With the weights of all twenty cars now published, we can see who did well in qualifying and who did less well. Williams reckon it takes 2.43kg of fuel of cover a normalised distance of 5km, which for the Nurburgring, means the cars will be using approximately 2.5kg of gas per lap of the 5.148km circuit. And with the stated and weighed fuels of the cars, we can take a guess at just how far into the first stint they can each go before having to pit, weather and safety car periods aside.
|1.||Mark Webber Red Bull Racing||661||54||22|
|2.||Rubens Barrichello Brawn||647||40||16|
|3.||Jenson Button Brawn||644||37||15|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||661||54||22|
|5.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren||654.5||47.5||19|
|6.||Heikki Kovalainen McLaren||664||57||23|
|7.||Adrian Sutil Force India||678.5||71.5||29|
|8.||Felipe Massa Ferrari||673.5||66.5||27|
|9.||Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari||674||67||27|
|10.||Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault||676||69||28|
|11.||Nick Heidfeld BMW||681||74||30|
|12.||Fernando Alonso Renault||668.2||61.2||24|
|13.||Kazuki Nakajima Williams||683.6||76.6||31|
|14.||Jarno Trulli Toyota||683.7||76.7||31|
|15.||Nico Rosberg Williams||689.6||82.6||33|
|16.||Robert Kubica BMW||673.5||66.5||27|
|17.||Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso||674.5||67.5||27|
|18.||Giancarlo Fisichella Force India||662.5||55.5||22|
|19.||Timo Glock Toyota||662.3||55.3||22|
|20.||Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso||689.5||82.5||33|
From the table we can see just how well Mark Webber did. The Australian was heavier than both the Brawn drivers and the same as his team mate, whom he beat by 0.25s. An impressive performance by the former Minardi and Jaguar pilot. Also doing well in Q3 was Adrian Sutil, who not only posted Force India’s best ever grid position, but also managed it on a heavier full than the Ferrari cars he went faster than.
The heaviest drivers on the grid, and therefore those are going for a one-stopper, are Nico Rosberg, Sebastien Bourdais, Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, Nelson Piquet Jr, Nick Heidfeld, Kazuki Nakajima, Jarno Trulli and finally, Sebastien Buemi. All others have opted for a clear two stop or have enough fuel for a one, but have left it close in case they want to switch to a two.