2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Marina Circuit

It looks like everyone's favourite rookie will get another outing at Abu Dhabi.

Glock is still too badly injured to race so Kobayashi will once again fill in for him.

That should spice things up a bit
First practice results:

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time               Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:43.939 18
2. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:44.035 + 0.096 20
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:44.153 + 0.214 28
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:44.207 + 0.268 23
5. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:44.667 + 0.728 23
6. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:44.687 + 0.748 32
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:44.688 + 0.749 14
8. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:44.805 + 0.866 25
09. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:44.955 + 1.016 33
10. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:44.958 + 1.019 25
11. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:44.988 + 1.049 22
12. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:45.123 + 1.184 20
13. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:45.649 + 1.710 27
14. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:45.679 + 1.740 25
15. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:45.704 + 1.765 27
16. Alonso Renault (B) 1:45.865 + 1.926 23
17. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:46.239 + 2.300 22
18. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:46.267 + 2.328 26
19. Kobayashi Toyota (B) 1:46.364 + 2.425 28
20. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:46.411 + 2.472 27
Apparently Glock may not be as injured as claimed and Toyota are using a Japanese driver to drum up a bit of support back home. It would seem that in a chat with the Beeb, Glock said he felt absolutely fine however "the Doctors know more than I do".
We need a new bit of alliteration to replace to Trulli Train. How about the Kobayashi catastophe or the Kobi queue? :snigger:
That doesn't surprise me c_a_t.

As Glock's effectively finished at Toyota I guess their future prospects as a team are more important to them than keeping Glock happy with a final drive.
P2 results - McLaren again topping the time sheets.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
1. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:41.307 35
2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:41.504 + 0.197 34
3. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:41.541 + 0.234 39
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:41.591 + 0.284 37
5. Kobayashi Toyota (B) 1:41.636 + 0.329 34
6. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:41.683 + 0.376 37
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:41.684 + 0.377 34
8. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:41.831 + 0.524 38
9. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:41.931 + 0.624 39
10. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:41.987 + 0.680 39
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:42.180 + 0.873 28
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:42.245 + 0.938 36
13. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:42.278 + 0.971 36
14. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:42.409 + 1.102 30
15. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:42.530 + 1.223 33
16. Alonso Renault (B) 1:42.782 + 1.475 29
17. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:42.932 + 1.625 37
18. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:43.021 + 1.714 37
19. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:43.022 + 1.715 39
20. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:43.708 + 2.401 13
anyone any idea what happened to kubica in training 2?

the time differences for the friday sessions are weird, about the biggest one of the season methinks. no idea why though.
bogaTYR said:

the time differences for the friday sessions are weird, about the biggest one of the season methinks. no idea why though.

I would think a combination of rubber being laid on the circuit, sand being cleared off the circuit and the drivers learning how to drive round it, exploring it's limits.
Well, I think that lays the lie to the argument that Button has just been driving cautiously for the second half of the season - he gave it everything this time and Rubens was still quicker.

It hasn't been that way in races, but nonetheless Barrichello will be wondering what might have happened if they'd fixed his braking issues a bit earlier in the season.
Lewis Hamilton looks like he's going to win this race รก la Vettel in Britain, although knowing Lewis a pit tunnel crash is not unlikely!
Hamilton; 4 poles, McLaren MP4-24. That is very good!

Nice to see Toro Rosso in Q3 again, and it looks odds on that Button will win the title having not led in the last 10 races in a season. Which would be stunning, but would not imply he doesn't deserve the title!

It looks good for BMW-Sauber. Lets hope they'll be there next year. (That is hoping that one of the new teams fails - I wonder which?
USF1 - is this A1GP? No.
if anyone can explain to me why grosjean is in an F1 car that would be very much appreciated. i was amazed by how often the guy left the track and other minor oopsies. also, i hate to say this, but firing bourdais has been a good thing, cos it seems to have scared the living something out of buemi an dlook at him now!

i just hope for a good and open race. i think the circuit is prety good, although highly confusing at times with all these different track options it has and lack of visual markers to show us, as viewers, what the right track is. however this blue next to the track.... takes a while to get used to.
Fully agree Boga.

Grosjean has looked extremely poor and it's great to see Toro Rosso in the top 10 again.
That's 3 races in a row now.
Grosjean - lack of ability or lack of experience? He's got a lot more experience than Alguersuari, for example, and was far better in GP2 than Kobayashi among others.

It just proves that drivers who perform well in junior series can't always translate that speed into F1. Although having said that, if he was able to go through a proper cycle of pre-season testing with a car I'm sure he'd be a lot better at sticking to the tarmac, if not any faster. It looks as though Timo is going to get that seat though, which is a shame for Romain but makes sense overall.

Sometimes it's better to wait for the right opportunity rather than taking the first one that comes along. It's a brave approach to take though...
I don't think that the quality of the race is any reflection on the quality of the circuit. I feel there've been boring races at many circuits this year, and there were clearly opportunities to overtake. A rare :thumbsup: from me!

I noticed Legard said Bernie can "walk tall" after seeing Yas Marina. Discarding the unlikliness of this ever happening, why does that mean that Bernie shouldn't be living in a hole in the ground when the series moves to a Valencian dock?
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