With qualifying completed, we now have the completed grid for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix. There are two penalties so far that have affected the order the cars will line up on the start/finish straight on Sunday, but Jenson Button’s pole is safe for now and the Briton will lead the pack when the lights go out at Sepang. Rubens Barrichello has been demoted five grid slots for changing his gear box out of sequence on Friday evening, and Sebastian Vettel has been sent back ten grid slots for failing to stop with a damaged car in Melbourne last weekend.
The original qualifying results can be viewed here: Malaysia 2009: Qualifying Result.
Malaysia 2009: The Grid
|1||Jenson Button Brawn
|Jarno Trulli Toyota
|3||Timo Glock Toyota
|Nico Rosberg Williams
|5||Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
|Robert Kubica BMW
|7||Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
|Rubens Barrichello Brawn
|9||Fernando Alonso Renault
|Nick Heidfeld BMW
|11||Kazuki Nakajima Williams
|Lewis Hamilton McLaren
|13||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
|Heikki Kovalainen McLaren
|15||Sebastian Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso
|Felipe Massa Ferrari
|17||Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault
|Giancarlo Fisichella Force India
|19||Adrian Sutil Force India
|Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
*Rubens Barrichello qualified fourth but received a five grid slot penalty for changing his gear box out of sequence.
**Sebastian Vettel qualified third but received a ten grid slot penalty for his actions in the Australian Grand Prix last Sunday.
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