Listed below are the weights of each car that qualified for the 2009 Australian Grand Prix. Listing the weights publicly is a new twist for this season, and will allow fans to see who was running heavy in qualifying, and who was running light. Obviously, a light car should mean a good grid position but an early stop in the race tomorrow for fuel. A heavy car full of fuel may impede the grid position, but will enable the driver to go longer into the first stint before having to pit for fuel.
Car & Driver Weight
|1.||Jenson Button Brawn||664.5|
|2.||Rubens Barrichello Brawn||666.5|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||657|
|4.||Robert Kubica BMW||650|
|5.||Nico Rosberg Williams||657|
|6.||Timo Glock Toyota*||670|
|7.||Felipe Massa Ferrari||654|
|8.||Jarno Trulli Toyota*||660|
|9.||Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari||655.5|
|10.||Mark Webber Red Bull Racing||662|
|11.||Nick Heidfeld BMW||691.5|
|12.||Fernando Alonso Renault||680.7|
|13.||Kazuki Nakajima Williams||685.3|
|14.||Heikki Kovalainen McLaren||690.6|
|15.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren*||655|
|16.||Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso||675.5|
|17.||Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault||694.1|
|18.||Giancarlo Fisichella Force India||689|
|19.||Adrian Sutil Force India||684.5|
|20.||Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso||662.5|
* Toyota sent to the back of the grid, along with Lewis Hamilton.
So we can see that the Brawn cars were about average in terms of fuel load, and therefore their pace really is genuine; Button and Barrichello are mighty fast. Of the oddities, we can see that Nick Heidfeld, Heikki Kovalainen and Nelson Piquet Jr. are among the heaviest. Last year, Kovalainen often ran the heavier strategy, and this looks set to continue.
Mark Webber was heavier than Sebastian Vettel, which explains the difference in positions for them. Interestingly, Timo Glock managed to qualify two places and two tenths ahead of his team mate Jarno Trulli, despite carrying an extra 10kg of fuel. Considering Glock is often said to be very good over one lap, although less so over a race distance, Timo must been on fire this afternoon.
Those drivers who qualified outside the top-ten may adjust their fuel loads prior to the start of the race tomorrow, but those inside the top-ten will start on the fuel the finished qualifying with.
Edit: Lots of differing figures around the Internet at the moment regarding the weights. I’m off to find some kind of accuracy from somewhere…