Germany 2009: Post-Qualifying Car Weights

Germany 2009: Post-Qualifying Car Weights

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.

Germany 2009
Post-Qualifying Car Weights

Car Weight

Fuel Weight

First Stop
Estimated Lap

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.

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