2009 F1 qualifying reports articles on F1 Fanatic archive

Untouchable Hamilton claims Abu Dhabi pole (Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying) 31st October 2009, 14:25

Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take pole position by two-thirds of a second. The two Red Bulls will line up behind him but team mate Heikki Kovalainen was left 13th after his McLaren broke down during Q2.

Sebastian Vettel takes pole in crash-hit session (Japanese Grand Prix qualifying) 3rd October 2009, 7:44

Sebastian Vettel is on pole position for the fourth time this season after leading the field in a chaotic qualifying session at Suzuka. Three crashes forced the session to be stopped at different points, including a particularly worrying accident for Timo Glock. And Brawn duo Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello could face penalties after improving […]

Barrichello crash gives Hamilton pole (Singapore Grand Prix qualifying) 26th September 2009, 16:22

A crash decided the Singapore Grand Prix last year, and a crash decided Singapore Grand Prix qualifying this year. Rubens Barrichello’s shunt in the dying moments of qualifying may have been entirely innocent, but it handed Lewis Hamilton pole position for the second Singapore Grand Prix. Championship leader Jenson Button, meanwhile, will start from outside […]

Lewis Hamilton beats Adrian Sutil to pole (Italian Grand Prix qualifying) 12th September 2009, 14:29

Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil will share the front row of a grid for the Italian Grand Prix tomorrow. It’s the first time they’ve done so since 2005 at Zandvoort – when the pair were team mates in the F3 Euroseries. A last-gap effort from Hamilton seized pole position from the Force India driver. Sutil […]

Giancarlo Fisichella stuns with Spa pole position (Belgian Grand Prix qualifying) 29th August 2009, 14:17

Giancarlo Fisichella’s morning got off to a bad start when he hit a rabbit during practice and had to replace his front wing. But he seized his opportunity in an unpredictable qualifying session to grab his first pole posiiton in three years – and Force India’s first ever.

Hamilton leads McLaren one-two (European Grand Prix qualifying) 22nd August 2009, 14:15

McLaren locked out the front row of the grid for the European Grand Prix at Valencia with Lewis Hamilton leading Heikki Kovalainen. But it could have been the other way around if Kovalainen hadn’t blown his final shot at a lap. And it was bad news for Ferrari’s Luca Badoer, who starts tomorrow’s race from […]

Alonso takes surprise pole in disrupted session (Hungarian GP qualifying) 25th July 2009, 15:50

Felipe Massa’s horrific crash caused a substantial delay to qualifying at the Hungaroring – after which Fernando Alonso claimed his first pole position in almost two years. The result was even more of a surprise as the final moments of qualifying were disrupted by a total failure of the timing systems, meaning even the drivers […]

Mark Webber scores his first pole position (German Grand Prix Qualifying) 11th July 2009, 14:21

Mark Webber will start from pole position for the first time in his F1 career tomorrow after mastering tricky conditions at the Nurburgring. The Brawns of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button will line up behind him with Sebastian Vettel only fourth for his home race. Lewis Hamilton’s rejuvenated McLaren starts from fifth on the grid.

Pole for Vettel as Button struggles to sixth (British Grand Prix qualifying) 20th June 2009, 14:35

Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position for a second race in a row as Red Bull’s excellent British Grand Prix performance continued. The team looked likely to lock out the front row but Mark Webber was delayed on his final qualifying attempt, leaving him third. Vettel and fellow front row starter Rubens Barrichello have […]

Sebatian Vettel holds back Brawns for pole (Turkish Grand Prix qualifying) 6th June 2009, 13:16

Sebastian Vettel dominated qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, setting fastest time in all three parts of the session. His final time prevented Brawn from securing a lock-out of the front row and – gives him a vital opportunity to cut into Jenson Button’s points lead.