The 2009 European Grand Prix in Valencia starts in 23 minutes. Weather conditions are sunny and warm
Lewis Hamilton starts from Pole with Heikki Kovalainen alongside him Rubens Barrichello starts from 3rd with Sebastian Vettel alongside him Jenson Button starts from 5th with Kimi Raikkonen alongside him And Nico Roberg starts from 7th with Fernndo Alonso alongside him
10 minutes to formation lap
Air temperature at 31 degrees while track temperature at 43 degrees Formation lap in 3 minutes
Of the top 4 cars on the grid, Barrichello is heaviest so he is in a good position provided he has a good start
Formation lap underway
Hamilton and Kovalainen are on the super softs, Vettel on the soft
Barrichello, Button, Rosberg and Alonso are on softs too. Hamilton back on the starting grid
Hamilton leads Kovalainen and Barrichello. Raikkonen up into 4th
Button had a poor start and is down in 8th
Grosjean pits for a new wing - unfortunate for the rookie
Glock and Buemi also pit
Order after lap 2: Hamilton, Kovalainen, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Vettel, Rosberg, Alonso and Button
Hamilton leads Kovalainen by 2.6 seconds at the end of the 4th lap
Webber gets ahead of Button for 8th
Order after 6 laps: Hamilton, Kovalainen, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Vettel, Rosberg, Alonso and Webber
Hamilton is now 4 seconds ahead of Kovalainen
It is reported that Button had to give Webber a place for crossing a chicane
Badoer is 17th after having a good start but spinning and losing all that gain. 3 drivers who pitted early are catching him quick
Grosjean who is in 18th after a stop goes sideways but manages to recover!
Fastest lap so far is 1:39.810 by Hamilton
Order after 12 laps: Hamilton, Kovalainen (+6.3), Barrichello (+8.1), Raikkonen, Vettel, Rosberg, Alonso, Webber, Button and Kubica
[Comment From Patrick ] What is the fuel load difference between Hamilton and Kovalainen?
[Ed] 1 lap
Hamilton pushing again, a 1:39.455
Barrichello now closing in on Kovalainen
McLaren ready for Hamilton
Vettel and Kubica also pit
Hamilton rejoins behind Alonso
Vettel having refuelling problems and will have to pit again! Kovalainen pits
Alonso pits too
Vettel pits again - Very unfortunate for him
Barrichello pushing with a 1:39.427
Lap 18 and Barrichello leads Raikkonen and Rosberg but they all have to stop
Raikkonen pits. Vettel down in 16th after having to stop twice!
Button also pits. Barrichello continues to push and should jump Kovalainen
Barrichello pits and so does Rosberg and Webber. Barrichello rejoins just behind Hamilton!
Heidfeld and Sutil make their first stops
Order on lap 22: Hamilton, Barrichello (+3.4), Kovalainen, Raikkonen, Rosberg, Alonso, Webber and Fisichella
Vettel retires. Another engine failure
Strange that all the Renault engine problems seem to happen with Vettel!!
Hamilton, Barrichello and Kovalainen are setting very similar lap times at this stage of the race
Hamilton leads Barrichello on lap 26 by 4 seconds
Fisichella, Nakajima, Trulli and Badoer have yet to make their first stop
Closest fights at the moment: Kubica and Sutil for 11th - Gap just 0.6 seconds
Barrichello staying with Hamilton. It will all depend on how long Barrichello will stay out after Hamilton pits
Badoer and Grosjean pit together and exit together but Badoer for some reason lets Grosjean through & may have gone over the white line
Hamilton and Barrichello matching lap times. Gap remains at 4.1 seconds
Fisichella makes his first pit stop. Only Trullu yet to make a stop
Drive through penalty for Badoer for crossing the white line!
Order on lap 33: Hamilton, Barrichello (+4.1), Kovalainen (+9.7), Raikkonen, Rosberg, Alonso, Webber, Button, Kubica and Sutil
Barrichello sets the fastest lap of the race so far with a 1:39.421
Trulli finally pits!
Spin by Badoer
Barrichello closes the gap to Hamilton to 3.6 seconds
Hamilton pits and the team didn't have the tyres ready!!
Hamilton rejoins behind Rosberg! Replay shows the front tyres were not ready! Very strange error from McLaren
Nakajima has a puncture
Nakajima is limping back to the pits
Barrichello rejoins ahead of Hamilton
Nakajima makes it back to the pits
Raikkonen has managed to get ahead of Kovalainen through the pit stops
Alonso and Button make their final stops
Rosberg makes his stop
Webber also pits
Button gets ahead of Webber through the pit stops despite stopping earlier!
Buemi has a brake failure, he spins and stops!
With all the scheduled stops completed, it is Barrichello from Hamilton and Raikkonen. Kovalainen, Rosberg, Alonso, Button and Kubica
Button flying and just set the fastest lap time so far with a 1:38.874
Button in 7th is catching Alonso who is catching Rosberg! 9 laps to go
At this pace, Button will catch Alonso but will he have enough time to try and pass
6 laps to go and the order is: Barrichello, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Kovalainen, Rosberg, Alonso, Button, Kubica, Webber and Sutil
Button has a slow lap
Looks like Button is dropping his pace
Button continues to go slow but the gap to Kubica is over 6 seconds
Kubica is pushing hard trying to catch Button. 5 seconds in 2 laps, not possible really
Glock sets the fastest lap of the race with a 1:38.683 - He is 14th Stange!
Barrichello on his final lap
And Barrichello wins the European Grand Prix ahead of Hamilton and Raikkonen
Kovalainen, Rosberg, Alonso, Button and Kubica make the top 8
Barrichello emotional on the radio after winning the European Grand Prix
This is Barrichello's 10th win in his career and his first since China 2004
It is 2 from 2 for Brazilians at the Valencia circuit
[Comment From pritam ] want to know about forceindia
[Ed]Sutil 10th, Fisichella 12th
Barrichello moves into second in the Championship. He is 18 points behind Button
Webber is 3rd a further 2.5 points behind with Vettel in 4th. Neither Red Bull driver scored points today
The new drivers finished 15th, 16th and 17th (Grosjean, Alguersuari, Badoer)
A reminder that the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa is next weekend
[Comment From Alex ] appauling race from Badoer
[Ed] One wonders if Ferrari should give him another chance next weekend!
[Comment From Alex ] this is true but ferrari are not bringing upgrades to the car for the rest of the season and will they pay more for a better driver? their season is written off... can barrichello win the championship?
[Ed] They were going to put Michael Schumacher in that car so I doubt money is an issue plus there is Gene.
Rubens can but he needs to race like he did today for the next 6 races and Button has to stumble
[Comment From Alex ] i suppose you are right but ferrari have written off this season.. and puttin micheal schumacher in the ferrari would of brung great publicity to ferrari and he is an outstanding driver, hmm i would like to see barrichello win it. this season has been very interesting to say the least
[Ed] Certainly and lets hope it goes down to the wire
[Comment From Alex ] lets hope so and thanks for the brilliant commentry & updates keep up the good work until next week bye for now
[Ed] Cheers ;-)
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Qualifying for the European Grand Prix in Valencia starting in 8 minutes
It is hot at Valencia. Air temperature is at 29 degrees while track temperature is at 44 degrees
Adrian Sutil was fastest this morning ahead of Kazuki Nakajima in a shortened sesson due a mechanical failure on Vettel's car
Badoer and Sutil are out straight away
More drivers follow
Badoer starts his first timed lap
10 cars on the track at this stage
Badoer is on the super softs and sets a 1:42.957
Now all the drivers are on the track except Hamilton and Alonso
Sutil now fastest with a 1:41.222
Alguersuari is in second!
Buemi now fastest ahead of Raikkonen and Nakajima
Kovalainen is fastest with a 1:39.997
Grosjean misses a turn but recovers
Raikkonen now fastest with a 1:39.718. Badoer is 17th! Alonso the only driver yet to go out
Hamilton too misses a turn but recovers
Current order is Kovalainen from Vettel and Raikkonen
Rosberg fastest with a 1:39.416
Alonso on the track
Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:39.198
Barrichello now quickest ahead of Kovalainen and Hamilton
Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:38.649
Alonso moves into 8th
An update on Badoer, he is 20th and nearly a second slower than 19th placed Trulli
Grosjean on the super softs jumps into 4th! Impressive again from the rookie
Under 4 minutes remain and the order is Hamilton, Barrichello, Kovalainen, Grosjean, Rosberg, Sutil, Fisichella, Buemi, Alonso & Vettel
Nakajima stops! He was 13th
Button fastest in S1! This looks set to be a very tight qualifying!
Webber up into 5th
Button in 4th
Q1 over but drivers still on flyers!
Only Hamilton and Grosjean in the pits. Grosjean could drop!
Button fastest with a 1:38.531
Top 10 at the end of Q1: Button, Hamilton, Kubica, Kovalainen, Raikkonen, Buemi, Webber, Barrichello, Heidfeld and Rosberg
Knocked out: Fisichella, Nakajima, Trulli, Alguersuari and Badoer
Badoer's time was a 1:41.413. Nearly 3 seconds off the pace
Q2 about to start and the track temperature is up to 47 degrees
Q2 underway and Raikkonen is out straight away
More drivers go out this session
Grosjean has made Q2 on his first attempt - Well done
Everyone on the track except for the 2 Renaults
Raikkonen sets a 1:38.823
Button from Barrichello and Raikkonen now
Kovalainen fastest with a 1:38.579. Barrichello quick
Barrichello fastest with a 1:38.231, Rosberg in second
Hamilton quickest with a 1:38.182
Alonso finally leaves the garage with 8 minutes remaining
Current order: Hamilton, Barrichello, Kovalainen, Rosberg, Button, Webber, Vettel, Kubica, Raikkonen and Heidfeld
Alonso moves into 11 and Grosjean 12th
Everyone except Hamilton is on the track
Vettel up into 3rd
Session over awaiting final laps
Barrichello fastest. Alonso just makes it on his final lap
Order at the end of Q2: Barrichello, Hamilton, Kovalainen, Vettel, Rosberg, Button, Webber, Alonso, Kubica and Raikkonen
Knocked out: Heidfeld, Sutil, Glock, Grosjean and Buemi
Final qualifying session about to start. Track temperature is at 46 degrees
Session underway and Kovalainen and Kubica are the first out
More drivers follow. Of course we don't know the fuel loads for each car in this session
All the cars are on the track now
Hamilton on a very quick S1
A 1:39.498 for Hamilton
Raikkonen in second and Alonso in third
Button up into second. Barrichello in the pits without setting a time!
Now everyone on the track for a final shot. Hamilton looking good though
It is Hamilton from Button and Raikkonen at this stage
Barrichello and Kovalainen on quick laps
Kovalainen in second, Barrichello in 3rd
One more lap to go! Hamilton still fastest
Session over but waiting final laps! Kovalainen very quick!
Kovalainen was quickest in S1 and S2 but makes a mistake and remains in second. Hamilton on Pole! Well done
Top 10: Hamilton on Pole ahead of Kovalainen and Barrichello. Followed by Vettel, Button, Raikkonen, Rosberg, Alonso, Webber and Kubica
Hamilton, Kovalainen and Barrichello were very close. Wonder who has more fuel though ?
[Comment From Robert ] Forgot all about it just missed the qualiy damm. Thanks for the updates guys. Track looks difficult to pass on so I'm guessing not much movement in top 10 tomorrow
Certainly not an easy track to pass on. Fuel loads will be important as well as the start of course
[Comment From Robert ] Have the weights been announced?
Not yet, those will be published in a few hours still
Barrichello hoping he has more fuel than Hamilton
[Comment From Robert ] Ok thanks. It looks like the fuel and pitstops will be the biggest part in the race tomorrow. I'll be interested to see the weights of Hamilton. I guess if he can avoid the mayhem on the first few corners he can build a steady gap by the first round of stops
The 2 McLaren's have KERS so start should be ok. Only question is fuel load
[Comment From Robert ] If the temperatures keep up I'm expecting quite a few mechanical failures. It's been a while since temps were this high
Conditions are expected to remain the same to sunny and hot for the race.
[Comment From Robert ] Well thats it for coverage from our local TV station. I'll catch you lot tomorrow