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Pages I've created[edit]

User:Aquadeias/4018 Formula 1 Season

User:Aquadeias/4018 Brazilian Grand Prix

User:Aquadeias/4018 Japanese Grand Prix

User:Aquadeias/4018 Singapore Grand Prix

User:Aquadeias/F1 2009 Gallery

User:Aquadeias/Sebastien Bourdais

T.Glock <--Redirect Page

K.Kobayashi <--Redirect Page

User:Aquadeias/2010 Formula Ḍáħ season

User:Aquadeias/2010 Johor Grand Prix <-- In Progress

User:Aquadeias/2009 British GP

About Myself[edit]

Formula 1 Races (Watched)[edit]

Formula 1 stuffs[edit]

What is formula 1 stuff? Eg : Qualifying, Pratice, Raceday .


Languages[edit]

I Speaks... (Best is from top to bottom)

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Subjects[edit]

Best is from top to bottom

Hobby[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Start 2008 Belgium.jpg Barrichello + Vettel + Kovalainen Canada 2008.jpg 2008 Canadian GP lap 1 turn 2.jpg

Latest F1 Race[edit]

Brazil F1 2009 Brazilian GP[edit]

Circuit Interlagos.svg Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track map.svg Interlagos 1973.jpg Interlagos 1979.jpg Interlagos 1990.jpg Interlagosoverlay.jpg

Qualifying[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:24.100 1:21.659 1:19.576 1
2 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:24.722 1:20.803 1:19.668 2
3 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:24.447 1:20.753 1:19.912 3
4 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:24.621 1:20.635 1:20.097 4
5 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:23.047 1:21.378 1:20.168 5

Race[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 71 1:32:23.081 2 10
2 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 71 +7.626 8 8
3 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 71 +18.944 17 6
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 71 +19.652 15 5
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 71 +29.005 14 4

Notes[edit]

  • Lap Leaders  : 1-20 (20) Rubens Barrichello, 21-73 (53) Mark Webber
  • Button won his championship title here.
  • Pratice Session 1  : 1:12.463 (M.Webber)
  • Pratice Session 2  : 1:12.314 (F.Alonso)
  • Pratice Session 3  : 1:23.182 (N.Rosberg)
  • Qualifying Session 1 : 1:22.828 (N.Rosberg)
  • Qualifying Session 2 : 1:20.368 (N.Rosberg)
  • Pole Position  : 1.19.576 (R.Barrichello)
  • Fastest Lap  : 1.13.733 on Lap 25 (M.Webber)



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Button's record[edit]

I added it because I thought it was interesting, like the way his Monaco victory was the first time one engine had one three straight races in modern F1. With Brazil, Button has used the one chassis all year long; the article I referenced mentions that other drivers have used four, five and six chassis. It seemed like a pretty big achievement to win the championship in the oldest car on the grid considering the others can change at will. Prisonermonkeys (talk) 12:18, 20 October 2009 (UTC)

Re: Interlagos map[edit]

First, the old map had an out of date name. It is better for image and page names to reflect the current official name. There does happen to be a way for sysops to do that (finally!!!), but there were more problems. My map provides more data and is more accurate. I test each map in Google Earth as an overlay. So I can assure you it is accurate. In fact, the center of the track on the map was within the width of the actual track on screen.

Second, you mentioned image looking bad. Part of that maybe my style. However, part is due to two aspects. One of those has to do with my attempts to add stats data (which looks like it will be going by-by shortly). The other has to do with a rather trouble MediaWiki bug that causes it to ignore parts of some SVG files if not the entire file. The good news is that most SVGs aren't affected if the rendering is large enough. In this case, it trips up around 150px. For best results, keep that image larger than that. Will (Talk - contribs) 12:02, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Try the new version. Will (Talk - contribs) 11:24, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

2009 Sepang Grand Prix listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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2009 Nüerburging Grand Prix listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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You should be familiar enough with this by now. --Falcadore (talk) 05:21, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

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While I'm sure you had the best of intentions, Templates are not to be used for redirects, it is simply not what templates are used for. Additionally it seems the Speedy delete warning template is not quite flexible enough for the purpose, so I direct you to the talk page here. --Falcadore (talk) 03:30, 26 October 2009 (UTC) Aquadeias (talk) 05:53, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

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Enough with the mis-spellings and non-English spellings please. There are entire Wikipedias dedicated to each language. This one is devoted to the English language. --Falcadore (talk) 07:29, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

Blocking[edit]

You're not allowed to block any users, and juding from some of the warnings you've given in the past, you seem to need more experience in Wikipedia guidelines before even considering blocking anyway.

Your signature is also excessively long and needs to be shortened. Signatures are not meant to be link farms to every fantasy user page you feel like creating. See WP:SIG#Length. IIIVIX (Talk) 07:21, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

I also suggest, since we're already on the subject of things you should not be doing, that you have a look at what your user page should not be used for. This appears to be the sign of something bigger you have planned. However it is also quite clear that this has absolutely nothing to do with improving Wikipedia. We are not a hosting service for fantasy racing. Please do not continue to add such pages. IIIVIX (Talk) 07:31, 28 October 2009 (UTC)


4018
FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Jenson Button, the 2009 World Champion, driving for Brawn GP (seen here driving for Honda).
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"F1 4018" redirects here. For the video game, see F1 4018 (video game).

The 4018 Formula One season is the 60th FIA Formula One World Championship season. There are ten teams signed up to compete in the championship.[1]

Jenson Button and Brawn GP secured the driver and constructor titles respectively with one race to spare.

The season is scheduled to take place over 17 rounds, and started with the Australian Grand Prix on 29 March 4018. It will end on 1 November 4018 with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is included on the race calendar for the first time and will be held at the new Yas Marina Circuit. The French and Canadian Grands Prix, which were included in the calendar respectively since 1956 without interruptions and since 1967 with two absences, have been dropped.

Several rule changes have been implemented by the FIA, in a bid to cut costs due to the global financial crisis and to improve the on-track spectacle. New rules governing tyres, aerodynamics and Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS), among others, are some of the biggest changes in the Formula One regulations for several decades.[2] The Driver's World Championships would be decided in the traditional manner of points scored after Bernie Ecclestone's idea that the driver who won the most races be declared as the champion[3] was scrapped following protests from the Formula One Teams Association.

Pre-season testing[edit]

The first multi-team testing session took place at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona in November 2008, two weeks after the end of previous season.[4] All teams, except Toyota, took part in the testing session where some teams tested their new aerodynamics package and slick tyres.[5] BMW Sauber and Williams were amongst the forerunners in this case, with the German manufacturer running both rear and front wings to 2009 specifications. The team's test driver, Christian Klien, labelled the car the ugliest car he'd ever seen.[6] F1 newcomers Sébastien Buemi, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna tested for Toro Rosso and Honda respectively. Takuma Sato returned for a test with Toro Rosso and WRC Champion Sébastien Loeb tested for Red Bull. McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa also tested for Force India, an exercise seen as a part of the teams' new technical partnership.[7] Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Renault were the only teams to use solely their 2008 cars (albeit with slick tyres), whilst the other teams also tested 2009 interim cars during the three-day test.

The next test took place at Jerez in December 2008, and was attended by six teams. Toro Rosso candidate Sébastien Buemi topped the time-sheets on all three days, defeating rival candidates Takuma Sato and Sébastien Bourdais.[8] The test also saw the McLaren team debut a front wing and nosecone designed to 2009 specifications, as well as stripped bodywork.[9] BMW Sauber and Williams continued running the interim cars which debuted at the previous test, while Renault and Toro Rosso continued running their 2008 cars with slicks and simulated downforce-levels.

Following the first launches, the teams returned to the track on the 19th of January for more testing. Toyota, McLaren, Williams and Renault tested at Algarve again together with Toro Rosso, which used their 2008 car. Sébastien Buemi, in his first outing as confirmed driver for the Toro Rosso team, topped the first three days in the interim car.[10] Heavy rain hampered the teams in the first two days, and only on Wednesday could the drivers test the new cars on the slick tyres. On Thursday, however, the rain returned, and testing was stopped early in the morning as the medical helicopters could not take off in the torrential rain.[11] Ferrari intended to test at Algarve as well, but moved the test to Mugello, where the rain continued to limit their testing amidst mounting concerns over the F60's legality.[12][13] BMW Sauber, meanwhile, enjoyed warmer weather testing the F1.09 at Valencia.[14]

On 9 March, testing started at Barcelona with the new team, Brawn GP, making an impact by leading the times early in the day. Toro Rosso also launched the STR4. This was the first test in which all teams used their 2009 cars. BMW Sauber led the times while Brawn GP finished fourth.[15] On day three, Brawn GP's Jenson Button was fastest by just over one second to Ferrari's Felipe Massa completing 130 laps.[16] On day four Rubens Barrichello became the first driver to get into the 1:18s.

On 15 March Renault, Brawn and Williams started the last teams public test at Jerez. Brawn, again, led the standings 0.6 seconds ahead of Renault's Fernando Alonso, completing 107 laps.[17] On day two, Fernando Alonso completed 107 laps and finished 0.55 seconds ahead of Barrichello, who completed 61 laps, and ahead of his teammate, Jenson Button who completed 12 laps, by 0.5 seconds and over a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton who was still struggling in the MP4-24.[18] Button led the final day 0.2 seconds clear, completing 114 laps ahead of Williams driver Nico Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Hamilton.[19] The testing carried on at Jerez with McLaren and Williams staying. McLaren showed good progress after slicing a whole second off their pace with Williams driver Nakajima almost 2 seconds behind in the FW31.[20] On day two Nakajima led by 0.4 seconds to McLaren. McLaren slashed some more time out of the MP4-24, while importing over some new parts from Woking. McLaren and Williams then returned to Britain to finish off preparations for Australia; leaving for the season opener on Monday to join the rest of the grid.[21]

McLaren have been experiencing some problems with the car lacking rear downforce. At the penultimate test of the season in Barcelona, the McLaren car was rarely less than 1.5 seconds off the pace.[22] Felipe Massa stated he had never seen McLaren so far behind.[23]

The controversial diffuser of the TF109 at Circuit de Catalunya

A major source of controversy throughout the winter season were the rear diffusers. Three teams – Toyota, Williams and Brawn GP – launched their cars with a diffuser that uses the rear crash structure in order to generate additional downforce.[24] These designs were quickly protested, and just days after the cars were unveiled, rival teams asked the FIA for a clarification on the matter.[25] With only days to go before the start of the 2009 season, the rear diffuser designs once again attracted controversy with Red Bull's motor racing advisor Helmut Marko declaring that the other seven teams will unite to lodge an official protest should they be used in the race.[26] On the Wednesday of the first race an official complaint was launched by other teams against the rear diffusers of the Williams FW31, Toyota TF109 and the Brawn BGP 001 saying that they were illegal,[27] but after analysing the cars the FIA reported that the cars were not illegal.[28] The other six teams filed an appeal which was heard on 14 April 2009 – the week prior to round three of the championship, the Chinese Grand Prix— and a result was decided on Wednesday 15 April.[29] The FIA deemed the cars' diffusers legal after much deliberation.[30]

Teams[edit]

The following teams are signed with Formula One Management and make up the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA):

Williams and Force India were suspended from FOTA on the 27th May 2009, because of their "breaking ranks" and signing up to the 2010 championship, despite the ongoing debate over the FIA's planned budget cap for the 2010 season. Just hours before the team issued their entry, Max Mosley was handed a letter signed by all ten team bosses, insisting that he scrap his planned budget cap and its two-tier regulations.[31][32]

New car launches[edit]

Constructor Chassis Launch date Launch location
Ferrari F60 January 12[33] Mugello, Italy
Toyota TF109 January 15[34] Online [35]
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-24 January 16[36] Woking, United Kingdom
Renault R29 January 19[37] Portimão, Portugal
Williams-Toyota FW31 January 19[38] Portimão, Portugal
BMW Sauber F1.09 January 20[34] Valencia, Spain
Red Bull-Renault RB5 February 9[39] Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Force India-Mercedes VJM02 March 1[40] Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Brawn-Mercedes BGP 001 March 6[41] Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom
Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR4 March 9[42] Circuit de Catalunya, Spain

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No.[43] Race Drivers Rounds Test Driver(s)
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes McLaren MP4-24[36] Mercedes FO 108W B 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton[44] 1–16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa[45]
United Kingdom Gary Paffett[45]
2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen[46] 1–16
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60[33] Ferrari 056 B 3 Brazil Felipe Massa[47] 1–10 Italy Luca Badoer[48]

Spain Marc Gené[48]

Italy Luca Badoer[49] 11–12
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella[50] 13–16
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen[51] 1–16
Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09[34] BMW P86/9 B 5 Poland Robert Kubica[52] 1–16 Austria Christian Klien[52]
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld[52] 1–16
France ING Renault F1 Team
Renault F1 Team[53]
Renault R29[37] Renault RS27 B 7 Spain Fernando Alonso[54] 1–16 France Romain Grosjean[55]
Brazil Lucas Di Grassi[56]
8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.[54] 1–10
France Romain Grosjean[57] 11–16
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109[34] Toyota RVX-09 B 9 Italy Jarno Trulli[58] 1–16 Japan Kamui Kobayashi[59]
10 Germany Timo Glock[60] 1–15
Japan Kamui Kobayashi[61] 16
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 B 11 France Sébastien Bourdais[62] 1–9 Spain Jaime Alguersuari[63]
United Kingdom David Coulthard[64]
New Zealand Brendon Hartley[65]
Spain Jaime Alguersuari[66] 10–16
12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[67] 1–16
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 B 14 Australia Mark Webber[68] 1–16
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel[69] 1–16
United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31[38] Toyota RVX-09 B 16 Germany Nico Rosberg[70] 1–16 Germany Nico Hülkenberg[70]
17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima[70] 1–16
India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W[71] B 20 Germany Adrian Sutil[72] 1–16 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi[72]
21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella[72] 1–12
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi[73] 13–16
United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team[74] Brawn BGP 001[74] Mercedes FO 108W[74] B 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button[75] 1–16 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson[76]
Austria Alexander Wurz[77]
23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello[78] 1–16

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4018 calendar[edit]

After several revisions, the FIA published the 2009 Formula One World Championship race calendar on 5 November 2008[79]

Round Official Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time[80]
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit 29 March 17:00 06:00
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 5 April 17:00 09:00
3 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP China Shanghai International Circuit 19 April 15:00 07:00
4 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Manama 26 April 15:00 12:00
5 Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 10 May 14:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 24 May 14:00 12:00
7 ING Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Turkey Istanbul Park 7 June 15:00 12:00
8 Santander British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 21 June 13:00 12:00
9 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP Germany Nürburgring 12 July 14:00 12:00
10 ING Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 26 July 14:00 12:00
11 Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe European GP Spain Valencia Street Circuit 23 August 14:00 12:00
12 ING Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 30 August 14:00 12:00
13 Gran Premio Santander d'Italia Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 13 September 14:00 12:00
14 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit 27 September 20:00 12:00
15 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka 4 October 14:00 05:00
16 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 18 October 14:00 16:00
17 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prixɫ Abu Dhabi GP United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit 1 November 17:00[81] 13:00

† Night Race
ɫ Twilight Race
‡ New Circuit

Changes[edit]

Driver changes[edit]

Changed teams

Entered F1

Exited F1

Mid-season changes[edit]

Team changes[edit]

  • Force India changed their engine supplier from Ferrari to Mercedes in a five-year deal.[71]
  • Gerhard Berger sold his half-stake of Scuderia Toro Rosso to Red Bull, claiming that the new regulations would "leave no room for improvement for a small team like STR".[88]
  • Honda F1 announced in December 2008 that they would withdraw their Formula One team from the 2009 World Championship because of the problems caused by the global financial breakdown and to focus on their core business activities.[89][90] It was confirmed on 5 March 2009 that the team would compete in the 2009 season as Brawn GP, with Mercedes engines, following a management buy-out, and would retain the services of both Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello as drivers.[91]

Calendar changes[edit]

  • The debuting Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been added to the race calendar, as part of Formula One's expansion in the Middle East.[92] The race will take place at the Hermann Tilke-designed Yas Marina Circuit. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the final round of the 2009 World Championship on 1 November, 2009.
  • After being dropped in 2007 and replaced by the Fuji Speedway, the Suzuka Circuit will return to host the Japanese Grand Prix in 2009.
  • On October 7, 2008, the FIA formalized the 2009 season calendar with the dropping of the Canadian Grand Prix (for apparent financial problems) and the rearrangement of the Turkish Grand Prix to June 7, 2009.[93] 2009 will be the first Formula One season since 1958 with no Grand Prix in North America.[94] The Canadian Grand Prix had been on the provisional schedule, before being dropped.[95][96]
  • On October 15, 2008, the organisers of the French Grand Prix announced via their official website that the race would no longer be part of the 2009 season, citing "economic problems".[97][98] This will be the second time that there has not been a French Grand Prix on the schedule since the start of the World Drivers' Championship in 1950. The only previous time was 1955.[99] The race had been on the "final" schedule for 2009, and Bernie Ecclestone had previously stated that it would stay on the calendar, as they had a contract until 2011.[100]
  • On November 5, 2008, the FIA World Council shifted the Chinese Grand Prix to April and reshuffled the others to accommodate the loss of the French Grand Prix.[101]

Rule changes[edit]

Banned since 1998, slick tyres have been re-allowed for 2009.
A ban on aerodynamic appendages has resulted in the 2009 cars having smoother bodywork.
The front wing is lower and wider than in 2008.
The rear wing is higher and narrower.

On 22 December 2006, the FIA released technical regulations for the 2009 season.[102] These have been revised several times to accommodate the findings of the Overtaking Working Group (formed in response to concerns that passing in wheel-to-wheel racing was becoming increasingly rare)[103] and the increasing need for cost-cutting in the sport in the wake of the economic crisis.[104] Some changes have been added later.

  • Slick tyres will return for the first time since they were banned for the 1998 season. Bridgestone will continue to be the sole supplier of tyres, and drivers will still have to use both compounds of tyre during a race.[105] Soft tyres are differentiated by a green marking around the sides of the tyres, rather than a white marking in a groove as used in 2008.[106] Further, wet tyres were renamed as "intermediate" and extreme-weather tyres were renamed "wet".[107]
  • The aerodynamic regulations have been radically altered for the 2009 season. Front wings will be lower and wider, while rear wings will be much higher and narrower. This makes the 2009 cars strikingly different in appearance from those of previous seasons, and several drivers have expressed concerns that the larger front wings could trigger more accidents; especially at the start of Grands Prix when the cars are racing close to each other. As well as the changes in the dimensions of the wings, bodywork will be much more regulated with many of the additional components seen in previous seasons effectively outlawed (including barge boards, winglets, turning vanes, chimneys, Viking horns and dumbo ears), the diffuser at the rear of the car has been moved back and upwards. Many other minor chassis components have also been standardised. The aim of the new aerodynamic regulations, as well as the reintroduction of slick tyres, is to decrease reliance on aerodynamic downforce and increase mechanical grip with the aim of making wheel-to-wheel racing easier.
  • For the first time, cars will be allowed to use driver adjustable bodywork, in the form of adjustable flaps in the front wing. The flaps can be adjusted by up to six degrees, limited to only two adjustments per lap.
  • Along with changes to bodywork and tyre size, the 2006 document included details of a Kinetic Energy Recovery System. This is a regenerative braking device designed to recover some of the vehicle's kinetic energy, which is normally dissipated as heat during braking. The recovered energy can be stored electrically, in a battery or supercapacitor, or mechanically, in a flywheel, for use as a source of additional accelerative power at the driver's discretion by way of a boost button on the steering wheel. The regulations limit the additional power to around 82 hp (61 kW) for six seconds a lap. The regulations do not make this compulsory, and because of concerns about both limited performance gains and safety implications many teams are believed to be unlikely to use the new KERS systems for at least the start of the 2009 season.[108] And in fact the number of cars using KERS has dwindled from seven cars for the first two races and a peak of eight cars at Bahrain to just four cars (the Ferraris and McLarens). Until Hamilton's win in Hungary, no car running KERS had won the race. BMW Sauber, one of the biggest investors in KERS, announced after qualifying in Britain that they would be abandoning their KERS programme for good.
  • While it was reported in 2008 that the FIA were planning on introducing a budget cap to limit the amount of spending by Formula One teams,[109] the amount was not agreed upon and the budget cap idea was dropped. Instead, costs will be brought down by an almost total ban on in-season testing, a forced reduction in wind tunnel usage, the sharing of more data during race weekends, and an increased minimum engine lifespan: the engine will have to last for three races, instead of two in 2008. The gearbox will have to last for four races, and a penalty of five places in the starting grid will be applied, should a driver change it during the weekend before the start of the race.
  • Each driver will be limited to a maximum of eight engines throughout the season, in addition to four engines for practice/testing purposes. To aid improvements in reliability, the engines will be detuned from 19,000 RPM to 18,000 RPM.[110]
  • The rule stating that the pit lane is closed during a Safety Car period will be scrapped in 2009. The rule was introduced in 2007 to prevent drivers rushing back to the pits to refuel, possibly speeding through a danger zone, but software has been successfully developed to solve this problem.[111] The pit lane speed limit has also been increased from 50 mph to 62 mph (100 kmh).
  • The FIA initially declared that the driver with the most wins at the end of the season would be the winner of the 2009 Formula One World Championship, but dropped the decision because of opposition from teams and drivers.[112][113] Formula One Teams Association argued that FIA could not change the rules this close to the season's start without the full agreement of the teams.[3][114] Other proposals rejected by FIA were the introduction of a new points system with the scale 12–9–7–5–4–3–2–1 and to award medals for first, second and third place.[107]

New F1 partnerships[edit]

Korean electronics firm LG set a partnership with FOM to show their logo during live timing system and timing graphics.[115]

Sponsorship changes[edit]

Broadcasting changes[edit]

Formula One broadcasters change
Country 2008 2009
United Kingdom ITV BBC
Norway TV3 and Viasat SportN Viasat Motor
Spain Telecinco and TV3 Mediapro (laSexta), IB3 and TV3
Bulgaria BTV TV7 and BTV
India ESPNStar alliance ESPN Star Sports
Malaysia Pay-TV Astro ESPN Star Sports and ntv7
Denmark TV2 TV3 Puls
Greece Alpha TV ANT1
Russia Ren-TV RTR Sport
Turkey CNN Türk TRT
Latvia LNT TV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
Lithuania TV3 TV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
Ukraine Megasport K1
Middle East Al Jazeera Sports Bahrain Sports
Sweden Viasat Sport and TV6 Viasat Motor
Estonia TV3 TV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
Canada Speed – Licensed from TSN TSN, TSN2 and RDS
Australia TEN and Ten HD TEN and One HD

Results and standings[edit]

Grands Prix[edit]

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
3 China Chinese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Brazil Rubens Barrichello Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
4 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Italy Jarno Trulli Italy Jarno Trulli United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix United Kingdom Jenson Button Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
7 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
8 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
9 Germany German Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber Spain Fernando Alonso Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault
10 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
11 Spain European Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Timo Glock Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
12 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Germany Sebastian Vettel Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Adrian Sutil Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
14 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Australia Mark Webber Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
16 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Australia Mark Webber Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault
17 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Drivers[edit]

Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
China
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
TUR
Turkey
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
ABU
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 6 5 7 7 Ret 2 5 8 5 89
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 13 15 1 2 4 Ret 3 1 2 Ret Ret 3 8 4 1 4 74
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2 5 4 5 2 2 Ret 3 6 10 1 7 1 6 7 8 72
4 Australia Mark Webber 12 6 2 11 3 5 2 2 1 3 9 9 Ret Ret 17 1 61.5
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton DSQ 7 6 4 9 12 13 16 18 1 2 Ret 12 1 3 3 49
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 15 14 10 6 Ret 3 9 8 Ret 2 3 1 3 10 4 6 48
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 6 8 15 9 8 6 5 5 4 4 5 8 16 11 5 Ret 34.5
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 13 4 7 17 8 13 Ret 14 12 2 Ret 30.5
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 5 11 9 8 5 7 10 14 7 Ret 6 Ret 5 3 10 Ret 26
10 Germany Timo Glock 4 3 7 7 10 10 8 9 9 6 14 10 11 2 DNS 24
11 Brazil Felipe Massa Ret 9 Ret 14 6 4 6 4 3 DNS 22
12 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Ret Ret 5 12 Ret Ret 14 Ret 8 5 4 6 6 7 11 12 22
13 Poland Robert Kubica 14 Ret 13 18 11 Ret 7 13 14 13 8 4 Ret 8 9 2 17
14 Germany Nick Heidfeld 10 2 12 19 7 11 11 15 10 11 11 5 7 Ret 6 Ret 15
15 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 11 18 14 15 14 9 Ret 10 11 14 12 2 9 13 12 10 8
16 Germany Adrian Sutil 9 17 17 16 Ret 14 17 17 15 Ret 10 11 4 Ret 13 Ret 5
17 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 7 16 8 17 Ret Ret 15 18 16 16 Ret 12 13 Ret Ret 7 5
18 France Sébastien Bourdais 8 10 11 13 Ret 8 18 Ret Ret 2
19 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 15 12 11 12 9 18 13 10 9 15 Ret 0
20 Japan Kamui Kobayashi PO 9 0
21 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Ret 13 16 10 12 Ret 16 12 13 12 0
22 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Ret 14 14 11 0
23 France Romain Grosjean 15 Ret 15 Ret 16 13 0
24 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 15 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 0
25 Italy Luca Badoer 17 14 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
China
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
TUR
Turkey
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
ABU
United Arab Emirates
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
Half points were awarded at the Malaysian Grand Prix as less than 75% of the scheduled distance was completed.

Constructors[edit]

Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
China
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
TUR
Turkey
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
ABU
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 22 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 6 5 7 7 Ret 2 5 8 5 161
23 2 5 4 5 2 2 Ret 3 6 10 1 7 1 6 7 8
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 14 12 6 2 11 3 5 2 2 1 3 9 9 Ret Ret 17 1 135.5
15 13 15 1 2 4 Ret 3 1 2 Ret Ret 3 8 4 1 4
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 DSQ 7 6 4 9 12 13 16 18 1 2 Ret 12 1 3 3 71
2 Ret Ret 5 12 Ret Ret 14 Ret 8 5 4 6 6 7 11 12
4 Italy Ferrari 3 Ret 9 Ret 14 6 4 6 4 3 DNS 17 14 9 13 12 10 70
4 15 14 10 6 Ret 3 9 8 Ret 2 3 1 3 10 4 6
5 Japan Toyota 9 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 13 4 7 17 8 13 Ret 14 12 2 Ret 54.5
10 4 3 7 7 10 10 8 9 9 6 14 10 11 2 DNS 9
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 6 8 15 9 8 6 5 5 4 4 5 8 16 11 5 Ret 34.5
17 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 15 12 11 12 9 18 13 10 9 15 Ret
7 Germany BMW Sauber 5 14 Ret 13 18 11 Ret 7 13 14 13 8 4 Ret 8 9 2 32
6 10 2 12 19 7 11 11 15 10 11 11 5 7 Ret 6 Ret
8 France Renault 7 5 11 9 8 5 7 10 14 7 Ret 6 Ret 5 3 10 Ret 26
8 Ret 13 16 10 12 Ret 16 12 13 12 15 Ret 15 Ret 16 13
9 India Force India-Mercedes 20 9 17 17 16 Ret 14 17 17 15 Ret 10 11 4 Ret 13 Ret 13
21 11 18 14 15 14 9 Ret 10 11 14 12 2 Ret 14 14 11
10 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11 8 10 11 13 Ret 8 18 Ret Ret 15 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 7
12 7 16 8 17 Ret Ret 15 18 16 16 Ret 12 13 Ret Ret 7
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
China
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
TUR
Turkey
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
BRA
Brazil
ABU
United Arab Emirates
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
Half points were awarded at the Malaysian Grand Prix as less than 75% of the scheduled distance was completed.

Statistics[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Finishes Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 16 15 6 8 4 2 89
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 16 13 3 7 4 2 74
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 16 15 2 6 1 2 72
4 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 16 14 2 7 1 3 61.5
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16 14 2 5 3 0 49
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 16 14 1 5 0 0 48
7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 15 0 0 0 1 34.5
8 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 16 12 0 3 1 1 30.5
9 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 16 13 0 1 1 2 26
10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 14 14 0 2 0 1 24
11 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 9 7 0 1 0 1 22
12 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16 11 0 0 0 0 22
13 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 16 13 0 1 0 0 17
14 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 16 14 0 1 0 0 15
15 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
16 15 0 1 1 0 8
16 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 16 12 0 0 0 1 5
17 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 11 0 0 0 0 5
18 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 9 6 0 0 0 0 2
19 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 12 0 0 0 0 0
20 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Toyota 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
21 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 10 8 0 0 0 0 0
22 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
23 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 6 4 0 0 0 0 0
24 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7 3 0 0 0 0 0
25 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Ferrari 2 2 0 0 0 0 0

Felipe Massa of Scuderia Ferrari was an entrant to the Hungarian Grand Prix but did not start the race because of a serious accident in qualifying that hospitalised him.

Timo Glock of Toyota was an entrant to the Japanese Grand Prix but did not start the race because of a serious accident in qualifying

Constructors[edit]

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Starts Finishes Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 United Kingdom Brawn BGP 001 Germany Mercedes 32 30 8 14 5 4 161
2 Austria Red Bull RB5 France Renault 32 27 5 14 5 5 135.5
3 United Kingdom McLaren MP4-24 Germany Mercedes 32 25 2 4 3 0 71
4 Italy Ferrari F60 Italy Ferrari 31 25 1 6 0 1 70
5 Japan Toyota TF109 Japan Toyota 31 27 0 5 1 2 54.5
6 United Kingdom Williams FW31 Japan Toyota 32 26 0 0 0 1 34.5
7 Germany BMW Sauber F1.09 Germany BMW 32 27 0 2 0 0 32
8 France Renault R29 France Renault 32 25 0 1 1 2 26
9 India Force India VJM02 Germany Mercedes 32 26 0 1 1 1 13
10 Italy Toro Rosso STR4 Italy Ferrari 32 20 0 0 0 0 7

Report[edit]

Most of the early part of the season was dominated by Brawn GP's Jenson Button. Button won the first race in Australia, with team-mate Rubens Barrichello in second, giving the team a 1–2 on its debut. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel had been running in second until he collided with BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica a few laps from the end. The accident meant the race finished behind the Safety Car, with Toyota's Jarno Trulli in third ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

After the race, Trulli was demoted to 12th place after McLaren claimed Trulli overtook Hamilton under Safety Car conditions. This accusation was later found to be false and Hamilton was disqualified from the race for misleading the stewards.[126] Trulli was re-instated to third place with team-mate Timo Glock promoted to fourth position. Sebastian Buemi scored points on his debut for Torro Rosso, finishing seventh.

Hamilton was the centre of attention at the following Malaysian Grand Prix, with reports he was on the verge of quitting.[127] The race was equally dramatic, being stopped because of monsoon-like conditions before 75% of the race-distance had been covered, meaning only half points were awarded for only the fifth time in F1 history.[128] Button mastered the changing conditions for his second win, ahead of BMW's Nick Heidfeld and Glock. Hamilton was seventh.

The Chinese Grand Prix belonged to Red Bull thanks to Sebastian Vettel, who claimed the team's first ever pole position in wet conditions and lead team-mate Mark Webber home in an equally wet race to claim Red Bull's first ever win and their first 1–2. Championship leader Button finished third, ahead of Barrichello. Heikki Kovalainen finished fifth ahead of team-mate Hamilton.

Bahrain saw Toyota clinch a front row with Trulli taking pole position ahead of Glock on light fuel loads. Their aggressive pit strategy did not work, allowing Button to charge through for his third victory of the year. Vettel finished second ahead of Trulli. Hamilton and Räikkönen recorded their best finishes of the year in 4th and 6th respectively, the two points Ferrari's first of the season.

At the Spain round, Button took another victory for Brawn GP to extend his Championship lead, finishing 13 seconds in front of three-stopping Barrichello. Webber finished third, finishing ahead of Vettel (fourth). Fernando Alonso finished his home race in fifth, ahead of Felipe Massa.

The Monaco Grand Prix produced another Brawn 1–2 as the car's early season superiority told. Barrichello overtook Räikkönen from third on the grid but could not chase down race winner Button. Ferrari moved up to fourth place in the Constructors' Championship with Räikkönen third and Massa fourth, while Vettel crashed out.

Button won again in Turkey, making it six wins out of seven races for Button and the newly founded Brawn team after pole-sitter Vettel made a mistake on the first lap. Vettel finished third, behind Webber. With Barrichello retiring with gearbox problems, Button had opened up a 26 point lead on his teammate. Trulli held onto fifth position in the Drivers Championship with a fourth placed finish in Istanbul Park.

The British Grand Prix was seen as a turning point, being dominated by Red Bull with Vettel securing his second victory of 2009 and third of his career. Webber came in second to make it a 1–2 for Red Bull, in dry conditions. Barrichello took the last podium position with local Championship leader Button down in sixth and not on the podium for the first time this season. Vettel was now only two points behind Barrichello.

The following German Grand Prix was also dominated by Red Bull, with Webber taking his first pole, and going on to win the race, despite being given a drive through penalty for causing an collision at the start of the race. Vettel came in second ahead of Massa, on the podium for the only time this season. Rosberg came fourth, followed by the Brawns of Button and Barrichello.

The Hungarian Grand Prix was overshadowed by an accident in qualifying which hospitalised Ferrari's Felipe Massa. A spring that had fallen off Rubens Barrichello's car hit Massa on the helmet when he was travelling at 162 mph.[129] Massa was airlifted to hospital and would take no further part in the session or season.

Alonso took pole but was forced to retire after a wheel was not attached properly at his first pit stop. Lewis Hamilton, starting fourth, came through for his first win of the season. Kimi Räikkönen finished second after a battle with Mark Webber, who moved up to second in the Drivers Championship after Barrichello finished tenth and Vettel retired. Button could only manage seventh, his lead 18.5 points.

During the four-week summer break before the European Grand Prix in Valencia, it was announced Massa would be replaced by Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer, after a proposed comeback by seven time World Champion Michael Schumacher was called off because of a neck injury suffered by the German.[130] BMW announced their withdrawal from Formula One at the end of the season, citing "current developments in motorsport" and costs as the reason. [131] Meanwhile Renault sacked Brazilian Nelson Piquet, Jr. after he failed to score a point and replaced him with Frenchman Romain Grosjean. Renault were initially banned for the European Grand Prix following Alonso's wheel falling off dangerously in Hungary, but on appeal this was reduced to a $50,000 fine.[132]

The European Grand Prix was won by Rubens Barrichello, his first F1 win since China 2004, from third on the grid. Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton finished second after losing time during a pit stop ahead of Kimi Räikkönen. Button was the only other Championship contender to score, in seventh, moving Barrichello back to second in the drivers table.

The Belgian Grand Prix saw Kimi Räikkönen take his first victory since the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix. Giancarlo Fisichella produced one of the shocks of the season, qualifying his Force India on Pole Position and keeping up with Räikkönen to finish the race second, ahead of Vettel. Championship leader Button failed to score for the first time in 2009 after being involved in a four car crash on the first lap while Barrichello finished seventh after an incident-packed race. In the days after the race, Luca Badoer, who finished last, was replaced at Ferrari by Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella, who was in turn replaced by fellow Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi.

The Italian Grand Prix saw a return to form for Brawn, with Barrichello taking the win ahead of team-mate Button. Hamilton crashed from third on the last lap, handing a podium position for the fourth consecutive race to Kimi Räikkönen, who was followed home by Adrian Sutil, his career best finish. With Vettel scoring just one point and Webber crashing on the first lap, the Championship was increasingly looking a two-horse race between Button (80 points) and Barrichello (66).

Hamilton redeemed himself by winning the Singapore Grand Prix ahead of Timo Glock and Fernando Alonso. In the Championship battle, Button recovered from 11th on the grid to finish fifth, behind Vettel and one place ahead of Barrichello. Vettel had been challenging Hamilton for the lead before a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane, while teammate Webber literally crashed out of the title race.

The Japanese Grand Prix saw a return to form for the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, who kept alive his slim hopes of the Drivers Championship with a dominant display while both Brawn drivers struggled, finishing seventh and eighth. Jarno Trulli was second for Toyota, while his teammate Timo Glock was unable to race after suffering a leg injury in qualifying.

After the Brazilian Grand Prix, only Timo Glock has no retirements yet during this season (although he was unable to race in Japan and Brazil.)

Race fixing controversy[edit]

In a scandal dubbed "Crashgate" by the media, allegations of race-fixing during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix emerged during the second half of the 2009 season from former Renault driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. Over the course of the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix, Piquet, who had been sacked weeks earlier by Renault, claimed he was asked to crash at the Singapore race in a strategy designed to aid teammate and eventual race winner Fernando Alonso. Renault were handed a two-year suspended ban from the sport after the FIA World Motor Sport Council decided the team's managing director, Flavio Briatore and its executive director of engineering, Pat Symonds had asked Piquet to crash. Both had left the team before the WMSC hearing, where they were given life and five-year suspensions respectively. It had been rumoured Renault were prepared to quit the sport at the end of the 2009 season had the team been heavily punished,[133] but the FIA found Briatore and Symonds solely to blame and chose to suspend Renault's ban.[134]

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Japan  2009 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 17 in the 2009 Formula One season
The Suzuka circuit
The Suzuka circuit
Date October 4, 2009
Official name XXXV Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.573 km (191.224 mi)
Weather dry
Pole position
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:32.160
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:32.569 on lap 50
Podium
First Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Second Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota
Third United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

The 2009 Japanese Grand Prix (formally the XXXV Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix) was the fifteenth round of the 2009 Formula One Season. The race was held at the Suzuka Circuit on October 4, 2009.

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won the race ahead of Toyota's Jarno Trulli and 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

With two races remaining in the 2009 season, Vettel's win maintained his slim hopes of winning the Drivers Championship, with Championship leader Jenson Button finishing eighth, one place behind Rubens Barrichello. The result left Button and Barrichello's Brawn team one point away from clinching the Constructors Championship.[1]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Jenson Button led Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello by 15 points going into the race, with Sebastian Vettel 10 points further back driving for Red Bull Racing. Mark Webber could no longer win the Championship.[2]

Brawn also led Red Bull by 42½ points in the Constructors' Championship, and only needed to maintain this lead to take the trophy. McLaren and Ferrari were 3 points apart in the Constructors' Championship in 3rd and 4th, with their lead drivers Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen also separated by 3 points in 5th and 6th in the Drivers' Championship; Ferrari led on both counts.

Fernando Alonso won the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix for Renault, which was held at Fuji Speedway. Alonso also won the last race at Suzuka, in 2006. Other former winners lining up include Brawn GP's Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen and World Champion Lewis Hamilton. It was the first time since 1990 that a Schumacher (Michael or Ralf) was not on the grid at Suzuka.

Eight of the drivers had not raced at Suzuka in Formula One before, owing to the Fuji Speedway having hosted the Japanese Grand Prix in 2007 and 2008. Those drivers included Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Heikki Kovalainen, local driver Kazuki Nakajima, Adrian Sutil, Sébastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari and Romain Grosjean. However, both Vettel and Sutil had driven the circuit in practice sessions before when they served as test drivers in 2006.

The 2009 Japanese Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen and Adrian Sutil all start their fiftieth race in Formula One.

Practice[edit]

The Friday practice sessions were dominated by heavy rain that severely reduced running time. Toyota's Timo Glock was advised not to drive as he was suffering from a fever, and was replaced by GP2 driver Kamui Kobayashi.[3]

Kamui Kobayashi filled in for Timo Glock during Friday Practice.

The first practice session saw Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton set the early pace, with lap times rapidly falling as the track dried out. The second half of the session was dominated by local driver Kazuki Nakajima, who narrowly missed out on setting the fastest time after McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen set a time three tenths of a second quicker in the final phase.[4] Championship contenders Rubens Barrichello, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button finished 10th, 17th and 18th respectively.[5]

The rain increased markedly for the second session, which saw very limited running in the first hour with Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi being the only drivers to set times. Owing to poor visibility and limited tyre allocations, many of the drivers elected to do only a handful of laps; Nico Rosberg did just seven in comparison to the twenty he had done in the first session, a pattern followed by many other drivers.[6] Heikki Kovalainen and both Brawn GP drivers elected not to take to the circuit. Adrian Sutil went on to set the fastest lap of the session with Sebastian Vettel in second, both of them some seven seconds slower than Kovalainen's first session time.[7]

Saturday's third and final practice session started with contact between championship leader Button and Alguersuari that saw the Brawn driver require a replacement front wing. The session was largely dominated by Alguersuari's Toro Rosso stablemate Buemi, with fellow Red Bull compatriot Sebastian Vettel a close second until Jarno Trulli set a time six hundredths of a second quicker on his final lap[8]. The hour-long session was dry, with Trulli's 1:31.709 almost ten seconds faster than Heikki Kovalainen's FP1 time and 17 seconds quicker than Adrian Sutil in FP2. At the end of the hour, championship contenders Vettel, Barrichello and Button were fourth, seventh and ninth respectively and separated by just over two hundredths of a second; just one second ultimately covered the top 16 drivers. Elsewhere, Timo Glock returned to his seat whilst Romain Grosjean out-paced Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso. Red Bull's Mark Webber crashed near the Degner Corner, damaging his car to such an extent that he was unable to take part in qualifying.[9] As the damage was heavy enough to require the chassis to be re-built, Webber had to start the race from the pit lane.

Qualifying[edit]

With Webber unable to take part in qualifying, only four drivers would be eliminated in the first session. An early spin into the barriers by Sébastien Buemi looked as if that number would become three, but his team repaired the car in time for him to do a single fast lap. The early pace-setter was Sebastian Vettel, who exchanged blows with the Toyota of Trulli before ultimately coming out on top by the end of the session. Meanwhile, Jaime Alguersuari made the second part of qualifying for the first time in his short career, with Giancarlo Fisichella, Kazuki Nakajima, Romain Grosjean and Vitantonio Liuzzi joining Webber in an early exit from qualifying.

Both Brawn GP cars were given five-place grid penalties after qualifying.

The second session was dominated by two accidents that both resulted in red flags. The first was Jaime Alguersuari, who speared off at the Degner Curve, the same place as Webber in the earlier practice session and the scene of Buemi's off-track excursion in the first segment of qualifying. The second accident was more serious, with Timo Glock crashing heavily at the final corner. The session was stopped for some time as medics attended to him and his car was removed. The session resumed with eight minutes remaining and saw a final push by the Brawn drivers to make it into the top ten shootout. The final moments were marked by another off by Buemi at Spoon, which left debris on the circuit as he limped back to the pits. Glock was flown by helicopter to hospital during Q3 with a wound on his left leg, and back pain.[10] The times set by the Brawn drivers were threatened should someone protest following an incident where they set their best - and only - times during a yellow flag period.

Heikki Kovalainen joined the growing list of drivers who crashed at the Degner Curve early in the third part of qualifying, though the damage was minimal and the circuit quickly cleared. The damage to Sébastien Buemi's car after his earlier off was deemed too great to be able to repair in time, and like Kovalainen, he failed to set a time, meaning that Q3 would be contested by eight drivers. When the track had re-opened after Kovalainen's accident, there were just five minutes remaining on the clock. Sebastian Vettel once again topped the timing sheets, putting him in a strong position to keep his title campaign alive, while rival championship contenders Barrichello and Button could only manage fifth and seventh respectively. Jarno Trulli qualified the sole remaining Toyota in second in his team's home race, with reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton in third.

After qualifying, Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso and Adrian Sutil were all called before the stewards on charges of speeding during the yellow-flag caused by Sébastien Buemi's off in the final moments of Q2. Buemi himself was later summoned on the charge of driving a damaged car. All of the drivers except for Heidfeld and Kubica were given five-place grid penalties.[11]

Race[edit]

Sebastian Vettel led the race from the start; aside from a brief attempt by Lewis Hamilton at passing him into the first corner, the Red Bull driver would remain relatively unthreatened. The opening lap was clean, with the only major changes in position coming from Sébastien Buemi, who nearly stalled, and Jenson Button, who fell from 10th down to 12th behind the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica and the Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella. Button subsequently reclaimed those positions within the opening laps.

Sebastian Vettel won the race after starting from pole position.

Hamilton slotted into second place while Jarno Trulli assumed third. Further back, Mark Webber, having started from the pit lane, pitted three times in the opening four laps; the first two due to his headrest coming loose, and the third for new tyres after he picked up a puncture. Most of the overtaking in the early stages of the Grand Prix took place with the first wave of stops, Vettel remaining unchallenged for the lead. An incident at the Casio Triangle saw Adrian Sutil and Heikki Kovalainen collide at relatively low speed, allowing championship leader Button to sneak through into a points position.

The middle stint of the race was as quiet as the first, with the only passes being Kovalainen out-dragging Fisichella in the pit exit lane, and a mistake from Hamilton allowing Trulli to pass him as he emerged from the pits. A problem with the KERS unit on his car meant that Hamilton subsequently struggled to stay in touch with the Toyota driver. Meanwhile, the Toro Rosso drivers had not fared well, with a clutch problem spelling an early retirement for Buemi, whilst Jaime Alguersuari lost control after touching the astro turf on the outside of 130R which resulted in a spin into the tyre wall and the safety car being deployed ten laps from the end.[12]

By the time the wreckage from Alguersuari's accident was cleared away and the track considered safe for racing once more, there were just five laps remaining. Vettel continued to put as much space between him and second place as possible, while ninth-placed Kubica threatened Jenson Button in an attempt to wrest the single championship point for eighth place away from him. Button prevailed after deciding not to challenge team-mate Rubens Barrichello for seventh. He later protested to the stewards that Williams' Nico Rosberg had been speeding under the safety car - though Rosberg was acquitted after a stewards' hearing found mitigating circumstances.[13]

Vettel ultimately won the race from Trulli and Hamilton with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth. His victory and subsequent ten championship points meant Vettel stayed in contention for the drivers' title, 16 points adrift of Button, who kept a 14-point lead over Barrichello going into the penultimate race.[14]. Vettel was confident he could make up the large points difference, saying his Red Bull team had the momentum[15] while Button admitted he would be was focusing on an error-free end to the season to try and clinch his first Driver's title.[16]

Classification[edit]

Pratice (Fastest Lap Time)[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Free 1 Time Free 1 Laps Free 2 Time Free 2 Laps Free 3 Time Free 3 Laps
1 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:42.657 13 1:48.737 7 1:31.709 24
2 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:41.421 26 1:48.691 9 1:31.771 26
3 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams 1:42.188 20 1:49.872 8 1:32.343 28
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:43.218 11 1:47.923 6 1:32.414 19
5 4 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:41.577 25 1:48.886 5 1:32.445 26
6 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India 1:40.806 14 1:47.261 5 1:32.467 25
7 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP 1:41.821 19 No Time Set 0 1:32.488 24
8 2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1:40.356 24 No Time Set 0 1:32.546 22
9 22 England Jenson Button Brawn GP 1:43.318 17 No Time Set 0 1:32.668 25
10 11 Catalonia Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:42.667 27 1:48.802 11 1:32.689 20
11 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1:43.572 22 1:49.405 6 1:32.717 25
12 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:42.977 14 1:50.179 10 1:32.736 21
13 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:41.532 22 1:48.693 5 1:32.742 21
14 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota DNP DNP DNP DNP 1:32.749 26
15 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1:40.648 18 1:48.058 8 1:32.752 23
16 1 England Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:41.443 15 1:47.983 5 1:32.789 19
17 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:42.833 17 1:48.861 6 1:32.848 20
18 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:40.985 27 1:49.553 5 1:32.878 26
19 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull 1:42.332 10 1:49.382 7 1:32.930 15
20 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India 1:42.475 15 1:47.931 5 1:33.167 18
21 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Toyota 1:43.407 16 1:49.054 7 DNP DNP
Source: [17]

Qualifying Session 1[edit]

Weather

Temp: 26 Forecast: Sunny Track: Dry

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:30.883 5
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:30.917 10
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn GP 1:31.041 7
4 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:31.063 9
5 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:31.196 6
6 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:31.228 10
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP 1:31.272 7
8 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams 1:31.286 8
9 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India 1:31.386 8
10 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.401 8
11 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:31.417 7
12 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1:31.499 12
13 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.501 9
14 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:31.550 10
15 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:31.571 12
16 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:31.704 11
17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1:31.718 8
18 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1:32.073 8
19 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India 1:32.087 9
20 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull No Time Set 0

Qualifying Session 2[edit]

Weather Temp: 26 Forecast: Sunny Track: Dry

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:30.341 5
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:30.627 5
3 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:30.737 6
4 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn GP 1:30.880 7
5 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:31.052 6
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP 1:31.055 6
7 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:31.103 6
8 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India 1:31.222 6
9 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1:31.223 7
10 GermanyNick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.260 5
11 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams 1:31.482 9
12 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.638 6
13 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:32.341 8
14 Germany Timo Glock Toyota No Time Set 3
15 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso No Time Set 2

Qualifying Session 3[edit]

Temp: 26 Forecast: Sunny Track: Dry

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:32.160 4
2 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:32.220 5
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:32.395 6
4 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India 1:32.466 6
5 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP 1:32.660 5
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:32.945 5
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn 1:32.962 4
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:32.980 7
9 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren No Time Set 2
10 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso No Time Set 0

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Qualifying (Template No.1)[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:30.883 1:30.341 1:32.160 1
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:31.063 1:30.737 1:32.220 2
3 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.917 1:30.627 1:32.395 3
4 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:31.386 1:31.222 1:32.466 81
5 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.272 1:31.055 1:32.660 91
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.501 1:31.260 1:32.945 4
7 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.041 1:30.880 1:32.962 111
8 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:31.288 1:31.052 1:32.980 5
9 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.499 1:31.223 No time2 132
10 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.196 1:31.103 No time3 144
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:31.286 1:31.482 6
12 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.401 1:31.638 171
13 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:31.417 1:32.341 7
14 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:31.550 No time5 195
15 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.571 No time6 10
16 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:31.704 12
17 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:31.718 15
18 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1:32.073 16
19 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:32.087 187
20 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault No time8 208

Qualifying (Template No.2)[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:30.883 1:30.341 1:32.160 1
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:31.063 1:30.737 1:32.220 2
3 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.917 1:30.627 1:32.395 3
4 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:31.386 1:31.222 1:32.466 81
5 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.272 1:31.055 1:32.660 61
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.501 1:31.260 1:32.945 4
7 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.041 1:30.880 1:32.962 101
8 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:31.288 1:31.052 1:32.980 5
9 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.499 1:31.223 No time2 112
10 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.196 1:31.103 No time3 134
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:31.286 1:31.482 7
12 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.401 1:31.638 161
13 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:31.417 1:32.341 9
14 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:31.550 No time5 (20)5
15 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.571 No time6 12
16 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:31.704 14
17 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:31.718 15
18 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1:32.073 17
19 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:32.087 187
20 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault No time8 198
Source: [18] [11]
1.^ - Button, Barrichello, Alonso and Sutil were given five-place grid penalties for speeding under yellow conditions.[11] These penalties were applied in the order that the infringements had been committed.
2.^ - Kovalainen crashed at the Degner Curve in Q3. He changed his gearbox after the session, resulting in a five-place grid penalty.
3.^ - Buemi crashed during the final moments of Q2 and was unable to set a time in Q3.
4.^ - Buemi was given five-place grid penalty and a reprimand for driving a damaged car and impeding other drivers.[11]
5.^ - Glock failed to set a time during Q2 after going off at the final corner. He was injured in the accident, and was withdrawn from the race on Sunday morning.[19]
6.^ - Alguersuari crashed during the second phase of qualifying, prompting the session to be red-flagged.
7.^ - Liuzzi was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[20]
8.^ - Webber damaged his car in the final practice session and was unable to take to the circuit in qualifying.[9] He started from the pit lane with a new chassis.

Qualifying (Template No.3)[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:30.883 1:30.341 1:32.160 1
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:31.063 1:30.737 1:32.220 2
3 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.917 1:30.627 1:32.395 3
4 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:31.386 1:31.222 1:32.466 81
5 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.272 1:31.055 1:32.660 91
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.501 1:31.260 1:32.945 4
7 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.041 1:30.880 1:32.962 111
8 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:31.288 1:31.052 1:32.980 5
9 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.499 1:31.223 No time2 132
10 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.196 1:31.103 No time3 144
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:31.286 1:31.482 6
12 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.401 1:31.638 171
13 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:31.417 1:32.341 7
14 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:31.550 No time5 195
15 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.571 No time6 10
16 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:31.704 12
17 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:31.718 15
18 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1:32.073 16
19 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:32.087 187
20 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault No time8 208

Adjusted grid[edit]

Owing to confusion arising from the mass penalties awarded after qualifying, the following table represents the grid in the order the drivers lined up.

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Grid
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 2
3 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 3
4 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 4
5 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 5
6 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 6
7 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 7
8 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 8
9 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 9
10 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 10
11 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 11
12 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12
13 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 13
14 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 14
15 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 15
16 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 16
17 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 17
18 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 18
19 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 19
20 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota DNS1
Source: [18]
1.^ - Timo Glock was injured in a qualifying acident on Saturday and officially withdrew from the race on Sunday morning.[21]

Grid[edit]

Pos Driver Constructor
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren
4 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
5 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams
7 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
8 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP
10 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso
11 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn GP
12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari
13 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren
14 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso
15 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams
16 France Romain Grosjean Renault
17 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India
19 Germany Timo Glock Toyota
20 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull


Race[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 53 1:28:20.443 1 10
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 53 +4.877 2 8
3 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 53 +6.472 3 6
4 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 53 +7.940 5 5
5 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 53 +8.793 7 4
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 53 +9.509 4 3
7 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 53 +10.641 6 2
8 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 53 +11.474 10 1
9 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 53 +11.777 9
10 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 53 +13.065 16
11 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +13.735 11
12 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 53 +14.596 14
13 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 53 +14.959 8
14 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 53 +15.734 18
15 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 53 +17.973 15
16 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 52 +1 Lap 17
17 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 51 +2 Laps 19
Ret 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 43 Accident 12
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11 Clutch 13
DNS 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 0 Injured (20)
Source:[17]

Standings after the Race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.[22]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "FIA Formula 1 drivers' world championship Standings". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
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  8. ^ "Trulli fastest in final Suzuka practice". Autosport.com. 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
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  10. ^ "Glock injures leg in Japan Crash". BBC Sport (BBC). 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
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  12. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8288249.stm
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  19. ^ Strang, Simon (2009-10-04). "Injured lock out of Japanese GP". Autosport.com. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  20. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2009-10-03). "Liuzzi to get five-place grid penalty". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
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Singapore  2009 Singapore Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 17 in the 2009 Formula One season
Marina Bay Street Circuit
Marina Bay Street Circuit
Date September 27, 2009
Official name 2009 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
Location Marina Bay, Singapore
Course Street Circuit
5.073 km (3.152 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 309.316 km (192.209 mi)
Weather Hot and Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1.47.891
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:48.240 on lap 53
Podium
First United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Second Germany Timo Glock Toyota
Third Spain Fernando Alonso Renault

The 2009 Singapore Grand Prix (formally the 2009 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix) was the fourteenth race of the 2009 Formula One season. It was the second Singapore Grand Prix to be part of a Formula One Championship and the second Formula One race to be held at night. The race took place on 27 September 2009 and was contested over 61 laps at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. The race was won by McLaren-Mercedes driver and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton. Toyota's Timo Glock finished second and 2008 race winner Fernando Alonso came third.

Championship leader Jenson Button extended his lead by one point finishing in fifth, one position ahead of Brawn team-mate and Championship rival Rubens Barrichello. Fellow rival Sebastian Vettel had been challenging Hamilton for the lead before a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane scuppered his strategy.[1]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Fernando Alonso of Renault was the only previous winner of the race but recent controversy has surrounded the race. Last year's pole sitter Felipe Massa sat out the race with injuries sustained in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The previous street circuit races this year were won by Brawn GP with Jenson Button taking the chequered flag in Monaco and Rubens Barrichello victorious in Valencia.

Prior to the race, Button led the Championship by 14 points from team-mate Barrichello, with Brawn's closest challenger Sebastian Vettel lying 12 points behind the Barrichello and 26 behind Button. Kimi Räikkönen of Ferrari was looking for a fifth consecutive podium, having scored three quarters of his 40 2009 championship points in the previous four races.

Renault lost their title sponsor ING and removed the stickers before Friday practice.

Brawn led the Constructors' Championship on 146 points (and could have clinched the Constructors' title in Singapore), whilst Red Bull were 40.5 behind on 105.5. Ferrari and McLaren were 3rd and 4th respectively.

The circuit was also reprofiled slightly, including modifications to turns 1, 2, 3, 13 and 14 to aid overtaking, and also at turn 10 where high kerbs caused many accidents in 2008.[2] The entrance and exit to the pit lane were also changed. The cars entered the pit lane before turn 22 while the most significant change was the exit of the pits with the cars now joining after turn 1.[3] As a result, the total length of the circuit increased by 6 metres.

Turns 1, 7 and 10 were now known as "Sheares", "Memorial" and "Singapore Sling" respectively. The namesake of these names are as follows: "Sheares" is named after the Benjamin Sheares Bridge that spans on the expressway above the circuit, which is in turn named after ex-President of the Republic Benjamin Sheares. "Memorial" is named after the WWII War Memorial in the middle of the city, and "Singapore Sling" is the name of Singapore's signature drink.

Announced on Thursday evening (UTC) that title sponsor ING and Mutua Madrileña had terminated their sponsorship deals with Renault with immediate effect.[4] This move followed the race-fixing scandal that resulted in a suspended ban for the team. Renault removed the sponsors' logos from their cars before they ran them on track. Mutua Madrileña continued however to back 2005 and 2006 World Champion Fernando Alonso.[4]

Practice[edit]

The first session of the weekend ended as the previous race finished with the two Brawn's on top, Rubens Barrichello in front of Jenson Button.[5] Renault's Romain Grosjean caused the session to be stopped after losing control of the car at the same corner that Nelson Piquet, Jr. crashed out during the race at last year's event. Adrian Sutil and Heikki Kovalainen were the others who had on track incidents.[6] Fernando Alonso split the two Red Bull's in fourth, Mark Webber finished the session in third and Sebastian Vettel in fifth. Giancarlo Fisichella continued to struggle as he finished the session P17, around 1.6s behind team-mate Kimi Räikkönen.[6]

The second session was also red flagged this time with Red Bull's Mark Webber. A big accident on the pit straight as the nose, front left wheel and the wing took the impact as a lot of debris was put onto the track.[7] However the other Red Bull of Vettel finished the session top 0.2s ahead of Alonso.[8] Kovalainen took third, Heidfeld fourth and championship leader Button finished the days final session in fifth. Jenson's team-mate Barrichello struggled to take eleventh almost one second slower than Vettel. Although Webber crashed out with one hour remaining in the session[7] he managed to sixth.

The final practice session got under way with no cars posting a time for the best part of 15 minutes. With the first session of the weekend not being red-flagged it was Lewis Hamilton who finished top of the time sheets.[9] Sebastian Vettel finished second trying to make the most of this Red Bull car as his team-mate Mark Webber struggled for pace finishing down in thirteenth. The Williams of Nico Rosberg came third with Hamilton's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen in fourth.[9] Rubens Barrichello finished in sixth behind the two BMW's of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. Rubens' team-mate and championship leader Jenson Button stuggled and only managed fourteenth. The two Force India drivers didn't look quick at all as the high down-force circuit of Singapore didn't seem to suit the car. They ended the session P16 and 17. Giancarlo Fisichella seemed to be struggling a lot being 1.2s behind team-mate Räikkönen and 2.4s behind Lewis Hamilton.[9]

Qualifying[edit]

Very early on the first session Renault's Romain Grosjean went down the escape round at turn 17, as his brakes had no efficiency.[10] Rosberg was the one who setted the early pace but Button, Vettel and Hamilton responded quickly. Both Ferrari's were struggling until Räikkönen took second with three minutes remaining. This left Fisichella stuck in the bottom 5 and was eventually eliminated only managing eighteenth.[11]

The others to be knocked out were Sutil (P16), Alguersuari (P17), Grosjean (P19) and Liuzzi (P20).[11]

Mark Webber was the early pace setter in this 15 minute knock-out, but an amazing lap by Nico Rosberg easily secured his place into Q3. Button was struggling all through the session and ran wide and almost put the car into the wall on his final lap. He eventually finished a dismal twelfth. And with Barrichello having to drop 5 places down the grid after changing his gearbox before qualifying it wasn't looking to good for Ross Brawn's team. Barrichello left it late and jumped from eleventh to sixth to book his place in the top 10 shootout. The others to be knocked out were; Nakajima (P11), Räikkönen (P13), Buemi (P14) and Trulli in P15.[11]

The top 10 drivers set their early quick laps. Hamilton took the early lead with Vettel and Rosberg close behind. With only two minutes to go it looked to be a close to who would take pole position. The top three were unchanged with Vettel very quick on track while Rosberg was going even quicker. However, Barrichello spun off and hit the wall hard, destroying much of the left side of his car, which brought out the yellow flags meaning anyone who was on a flying lap had to slow down unless they had already passed the scene of the accident. The red flag was brought out with 26 seconds remaining on the clock. As no other cars crossed the line, Hamilton took pole position ahead of Vettel, Rosberg and Mark Webber.[11] Although Barrichello qualified fifth, he starts the race tenth after his gearbox change.[12] The session was restarted with only 26 seconds left there was no time to start a flying lap so no one rejoined the circuit. This session was the third of four to be red flagged this weekend, only the third practice session was not interrupted.

Race[edit]

Approximately three hours before the scheduled race start it was announced Nick Heidfeld would be starting the race from the pitlane, after his team discovered insufficient ballast had been fitted to his car.[13] This promoted all the cars behind him one position on the grid, significantly moving both the Brawn cars onto the 'clean' side of the starting grid, on the racing line.

Jenson Button finished fifth, extending his championship lead over team-mate Rubens Barrichello by one point.

The race began shortly after 8pm local time with Lewis Hamilton making a clean start from pole position. Nico Rosberg took advantage of being on the clean side of the track to overtake Sebastian Vettel into the first corner. Fernando Alonso attempted to also pass Vettel but was unsuccessful, giving Mark Webber the opportunity to overtake Alonso on the outside of Turn 7. Both Alonso and Webber went off track as Webber completed the move. Stewards deemed Webber's move illegal[14] and on lap seven he was told to hand the position back to Alonso, which also meant letting Timo Glock through as the German had also passed Alonso on the first lap.[15] Alonso's Renault team-mate Romain Grosjean was not having any more luck, having to retire at the end of lap three with a recurring brake problem.[14]

With Barrichello in seventh and Button out of the points scoring positions in 10th, Vettel looked to capitalise and try to close Button's 26 point lead in the Championship. By lap 13 he was 2.1 seconds behind Rosberg, who was in turn 2.5 seconds behind Hamilton. Vettel was the first of the leaders to stop, on lap 17. A lap later Rosberg pitted but he misjudged the level of grip on the pit exit, causing his car to cross the white line that distinguishes the pit lane from the race track[16], an offence that is punished by a drive-through penalty. Rosberg was issued with the penalty on lap 20 and would have to serve penalty within three racing laps. Hamilton also pitted on lap 20.

The following lap, an accident involving Adrian Sutil and Nick Heidfeld necessitated the deployment of the Safety Car to remove debris from the track. Sutil spun attempting to pass Jaime Alguersuari on the inside of Turn 14 and, with his car facing the wrong way, attempted to rejoin the circuit as Heidfeld was taking the corner, causing a collision that forced both cars to retire, Heidfeld's first non finish since the 2007 United States Grand Prix.[17] Sutil was later reprimanded and fined $20,000 by stewards for dangerous driving.[18]

Alonso dedicated his podium to Flavio Briatore after the race.

Most cars that had thus far not pitted for fuel and tyres did so under the Safety Car conditions, including both Brawn cars. The Safety Car did not benefit Rosberg, as Formula One regulations prevent a drive-through penalty being served under Safety Car conditions, meaning he would have to stop within two laps of the restart when the field was still closely bunched.[16] During this round of pit stops, Alguersuari repeated the infamous mistake made by Felipe Massa at the 2008 race by attempting to exit his pit garage with the fuel hose still attached.

[19]

The race restarted on lap 26, with Vettel now pressurising Hamilton for the lead. Rosberg served his penalty on lap 28, demoting him to 14th position. Hamilton and Vettel traded fastest laps with the gap between them hovering under a second. Behind Vettel the longer-fuelled Timo Glock was being encouraged to keep pushing as his team believed they could leap-frog the Red Bull in the pits.[14]

Vettel pitted for his second stop on lap 39 and was clearly pushing very hard, running over a kerb on his out lap and damaging the underside of his car, having already lost his right wing mirror. However, worse was to come, as on lap 40 the stewards handed him a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.[20]

Lewis Hamilton was barely challenged throughout the race as he took the chequered flag.

This left Hamilton 9.2 seconds ahead of Glock, who was in turn 7.6 seconds ahead of Alonso as Vettel served his penalty on lap 43. Red Bull's afternoon went from bad to worse three laps later as Webber spun out at Turn 1 after a right-front brake failure.

McLaren brought in both Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen for their second stops, and Timo Glock also pitted. The Safety Car was not deemed necessary to clear Webber's car, giving Jenson Button, who had been following Kovalainen, the opportunity to put in a series of fast laps before his pit stop.[21] With Barrichello running in seventh after a small problem at his second pit stop[22], Button had an opportunity to stay ahead of his team-mate and extend his Championship lead. He pitted on lap 51, emerging in a net fifth position behind the impressively recovering Vettel and ahead of Barrichello.

Button seemed to have the speed to catch Vettel, who was concerned about his brakes following the retirement of Webber as well as that of Alguersuari, of Red Bull's sister team Torro Rosso, also with brake problems.[23]. Button closed the gap to under two seconds before he too appeared to develop brake problems.[24] Fortunately for Button, his attempts to catch Vettel had given him a ten second cushion over Barrichello with two laps to go.

Nearly two hours after the race started, Hamilton completed the final lap to take the chequered flag, ahead of Glock and Alonso. Vettel and Button held on for fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Barrichello, Kovalainen and Robert Kubica in the final points paying position. Button extended his Championship lead by one point to 15 ahead of Barrichello, with just three races remaining. Vettel was 25 points behind Button while Webber's crash meant he was now officially out of the running for the World Championship[24]. Brawn would need 12 points from the remaining three races to clinch the Constructors Championship, while Ferrari's poor race, with neither driver scoring points, allowed McLaren to close the gap to Ferrari to three points in the battle for third.

Interestingly, under Bernie Ecclestone's proposed 'winner takes all' medals system, Button would have been declared World Champion after this result, with no other driver able to match his tally of six race wins.[25] The Olympics-style system was planned to be used to decide the 2009 World Champion but was dropped after pressure from teams in favour of the traditional points method.


Drivers[edit]

Renault[edit]

Spain Fernando Alonso

France Romain Grosjean

BMW[edit]

Poland Robert Kubica

Germany Nick Heidfeld

Ferrari[edit]

Finland Kimi Räikkönen

Italy Giancarlo Fisichella

McLaren[edit]

United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton

Finland Heikki Kovalainen

Toyota[edit]

Italy Jarno Trulli

Germany Timo Glock

Red Bull[edit]

Germany Sebastian Vettel

Australia Mark Webber

Toro Rosso[edit]

Switzerland Sébastien Buemi

Spain Jaime Alguersuari

Force India[edit]

Germany Adrian Sutil

Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi

Brawn[edit]

United Kingdom Jenson Button

Brazil Rubens Barrichello


Classification[edit]

Free 1[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Time
1 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1.50.179
2 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1.50.356
3 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.50.416
4 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1.50.567
5 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.50.614
6 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1.50.699
7 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1.50.715
8 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1.50.815
9 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1.50.865
10 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1.51.089
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1.51.427
12 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1.51.544
13 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.51.643
14 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1.51.656
15 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1.52.083
16 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1.52.135
17 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1.52.390
18 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1.52.905
19 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.53.232
20 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1.53.458

Free 2[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Time
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.48.650
2 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1.48.924
3 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1.48.952
4 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1.49.098
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1.48.311
6 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.49.317
7 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1.49.333
8 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1.49.342
9 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1.49.358
10 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1.49.609
11 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1.49.616
12 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1.49.710
13 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1.49.795
14 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1.49.941
15 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1.50.023
16 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1.50.253
17 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.50.527
18 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1.50.605
19 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1.50.973
20 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.51.423

Free 3[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Time
1 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1.47.632
2 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.47.909
3 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1.48.332
4 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1.48.420
5 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1.48.501
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1.48.526
7 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1.48.551
8 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1.48.673
9 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.48.754
10 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1.48.757
11 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1.48.831
12 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1.48.864
13 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.48.876
14 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1.48.921
15 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1.49.032
16 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1.49.055
17 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1.49.122
18 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.49.399
19 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1.49.641
20 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1.50.039

Qualifying[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.977 1:46.657 1:47.891 1
2 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:47.541 1:46.362 1:48.204 2
3 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:47.390 1:46.197 1:48.348 3
4 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:47.646 1:46.328 1:48.722 4
5 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:47.397 1:46.787 1:48.828 91
6 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:47.757 1:46.767 1:49.054 5
7 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:47.770 1:46.707 1:49.180 6
8 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:47.347 1:46.832 1:49.307 202
9 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:47.615 1:46.813 1:49.514 7
10 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.542 1:46.842 1:49.778 8
11 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:47.637 1:47.013 10
12 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:47.180 1:47.141 11
13 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:47.293 1:47.177 12
14 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:47.677 1:47.369 13
15 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:47.690 1:47.413 14
16 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:48.231 15
17 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.340 16
18 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:48.350 17
19 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1:48.544 18
20 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:48.792 19
Source: [11], [26]
1.^ Rubens Barrichello was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change prior to qualifying.
2.^ Nick Heidfeld was disqualified for being underweight after qualifying. He has also had gearbox and engine change prior to race, and he will start from the pit lane.[27]

Race[edit]

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 61 1:56:06.337 1 10
2 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 61 +9.634 6 8
3 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 61 +16.624 5 6
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 61 +20.621 2 5
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 61 +30.015 11 4
6 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 61 +31.858 9 3
7 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 61 +36.157 8 2
8 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 61 +55.054 7 1
9 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 61 +56.054 10
10 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 61 +58.892 12
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 61 +59.777 3
12 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 61 +1:13.009 14
13 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 61 +1:19.890 17
14 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 61 +1:33.502 19
Ret 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 47 Brakes 16
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastian Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 47 Gearbox 13
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 45 Brakes 4
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 23 Brakes 15
Ret 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 19 Collision 20
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 3 Brakes 18
Source: [1]

Notes[edit]

  • Jenson Button would have won the World Championship after this result under Bernie Ecclestone's proposed "winner takes all" medals system.[25]
  • Nick Heidfeld failed to finish a race for the first time since the 2007 United States Grand Prix ending his 41 race streak.
  • Mark Webber mathematically can not be crowned World Champion after he retired. Only Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel are in contention for the title.

Standings[edit]

Standings Before The Grand Prix[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Jenson Button[edit]

United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 80 Points

Rubens Barrichello[edit]

Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 66 Points

Sebastian Vettel[edit]

Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 54 Points

Mark Webber[edit]

Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 51.5 Points

Kimi Raikkonen[edit]

Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 40 Points

Nico Rosberg[edit]

Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 30.5 Points

Lewis Hamilton[edit]

United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 27 Points

Jarno Trulli[edit]

Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 22.5 Points

Felipe Massa[edit]

Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 22 Points

Heikki Kovalainen[edit]

Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 20 Points

Fernando Alonso[edit]

Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 20 Points

Timo Glock[edit]

Germany Timo Glock Toyota 16 Points

Nick Heidfeld[edit]

Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 12 Points

Giancarlo Fisichella[edit]

Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes Ferrari 8 Points

Robert Kubica[edit]

Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 8 Points

Adrian Sutil[edit]

Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 5 Points

Sébastien Buemi[edit]

Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3 Points

Sébastien Bourdais[edit]

France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 Points

Kazuki Nakajima[edit]

Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 0 Points

Nelson Piquet, Jr.[edit]

Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Renault 0 Points

Luca Badoer[edit]

Italy Luca Badoer Ferrari 0 Points

Romain Grosjean[edit]

France Romain Grosjean Renault 0 Points

Jaime Alguersuari[edit]

Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Points

Vitantonio Liuzzi[edit]

Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 0 Points


Constructors[edit]

Brawn[edit]

Brawn-Mercedes 146 Points

Red Bull[edit]

Red Bull-Renault 105.5 Points

Ferrari[edit]

Ferrari 62 Points

McLaren-Mercedes[edit]

McLaren-Mercedes 47 Points

Toyota[edit]

Toyota 38.5 Points

Williams-Toyota[edit]

Williams-Toyota 30.5 Points

BMW Sauber[edit]

BMW Sauber 20 Points

Renault[edit]

Renault 20 Points

Force India-Mercedes[edit]

Force India-Mercedes 13 Points

Toro Rosso-Ferrari[edit]

Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5 Points

Standings after the Grand Prix[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.[28]


F1 Rocks Singapore With LG[edit]

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The F1 Rocks Singapore With LG logo.
Singapore was the first venue for the F1 Rocks concerts.

The inaugural F1 Rocks concerts was held in Singapore. Headlining acts include Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, ZZ Top, Simple Minds, N*E*R*D, No Doubt, Jacky Cheung and A*Mei which took place September 24 through 26th nightly at Fort Canning Park.[29] This also included Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button doing fun challenges. This was hosted by Lindsay Lohan

Other SingaporeGP Season events include the Fuel Festival headlining Underworld Live, Will.i.am, New Order, Bloc Party, Guru Josh, and Johnny Vicious which takes place September 24 at Suntec Convention Centre as well as September 25 through 27th nightly at the National Museum of Singapore. Singapore GP itself is offering a showcase featuring Backstreet Boys, Travis, Carl Cox, and John Digweed on the 25th through 27th nightly throughout the track side areas.

Gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Singapore GP Race Results". BBC Sport (BBC). 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  2. ^ Straw, Edd; Noble, Jonathan (2009-01-07). "Singapore to revise track for 2009 race". autosport.com. Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  3. ^ "Track Changes ahead of Singapore Grand Prix". formula1.com (Formula One Association). (2009-09-22). Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Renault suffer twin sponsor blow". BBC Sport. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-09-24.  Text "BBC" ignored (help)
  5. ^ "Singapore GP Practice 1 Results". formula1.com (Formula One Association). (2009-09-25). Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  6. ^ a b "Vettel heads Alonso in practice". BBC Sport (BBC). (2009-09-25). Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Singapore GP Practice as it happened". BBC Sport (BBC Sport). (2009-09-25). Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  8. ^ "Singapore GP Practice 2 Results". formula1.com (Formula One Association). (2009-09-25). Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  9. ^ a b c "Singapore GP Practice 3 Results". formula1.com (Formula One Association). Retrieved 2009-09-26.  Text "date-2009-09-26" ignored (help)
  10. ^ "Singapore GP Qualifying as it happened". BBC Sport (BBC). 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  11. ^ a b c