Toyota had their rear wings marked illegal by F1 Stewards due to too much flexibility
Who in their right minds would have bet their money on Brawn GP, a team which until a few weeks ago didnt exist, the erstwhile Honda team whose fate was uncertain after a disastrous season and on Jenson Button who has often been called just another British driver and has been thoroughly overshadowed by McLaren’s own Brit Lewis Hamilton.
Wee this Saturday at Melbourne was not the place to make informed guesses and preditctions, because things didnt go as expected. The McLarens and the Ferraris werent the forces to be reckoned with, but it was the Brawn GP car of Jenson Button which took the pole position. And as if that wasnt enough, forgotten Brazillian driver and Jenson Button’s teammate at Brawn GP Rubens Barrichello was 2nd and will accompany Button in the front row.
Sebastien Vettel was a cool third in his Red Bull Racing car. While Robert Kubica (whom i had considered a favorite) was only 4th fastest. The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Raikkonen were 7th and 9th respectively. The McLarens were even more pathetic in 15th and 16th place with world champion Lewis Hamilton 16th.
Force India continued their dismal run despite more marketing efforts (that doesnt work, does it ?). Meanwhile Toyota were banned from the qualifying and relegated to last places after their wings were found to be too flexible. In a statement sent to use by their media team, they claimed :
Toyota Motorsport has been informed that the rear wing of the TF109 has been found to demonstrate “extreme flexibility” by the Australian Grand Prix stewards.
The design has passed our own internal test procedures which are designed to reproduce twice the proscribed official load tests. In light of this decision it is clear we must review these procedures to ensure there is no repeat of this situation and we will also review our production processes to ensure there is no variation between parts.
We naturally accept and respect the decision of the race stewards.
We intend to modify the components overnight and we are confident these modifications will not result in any performance drop.
2009 Australian Grand Prix Qualifying result :
Pos Driver Nationality Team Time
1. Jenson Button Britain Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:26.202
2. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:26.505
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1:26.830
4. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber 1:26.914
5. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 1:26.973
6. Timo Glock Germany Toyota 1:26.975
7. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:27.033
8. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota 1:27.127
9. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 1:27.163
10. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:27.246
11. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 1:25.504
12. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 1:25.605
13. Kazuki Nakajima Japan Williams-Toyota 1:25.607
14. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.726
15. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes No Time
16. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:26.508
17. Nelson Piquet Brazil Renault 1:26.598
18. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Force India-Mercedes 1:26.677
19. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1:26.742
20. Sebastien Bourdais France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:26.964