Fuel levels give Vettel edge for Sunday

Sebastian Vettel is set to emerge as the closest challenge to Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock in tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix, according to AUTOSPORT's qualifying analysis

Fuel levels give Vettel edge for Sunday

The Red Bull driver qualified third carrying fuel that should allow him to complete four more laps than Trulli, and six more than Glock, prior to the first round of pitstops.

The lap time penalty paid by Vettel for carrying 10.5kg of fuel more than Trulli, accounts for around around 0.37s of his 0.58s deficit to the Italian in qualifying.

Pitstop prediction:

 Driver Q3 time Weight Fuel Stop lap 1. Trulli 1:33.431 648.5 40.5 14.0
2. Glock 1:33.712 643 35 12.0
3. Vettel 1:34.015 659 51 17.9
4. Button 1:34.044 652.5 44.5 15.5
5. Hamilton 1:34.196 652.5 44.5 15.5
6. Barrichello 1:34.239 649 41 14.2
7. Alonso 1:34.578 650.5 42.5 14.7
8. Massa 1:34.818 664.5 56.5 19.9
9. Rosberg 1:35.134 670.5 62.5 22.1
10. Raikkonen 1:35.380 671.5 63.5 22.5
11. Kovalainen 678.5 70.5 25.1
12. Nakajima 680.9 72.9 26.0
13. Kubica 698.6 90.6 32.6
14. Heidfeld 696.3 88.3 31.7
15. Piquet 677.6 69.6 24.8
16. Sutil 679 71 25.3
17. Buemi 678.5 70.5 25.1
18. Fisichella 652 44 15.3
19. Webber 656 48 16.8
20. Bourdais 667.5 59.5 21.0
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