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REVEALED: Post-qualifying F1 car weights in Germany

The FIA's publication of the post-qualifying car weights for this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring is likely to raise more than a few eyebrows within the F1 paddock, with any suspicions that Mark Webber ran light in order to seize pole position swiftly dispelled and a number of surprises elsewhere inside the top ten.

The two lowest-fuelled cars in the field, indeed, are the Brawn GPs of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, respectively third and second on the starting grid. Though it is unusual for the ex-Honda F1 outfit to go light in the final Q3 phase of qualifying, given the famously unpredictable weather in the Eifel Mountains region, it could be that the master tactician Ross Brawn is pinning his hopes of victory on an early rain shower or safety car to spice up the action and shift the advantage back in his eponymously-named team's favour.

Webber's car weighed in identical to that of team-mate Sebastian Vettel, with the home hero having admitted to underperforming in what he described as a 'lottery' – but more importantly for RBR, the pair are 17kg heavier than Button and carrying 14kg more fuel than Barrichello, a difference that could make all the difference on race day given the relatively small gaps between the lead quartet in qualifying.

The enthusiasm of McLaren-Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh for the performance of Heikki Kovalainen – out-qualified by team-mate Lewis Hamilton by more than a second as the two Silver Arrows annexed the third row of the grid, though conversely not benefitting from the full aerodynamic upgrade package brought to the British star's MP4-24 this weekend – is perhaps explained by the fact that the Finn achieved P6 despite carrying almost 10kg more fuel on-board than the reigning F1 World Champion.

Another driver to shine was Adrian Sutil, who looked mightily impressive in snatching seventh spot – Force India's breakthrough Q3 appearance in its brief history in the top flight – even before it was revealed that he did so with the heaviest car of any of the drivers in the front half of the field. Assuredly, points for the likeable young German on race day would be the very least he and the small Silverstone-based squad deserve...

The full list is as follows (their actual starting position is in brackets at the end):

Jenson Button Brawn GP-Mercedes 644.0kg (3rd)
Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes 647.0kg (2nd)
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 654.5kg (5th)
Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 661.0kg (1st)
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 661.0kg (4th)
Timo Glock Toyota 662.3kg (20th)
Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 662.5kg (18th)
Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 664.0kg (6th)
Fernando Alonso Renault 668.2kg (12th)
Felipe Massa Ferrari 673.5kg (8th)
Robert Kubica BMW-Sauber 673.5kg (16th)
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 674.0kg (9th)
Sébastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 674.5kg (17th)
Nelsinho Piquet Renault 676.0kg (10th)
Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 678.5kg (7th)
Nick Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 681.0kg (11th)
Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 683.6kg (13th)
Jarno Trulli Toyota 683.7kg (14th)
Sébastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 689.5kg (19th)
Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 689.6kg (15th)

Related Pictures

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Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn BGP001, German F1 Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 10-12th, July 2009
Lando Norris, McLaren, Honda [Credit: McLaren F1]
Nobuharu Matsushita, ART Grand Prix, Sauber, F1 [Credit: Honda Racing]
Lewis Hamilton and The Stig
Sebastien Ogier, Red Bull, RB7, F1 test [Credit: Red Bull Content Pool]
Singapore Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF70H

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