Pole position and strategy advantage put Vettel in strong position to win

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel will be hard to stop in tomorrow's race
Sebastian Vettel will be hard to stop in tomorrow's race

Sebastian Vettel starts the British Grand Prix from pole position and with more fuel on board than anyone in the top ten – giving him an excellent chance of winning tomorrow.

Here’s the drivers’ fuel weights in full.

Qualifying Name Weight Fuel (kg) First stint (laps)
1 Sebastian Vettel 666.5 61.5 24
2 Rubens Barrichello 657.5 52.5 20
3 Mark Webber 659.5 54.5 21
4 Jarno Trulli 658 53 20
5 Kazuki Nakajima 652.5 47.5 18
6 Jenson Button 657.5 52.5 20
7 Nico Rosberg 661.5 56.5 22
8 Timo Glock 660 55 21
9 Kimi Raikkonen 654 49 19
10 Fernando Alonso 654 49 19
11 Felipe Massa 675 70 27
12 Robert Kubica 689.5 84.5 33
13 Heikki Kovalainen 695.5 90.5 35
14 Nelson Piquet Jnr 682.5 77.5 30
15 Nick Heidfeld 665.5 60.5 23
16 Giancarlo Fisichella 668 63 24
17 Sebastien Bourdais 687.5 82.5 32
18 Adrian Sutil 692 87 34
19 Lewis Hamilton 666 61 23
20 Sebastien Buemi 672.5 67.5 26

52 comments on “Pole position and strategy advantage put Vettel in strong position to win”

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  1. Amazing performance from vettel, i really hope this is just a blip for brawn but it looks like red bull have got their game together

  2. Mussolini's pet cat
    20th June 2009, 18:50

    I wouldnt worry, Vettel will bottle it. Webber will break down, Barrichello will just fade away, leaving Jenson to win. HOORAY!

    1. I’m kind of with you on this. But I hope not…

    2. I’m kinda hoping that Barrichello drives his usual race, and therefore finishes third. Red Bull strategy costs Webber the win and he ends up second.

      Buttons ability to real in the laps when it counts, his masterful overtaking on the first lap, and the Brawn strategy puts him out front for the win.

      Vettel??… oh, he binned it on the first lap ;-)

  3. Right after qualifying I suspected Vettel of running light, but he’s proved me wrong. Great job by him, he’s definitely in a prime position to win the race now.

  4. What the heck is Alonso’s comment that they have a good strategy–he is almost the lightest guy in the top ten. Today it he was just slow.

  5. absolutely stunning drive by vettel!! heaviest car in Q1 goes fastest by a good margin!

  6. If Button wins this race, it’ll really suck…

    1. In terms of the championship it might, but it’s bound to be a fairly interesting race if someone that far back wins.

    2. Mussolini's pet cat
      20th June 2009, 23:17

      rubbish, it’ll prove once and for all he’s world champ quality.

      1. Mussolini's pet cat
        20th June 2009, 23:18

        i was responding to hammad’s comment, not matt’s.

      2. Depends how he gets there… if it’s by passing everyone in front of them, yes I’ll agree with you.

  7. StrFerrari4Ever
    20th June 2009, 20:15

    Damn what a lap by Seb it looked great on TV but seeing these fuel loads makes it more impressive tommorow is his race to lose and i hope he doesn’t lose it Webber i want him to win to end his bad luck but Vettel with a performance like that would deserve it.
    Interestingly Trulli said he could’ve gone quicker on his final lap and that 3rd was a possibility lets just say Webber wasn’t compromised and got pole or 2nd then Trulli would be 3rd on a similar fuel load to both Brawns which would show that Brawn can be caught up and Williams aren’t far off the race is shaping up to be breathtaking :D

  8. My view of the opening lap is that Barrichelo will blast off the line pass vettel and command the race. Jenson will play catchup, and because webber is sore out of luck, as always, he will loose the 3rd spot for Jenson…

    but seriously, does it matter? if FOTA split, all this is pointless, so would the past 60 years…

    1. HounslowBusGarage
      20th June 2009, 20:54

      Sorry Ronman, I take the opposite point of view. FIA/FOTA is pointless; this is where the important bit is. This is racing.
      Forget the last sixty years, they don’t count once the lights go out.
      S*d the administration, racing is what it’s all about.

      1. When the flag drops, the bull**** stops :D

    2. Sush Meerkat
      21st June 2009, 11:22

      sorry ronman but Rubens has never been good at starts

  9. Vettel and Bubens better score top points tomorrow if they want to keep their WDC chances alive.
    So far so good :-)

    I hope Bubens won’t sleep at the green light again.

  10. 1981 Watson sixth – the five in front fall out Watson wins…… bring it on.

  11. looking at the weights, Vettel really stuck it. Damn thats nice. He has 4 laps on the quick Brawn.

    I wonder if the heavy Kubica and Heiki will do well.

  12. i am very very surpried, i thought 90% he is lighter than others around him or might be same but he turned out to be the heaviest in Top 10. Stunning performance from Vettel. Who can stop him…maybe only relibilty

  13. A bit like Hamilton after Monaco 2007, Vettel responded to being held back by the team (he thought) in the last race with real determination. Congratulations! Now he has to hold it together off the grid tomorrow, but I can see him doing it. At least a Vettel-Webber 1-2 could sustain interest in the 2009 season a little longer. The onus now is on Button to show some fight from well off the front row for the first time. Has he got it?

  14. Amazing…

  15. i love martin brundle’s punchlines like today when he said about a hamilton moment-

    ‘he will radio the team for fresh underwears’ lol lol lol

    1. wasn’t thst david coulthard? funny nonetheless. i know i laughed

      1. It was Martin, and agree he’s good fun. Very glad he came over to the BBC.

  16. Alonso and Raikkonen are side-by-side with identical fuel loads. What’s the betting Alonso pits four laps after Kimi? Somehow the Renaults squeeze a lot out of a drop of petrol.

    My betting is Vettel will pit directly after Button, even if he has fuel for more laps, because Brawn has proved to be the better strategist, so they’ll copy him.

    At the post-quali press conference, Vettel indicated that he had put in a truly exceptional lap for pole. Expect his race pace to be more modest.

    1. Indeed. It will be very interesting to compare Renault’s and Ferrari’s fuel consumption.

  17. How does it work with the fuel, I know that the drivers from Q3 have to start with the same tires and same fuel from Q3 but what about the drivers from Q2 and Q1 do they have to start with the same tyres from there Q too or can they change and adjust there fuel level ???

    1. yes, drivers out at q1 and q2 can change their fuel.

    2. … I know that the drivers from Q3 have to start with the same tires and same fuel from Q3 …

      They don’t have to start with the same tyres. They can even change tyres on the grid itself, after the installation lap.

      They do have to use the tyres used for qualifying at some point in the race though – i.e. they can’t go for all new sets of tyres for the race (unless it rains, which introduces a combination where that is possible).

  18. i wonder how vettel will cock it up this week. it is a rather amusing aside that those who claimed Vettel as the anti Hamilton hero now have to deal with the fact that their ” hero” is flawed too.

    btw i love vettel and Lewis. oh no, how does that work. errrmmm because its not football div

  19. If Vettel bins this one he’ll go down a notch or two in everyone’s estimation methinks. Of course the opposite is true if he bags the win. His racecraft is evolving, is it there yet?

    Prospect of Button going aggresive is exciting. I think he’s in with a chance even if Vettel stays on it. Vettel will get slower as Jenson gets faster. Their driving styles are almost opposite. Vettel hard and aggresive, Button smooth and progressive.

    My money’s on Jenson…

  20. webber and button winge like 2 old men – the things they said after quali just show them to be trashy. webber always blames everyone else, i hope raikkonen knocks him out post-race and button’s crying ‘cos he’s P6 – worried he’s going to actually race! I just hope vettel and barrichello hold it together tomorrow cos they’re much better than their teammates.

    1. From what I saw post-quali, Button wasn’t being a winge at all. He simply said the same as Ross in that he was having problems with grip in the fast corners. I don’t think that means he’s “trashy”.

      The problem for Ruben’s is that Jens is a more consistent driver lap in lap out. I hope Ruben’s can get a win, he’s a great driver and a big favorite of mine, but he’ll need to keep it together as Jens will do a jump on him.

      Vettel has the makings of a champion, but does, and recently has, made the smallest of errors and lost position for it… he’ll need to keep his cool with the guys behind him all wanting the top points.

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