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The 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix, officially the VI Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, was the fourth race of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, on 26 April 2009.[1][2] The race would see Jenson Button sweep to a third victory of the campaign for Brawn-Mercedes, as Nick Heidfeld matched the record for most consecutive race finishes.[2]

Qualifying had seen Toyota secure their first ever front-row lockout, with Jarno Trulli claiming pole position ahead of teammate Timo Glock.[2] Sebastian Vettel was next ahead of Button, while Lewis Hamilton was the best placed of the KERS equipped cars in fifth.[2]

The start of the race would see Glock sprint into an early lead ahead of Trulli, while Hamilton swept up from fifth to third to challenge the Italian into the first corner.[2] Trulli ultimately fended off the Brit through the sweeping corner, as behind Button eased ahead of a heavily fuelled Vettel for fourth, and Kimi Räikkönen would elbow his way up to sixth in the #4 Ferrari.[2]

There was drama at the back of the field, as Felipe Massa, Heidfeld, Robert Kubica and Kazuki Nakajima tangled, leaving all four with front wing damage.[2] They all limped back to the pits for repairs, although Massa was complaining of a KERS issue as, at the head of the field, Glock did his best to escape with Trulli acting as a rear gunner.[2]

Button made an early move stick on Hamilton to secure third, although the Brawn would find no way past Trulli, although both Toyotas were on light fuel loads and duly pitted early.[2] Hamilton, meanwhile, would keep Vettel at bay through to making his first stop on lap fifteen, with the German youth duly taking over the lead as Button too ventured into the pits.[2]

Vettel's stop came three laps later on lap eighteen, with a quick turn-around getting him ahead of Hamilton, but caught behind Trulli who was already struggling on his second set of tyres.[2] Glock, meanwhile, had suffered a miserable in-lap on his tyres and so had slipped to the back of the lead group, leaving Button at the head of the field.[2]

With that Button was away, establishing a significant lead over fifteen seconds by lap 34, which would only grow prior to the Brit making his second stop.[2] Indeed, the second round of stops would once again cost Toyota, with Trulli slipping behind Vettel, while Glock dropped out of contention and behind Räikkönen's Ferrari.[2]

The closing stages saw Vettel halve Button's lead at the head of the field, although the Brit had more than enough in hand to cruise through to the chequered flag and claim victory ahead of the German youth.[2] Behind, Trulli's pace picked up to leave him trailing the Red Bull by a couple of seconds as he scored third, while Hamilton, Rubens Barrichello, Räikkönen, Glock and Fernando Alonso claimed the remaining points.[2] Heidfeld, meanwhile, would match Michael Schumacher's record of 24 consecutive race finishes, although the German racer was the last classified finisher in nineteenth.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Jenson Button retained his lead in the Championship after the third round of the season, leaving China with a six point advantage. Rubens Barrichello had likewise retained second, moving onto fifteen points, while Sebastian Vettel had rocketed up to third with his victory. Timo Glock had remained in fourth ahead of Mark Webber, with thirteen drivers on the board after three races.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes remained at the head of the field, and had ensured that they had a fair advantage of sixteen and a half point. Red Bull-Renault, meanwhile, had been the big winners in China as they shot into second on 19.5 points, with Toyota one of a handful of teams to make way for the Austro-Anglo-French combination. McLaren-Mercedes had also moved up the field into fourth, while Ferrari and Force India-Mercedes had once again failed to score.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
3 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 2009 2.4 V8 B
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 2009 2.4 V8 B
5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 2.4 V8 B
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 2.4 V8 B
7 Spain Fernando Alonso France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 B
11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 2008 2.4 V8 B
12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 2008 2.4 V8 B
14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 B
17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 B
20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 2 1:32.799 3 1:32.671 1 1:33.431 1
2 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 7 1:33.165 2 1:32.613 2 1:33.712 2
3 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 1 1:32.680 1 1:32.474 3 1:34.015 3
4 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 4 1:32.978 5 1:32.842 4 1:34.044 4
5 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:32.851 8 1:32.877 5 1:34.196 5
6 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 5 1:33.116 6 1:32.842 6 1:34.239 6
7 7K Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 14 1:33.627 7 1:32.860 7 1:34.578 7
8 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 9 1:33.297 9 1:33.014 8 1:34.818 8
9 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15 1:33.672 10 1:33.166 9 1:35.134 9
10 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 6 1:33.117 4 1:32.827 10 1:35.380 10
11 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 11 1:33.479 11 1:33.242 11
12 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 8 1:33.221 12 1:33.348 12
13 5K Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 12 1:33.495 13 1:33.487 13
14 6K Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:33.377 14 1:33.562 14
15 8K Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 13 1:33.608 15 1:33.941 15
16* 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 16 1:33.722 19
17 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:33.753 16
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 18 1:33.910 17
19 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 19 1:34.038 18
20 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 1:34.159 20
Source:[4]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

* Sutil was issued a 3 place grid-penalty for impeding Webber during Q1.[4]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Jarno Trulli 2
______________ Timo Glock
Row 2 3 ______________
Sebastian Vettel 4
______________ Jenson Button
Row 3 5 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 6
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 4 7 ______________
Fernando Alonso 8
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 5 9 ______________
Nico Rosberg 10
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 6 11 ______________
Heikki Kovalainen 12
______________ Kazuki Nakajima
Row 7 13 ______________
Robert Kubica 14
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 8 15 ______________
Nelson Piquet, Jr. 16
______________ Sébastien Buemi
Row 9 17 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 18
______________ Mark Webber
Row 10 19 ______________
Adrian Sutil 20
______________ Sébastien Bourdais

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 57 1:31:48.182 4 10
2 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 57 +7.187s 3 8
3 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 57 +9.170s 1 6
4 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +22.096s 5 5
5 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 57 +37.779s 6 4
6 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 57 +42.057s 10 3
7 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 57 +42.880s 2 2
8 7K Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 57 +52.775s 7 1
9 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 57 +58.198s 9
10 8K Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 57 +1:05.149 15
11 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 57 +1:07.641 18
12 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +1:17.824 11
13 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 +1:18.805 20
14 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 8
15 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 56 +1 Lap 17
16 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 56 +1 Lap 19
17 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 16
18 5K Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 56 +1 Lap 13
19 6K Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 56 +1 Lap 14
Ret 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 48 Oil pressure 12
Source:[5]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

A third victory of the campaign for Jenson Button had seen the Brit once again extend his Championship lead, and hence meant he ended the first fly-away races of the season with 31 points to his name. That translated into a twelve point lead over teammate Rubens Barrichello, while Sebastian Vettel had moved to within a point of the Brazilian in third. Jarno Trulli, meanwhile, had moved back into fourth ahead of his teammate Timo Glock, while Kimi Räikkönen had become the season's fourteenth scorer.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes had moved onto a half-century after Button's third win, and had seen their lead grow to 22.5 points after just four races. Red Bull-Renault had retained second ahead of Toyota, those two remaining a point apart, while McLaren-Mercedes had lost ground in fourth. Elsewhere, Renault completed the top five, while Ferrari were off the foot of the table having scored their first points of the campaign.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 31
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 19
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 18
4 Italy Jarno Trulli 14.5 ▲2
5 Germany Timo Glock 12 ▼1
6 Australia Mark Webber 9.5 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 9 ▲3
8 Spain Fernando Alonso 5
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 4 ▼2
10 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 4 ▼1
11 Germany Nico Rosberg 3.5
12 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 3 ▲2
13 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 3 ▼1
14 France Sébastien Bourdais 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 50
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 27.5
3 Japan Toyota 26.5
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13
5 France Renault 5 ▲1
6 Germany BMW Sauber 4 ▼1
7 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 4
8 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 3.5
9 Italy Ferrari 3 ▲1
10 India Force India-Mercedes 0 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 '4. Bahrain 2009', statsf1.com (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/bahrein.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2020)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 'Button back on top in Bahrain as Toyota wait goes on', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 26/04/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/145968/1/button-on-top-in-bahrain-as-toyota-wait-goes-on, (Accessed 20/03/2020)
  3. 'Bahrain 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/bahrein/engages.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 '2009 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/846/bahrain/qualifying.html, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
  5. 'Bahrain 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/bahrein/classement.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
V T E Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix
Circuits Bahrain International Circuit (2004–present)
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Races 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019
V T E 2009 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Ferrari • BMW Sauber • Renault • Toyota • Toro Rosso • Red Bull • Williams • Force India • Brawn
Engines BMW • Ferrari • Mercedes • Renault • Toyota
Drivers Hamilton • 2 Kovalainen • 3 Massa • 3 Badoer • 3 Fisichella • 4 Räikkönen • 5 Kubica • 6 Heidfeld • 7 Alonso • 8 Piquet • 8 Grosjean • 9 Trulli • 10 Glock • 10 Kobayashi • 11 Bourdais • 11 Alguersuari • 12 Buemi • 14 Webber • 15 Vettel • 16 Rosberg • 17 Nakajima • 20 Sutil • 21 Fisichella • 21 Liuzzi • 22 Button • 23 Barrichello
Other Drivers De la Rosa • Paffett • Turvey • Gené • Schumacher • Bianchi • Lopez • Zampieri • Zipoli • Klien • Rossi • Gutiérrez • Baguette • Di Grassi • Tung • Hartley • Coulthard • Ricciardo • Hülkenberg • Soucek • Di Resta • Hildebrand • Davidson • Wurz • Conway • Ericsson
Cars Brawn BGP 001 • Red Bull RB5 • McLaren MP4-24 • Ferrari F60 • Toyota TF109 • BMW Sauber F1.09 • Williams FW31 • Renault R29 • Force India VJM02 • Toro Rosso STR4
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Australia • Malaysia • China • Bahrain • Spain • Monaco • Turkey • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Europe • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Japan • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Algarve: 1 • Mugello: 1 • 2 • 3 • Valencia: 1 • Bahrain: 1 • 2 • Jerez: 1 • 2 • 3 • Young Driver Test • Barcelona: 1 • Fiorano: 1
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