The fuel weights the cars will carry at the start of the race are now public.
Based on these the top performer in qualifying is Jarno Trulli, who decimated his team mate (half a second!) and was 2/10ths faster than Sebastian Vettel.
The Brawn again shows that it is a better race car than a qualifying car, while Lewis Hamilton’s performance – on the same fuel as Button and only a tenth slower – shows that the McLaren is developing very quickly and will be racing the front runners when we get into the European season. I think they will be docked 30 points at the FIA world council hearing on Wednesday, so the championship may be hard to achieve, but I’ve no doubt McLaren will be winning races before the summer.
Disappointing show from Rosberg in a car which had new parts his team mate didn’t have, also disappointing from Kovalainen and Piquet. Raikkonen would have done better in Q3 if he had a set of new tyres available, but he’d used them all up by then, something he’s not too happy about.
For those unfamiliar with how this works, the top ten cars carried this fuel in the final part of qualifying, those outside the top 10 have chosen to put this amount of fuel in their cars.
Fuel consumption here is 2.9kg per lap and the fuel effect is 0.35 secs per 10 kg.
1. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 648.5 kg
2. Timo Glock, Toyota, 643
3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 659
4. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 652.5
5. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 652.5
6. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 649
7. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 650.5
8. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 664.5
9. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 670.5
10. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 671.5
11. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 678.5
12. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 680.9
13. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 698.6
14. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 696.3
15. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 677.6
16. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 678.5
17. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 652
18. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 656
19. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 679
20. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 667.5