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Rubino On Pole!!! – Story Book End to Qualify in Brazil

by F1Fan on October 17, 2009

You couldn’t have scripted a better ending to the rain soaked Qualifying for tomorrows Grand Prix in Brazil.

Sao Paolo’s native son Rubens Barrichello, the only Brazilian in the race snatched pole position away from Mark Webber in final seconds of Q3 at Interlagos today. The capacity rain soaked crowd went absolutely wild!

While most of the Q1 and Q2 qualifying sessions were extremely wet with Q2 being extensively delayed for rain after Liuzzi in his Force India had a massive shunt, pretty much destroying his car and bring out the red flagged for the session.

Some of the big names were caught out by the weather, being on a dry weather set up and even with full wet tires were unable to cope with the conditions. Both McLarens of Hamilton and Kovalianen didn’t even make it out of Q1 the first time this has happened since 2006. Championship contender Sebastian Vettel also suffered the same fate ending up 16th on the grid and effectively ending his Championship hopes unless something miraculous happens in tomorrows race.

Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Barrichello/Brawn GP2Weber/Red Bull Racing
3Sutil/Force India4Trulli/Toyota
5Rosberg/Williams6Raikkonen/Ferrari
7Buemi/Toro Rosso8Kubica/BMW Sauber
9Nakajima/Williams10Alonso/Renault
11Kobiyashi/Toyota12Alguersuari/Toro Rosso
13Grosjean/Renault14Button/Brawn GP
15Liuzzi/Force India16Vettel/Red Bull Racing
17Kovalainen/McLaren18Hamilton/McLaren
19Heidfeld/BMW Sauber20Fisichella/Ferrari
October 17th, 2009

Other more notable performance’s were made by Adrian Sutil finishing 3rd fastest, Trulli in 4th and the Williams Team with both Rosberg and Nakajima making it into Q3 finishing 5 and 9th on the grid.

Raikkonen managed to manhandle his Ferrari into 5th position a pretty good 30th Birthday present, his performance is even more impressive when compared to his team mate Fisichella, who after 3 races in the F60 can still only manage last place on the grid.

Buemi for Toro Rosso has been driving well all weekend so far, ending up 7th and finally Toyota’s replacement driver Kamui Kobayashi who in his first ever Grand Prix weekend qualified 11th, a great performance especially when you consider the talented drivers that were significantly slower.

So all in all it couldn’t have ended better for Rubens Barrichello in his fight to become 2009 Champion, with both of his closest competitors stuck way in the back of the Grid. I just hope Rubens makes a great start tomorrow and stays out of trouble in the first corners. Fuel loads may be the real story for tomorrows race, if Rosberg and Nakajima are significantly heavier than Barrichello that could have a big impact on the final result.

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