Barrichello's Chance As Button Flops (Again)
Rubens Barrichello claimed his first pole position in F1 for 5 years and although he has the lightest car on the grid you have to feel that if the Brazilian doesn’t make the most of this opportunity then the title really does belong to Jenson Button.
After watching the longest qualifying session in recent memory and some great fill in chat from the BBC Pundit team as nothing happened for an hour and a half, one thing became clear. Jenson Button, although he maybe the favourite for the title he is doing everything right to give his championship challengers their chance at the Title.
Certainly qualifying down in 14th place is helping that statement and you have to look at the people who are around him, new relatively inexperienced drivers who will most likely give us entertainment by throwing it at the wall today. Drivers like Grosjean, Alguersuari & Kobayashi, not to mention having challenger Vettel behind him who has nothing to lose by going all out for it. This should make the first few laps and particularly the first two corners very interesting, as Button will be hoping just to make it round safely. Memories of what happened to the Brit in Belgium this year are not that far away.
Barrichello has to score big and take either the win or be on the podium to try and inflict maximum damage to Button, who will find it difficult to get into the points from 14th. However with Barrichello’s wow some track record at Brazil I just feel that he maybe jinxed here, something bad just always seems to happen to him here. Now I hope he does win his home race at least once and now would not be a better time to do so.
But step forward Red Bull’s Mark Webber. Mark and the Red Bull have looked to be the dominate package here all weekend and again the Aussie has nothing to loose. Vettel his team mate is out of position and I think he would be more than happy for Mark to deny Barrichello the win and some valuable points. Mark has the heavier fueled car and looks to be fired up for the race win today, he certainly is the favorite in my book.
Another factor that will certainly spice up the uncertainty of the race is the weather. Some cars have gone for a wet setup others have gone for a dry, but with it looking to be a mix of both for the race anything could happen. If you remember the 2003 Brazilian GP, you’ll know what I mean. Hell we could even have another unlikely winner, such as the very fast and very promising Adrian Sutil who qualified a fantastic 3rd. Clearly the likelihood of a safety car coming out at some during the race is almost a certainty and that will eradicate any lightly fueled cars advantage. It will just depend on how early or how late the safety car is deployed in the race.
With all of these factors coming together it has made this Brazilian GP the most open and most uncertain race of the year – I can’t wait to see it.
|1||M Webber||Red Bull||1:32:23.081|
|2||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+7.6 secs|
|3||L Hamilton||McLaren||+18.9 secs|
|4||S Vettel||Red Bull||+19.6 secs|
|6||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+33.3 secs|
|7||S Buemi||Toro Rosso||+35.9 secs|
|8||R Barrichello||Brawn||+45.4 secs|
|9||K Kobayashi||Toyota||+63.3 secs|
|10||G Fisichella||Ferrari||+70.6 secs|
|11||V Liuzzi||Force India||+71.3 secs|
|12||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+73.4 secs|
|13||R Grosjean||Renault||+1 Lap|
|14||J Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|DNF||K Nakajima||Williams||+41 Laps|
|DNF||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+50 Laps|
|DNF||N Rosberg||Williams||+44 Laps|
|DNF||A Sutil||Force India||+71 Laps|
|DNF||J Trulli||Toyota||+71 Laps|
|DNF||F Alonso||Renault||+71 Laps|