2009 F1 World Championship

  • 2009
  • F1
  • F1 World Championship
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Drivers' Champion
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Following a couple of torrid seasons and with the global economic downturn taking hold, Honda withdrew from Formula 1 at the end of 2008. The Brackley-based team was reborn as Brawn Grand Prix and with a supply of Mercedes-Benz engines, confirming its participation just 23 days before the start of the new season. Designed around the controversial “double diffuser” concept, the Brawn BGP001 immediately proved to be a class apart.

Jenson Button won six of the first seven races to take a stranglehold on the title. He survived a mid-season dip in form to storm through the field in Brazil to clinch the World Championship with a round to spare. Rubens Barrichello was originally outpaced by his team-mate but he grew stronger as the year unfolded and won at both Valencia and Monza as he finished third overall.

This was the year that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull truly came of age. Once pronounced legal by the FIA, Adrian Newey introduced his own interpretation of the “double diffuser” and the RB5 was more than a match for Brawn by the British GP. Vettel won four times as he finished as runner-up to Button. Team-mate Mark Webber’s year began with a broken leg sustained in a Tasmanian charity cycle ride. That curtailed his pre-season testing but he scored first GP victories in Germany (despite a drive through penalty) and Brazil.

Lewis Hamilton’s title defence began with disqualification from third place in the Australian GP after he was found to have lied to the stewards. The McLaren MP4-24 was a difficult car so it is to Hamilton’s credit that he won twice to finish fifth in the standings. In contrast, Heikki Kovalainen was a disappointing 12th overall in his second and final season with the team.

Ferrari only won once (Kimi Raikkonen in Belgium) and Felipe Massa suffered serious head injuries during qualifying for the Hungarian GP. A spring from Barrichello’s Brawn hit Massa on the helmet and he was sidelined for the rest of the year. Luca Badoer and then Giancarlo Fisichella both proved uncompetitive while deputising for the Brazilian. Fisichella was briefly a sought after driver once more after converting a surprise pole position at Spa-Francorchamps into second place at the finish for Force India. Adrian Sutil showed the team’s genuine improvement by qualifying on the front row next time out in Italy.

Controversy enveloped Renault after the disappointing Nelson Piquet jr was replaced mid-season. It soon emerged that the disaffected Brazilian had deliberately crashed during the 2008 Singapore GP, thus handing a winning advantage to team-mate Fernando Alonso. Both Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds were banned from F1 as a consequence. Alonso, who was formally cleared of all knowledge of the incident, finished third in Singapore and did enough to earn a Ferrari contract for 2010.

Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica scored a second place finish apiece for BMW Sauber, as did Toyota’s Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock. However, but both manufacturers quit F1 at the end of the season. Jaime Alguersuari became F1’s youngest driver to date when he made his debut for Toro Rosso in Hungary.

Max Mosley was succeeded as President of the FIA by former Ferrari Team Principal Jean Todt after 18 years in power.

Races

Round Race name Date Circuit Laps Winner

1

ING Australian Grand Prix

29/03/2009

Albert Park

58

Jenson Button

Brawn GP Formula One Team

2

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

05/04/2009

Sepang

31

Jenson Button

Brawn GP Formula One Team

3

Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix

19/04/2009

Shanghai

56

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing

4

Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

26/04/2009

Sakhir

57

Jenson Button

Brawn GP Formula One Team

5

Gran Premio de Espana Telefonica

10/05/2009

Catalunya

66

Jenson Button

Brawn GP Formula One Team

6

Grand Prix de Monaco

24/05/2009

Monte Carlo

78

Jenson Button

Brawn GP Formula One Team

7

ING Turkish Grand Prix

07/06/2009

Istanbul Park

58

Jenson Button

Brawn GP Formula One Team

8

Santander British Grand Prix

21/06/2009

Silverstone

60

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing

9

Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland

12/07/2009

Nurburgring

60

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing

10

ING Magyar Nagydij

26/07/2009

Hungaroring

70

Lewis Hamilton

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

11

Gran Premio d'Europa Telefonica

23/08/2009

Valencia Street Circuit

57

Rubens Barrichello

Brawn GP Formula One Team

12

Grand Prix ING de Belgique

30/08/2009

Spa-Francorchamps

44

Kimi Raikkonen

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

13

Gran Premio Santander d'Italia

13/09/2009

Monza

53

Rubens Barrichello

Brawn GP Formula One Team

14

Singtel Singapore Grand Prix

27/09/2009

Marina Bay

61

Lewis Hamilton

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

15

Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix

04/10/2009

Suzuka

53

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing

16

Grande Premio Petrobras do Brasil

18/10/2009

Interlagos

71

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing

17

Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

01/11/2009

Yas Marina

55

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing

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