Daily: 18th April 2009

18 April, 2009 at 08:27 (GMT+01:00)

By Christine Blachford

What a brilliant qualifying we have just witnessed. I don't know about anyone else, but I wasn't expecting great things from China, and all things considered it looks like it's going to be a good race. Here are some of the things that will keep us chatting today:

  • Red Bull pick up their first pole position, with Vettel edging out Alonso and Webber to take the top spot. The team were amazingly fast throughout the weekend, but with a surprise in Alonso, I can't wait to see the fuel weights. Forget that business about discussing strategy, I want the facts!
  • The teams are ditching KERS so fast that I almost can't keep up. Overnight, Renault removed all trace of their device, which obviously helped Alonso today. Kubica also decided it wasn't for him. It's not looking good for the technology, is it?
  • John Howett has admitted that the board at Toyota aren't happy with just being a bit faster, they want a win. It's not looking likely this weekend, with electrical problems on Friday, and a gearbox issue on Saturday. Glock barely made it into Q2, and gets a five place grid drop whilst Trulli ended up 6th. It could happen, but it's unlikely in China.

All things considered, I'm really happy that the racing is competitive and Brawn aren't running away with the wins. Fingers crossed we get some good racing tomorrow. Don't forget to leave your summaries for the Digest, and I'll see you in the comments.

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