Button P1 for Spanish GP

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Jenson Button has taken pole position for tomorrows Spanish Grand Prix. Surprising his teammate Rubens Barrichello and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, Jenson set the fastest third-sector time of the weekend to pip Vettel for pole position.

1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:20.707 1:20.192 1:20.527
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:20.715 1:20.220 1:20.660
3. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:20.808 1:19.954 1:20.762
4. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:20.484 1:20.149 1:20.934
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:20.689 1:20.007 1:21.049
6. Glock Toyota (B) 1:20.877 1:20.107 1:21.247
7. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:21.189 1:20.420 1:21.254
8. Alonso Renault (B) 1:21.186 1:20.509 1:21.392
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:20.745 1:20.256 1:22.558
10. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.931 1:20.408 1:22.685
11. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:20.818 1:20.531
12. Piquet Renault (B) 1:21.128 1:20.604
13. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:21.095 1:20.676
14. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:20.991 1:20.805
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.033 1:21.067
16. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:21.291
17. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:21.300
18. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.675
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:21.742
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:22.204

This weekend does suggest that Ferrari and BMW have made significant progress with their most recent developments. Tragically, having apparently not learned from the Massa gaff, Kimi Raikkonen’s car was not sent out in the late stages of Q2 to set another competitive lap. This is oddly out of character for Ferrari and I am bereft of the logic that would find Kimi stationary in the waning moments of Q2 when live timing and scoring exposed the danger of his failing to advance from my couch at home.

Lewis Hamilton clearly nonplussed with his cars performance today as he failed to reach Q3 but local hero Fernando Alonso slots in to 8th positions rallying the Spanish fans in Barcelona.

The declared car weights for the race are as follows:

1. Jenson Button Brawn Mercedes 646.0
2. Sebastian Vettel RBR Renault 651.5
3. Rubens Barrichello Brawn Mercedes 649.5
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 655.0
5. Mark Webber RBR Renault 651.5
6. Timo Glock Toyota 646.5
7. Jarno Trulli Toyota 655.5
8. Fernando Alonso Renault 645.0
9. Nico Rosberg Williams Toyota 668.0
10. Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 660.0
11. Kazuki Nakajima Williams Toyota 676.6*
12. Nelson Piquet Renault 677.4*
13. Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 676.3*
14. Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 683.0*
15. Sébastien Buemi STR Ferrari 678.0*
16. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 673.0*
17. Sébastien Bourdais STR Ferrari 669.0*
18. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes 657.0*
19. Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 675.0*
20. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India Mercedes 656.0*

This places Jenson light on fuel with Vettel going deeper in the first stint with Barrichello. Rubens did seem mildly surprised that Jenson out qualified him and Jenson will need to make hay with the lighter fuel load to get out front and put some distance between him and Vettel.

Interestingly Fisi and Heikki have fueld lightly to, one would presume, gain ground at the beginning of the race.

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