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RoundOfficial Race TitleGrand PrixCircuitDate


1ING Australian Grand PrixAustralian GPAustralia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit29 March

2Petronas Malaysian Grand PrixMalaysian GPMalaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur5 April

3Chinese Grand PrixChinese GPPeople's Republic of China Shanghai International Circuit19 April

4Gulf Air Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain GPBahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Manama26 April

5Gran Premio de España TelefónicaSpanish GPSpain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona10 May

6Grand Prix de MonacoMonaco GPMonaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo24 May

7ING Turkish Grand PrixTurkish GPTurkey Istanbul Park7 June

8Santander British Grand PrixBritish GPUnited Kingdom Silverstone Circuit21 June

9Großer Preis Santander von DeutschlandGerman GPGermany Nürburgring12 July

10ING Magyar NagydíjHungarian GPHungary Hungaroring, Budapest26 July

11Telefónica Grand Prix of EuropeEuropean GPSpain Valencia Street Circuit23 August

12ING Belgian Grand PrixBelgian GPBelgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa30 August

13Gran Premio Santander d'ItaliaItalian GPItaly Autodromo Nazionale Monza13 September

14SingTel Singapore Grand PrixSingapore GPSingapore Marina Bay Street Circuit27 September

15Fuji Television Japanese Grand PrixJapanese GPJapan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka4 October

16Grande Prêmio Petrobras do BrasilBrazilian GPBrazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo18 October

17Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand PrixAbu Dhabi GPUnited Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit1 November












2009 Formula One season







Jenson Button, the 2009 World Champion, driving for Brawn GP
Lewis Hamilton was the defending world champion for the 2009 season.

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 inaugraul Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Jenson Button and Brawn GP 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.

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.

Contents


Pre-season testing

The first multi-team testing session took place at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 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 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. 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. 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. The test also saw the McLaren 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 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. 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.brawn

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. 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.

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

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. 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 Chinese Grand Prix — and a result was decided on Wednesday 15 April. The FIA deemed the cars' diffusers legal after much deliberation.formula one

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

ConstructorChassisLaunch dateLaunch location
FerrariF60January 12Mugello, Italy
ToyotaTF109January 15Online
McLaren-MercedesMP4-24January 16Woking, United Kingdom
RenaultR29January 19Portimão, Portugal
Williams-ToyotaFW31January 19Portimão, Portugal
BMW SauberF1.09January 20Valencia, Spain
Red Bull-RenaultRB5February 9Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Force India-MercedesVJM02March 1Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Brawn-MercedesBGP 001March 6Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom
Toro Rosso-FerrariSTR4March 9Circuit de Catalunya, Spain

Teams and drivers

TeamConstructorChassisEngineTyreNo.[44]Race DriversRoundsTest Driver(s)
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren-MercedesMcLarenMP4-24Mercedes FO 108WB1United Kingdom Lewis HamiltonAllSpain Pedro de la Rosa
United Kingdom Gary Paffett
2Finland Heikki KovalainenAll
Italy Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrariF60Ferrari 056B3Brazil Felipe Massa1–10Italy Luca Badoe

Spain Marc Gené

Italy Luca Badoer11–12
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella13–17
4Finland Kimi RäikkönenAll
Germany BMW Sauber F1 TeamBMW SauberF1.09BMW P86/9B5Poland Robert KubicaAllAustria Christian Klien
6Germany Nick HeidfeldAll
FranceING Renault F1 Team
Renault F1 Team
RenaultR29Renault RS27B7Spain Fernando AlonsoAllFrance Romain Grosjean
Brazil Lucas Di Grassi
8Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.1–10
France Romain Grosjean11–17
Japan Panasonic Toyota RacingToyotaTF109Toyota RVX-09B9Italy Jarno TrulliAllJapan Kamui Kobayashi
10Germany Timo Glock1–15
Japan Kamui Kobayashi16-17
Italy Scuderia Toro RossoToro RossoSTR4Ferrari 056B11France Sébastien Bourdais1–9Spain Jaime Alguersuari
United Kingdom David Coulthard
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Spain Jaime Alguersuari10–17
12Switzerland Sébastien BuemiAll
Austria Red Bull RacingRed BullRB5Renault RS27B14Australia Mark WebberAll
15Germany Sebastian VettelAll
United Kingdom AT&T WilliamsWilliamsFW31Toyota RVX-09B16Germany Nico RosbergAllGermany Nicolas Hülkenberg
17Japan Kazuki NakajimaAll
India Force India F1 TeamForce IndiaVJM02Mercedes FO 108WB20Germany Adrian SutilAllItaly Vitantonio Liuzzi
21Italy Giancarlo Fisichella1–12
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi13–17
United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 TeamBrawnBGP 001Mercedes FO 108WB22United Kingdom Jenson ButtonAllUnited Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Austria Alexander Wurz
23Brazil Rubens BarrichelloAll

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

RoundOfficial Race TitleGrand PrixCircuitDateTime
LocalUTC
1ING Australian Grand PrixAustralian GPAustralia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit29 March17:0006:00
2Petronas Malaysian Grand PrixMalaysian GPMalaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur5 April17:0009:00
3Chinese Grand PrixChinese GPPeople's Republic of China Shanghai International Circuit19 April15:0007:00
4Gulf Air Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain GPBahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Manama26 April15:0012:00
5Gran Premio de España TelefónicaSpanish GPSpain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona10 May14:0012:00
6Grand Prix de MonacoMonaco GPMonaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo24 May14:0012:00
7ING Turkish Grand PrixTurkish GPTurkey Istanbul Park7 June15:0012:00
8Santander British Grand PrixBritish GPUnited Kingdom Silverstone Circuit21 June13:0012:00
9Großer Preis Santander von DeutschlandGerman GPGermany Nürburgring12 July14:0012:00
10ING Magyar NagydíjHungarian GPHungary Hungaroring, Budapest26 July14:0012:00
11Telefónica Grand Prix of EuropeEuropean GPSpain Valencia Street Circuit23 August14:0012:00
12ING Belgian Grand PrixBelgian GPBelgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa30 August14:0012:00
13Gran Premio Santander d'ItaliaItalian GPItaly Autodromo Nazionale Monza13 September14:0012:00
14SingTel Singapore Grand PrixSingapore GPSingapore Marina Bay Street Circuit27 September20:0012:00
15Fuji Television Japanese Grand PrixJapanese GPJapan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka4 October14:0005:00
16Grande Prêmio Petrobras do BrasilBrazilian GPBrazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo18 October14:0016:00
17Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand PrixɫAbu Dhabi GPUnited Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit1 November17:0013:00

† 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 GP, 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 Circuit. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was 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. 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 Prix 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 Prix to April and reshuffled the others to accommodate the loss of the French Grand Prix.

Rule changes

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. 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 2008. 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 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. 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
Country20082009
United KingdomITVBBC
NorwayTV3 and Viasat SportNViasat Motor
SpainTelecinco and TV3Mediapro (laSexta), IB3 and TV3
BulgariaBTVTV7 and BTV
IndiaESPNStar allianceESPN Star Sports
MalaysiaPay-TV AstroESPN Star Sports and ntv7
DenmarkTV2TV3 Puls
GreeceAlpha TVANT1
RussiaRen-TVRTR Sport
TurkeyCNN TürkTRT
LatviaLNTTV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
LithuaniaTV3TV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
UkraineMegasportK1
Middle EastAl Jazeera SportsBahrain Sports
SwedenViasat Sport and TV6Viasat Motor
EstoniaTV3TV3 and Viasat Sport Baltic
CanadaSpeed – Licensed from TSNTSN, TSN2 and RDS
AustraliaTEN and Ten HDTEN and One HD

 Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd.  ↓Grand Prix  ↓Pole position  ↓Fastest lap  ↓Winning driver  ↓Winning constructor  ↓Report
1Australia Australian Grand PrixUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonGermany Nico RosbergUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Brawn-MercedesReport
2Malaysia Malaysian Grand PrixUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Brawn-MercedesReport
3People's Republic of China Chinese Grand PrixGermany Sebastian VettelBrazil Rubens BarrichelloGermany Sebastian VettelAustria Red Bull-RenaultReport
4Bahrain Bahrain Grand PrixItaly Jarno TrulliItaly Jarno TrulliUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Brawn-MercedesReport
5Spain Spanish Grand PrixUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonBrazil Rubens BarrichelloUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Brawn-MercedesReport
6Monaco Monaco Grand PrixUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonBrazil Felipe MassaUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Brawn-MercedesReport
7Turkey Turkish Grand PrixGermany Sebastian VettelUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Brawn-MercedesReport
8United Kingdom British Grand PrixGermany Sebastian VettelGermany Sebastian VettelGermany Sebastian VettelAustria Red Bull-RenaultReport
9Germany German Grand PrixAustralia Mark WebberSpain Fernando AlonsoAustralia Mark WebberAustria Red Bull-RenaultReport
10Hungary Hungarian Grand PrixSpain Fernando AlonsoAustralia Mark WebberUnited Kingdom Lewis HamiltonUnited Kingdom McLaren-MercedesReport
11Spain European Grand PrixUnited Kingdom Lewis HamiltonGermany Timo GlockBrazil Rubens BarrichelloUnited Kingdom Brawn-MercedesReport
12Belgium Belgian Grand PrixItaly Giancarlo FisichellaGermany Sebastian VettelFinland Kimi RäikkönenItaly FerrariReport
13Italy Italian Grand PrixUnited Kingdom Lewis HamiltonGermany Adrian SutilBrazil Rubens BarrichelloUnited Kingdom Brawn-MercedesReport
14Singapore Singapore Grand PrixUnited Kingdom Lewis HamiltonSpain Fernando AlonsoUnited Kingdom Lewis HamiltonUnited Kingdom McLaren-MercedesReport
15Japan Japanese Grand PrixGermany Sebastian VettelAustralia Mark WebberGermany Sebastian VettelAustria Red Bull-RenaultReport
16Brazil Brazilian Grand PrixBrazil Rubens BarrichelloAustralia Mark WebberAustralia Mark WebberAustria Red Bull-RenaultReport
17United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand PrixUnited Kingdom Lewis HamiltonGermany Sebastian VettelGermany Sebastian VettelAustria Red Bull-RenaultReport

 Drivers

PosDriverAUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
People's Republic of 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
1United Kingdom Jenson Button11311116577Ret2585395
2Germany Sebastian Vettel1315124Ret312RetRet38414184
3Brazil Rubens Barrichello254522Ret3610171678477
4Australia Mark Webber12621135221399RetRet171269.5
5United Kingdom Lewis HamiltonDSQ76491213161812Ret12133Ret49
6Finland Kimi Räikkönen1514106Ret398Ret231310461248
7Germany Nico Rosberg681598655445816115Ret934.5
8Italy Jarno Trulli34Ret3Ret134717813Ret14122Ret732.5
9Spain Fernando Alonso511985710147Ret6Ret5310Ret1426
10Germany Timo Glock4377101089961410112DNS

24
11Brazil Felipe MassaRet9Ret1464643DNS






22
12Finland Heikki KovalainenRetRet512RetRet14Ret85466711121122
13Germany Nick Heidfeld1021219711111510111157Ret6Ret519
14Poland Robert Kubica14Ret131811Ret713141384Ret8921017
15Italy Giancarlo Fisichella11181415149Ret1011141229131210168
16Switzerland Sébastien Buemi716817RetRet15181616Ret1213RetRet786
17Germany Adrian Sutil9171716Ret14171715Ret10114Ret13Ret175
18Japan Kamui Kobayashi













PO963
19France Sébastien Bourdais8101113Ret818RetRet







2
20Japan Kazuki NakajimaRet12RetRet13151211129181310915Ret130
21Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.Ret13161012Ret16121312






0
22Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi











Ret141411150
23France Romain Grosjean









15Ret15Ret1613180
24Spain Jaime Alguersuari








1516RetRetRetRet14Ret0
25Italy Luca Badoer









1714




0
PosDriverAUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
People's Republic of 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
ColourResult
GoldWinner
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
GreenPoints finish
BlueNon-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
PurpleDid not finish (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light bluePracticed only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
BlankDid not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

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

PosConstructorCar
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
People's Republic of 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
1United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes2211311116577Ret25853172
23254522Ret36101716784
2Austria Red Bull-Renault1412621135221399RetRet1712153.5
151315124Ret312RetRet384141
3United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes1DSQ76491213161812Ret12133Ret71
2RetRet512RetRet14Ret854667111211
4Italy Ferrari3Ret9Ret1464643DNS171491312101670
41514106Ret398Ret2313104612
5Japan Toyota934Ret3Ret134717813Ret14122Ret759.5
104377101089961410112DNS96
6Germany BMW Sauber514Ret131811Ret713141384Ret8921036
61021219711111510111157Ret6Ret5
7United Kingdom Williams-Toyota16681598655445816115Ret934.5
17Ret12RetRet13151211129181310915Ret13
8France Renault7511985710147Ret6Ret5310Ret1426
8Ret13161012Ret1612131215Ret15Ret161318
9India Force India-Mercedes209171716Ret14171715Ret10114Ret13Ret1713
2111181415149Ret101114122Ret14141115
10Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari118101113Ret818RetRet1516RetRetRetRet14Ret8
12716817RetRet15181616Ret1213RetRet78
PosConstructorCar
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
CHN
People's Republic of 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
ColourResult
GoldWinner
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
GreenPoints finish
BlueNon-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
PurpleDid not finish (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light bluePracticed only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
BlankDid not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

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

Drivers

Pos  ↓Driver  ↓Constructor(s)  ↓Starts  ↓Finishes  ↓Wins  ↓Podiums  ↓Poles  ↓F.Laps  ↓Points  ↓
1United Kingdom Jenson ButtonUnited Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes1716694295
2Germany Sebastian VettelAustria Red Bull-Renault1712484384
3Brazil Rubens BarrichelloUnited Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes1716261277
4Australia Mark WebberAustria Red Bull-Renault1715281369.5
5United Kingdom Lewis HamiltonUnited Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes1713254049
6Finland Kimi RäikkönenItaly Ferrari1714150048
7Germany Nico RosbergUnited Kingdom Williams-Toyota1716000134.5
8Italy Jarno TrulliJapan Toyota1713031132.5
9Spain Fernando AlonsoFrance Renault1714011226
10Germany Timo GlockJapan Toyota1414020124
11Brazil Felipe MassaItaly Ferrari97010122
12Finland Heikki KovalainenUnited Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes1712000022
13Germany Nick HeidfeldGermany BMW Sauber1715010019
14Poland Robert KubicaGermany BMW Sauber1713010017
15Italy Giancarlo FisichellaIndia Force India-Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
171501108
16Switzerland Sébastien BuemiItaly Toro Rosso-Ferrari171000006
17Germany Adrian SutilIndia Force India-Mercedes171200015
18Japan Kamui KobayashiJapan Toyota2200003
19France Sébastien BourdaisItaly Toro Rosso-Ferrari9600002
20Japan Kazuki NakajimaUnited Kingdom Williams-Toyota171200000
21Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.France Renault10800000
22Italy Vitantonio LiuzziIndia Force India-Mercedes5400000
23France Romain GrosjeanFrance Renault7500000
24Spain Jaime AlguersuariItaly Toro Rosso-Ferrari8300000
25Italy Luca BadoerItaly Ferrari2200000

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  ↓
1United Kingdom BrawnBGP 001Germany Mercedes343281554172
2Austria Red BullRB5France Renault342761656153.5
3United Kingdom McLarenMP4-24Germany Mercedes3425254071
4Italy FerrariF60Italy Ferrari3328160170
5Japan ToyotaTF109Japan Toyota3329051259.5
6Germany BMW SauberF1.09Germany BMW3428020036
7United Kingdom WilliamsFW31Japan Toyota3429000134.5
8France RenaultR29France Renault3427011226
9India Force IndiaVJM02Germany Mercedes3426011113
10Italy Toro RossoSTR4Italy Ferrari341900007

 Report

The season was split into two halves, with the newly-formed Brawn GP dominating the first half of the season with successive wins, while the latter half saw an improved showing from Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren. 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, overcoming several poor results during the latter races. Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Rubens Barrichello were Button's 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 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. Trulli was re-instated to third place with team-mate Timo Glock promoted to fourth position. Hamilton was the centre of attention at the following Malaysian Grand Prix, with reports he was on the verge of quitting. 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. Button mastered the changing conditions for his second win, ahead of BMW's Nick Heidfeld and Glock.

Another wet race in China gave Vettel and Red Bull the chance to shine, Vettel leading team-mate Mark Webber home to the team's first ever win. Button and Barrichello finished third and fourth. The fourth round, in Bahrain saw Toyota clinch a surprise front row with Trulli taking pole position ahead of Glock. 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. The Spanish round was more of the same for Button, who took another victory to extend his Championship lead, finishing 13 seconds in front of an angry Barrichello. Webber finished third, ahead of Vettel. Brawn also dominated the Monaco Grand Prix producing another 1-2 finish, as the car's early season superiority told. Barrichello overtook Räikkönen from third on the grid but could not chase down race winner Button while Vettel crashed out. Ferrari moved up to fourth place in the Constructors' Championship with Räikkönen third and Massa fourth. Button won again in Turkey, making it six wins out of seven races for Button and Brawn 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 off the podium for the first time this season. 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 for causing a collision at the start of the race. Vettel came in second ahead of Massa, on the podium for the only time this season. Rosberg finished fourth, ahead of 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.Massa was airlifted to hospital and would take no further part in the season. After pole-sitter Fernando Alonso retired, Lewis Hamilton, starting fourth, came through for his first win of the season. Kimi Räikkönen finished second after a battle with Mark Webber, Button could only manage seventh, giving him a lead of 18.5 points over Webber after Barrichello and Vettel failed to score. The race saw a début for Jaime Alguersuari of Toro Rosso, who replaced the sacked Sebastien Bourdais.

During the four-week summer break before the European Grand Prix in Valencia, 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. BMW announced their withdrawal from Formula One during the break, stating that the team would leave at the end of the season, due to "current developments in motorsport". Renault sacked Brazilian Nelson Piquet, Jr. after he failed to score and replaced him with Frenchman Romain Grosjean for the European Grand Prix. Renault were initially banned for this race, following Alonso's wheel falling off in Hungary, but on appeal this was reduced to a $50,000 fine. Renault's sacking of Piquet led to the disclosure of a plot to fix the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, which cost Flavio Briatore his job.

The European Grand Prix in Valencia was won by Rubens Barrichello, his first F1 win since China 2004, from third on the grid and returning him to second in the drivers standings. Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton finished second ahead of Kimi Räikkönen. Button, in seventh, was the only other Championship contender to score. Kimi Räikkönen took his first victory of the season in Belgian 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 Giancarlo Fisichella, who was in turn replaced by fellow Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi at Force India.

The Italian Grand Prix saw a return to form for Brawn, with Barrichello taking the win ahead of team-mate Button, for Brawn's fourth 1-2 of the season. Hamilton crashed from third on the last lap, handing a podium position to 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, on 80 points and Barrichello on 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. Vettel kept his slim hopes of the Drivers Championship alive in the Japanese Grand Prix with a dominant display, leading home Trulli of Toyota while both Brawn drivers struggled, finishing seventh and eighth. Trulli's team-mate Timo Glock was injured in a crash in qualifying, and he was replaced for the season by Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi.

The Drivers and Constructors Championships 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 - with pole-sitter Barrichello finishing in eighth this gave Jenson Button enough points to clinch the title. Along with the Drivers title, Brawn GP managed to become the first team to win the Constructors championship in their first season. The race itself was won by Mark Webber, followed by Robert Kubica in his best result this season. Lewis Hamilton completed the top three, moving him and McLaren above Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari respectively.

Button is the tenth British driver to win the championship, and the first time since Graham Hill (1968) and Jackie Stewart (1969) that consecutive championships have been won by British drivers. It is also the first time that consecutive championships have been won by Englishmen (Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart being Scottish).

The inaugral Abu Dhabi Grand Prix rounded out the season, with another win for Vettel securing second in the Drivers' Championship. By Button not winning this race, Sebastian Vettel became the only driver to win races in both the first and the second half of the 2009 season. He was followed home by Webber, who held off Button in a tense last lap. Barrichello finished the year in fourth, ahead of Nick Heidfeld on BMW's F1 swansong. Sixth saw first points for new boy Kamui Kobayashi, who had replaced Glock after his crash in Japan.

 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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