Turkish GP - Qualifying weights
There is not a whole lot of variation in the fuel strategies being employed by the front-runners for tomorrow's Turkish Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel claimed the pole position for the 58-lap Grand Prix in his Red Bull Renault and will
be stopping before Jenson Button
, but unlike some events this year only six kilos of fuel separate the fastest three on the grid.
As a rule of thumb, the cars burn through roughly 2.2 kilos (depending on the circuit) a lap and minus fuel weigh in at 605 kilos.
Starting eighth, Fernando Alonso
is running lightest in his Renault and should be first to pit on about lap 15 with Vettel in the next time around ahead of Barrichello and Button. It remains to be seen if a single clear lap will be enough to gain an advantage in the first rounds of stops. Those who qualified outside of the top ten are all running with more fuel on board hoping to gain position when the front runners are forced to pit.
Perhaps more significant in this race will be the run to turn one with those starting in second, fourth etc, are on the racing line and therefore should enjoy better traction off the start.
Istanbul - Qualifying Weight (kg)
1 . F. Alonso - Renault R29 - 644.5
2 . S. Vettel - Red Bull Renault RB5 - 649.5
3 . J. Trulli - Toyota TF109 - 652.0
4 . R. Barrichello - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001 - 652.5
5 . F. Massa - Ferrari F60 - 654.
6 . J. Button - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001 - 655.5
7 . M. Webber - Red Bull Renault RB5 - 656.0
8 . K. Raikkonen - Ferrari F60 - 658.0
9 . N. Rosberg - Williams Toyota FW31 - 660.0
10 . R. Kubica - BMW Sauber F1.09 - 664.0
11 . H. Kovalainen - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 - 665.0 *
12 . A. Sutil - Force India Mercedes VJM02 - 668.5 *
13 . K. Nakajima - Williams Toyota FW31 - 680.4 *
14 . N. Heidfeld - BMW Sauber F1.09 - 681.5 *
15 . S. Buemi - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR4 - 686.5 *
16 . G. Fisichella - Force India Mercedes VJM02 - 688.5 *
17 . T. Glock - Toyota TF109 - 689.0 *
18 . N. Piquet - Renault R29 - 689.6 *
19 . L. Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 - 696.5 *
20 . S. Bourdais - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR4 - 701.0 *
* Declared weight (outside of top ten)