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... Toyota Poised for its Maiden GP Win

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Don't call it off yet: Trulli on P2 for Malaysia and Glock on P5 with Rosberg on his tail. With the performance from first GP, we might just see the first win tomorrow.
Well after all the penalties, the Toyotas are P2 and P3 with Trulli and Glock, respectively. Jarno was only 0.072s off of the pole time, so he's a valid contender for a win if he can gain a position in the pits or through passing somehow.

Both Trulli and Glock are fueled similarly to Button in the Brawn. Button said something about the rear of the car gaining weight from the Mercedes powertrain and that there's still some weight to be lost there. So, he is likely also carrying 50 kilos of fuel, maybe even a little less.

Here are the weights:

1. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 660kg
2. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 656.5
3. Timo Glock, Toyota, 656.5
4. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 656
5. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 656
6. Robert Kubica, BMW-Sauber, 663
7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 662.5
8. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn, 664.5
9. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 680.5
10. Nick Heidfeld, BMW-Sauber, 692
11. Kazuki Nakajima,Williams, 683.4
12. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 688
13. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 647
14. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 688.9
15. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 670.5
16. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 689.5
17. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 681.9
18. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 680.5
19. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 655.5
20. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 686.5

The minimum weight is 605 kilos including the driver. So most guys are running a two pit stop strategy with 50 kilos of fuel, but there are others who are fueled quite heavily.
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And now in Bahrain. First Toyota pole since 2005!
Trulli 1st, Glock 2nd. The competitors were not even close. Let's see if they are running light.
They are light, but not as light as I feared.

If you use the rule of thumb being 0.35secs. pr. 10kg., Trulli is still fastest.

The brakes might be an issue, but I'm still optimistic.
They definitely have a chance this season, but they still need a little more pace to get a good enough gap between the Brawns and Red Bulls to run light at the start. Jarno did set the fastest lap of the Bahrain GP though with Timo just behind him.

Now all the teams are back at their respective factories working flat out until the Spanish GP. Let's see what happens then.
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