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Historic Toyota front row in Bahrain

April 25th, 2009

JarnoAll the winter testing at the Sakhir circuit seemed to pay off for Toyota on Saturday as Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock locked out the front row of the grid for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

This was the first pole position for the Japanese team since Ralf Schumacher at the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix and the first time Toyota have started from first and second position on the grid.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel will start from third next to the Brawn GP of Jenson Button.

Fresh from his second place finish in last week’s Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber returned to his usual unlucky form. He was badly blocked by a swerving Adrian Sutil in the final corner of the first session and ended up in 19th place.

When asked if he would be protesting, Webber didn’t seem to think there was much point:

It doesn’t make any difference.  My race is screwed.

Nelson Piquet Jr has been under a lot of pressure to perform and with the help of an interim diffuser he managed to lift himself out of the first qualifying session but could manage no better than 15th.

2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:33.431
2 Timo Glock Toyota 1:33.712
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:34.015
4 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:34.044
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.196
6 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:34.239
7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:34.578
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:34.818
9 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:35.134
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.380
11 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.242
12 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:33.348
13 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:33.487
14 Nick Heidfeld BWM Sauber 1:33.562
15 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1:33.941
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:33.753
17 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:33.910
18 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:34.038
19 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:33.722
20 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:34.159

Update: Sutil penalised three places for blocking Webber in qualifying.

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