F1 – Malaysia Qualifying Results

sepangThe Malaysian Grand Prix weekend brings what many consider the real start to the F1 season, as Melbourne is a bit of an outlier because of the safety cars that it generates. However, with new street circuits at Valencia and Singapore, there seem to be less of these pure tracks left on the calendar. And now with the steward interactions of Australia behind us (maybe for Hamilton & McLaren) we can get on to the business of seeing the true pace of these 2009 specification cars.

As with Melbourne, the cars are lapping much quicker than 2008. However, with Monsoon rains possible tomorrow, a return to last years lap speeds during the race may be out of the question. But for qualifying, the track was predicted to be dry at the end of the session.

Q1 showed some amazing track speeds, but also some very surprising results. Felipe Massa posted some quick times early in the session and was found in the pits as Q1 came to a close, when the lap times started to drop, knocking him out in Q1. Felipe admitted to Speed TV’s Peter Windsor that Ferrari had no idea that the lap times would drop so significantly and that they thought they were comfortably in to Q2 with their earlier times. Looks like Ferrari aren’t the only masters of sandbagging.

Q1 also showed quick times for Brawn GP, Toyota, Red Bull and even a 5th place for Heikki Kovalainen. With Sebastian Bourdais just barely surviving on to Q2, while his teammate Sebastian Buemi suffered an off on his quick lap at the end of qualifying, relegating him to the back of the grid.

Again this weekend, the historic order of qualifications was upset once again as both McLaren’s were bumped out of Q2, with the new guard of quick teams Brawn, Toyota and Red Bull all making it comfortably into the pole session where they vied for the top spot. At the end of the session, Jenson Button was standing on pole, followed by Jarno Trulli and Sebastian Vettel.

Full results below. Keep in mind that Rubens Barichello will be dropped 5 spots for changing his gearbox yesterday and Sebastian Vettel will be dropped 10 spots for his altercation with Kubica in the closing stages of Melbourne.

Driver Team Time
1 Jenson Button Brawn 01:35.181
2 Jarno Trulli Toyota 01:35.273
3 Sebastion Vettel * Red Bull 01:35.518
4 Rubens Barrichello ** Brawn 01:35.651
5 Timo Glock Toyota 01:35.690
6 Nico Rossberg Williams 01:35.750
7 Mark Webber Red Bull 01:35.797
8 Robert Kubica BMW 01:36.106
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 01:36.170
10 Fernando Alonso Renault 01:37.659
11 Nick Heidfeld BMW 01:34.679
12 Kazuki Nakajima Williams 01:34.788
13 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 01:34.905
14 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 01:34.924
15 Sebastian Bourdais Torro Roso 01:35.431
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari 01:35.642
17 Nelson Piquet Renault 01:35.708
18 Giancalro Fisichella Force India 01:35.908
19 Adrian Sutil Force India 01:35.951
20 Sebastian Buemi Torro Roso 01:36.107

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One Thought to “F1 – Malaysia Qualifying Results

  1. mark h

    And here was me thinking that those back to back straights split by the heavy breaking zone would make Malaysia one of THE KERS TRACKS of the entire season.

    “Pardon, sorry, what??? Kimi 9th, Heidfeld 11th, you say? Oh, whoops!”

    Can’t help thinking that 6.5 seconds is nowhere near long enough, if we’re insisting on continuing this KERS debacle. (Furthermore limiting the time you can use it somewhat compromises the environmentally-friendly aspect, as we’re still wasting 80% of the heat generated under braking.)

    As for the Quali… I’m lost for words. I hope the winner tomorrow starts on row 2, I’d settle for either driver, but I have my preference.

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