News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

Formula 1 News - August, 2009
Hamilton nets Valencia pole with new McLaren

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2011 F1 Schedule
2011 F1 Line-up
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
NewsOnF1 Blogs
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
F1 Team Reports
8 'n' Pole
2010 World Cup
2006 World Cup

Aug.22 (GMM) With a new chassis at his disposal, Hungary GP winner Lewis Hamilton on Saturday netted his first pole of the 2009 season, while his McLaren teammate Heikki Kovalainen completed a front row lock-out for the resurgent British outfit.

"The McLarens were very quick and impossible to catch," said championship leader Jenson Button, just fifth and two places behind his Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello after qualifying at Valencia.

Kovalainen, in more of a Budapest-spec McLaren, actually should have had pole but he made a mistake on the final corner in Q3, leaving McLaren patting themselves on the back for deciding to go with a new shorter-wheelbase version of the MP4-24 in Hamilton's hands.

Team boss Martin Whitmarsh said the new car is really designed for higher speed circuits like Spa and Monza. "We are still pushing hard on this year's car," he confirmed.

It was a less impressive day for title chasers Red Bull, but boss Christian Horner said they were not expecting to have a stellar weekend on the stop-start Spanish streets.

"This (track) should play to their (Brawn's) strengths. So we think if we can hang on to them and potentially beat them here, then we are looking in really strong shape," he told the BBC.

Sebastian Vettel is fourth on the grid after a morning engine failure, meaning the German is now using his sixth out of a maximum allocation of eight Renault V8s for the 2009 season.

His teammate Mark Webber, second in the championship behind Button, qualified a lowly ninth, in the midst of a bad weekend for the Australian.

Horner said Webber "has not been too happy" at Valencia, and when asked if he likes this urban layout, the 32-year-old driver answered plainly: "No."

None fared worse than Luca Badoer, however, who had F1 statisticians in overdrive to determine if a Ferrari has ever been qualified dead last on the grid on merit.

Felipe Massa's Italian replacement was nearly 3 seconds slower than the sister car of Kimi Raikkonen, and 1.5 seconds off the pace of the nearest car, driven by teenage newcomer Jaime Alguersuari.

Debutant Romain Grosjean did a much better job in axed Nelson Piquet's place, as he looked only a couple of tenths off Renault teammate Fernando Alonso as he sped into the Q2 session.

Discuss this topic on NewsOnF1 Forums

10 'n' Pole Competition - Register

Latest Formula 1 News Headlines
14 Apr: F1 should 'applaud' Pirelli 'risk' for 'show' - de la Rosa
14 Apr: Stuck tells Mercedes to design 'new chassis'
14 Apr: Happy Buemi pushes to keep Toro Rosso seat
14 Apr: McLaren lineup good for 'five more years' - Whitmarsh
14 Apr: Di Resta gets initial practice for first time in 2011
14 Apr: Reports say Sam Michael's Williams role in doubt
14 Apr: Andretti opposes 2013 rules, Todt visits Ferrari
14 Apr: Kovalainen not looking for Team Lotus switch
14 Apr: Red Bull step 'significant' for Shanghai - Marko
14 Apr: Chinese official calls Vettel 'Fernando Alonso'
14 Apr: F1 teams warned before Shanghai race
13 Apr: Ecclestone decides 3pm GP start on India visit
13 Apr: Bahrain steps up push for new 2011 GP date
13 Apr: Interlagos run-off to be ready for 2011 race
13 Apr: Sepang 'fascinating' not confusing - Coulthard
13 Apr: Virgin must speed up to stay ahead of HRT - Glock
13 Apr: Razia and Valsecchi to drive Lotus cars on Friday
13 Apr: Horner vows to get Webber back into 2011 fight
13 Apr: Montezemolo wants Alonso for PM, no job for Massa
13 Apr: Hulkenberg eyes 2012 Force India race seat

The latest Formula 1 News

Back to the main news page

Back To Top

F1 Tickets
2011 Chinese F1 GP
2011 Canadian F1 GP
2011 Spanish F1 GP
MotoGP Tickets
2011 Spanish MotoGP
2011 Catalunya MotoGP
2011 French MotoGP
more Motorsport Tours & Holidays

Official 2010 F1 Season Review

Autocourse 2010 Annual

F1 Merchandise US

F1 Merchandise UK

Formula 1 Yearbooks

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers