Vettel 631.5 26.5 14
5 5 Felipe Massa 643.5 38.5 21
6 6 Nico Rosberg 642 37 20
7 7 Heikki Kovalainen 644 39 21
8 8 Mark Webber 646.5 41.5 23
9 9 Fernando Alonso 654 49 27
10 10 Kazuki Nakajima 668 63 35
11 11 Sebastien Buemi 670 65 36
12 12 Nelson Piquet Jnr 673.1 68.1 38
13 13 Giancarlo Fisichella 693 88 50
14 14 Sebastien Bourdais 699.5 94.5 53
15 15 Adrian Sutil 670 65 36
16 17 Nick Heidfeld 680 75 42
17 18 Robert Kubica 696 91 51
18 19 Timo Glock 700.8 95.8 54
19 20 Jarno Trulli 688.3 83.3 47
20 16 Lewis Hamilton 645.5 40.5 22

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.
Monaco Grand Prix pit stop projections (click to enlarge)
Monaco Grand Prix pit stop projections (click to enlarge)