Thursday, 27 August 2009
John Howett keep smiling because Trulli made 2 great place place for Toyota -
2º - Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota - 1m46s395
3º - Nick Heidfeld (ALE) BMW Sauber - 1m46s500
4º - Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Brawn-Mercedes - 1m46s513
5º - Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber - 1m46s586
6º - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari - 1m46s633
7º - Timo Glock (ALE) Toyota - 1m46s677
8º - Sebastian Vettel (ALE) Red Bull-Renault - 1m46s761
9º - Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull-Renault - 1m46s788
10º - Nico Rosberg (ALE) Williams-Toyota - 1m47s362
11º - Adrian Sutil (ALE) Force India-Mercedes - 1m45s119
12º - Lewis Hamilton (ING) McLaren-Mercedes - 1m45s122
13º - Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault - 1m45s136
14º - Jenson Button (ING) Brawn-Mercedes - 1m45s251
15º - Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren-Mercedes - 1m45s259
16º - Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Toro Rosso-Ferrari - 1m45s951
17º - Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Toro Rosso-Ferrari - 1m46s032
18º - Kazuki Nakajima (JAP) Williams-Toyota - 1m46s307
19º - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Renault - 1m46s359
20º - Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari - 1m46s957
Historic Spa-Francorchamps was once again the setting for one of the most eventful races of the season, ending in Kimi Räikkönen and Scuderia Ferrari’s first race victory of 2009. The surprise package of Giancarlo Fisichella’s Force India took second place (from pole position on the grid) and Sebastian Vettel claimed the final spot on the podium.
The only previous victor at Spa, Kimi Räikkönen lined up sixth on the grid behind the unexpected front row of Giancarlo Fisichella and Jarno Trulli. With more fuel on board and the Shell-protected KERS, Räikkönen took advantage of a slow starting Barrichello and the 80 extra horsepower to climb to second by the Les Combes chicane. After a multi-car pile-up which took out the Drivers’ Championship leader, Jenson Button, the safety car was deployed. After the restart Räikkönen powered his way past Fisichella on the Kemmel Straight to find himself in first place, a position he retained until the chequered flag, thanks to a well-executed race strategy.
Selected comments from Scuderia Ferrari after the race:
Kimi Räikkönen celebrates his maiden win of 2009.
Stefano Domenicali: “We are very happy with this win, which is a reward for all the hard work that the entire team has done during such a difficult and at the same time, dramatic season. I wish to dedicate it first and foremost to President Montezemolo, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow. I don’t think he could have asked for a better present. Thanks go to our partners, first and foremost Philip Morris and Shell, who have always stood shoulder to shoulder with us, as have our fans, with their unfailing support. A thought also goes to Felipe who kept in touch from Miami, where tomorrow he undergoes a medical check. Kimi drove an amazing race today: we knew the first lap would be decisive and so it proved. He drove impeccably all race long and the team was at its very best during the two pit stops.”
Bridgestone's soft tyre carried Giancarlo Fisichella to Force India's first ever pole position for tomorrow's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.
Fisichella completed a 1min 46.308secs lap for his first pole since the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2006 and tomorrow will see an all Italian front row after Jarno Trulli (Panasonic Toyota Racing) qualified second.
BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Nick Heidfeld used Bridgestone's medium tyre in the morning practice session to go fastest. Weather conditions were quite variable today and the performances of the Bridgestone medium and soft compounds were very close.
Q&A with Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development
What was significant about today's running?
"Today was fascinating from a tyre perspective and it was also a wonderful day for Force India and Giancarlo Fisichella for their pole position. Choosing between the two tyres here has been very temperature dependent, making it difficult for teams to decide which to use. This was particularly true in qualifying, as track temperature changed considerably. The soft compound worked very well with the lighter fuel loads of Q1 and Q2, however the heavier cars of Q3 tended towards the medium tyre."
What are the tyre strategy considerations for tomorrow's race?
"The tyres are very close together on ultimate lap time, with the soft giving better grip, but the medium giving better stability. Just like Friday, we could not find any graining today and this means that both compounds are working well. Because of the close performance of the tyres we believe there will be a wide range of strategy possibilities for tomorrow's race, and we will be interested to see what happens."