Will Red Bull upset Jenson Button’s Streak of Wins

by F1Fan on June 20, 2009

Red Bull Racing were the class of the field during Qualifying at the British Grand Prix today.

Both Red Bull drivers breaking the Silverstone track record during  the second period of qualifying. Initially it was Mark Webber to post the fastest lap and break the track record set by Michael Schumacher back in 2004, but his jubilation was short lived as Sebastian Vettel drove a blistering lap and snatched the record and fastest lap away from webber by the slimest or margins, 1/100th of a second, setting a new Silverstone record of 1:18.119. Pretty amazing when you consider all of the regulation changes trying to slow the cars down that have been made between 2004 and today.

The Red Bull drivers continued to set a fast pace in the final period of qualifying with Vettel securing his second successive pole position, it was looking as though it was going to be a One, Two on the grid for Red Bull Racing until Barrichello in the Brawn GP drove an amazing lap and split Vettel and Webber. Barrichello has been faster than his team mate Jenson Button all weekend and while improving his position in Q3 Button could do no better than 6th.

Trulli  did especially well considering that Silverstone is one of his less favorite tracks and put in a Q3 time that was good enough to secure 4th place on the grid with his team mate Timo Glock securing 8th place.

Williams also did well in qualify with Kaz Nakajima out qualifying his team mate Rosberg for the first time this season and also setting fastest lap in the first qualifying period. Both williams drivers made it through Q2 into the final qualifying period and ended up 5th and 7th on the grid.

The modifications made to the F60 Ferrari did not have the desired effect with Raikkonen only being able to secure 9th, while Massa didn’t even make it out of Q2.

The top ten spots on the grid will be made up by Fernando Alonso in the Renault who seems to be able to wring some performance out of the Renault R29 chassis unlike his Nelsinho Piquet his younger team mate who has been struggling with the car all season.

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