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Belgian Grand Prix – Spa Qualifying

August 29, 2009

Q1 – the first five drivers out are no surprise to anyone, Badoer, Grosjean, Nakajima, Alguersuari and Buemi. Interest come from the struggles Hamilton and Button seemed to be having.

Q2 – first sign this may be a crazy grid: Hamilton and Button are out, along with Sutil, Alonso and Kovalainen. Fisichella is up towards the top of the sheet, as are the BMW boys, who’ve struggled to make q3 most races.

Q3 – it becomes clear that this will be the strangest grid of the season, as Giancarlo Fisichella posts the fastest lap time, with Trulli second and Heidfeld third. Rubens Barrichello maximised his advantage over Button’s poor qualifying, taking fourth place, which should put him in with a good chance of narrowing the gap in the Championship. Red Bull did not manage to take advantage, however, as Vettel is 8th and Webber 9th on the grid. We can just hope that they are running very long.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2        Q3      
 1.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:45.102  1:44.667  1:46.308
 2.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:45.140  1:44.503  1:46.395
 3.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:45.566  1:44.709  1:46.500
 4.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:45.237  1:44.834  1:46.513
 5.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:45.655  1:44.557  1:46.586
 6.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:45.579  1:44.953  1:46.633
 7.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:45.450  1:44.877  1:46.677
 8.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:45.372  1:44.592  1:46.761
 9.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:45.350  1:44.924  1:46.788
10.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:45.486  1:45.047  1:47.362
11.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:45.486  1:45.119
12.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:45.239  1:45.122
13.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:45.767  1:45.136
14.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:45.707  1:45.251
15.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:45.761  1:45.259
16.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:45.705
17.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:45.951
18.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:46.032
19.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:46.307
20.  Badoer       Ferrari               (B)  1:46.359

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