Alonso very light and Button heavy with fuel (Hungarian Grand Prix fuel loads)

Fernando Alonso will make his first pit stop very early in tomorrow's race

Fernando Alonso will make his first pit stop very early in tomorrow's race

Fernando Alonso used a very light fuel load to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Behind him, both the Red Bulls are at least 14kg heavier and Brawn’s Jenson Button has 27kg more than the Renault driver. Here are the fuel loads in full:

Grid Qualifying Name Weight Fuel (kg) First stint (laps)
1 1 Fernando Alonso 637.5 32.5 13
2 2 Sebastian Vettel 655 50 22
3 3 Mark Webber 652 47 20
4 4 Lewis Hamilton 650.5 45.5 19
5 5 Nico Rosberg 654 49 21
6 6 Heikki Kovalainen 655.5 50.5 22
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen 651.5 46.5 20
8 8 Jenson Button 664.5 59.5 26
9 9 Kazuki Nakajima 658 53 23
10 11 Sebastien Buemi 671.5 66.5 29
11 12 Jarno Trulli 671.3 66.3 29
12 13 Rubens Barrichello 689 84 37
13 14 Timo Glock 679.2 74.2 33
14 15 Nelson Piquet Jnr 667.7 62.7 27
15 16 Nick Heidfeld 658 53 23
16 17 Giancarlo Fisichella 680.5 75.5 33
17 18 Adrian Sutil 683.5 78.5 35
18 19 Robert Kubica 666 61 27
19 20 Jaime Alguersuari 675.5 70.5 31

Other strategies to note:

  • Lewis Hamilton is on a realistic strategy with almost as much fuel as the Red Bulls
  • But Heikki Kovalainen is fuelled to go a few laps further and could jump his team mate at the first round of pit stops if he can stay close
  • Rubens Barrichello, starting outside the top ten, is very heavy

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56 comments on Alonso very light and Button heavy with fuel (Hungarian Grand Prix fuel loads)

  1. martinb said on 26th July 2009, 17:19

    Oops! This usually works. Don’t know where the unwanted line breaks come from. Trying again…

    Hungarian GP: Comparing predicted and actual pit stops.

    Grid . . kg . .Pred. Actual . . . . Fin
    .. . . . . . . La. T La T La T La T 70Laps
    01  ALO  32.5  13  s 12 s 13!m 17r  RET
    02  VET  50.0  22  m 01!  21 s 28!m RET (30r)
    03  WEB  47.0  20  s — – 20 m 51 s 03
    04k HAM  45.5  19  s — – 21 s 47 m 01
    05  ROS  49.0  21  s — – 21 s 50 m 04
    06k KOV  50.5  22  s — – 21 s 45 m 05
    07k RAI  46.5  20  s — – 20 s 46 m 02
    08  BUT  59.5  26  s — – 25 s 56 m 07
    09  NAK  53.0  23  - — – 23 – 57 – 09
    10  BUE  66.5  29  m — – 27 – 39!  16
    11  TRU  66.3  29  s — – 29 s 59 – 08
    12  BAR  84.0  37  - — – 34 – 58 – 10
    13  GLO  74.2  33  s — – 33 s 61 m 06
    14  PIQ  62.7  27  s — – 24 s 49 – 12
    15  HEI  53.0  23  - — – 19 – 50 – 11
    16  FIS  75.5  33  s — – 30 s 48 – 14
    17  SUT  78.5  35  - 01r  – – — – RET
    18  KUB  61.0  27  - — – 22 – 53 – 13
    19  ALG  70.5  31  - — – 29 – 53 – 15

    k = KERS, m = soft tyres, s = super-soft tyres
    (Super-softs favoured at start)

    Fine and warm. No rain.
    Temp. air: 25 – 26 C, track: 43 – 45 C
    Wind: 6 – 9 m/s

    Order at end of first lap:
    ALO, WEB(+1), HAM(+1), RAI(+3), ROS, KOV, VET(-5), NAK(+1), BUT(-1), TRU(+1), PIQ(+3), GLO(+1), KUB(+5), BUE(-4), HEI, BAR(-4), FIS(-1), ALG(+1), SUT(-2)

    KERS on first lap: HAM(+0), RAI(+2), KOV(-1) Not impressive (Vettel gifted them 1 place)

    NEWS: Jaime Alguersuari replaces Bourdais in Toro Rosso. Felipe Massa doesn’t race because of head injury sustained during qualifying.

    INCIDENTS: (1)RAI touches VET at T1, RAI to be investigated, VET pits for front wing; (1)BAR contact with unknown at T2, loses places; (1)HEI hit from behind at start, goes wide at T11; (13)ALO loses front wheel after pit stop, drives to pits; (20)WEB long stop (fuel hose), nearly crashes into RAI on pull-off; (21)VET long stop; (46)RAI long stop (missed gear); (59)TRU long stop. (RBR and Renault pit crew have a bad day)

    UNSCHEDULED STOPS: (1)SUT retires (water temperature); (1)VET front wing; (13)ALO replace wheel; (17)ALO retires (fuel pump); (28)VET front wing and suspension check; (30)VET retires (front suspension); (39)BUE pits after spinning off

    EXCUSES: ROS–tyres graining; Toyota (John Howett)–need to qualify better; BUT–massive graining on rear tyres; Brawn Mercedes (Ross Brawn)–both cars tyere graining problems; KUB–Massive understeer and front tyre wear throughout the race; BMW Sauber (Willy
    Rampf)–need to qualify better; BUE–starting on harder tyres was wrong, front wing damaged by debris.

  2. All the best! Your fan.

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