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Stewards Decision to Wreak Havoc with Suzuka Grid

by F1Fan on October 3, 2009

It looks like Buemi’s crash during Qualifying at Suzuka yesterday bringing out a yellow flag while a number of cars were trying to set their qualifying times will impact the final Grid positions.

After Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix had finished the Stewards handed down a number of penalties that will completely change look of the Grid for the race later today.

Alonso, Barrichello, Button and Sutil have all been penalized 5 grid positions for not reducing their speed under a yellow flag, and Buemi who caused the incident was reprimanded and penalized 5 positions for impeding the progress and endangering the other cars on track.

While the FIA has made no official announcement about the final formation of Grid, if we just use the penalties imposed the grid will most likely look like this:

Predicted Japanese Grand Prix Starting Grid Positions

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Vettel/Red Bull Racing2Trulli/Toyota
3Hamilton/McLaren4Heidfeld/BMW Sauber
5Raikkonen/Ferrari6Kovalainen/McLaren
7Rosberg/Williams8Kubica/BMW Sauber
9Sutil/Force India10Barrichello/Brawn GP
11Glock/Toyota12Button/Brawn GP
13Alguersuari/Toro Rosso14Fisichella/Ferrari
15Buemi/Toro Rosso16Nakajima/Williams
17Alonso/Renault18Grosjean/Renault
19Liuzzi/Force India20Webber/Red Bull Racing
October 3rd, 2009

If Jenson Button was hoping to clinch the drivers championship this weekend, he is really going to have his work cut out for him, Vettel is looking extremely fast and unless he has some form of Mechanical failure stands a very good chance of winning the race, or at least finishing substantially ahead of Button. Barrichello while also penalized is still ahead of Button on the Grid, qualifying better than Button in 7 of the last eight Races. So the likelihood is that the Championship will not be settled in Japan and will go on to Brazil.

In any event if Qualifying is anything to go by, the Race is going to be pretty exciting and may just come down to the last car still running given the number of crashes so far.

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