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REVEALED: Post-qualifying car weights in Monza

The post-qualifying fuel weights ahead of the Italian Grand Prix this weekend suggest that Heikki Kovalainen could be in the best position to win Sunday's thirteenth round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship.

Kovalainen will start from fourth on the grid in his McLaren-Mercedes and the Finn was the third heaviest runner during the top-ten shoot-out, carrying a massive 29.5kg more fuel than pole sitter, Lewis Hamilton, in the sister MP4-24.

The Brawn Grand Prix cars of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button also opted for a lot of fuel. Indeed they were the heaviest with Barrichello carrying 688.5 kg and Button just slightly less, 687 kg. However while they will start in fifth and sixth on the grid, unlike Kovalainen, they don't have KERS at their disposal.

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber meanwhile were the fourth and fifth heaviest in Q3, but they will line-up further back than the Brawns, right at the bottom of the top ten.

Force India's Adrian Sutil was not unsurprisingly, given he will start second, one of the lightest runners (655kg) – 1.5 kg more than Hamilton, with Kimi Raikkonen next up on 662 kg. Raikkonen will start third.

The complete list of the post-qualifying car weights, from heaviest to lightest, is as follows (their actual starting position is in brackets at the end):


Timo Glock Toyota 709.8kg (16th)*
Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 708.6kg (18th)*
Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 706.2kg (17th)*
Sébastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 706.0kg (19th)*
Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 706.0kg (20th)*

Jarno Trulli Toyota 703.0kg (11th)*
Romain Grosjean Renault 699.8kg (12th)*
Robert Kubica BMW-Sauber 697.5kg (13th)*
Nick Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 697.5kg (15th)*
Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 690.0kg (14th)*

Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes 688.5kg (5th)
Jenson Button Brawn GP-Mercedes 687.0kg (6th)
Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 683.0kg (4th)
Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 683.0kg (10th)
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 682.0kg (9th)
Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 679.5kg (7th)
Fernando Alonso Renault 677.5kg (8th)
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 662.0kg (3rd)
Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 655.0kg (2nd)
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 653.5kg (1st)

* denotes declared weight



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Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4-24, Spanish F1 Grand Prix, Catalunya, 8th-10th, May, 2009

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Frank G

September 12, 2009 8:01 PM

Hamilton and Kimi (1 and 2) in the first turn... Kovi probably in 3rd... HAmi and Kimi dash off ... Kovi holds up the resto of the field to let Hamilton gain a good lead before piting. Kovi then in 1st holds up the field (Kovi train) until Hami pick up positions again ... Sounds like a strategy to me... (Hopefully it won't work though...)

Ryan

September 13, 2009 12:10 PM

mate I wasn't suggesting anything, I was merely pointing out Glock was travelling at turtle speed, and had the rain come just a tiny bit later Hamilton would have lost the title and that would of been because of a weaker Toro Rosso as you claimed in your earlier comment, and for you to say Hamilton hasn't worked out Brazil that's fair enough, so can I say Kovalainen hasn't worked out Monza in reference to your earlier comment?



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