Suzuka: The official grid positions

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We had posted the projected grid positions as calculated by Autosport earlier but the FIA has released the official positions and here they are:

Pos Driver Weight (kg)
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 658.5
2. Trulli Toyota 655.5
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 656.0
4. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 660.0
5. Raikkonen Ferrari 661.0
6. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 660.5 *
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 684.5
8. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 650.0 *
9. Kubica BMW-Sauber 686.0
10. Button Brawn-Mercedes 658.5 *
11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 675.0 **
12. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 682.5
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 665.4 *
14. Fisichella Ferrari 661.5
15. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 695.7
16. Alonso Renault 689.5 *
17. Grosjean Renault 691.8
18. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 682.5 **
19. Webber Red Bull-Renault – ***
20. Glock Toyota – ****

* Five-place grid penalty
** Five-place grid penalty for changing gearbox
*** New chassis so will start from the pitlane
**** Will not start due to injury

They differ slightly from Autosport’s original projections but to be honest and fair, I also thought their original projections were spot on given the information at hand. Autosport did their homework, as usual, and came up with the list to the best of their knowledge and I think they did a great job in attempting to define the grid. There were timing issues attached to each penalty and the lack of information presented an issue on who was penalized first which makes a difference on where they slot in.

Nice work from the MB’s at Autosport.

Anyway, here it is. The final list. Now what do you think? Any chance Rosberg will ruin Barrichello’s race? After turn one will it be Hammy, Vettel Kimi, Trulli, Heidfeld?

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