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Australian GP: Hamilton, Toyota to the Back of the Grid

P1...Lewis Hamilton by Two Big Paws.As if starting 15th wasn’t bad enough, defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton will now start dead last, from the 18th position, after his team decided to replace the entire gearbox as a precautionary measure following qualifying. This change typically results in a 5 spot pentalty, but the cancellation of Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli’s qualifying times means that Hamilton will only fall to 18th.

The Toyota cars, which are driven by Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli, will have to go to the back of the grid because they were found to have “extreme flexibility” in the rear wings. Their qualifying times were, consequently, cancelled. Glock, who had qualified in 6th, will now start 19th and his teammate Trulli, who had qualified in 8th, will now start from 20th, which is the last starting position on the grid.

Provisional Grid and Starting Weights of Cars:
1. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 664.5kg
2. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 666.5
3. Sebastien Vettel, Red Bull, 657
4. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 650
5. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 657
6. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 654
7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 655.5
8. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 662
9. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 691.5
10. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 680.7
11. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 690.6
12. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 694.1
13. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 689
14. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 612.5
15. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 675.5
16. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 684.5
17. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 662.5
18. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 655
19. Timo Glock, Toyota, 670
20. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 660

(Photo of Lewis Hamilton by Andrew Barron)

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