Posted by: wrcnf1 | April 25, 2009

Trulli Leads Toyota Lock Out of Bahrain Grid

Jarno Trulli got the fourth pole position of his career when he beat his teammate Timo Glock by 0.3 of a second and Toyota’s first grid lockout. Trulli later dedicated the pole position to his fellow countrymen who suffered during this months earthquake.

Q3 belonged to the Toyota’s from the opening runs as they were 1-2 after their first stints but were moved off the front by Button and the fast improving McLaren of Lewis Hamilton who were both on hot laps together. However Button’s hold on pole was short lived as Timo Glock went much faster with a 1:33:712 and looked quite convincing for the pole position. Vettel and Trulli were on hot laps together and even though Vettel looked threatening in sector 1, he couldn’t move Glock and finished 0.3 seconds off the Germans pace but moved Button down to fourth. Trulli however was in hot pursuit and posted a time of 1:33:413 to grab pole and the Toyota front row lock out.

Rubens Barrichello was unable to prevent Lewis Hamilton from splitting the two Brawn cars and finished in 6th spot while Fernando Alonso claimed seventh spot in the Renault ahead of Felipe Massa who had his best qualifying performance of the season with 8th place. Behind Massa was Williams’ Nico Rosberg was once more unable to turn his practice pace into qualifying form and finished a disappointing 9th ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Those who failed to make the final shootout included Heikki Kovalainen and Nakajima who were followed by the struggling BMW’s of Kubica and Heidfeld who finished in 13th and 14th spots respectively. Noteably absent from Q2 and possibly Q3 was Mark Webber who was blocked by Adrian Sutil early in Q1 and will start from 18th. For this Sutil was penalised 3 grid spots and dropped to 19th just ahead of Bourdais who was again outclassed by Toro Rosso teammate and rookie Sebastien Buemi.

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