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The 2009 Formula One season was the 60th FIA Formula One World Championship season. The season took place over 17 rounds, and started with the Australian Grand Prix on 29 March 2009. It ended on 1 November 2009 with the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Jenson Button and Brawn GPmarker secured the driver and constructor titles respectively in the Brazilian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season. It was both Button and Brawn's first Championship success, Brawn becoming the first team to win the Constructors Championship in their debut season. Button was the tenth British driver to win the championship, and following Lewis Hamilton's success in 2008 it was the first time the Championship had been won by English drivers in consecutive seasons, and the first time since Graham Hill (1968) and Jackie Stewart (1969) that consecutive championships have been won by British drivers.

Ten teams participated in the Championship after several rule changes were implemented by the FIA to cut costs to try and minimise the effect of the global financial crisis. There were further changes to try to improve the on-track spectacle with the return of slick tyres, changes to aerodynamics and the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) presenting some of the biggest changes in Formula One regulations for several decades. The Brawn team, formerly Honda, won six of the first seven races, their ability to make the most of the new regulations being a deciding factor in the Championship as other teams caught up in the second half of an unpredictable season.

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 was scrapped following protests from the Formula One Teams Association.

Pre-season testing

The first multi-team testing session took place at Circuit de Catalunyamarker, Barcelonamarker in November 2008, two weeks after the end of previous season. All teams, except Toyota, took part in the testing session where some teams tested their new aerodynamics package and slick tyres. BMW Sauber and Williams were amongst the forerunners in this case, with the Germanmarker 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. 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. McLarenmarker test driver Pedro de la Rosa also tested for Force India, an exercise seen as a part of the teams' new technical partnership. Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Renaultmarker 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 Jerezmarker 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. The test also saw the McLarenmarker team debut a front wing and nosecone designed to 2009 specifications, as well as stripped bodywork. BMW Sauber and Williams continued running the interim cars which debuted at the previous test, while Renaultmarker 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. 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. 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. BMW Sauber, meanwhile, enjoyed warmer weather testing the F1.09 at Valencia.

On 9 March, testing started at Barcelonamarker with the new team, Brawn GPmarker, 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. On day three, Brawn GP's Jenson Button was fastest by just over one second to Ferrari's Felipe Massa completing 130 laps. 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. 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. Button led the final day 0.2 seconds clear, completing 114 laps ahead of Williams driver Nico Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Hamilton. 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. 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.

McLarenmarker 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. Felipe Massa stated he had never seen McLaren so far behind.

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. These designs were quickly protested, and just days after the cars were unveiled, rival teams asked the FIA for a clarification on the matter. 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. 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, but after analysing the cars the FIA reported that the cars were not illegal. The other six teams filed an appeal which was heard on 14 April 2009 the week prior to round three of the championship, the and a result was decided on Wednesday 15 April. The FIA deemed the cars' diffusers legal after much deliberation.

Teams

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.

New car launches

Constructor Chassis Launch date Launch location
Ferrari F60 January 12 Mugellomarker, Italymarker
Toyota TF109 January 15 Online
McLarenmarker-Mercedes MP4-24 January 16 Wokingmarker, United Kingdommarker
Renaultmarker R29 January 19 Portimãomarker, Portugalmarker
Williams-Toyota FW31 January 19 Portimãomarker, Portugalmarker
BMW Sauber F1.09 January 20 Valenciamarker, Spainmarker
Red Bull-Renaultmarker RB5 February 9 Circuito de Jerezmarker, Spainmarker
Force India-Mercedes VJM02 March 1 Circuito de Jerezmarker, Spainmarker
Brawnmarker-Mercedes BGP 001 March 6 Silverstone Circuitmarker, United Kingdommarker
Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR4 March 9 Circuit de Catalunyamarker, Spainmarker


Teams and drivers

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds Test Driver(s)
Vodafone McLarenmarker Mercedes McLarenmarker MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W 1 Lewis Hamilton All Pedro de la Rosa

Gary Paffett
2 Heikki Kovalainen All
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 3 Felipe Massa 1–10 Luca Badoer

 Marc Gené
Luca Badoer 11–12
Giancarlo Fisichella 13–17
4 Kimi Räikkönen All
BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 5 Robert Kubica All Christian Klien
6 Nick Heidfeld All
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Renault F1 Teammarker
Renaultmarker R29 Renaultmarker RS27 7 Fernando Alonso All Romain Grosjean

Lucas Di Grassi
8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. 1–10
Romain Grosjean 11–17
Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 9 Jarno Trulli All Kamui Kobayashi
10 Timo Glock 1–15
Kamui Kobayashi 16-17
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 11 Sébastien Bourdais 1–9 Jaime Alguersuari

David Coulthard

Brendon Hartley
Jaime Alguersuari 10–17
12 Sébastien Buemi All
Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renaultmarker RS27 14 Mark Webber All
15 Sebastian Vettel All
AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 16 Nico Rosberg All Nico Hülkenberg
17 Kazuki Nakajima All
Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W 20 Adrian Sutil All Vitantonio Liuzzi
21 Giancarlo Fisichella 1–12
Vitantonio Liuzzi 13–17
Brawn GP F1 Teammarker Brawnmarker BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W 22 Jenson Button All Anthony Davidson

Alexander Wurz
23 Rubens Barrichello All


See Sponsorship changes

See Mid-season changes

2009 calendar

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

Round Official Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prixmarker Australian GP Melbourne Grand Prix Circuitmarker 29 March 17:00 06:00
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prixmarker Malaysian GP Sepang International Circuitmarker, Kuala Lumpurmarker 5 April 17:00 09:00
3 Chinese Grand Prixmarker Chinese GP Shanghai International Circuitmarker 19 April 15:00 07:00
4 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prixmarker Bahrain GP Bahrain International Circuitmarker, Sakhir, Manamamarker 26 April 15:00 12:00
5 Gran Premio de Españamarker Telefónica Spanish GP Circuit de Catalunyamarker, Barcelonamarker 10 May 14:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Circuit de Monacomarker, Monte Carlomarker 24 May 14:00 12:00
7 ING Turkish Grand Prixmarker Turkish GP Istanbul Parkmarker 7 June 15:00 12:00
8 Santander British Grand Prixmarker British GP Silverstone Circuitmarker 21 June 13:00 12:00
9 Großer Preismarker Santander von Deutschlandmarker German GP Nürburgringmarker 12 July 14:00 12:00
10 ING Magyar Nagydíjmarker Hungarian GP Hungaroringmarker, Budapestmarker 26 July 14:00 12:00
11 Telefónica Grand Prix of Europemarker European GP Valencia Street Circuitmarker 23 August 14:00 12:00
12 ING Belgian Grand Prixmarker Belgian GP Circuit de Spa-Francorchampsmarker, Spamarker 30 August 14:00 12:00
13 Gran Premiomarker Santander d'Italiamarker Italian GP Autodromo Nazionale Monzamarker 13 September 14:00 12:00
14 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuitmarker 27 September 20:00 12:00
15 Fuji Televisionmarker Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Suzuka Circuitmarker, Suzuka 4 October 14:00 05:00
16 Grande Prêmiomarker Petrobras do Brasilmarker Brazilian GP Autódromo José Carlos Pacemarker, São Paulomarker 18 October 14:00 16:00
17 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prixɫ Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina Circuitmarker 1 November 17:00 13:00


† Night Race

ɫ Twilight Race

‡ New Circuit

Changes

Driver changes

Changed teams

Entered F1

Exited F1

Mid-season changes



Team changes

  • Force India changed their engine supplier from Ferrari to Mercedes in a five-year deal.
  • 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".
  • 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. It was confirmed on 5 March 2009 that the team would compete in the 2009 season as Brawn GPmarker, with Mercedes engines, following a management buy-out, and would retain the services of both Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello as drivers.


Calendar changes

  • The debuting Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been added to the race calendar, as part of Formula One's expansion in the Middle East. The race took place at the Hermann Tilke-designed Yas Marina Circuitmarker. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the final round of the 2009 World Championship on 1 November, 2009.
  • After being dropped in and replaced by the Fuji Speedwaymarker, the Suzuka Circuitmarker 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 Prixmarker (for apparent financial problems) and the rearrangement of the Turkish Grand Prixmarker to June 7, 2009. 2009 will be the first Formula One season since 1958 with no Grand Prix in North America. The Canadian Grand Prix had been on the provisional schedule, before being dropped.
  • On October 15, 2008, the organisers of the French Grand Prixmarker announced via their official website that the race would no longer be part of the 2009 season, citing "economic problems". 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. 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.
  • On November 5, 2008, the FIA World Council shifted the Chinese Grand Prixmarker to April and reshuffled the others to accommodate the loss of the French Grand Prix.


Rule changes

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. 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) and the increasing need for cost-cutting in the sport in the wake of the economic crisis. 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. 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 . Further, wet tyres were renamed as "intermediate" and extreme-weather tyres were renamed "wet".
  • 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 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. 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, 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.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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.


New F1 partnerships

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

Sponsorship changes



Broadcasting changes

Formula One broadcasters change
Country 2008 2009
United Kingdommarker ITV BBC
Norwaymarker TV3 and Viasat SportN Viasat Motor
Spainmarker Telecinco and TV3 Mediapro (laSexta), IB3 and TV3
Bulgariamarker BTV TV7 and BTV
Indiamarker ESPNStar alliance ESPN Star Sports
Malaysiamarker Pay-TV Astro ESPN Star Sports and ntv7
Denmarkmarker TV2 TV3 Puls
Greecemarker Alpha TV ANT1
Russiamarker Ren-TV RTR Sport
Turkeymarker CNN Türk TRT
Latviamarker LNT TV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
Lithuaniamarker TV3 TV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
Ukrainemarker Megasport K1
Middle East Al Jazeera Sports Bahrain Sports
Swedenmarker Viasat Sport and TV6 Viasat Motor
Estoniamarker TV3 TV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
Canadamarker Speed – Licensed from TSN TSN, TSN2 and RDS
Australia TENmarker and Ten HD TENmarker and One HD


Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Australian Grand Prixmarker Jenson Button Nico Rosberg Jenson Button Brawnmarker-Mercedes Report
2 Malaysian Grand Prixmarker Jenson Button Jenson Button Jenson Button Brawnmarker-Mercedes Report
3 Chinese Grand Prixmarker Sebastian Vettel Rubens Barrichello Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renaultmarker Report
4 Bahrain Grand Prixmarker Jarno Trulli Jarno Trulli Jenson Button Brawnmarker-Mercedes Report
5 Spanish Grand Prixmarker Jenson Button Rubens Barrichello Jenson Button Brawnmarker-Mercedes Report
6 Monaco Grand Prix Jenson Button Felipe Massa Jenson Button Brawnmarker-Mercedes Report
7 Turkish Grand Prixmarker Sebastian Vettel Jenson Button Jenson Button Brawnmarker-Mercedes Report
8 British Grand Prixmarker Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renaultmarker Report
9 German Grand Prixmarker Mark Webber Fernando Alonso Mark Webber Red Bull-Renaultmarker Report
10 Hungarian Grand Prixmarker Fernando Alonso Mark Webber Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
11 European Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Timo Glock Rubens Barrichello Brawnmarker-Mercedes Report
12 Belgian Grand Prixmarker Giancarlo Fisichella Sebastian Vettel Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
13 Italian Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Adrian Sutil Rubens Barrichello Brawnmarker-Mercedes Report
14 Singapore Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Fernando Alonso Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
15 Japanese Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renaultmarker Report
16 Brazilian Grand Prixmarker Rubens Barrichello Mark Webber Mark Webber Red Bull-Renaultmarker Report
17 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renaultmarker Report


Drivers

Pos Driver AUS

MAL

CHN

BHR

ESP

MON

TUR

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

BRA

ABU

Points
1 Jenson Button 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 6 5 7 7 Ret 2 5 8 5 3 95
2 Sebastian Vettel 13 15 1 2 4 Ret 3 1 2 Ret Ret 3 8 4 1 4 1 84
3 Rubens Barrichello 2 5 4 5 2 2 Ret 3 6 10 1 7 1 6 7 8 4 77
4 Mark Webber 12 6 2 11 3 5 2 2 1 3 9 9 Ret Ret 17 1 2 69.5
5 Lewis Hamilton DSQ 7 6 4 9 12 13 16 18 1 2 Ret 12 1 3 3 Ret 49
6 Kimi Räikkönen 15 14 10 6 Ret 3 9 8 Ret 2 3 1 3 10 4 6 12 48
7 Nico Rosberg 6 8 15 9 8 6 5 5 4 4 5 8 16 11 5 Ret 9 34.5
8 Jarno Trulli 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 13 4 7 17 8 13 Ret 14 12 2 Ret 7 32.5
9 Fernando Alonso 5 11 9 8 5 7 10 14 7 Ret 6 Ret 5 3 10 Ret 14 26
10 Timo Glock 4 3 7 7 10 10 8 9 9 6 14 10 11 2 DNS 24
11 Felipe Massa Ret 9 Ret 14 6 4 6 4 3 DNS 22
12 Heikki Kovalainen Ret Ret 5 12 Ret Ret 14 Ret 8 5 4 6 6 7 11 12 11 22
13 Nick Heidfeld 10 2 12 19 7 11 11 15 10 11 11 5 7 Ret 6 Ret 5 19
14 Robert Kubica 14 Ret 13 18 11 Ret 7 13 14 13 8 4 Ret 8 9 2 10 17
15 Giancarlo Fisichella 11 18 14 15 14 9 Ret 10 11 14 12 2 9 13 12 10 16 8
16 Sébastien Buemi 7 16 8 17 Ret Ret 15 18 16 16 Ret 12 13 Ret Ret 7 8 6
17 Adrian Sutil 9 17 17 16 Ret 14 17 17 15 Ret 10 11 4 Ret 13 Ret 17 5
18 Kamui Kobayashi PO 9 6 3
19 Sébastien Bourdais 8 10 11 13 Ret 8 18 Ret Ret 2
20 Kazuki Nakajima Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 15 12 11 12 9 18 13 10 9 15 Ret 13 0
21 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Ret 13 16 10 12 Ret 16 12 13 12 0
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi Ret 14 14 11 15 0
23 Romain Grosjean 15 Ret 15 Ret 16 13 18 0
24 Jaime Alguersuari 15 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 0
25 Luca Badoer 17 14 0
Pos Driver AUS

MAL

CHN

BHR

ESP

MON

TUR

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

BRA

ABU

Points


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 as less than 75% of the scheduled distance was completed.


Constructors

Pos Constructor Car

No.
AUS

MAL

CHN

BHR

ESP

MON

TUR

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

BRA

ABU

Points
1 Brawnmarker-Mercedes 22 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 6 5 7 7 Ret 2 5 8 5 3 172
23 2 5 4 5 2 2 Ret 3 6 10 1 7 1 6 7 8 4
2 Red Bull-Renaultmarker 14 12 6 2 11 3 5 2 2 1 3 9 9 Ret Ret 17 1 2 153.5
15 13 15 1 2 4 Ret 3 1 2 Ret Ret 3 8 4 1 4 1
3 McLarenmarker-Mercedes 1 DSQ 7 6 4 9 12 13 16 18 1 2 Ret 12 1 3 3 Ret 71
2 Ret Ret 5 12 Ret Ret 14 Ret 8 5 4 6 6 7 11 12 11
4 Ferrari 3 Ret 9 Ret 14 6 4 6 4 3 DNS 17 14 9 13 12 10 16 70
4 15 14 10 6 Ret 3 9 8 Ret 2 3 1 3 10 4 6 12
5 Toyota 9 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 13 4 7 17 8 13 Ret 14 12 2 Ret 7 59.5
10 4 3 7 7 10 10 8 9 9 6 14 10 11 2 DNS 9 6
6 BMW Sauber 5 14 Ret 13 18 11 Ret 7 13 14 13 8 4 Ret 8 9 2 10 36
6 10 2 12 19 7 11 11 15 10 11 11 5 7 Ret 6 Ret 5
7 Williams-Toyota 16 6 8 15 9 8 6 5 5 4 4 5 8 16 11 5 Ret 9 34.5
17 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 15 12 11 12 9 18 13 10 9 15 Ret 13
8 Renaultmarker 7 5 11 9 8 5 7 10 14 7 Ret 6 Ret 5 3 10 Ret 14 26
8 Ret 13 16 10 12 Ret 16 12 13 12 15 Ret 15 Ret 16 13 18
9 Force India-Mercedes 20 9 17 17 16 Ret 14 17 17 15 Ret 10 11 4 Ret 13 Ret 17 13
21 11 18 14 15 14 9 Ret 10 11 14 12 2 Ret 14 14 11 15
10 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11 8 10 11 13 Ret 8 18 Ret Ret 15 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 8
12 7 16 8 17 Ret Ret 15 18 16 16 Ret 12 13 Ret Ret 7 8
Pos Constructor Car

No.
AUS

MAL

CHN

BHR

ESP

MON

TUR

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

BRA

ABU

Points


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 as less than 75% of the scheduled distance was completed.


Statistics

Drivers



Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Finishes Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Jenson Button Brawnmarker-Mercedes 17 16 6 9 4 2 95
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renaultmarker 17 12 4 8 4 3 84
3 Rubens Barrichello Brawnmarker-Mercedes 17 16 2 6 1 2 77
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renaultmarker 17 15 2 8 1 3 69.5
5 Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes 17 13 2 5 4 0 49
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 17 14 1 5 0 0 48
7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 17 16 0 0 0 1 34.5
8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 17 13 0 3 1 1 32.5
9 Fernando Alonso Renaultmarker 17 14 0 1 1 2 26
10 Timo Glock Toyota 14 14 0 2 0 1 24
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 9 7 0 1 0 1 22
12 Heikki Kovalainen McLarenmarker-Mercedes 17 12 0 0 0 0 22
13 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 17 15 0 1 0 0 19
14 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 17 13 0 1 0 0 17
15 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes

Ferrari
17 15 0 1 1 0 8
16 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 10 0 0 0 0 6
17 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 17 12 0 0 0 1 5
18 Kamui Kobayashi Toyota 2 2 0 0 0 0 3
19 Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 9 6 0 0 0 0 2
20 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 17 12 0 0 0 0 0
21 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Renaultmarker 10 8 0 0 0 0 0
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 5 4 0 0 0 0 0
23 Romain Grosjean Renaultmarker 7 5 0 0 0 0 0
24 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8 3 0 0 0 0 0
25 Luca Badoer 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 an accident in qualifying.

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

Constructors

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Starts Finishes Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Brawnmarker BGP 001 Mercedes 34 32 8 15 5 4 172
2 Red Bull RB5 Renaultmarker 34 27 6 16 5 6 153.5
3 McLarenmarker MP4-24 Mercedes 34 25 2 5 4 0 71
4 Ferrari F60 Ferrari 33 28 1 6 0 1 70
5 Toyota TF109 Toyota 33 29 0 5 1 2 59.5
6 BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW 34 28 0 2 0 0 36
7 Williams FW31 Toyota 34 29 0 0 0 1 34.5
8 Renaultmarker R29 Renaultmarker 34 27 0 1 1 2 26
9 Force India VJM02 Mercedes 34 26 0 1 1 1 13
10 Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 34 19 0 0 0 0 8


Report

The season was split into two halves, with the newly-formed Brawn GPmarker dominating the first half of the season with successive wins, while the latter half saw an improved showing from Red Bull, Ferrari and McLarenmarker. Jenson Button was able to capitalise on Brawn's advantage in the early rounds, winning six of the first seven races, to give him his first World Championship. Sebastian Vettel and Button's team-mate Rubens Barrichello were his main challengers over the season, winning six races between them to finish in second and third respectively.

Button won the season opening Australian race, with team-mate Rubens Barrichello in second, giving the team a 1–2 on its début. Red Bull's Vettel had been running in second until he collided with BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica. The accident meant the race finished behind the Safety Car, with Toyota's Jarno Trulli eventually classified third despite McLaren Mercedesmarker false protest he had overtaken Lewis Hamilton illegally. Reigning champion Hamilton was disqualified from the Australian race for lying to the stewards and at the following Malaysian Grand Prix was the centre of attention, with reports he was on the verge of quitting. The race was equally dramatic, being stopped because of monsoon-like conditions, meaning only half points were awarded for only the fifth time in F1 history. Button mastered the changing conditions for his second win.. The Chinese race also took place in wet conditions, this time Vettel lead team-mate Mark Webber home to the team's first ever win ahead of the two Brawns. A return to dry conditions in the following three races allowed Button to re-assert his authority, winning in Bahrain, Spain, Monaco and Turkey. Button had opened up a 26 point lead on his teammate with Vettel, who crashed out in Monaco and made a mistake while leading in Turkey, a further six points behind.

The British Grand Prix was seen as a turning point, being dominated by Red Bull with Vettel leading home Webber, in dry conditions. Button was not on the podium for the first time this season, finishing sixth. Red Bull also dominated the following German Grand Prix with Webber taking his first pole, and going on to win the race, despite being given a drive through penalty. Ferrari were also showing signs of improvement, Felipe Massa finishing third in what would be his final race of the season. He was hospitalised after being hit on the helmet by a flying spring when he was travelling at 162 mph in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The accident overshadowed the race which was won by Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari announced Massa would be replaced by test driver Luca Badoer, after a proposed comeback by seven time World Champion Michael Schumacher was called off due to a neck injuries. Giancarlo Fisichella in-turn replaced the disappointing Badoer after a remarkable second place at Spa for Force India.

The in Valencia and provided first wins of the season for Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Räikkönen respectively as Button's title charge was undermined by poor qualifying performances. Brawn briefly returned to form in Italy, with Barrichello leading home the team's fourth 1-2 of the season. With Webber literally crashing out of the title race under the lights in , Vettel kept his slim hopes of the Drivers Championship alive with a dominant display in the with Toyota's Trulli gaining what would prove to be Toyota's final podium before their withdrawal at the end of the season.

The Drivers and Constructors Championship were both decided at the penultimate race in Brazil. After a poor wet qualifying session for Button, which saw him start from fourteenth, he fought up to fifth during the race gaving him enough points to clinch the title. The race itself was won by Mark Webber, followed by Robert Kubica to give BMW Sauber their best result of their final season and his only podium result of the season. Lewis Hamilton completed the top three after starting 17th on the grid, moving him and McLaren above Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari respectively in the Championships. . The inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, taking place at sunset, rounded out the season, with another win for Vettel and Red Bull's fourth 1-2 result of the year, rounding of their strongest season to date.

Race fixing controversy

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, but the FIA found Briatore and Symonds solely to blame and chose to suspend Renault's ban.

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References

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8289217.stm
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