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The 2009 Belgian Grand Prix was the 12th race of the 2009 Formula One season, and was notable for being the race where Force India scored their first pole position and points. It was also the only race Ferrari won in 2009.

BackgroundEdit


Entry ListEdit

Practice OverviewEdit

The first practice session was affected by rain, meaning only one driver set a time below 1:50.000. The second session had a dry track, which meant all drivers set representative times. This was noted with the top 18 seconds being separated by just 1 second. Toyota and Renault finished all three practices strongly.

Practice ResultsEdit

DriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
Time Pos Time Pos Time Pos
Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber 2:05.604141:48.017161:45.3881
Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:49.67511:47.55971:45.4622
Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 2:05.839161:47.790131:45.6773
France Romain Grosjean France Renault 2:05.513131:47.33351:45.8784
Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 2:06.331181:47.21721:45.9085
Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland BMW Sauber 1:53.65091:47.57881:45.9876
Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 2:04.505121:48.360191:46.0407
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 2:03.972111:47.50661:46.1148
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes No Time 201:47.20111:46.3019
United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 1:50.28321:48.125171:46.40610
Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:52.93071:47.28531:46.40911
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:51.04541:47.702111:46.41712
Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.38381:47.743121:46.46213
Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault No Time 191:47.602101:46.74714
Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:51.52951:47.57991:46.81415
Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 1:52.32161:48.130181:46.81516
Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:50.36831:47.862141:46.92617
Italy Luca Badoer Italy Ferrari 1:55.068101:49.211201:47.05518
Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 2:05.705151:47.961151:47.07819
Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 2:06.181171:47.3294 No Time 20

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q1 saw Luca Badoer stick his Ferrari at the back of the grid for the second consecutive race, with Romain Grosjean one place above. Badoer crashed with the chequered flag shown bringing out yellow flags, meaning drivers had to slow on their final flying lap.

Q2Edit

The second qualifying session caused shock, as both McLarens failed to make it into Q3, along with championship leader Jenson Button and the Renault of Fernando Alonso. The quick Force India of Sutil also failed to make it through, lining up on the grid in 11th.

Q3Edit

Red Bull, BMW Sauber and Toyota were the only teams to get both of their drivers into Q3, however it was the rapid Fisichella who took a surprise pole position, ahead of Trulli and Heidfeld. The top nine were separated by less than 5 tenths of a second.

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 1:45.102 1:44.667 1:46.308 1
2 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:45.140 1:44.503 1:46.395 2
3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber 1:45.566 1:44.709 1:46.500 3
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 1:45.237 1:44.834 1:46.513 4
5 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland BMW Sauber 1:45.655 1:44.557 1:46.586 5
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:45.579 1:44.953 1:46.633 6
7 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 1:45.450 1:44.877 1:46.677 7
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 1:45.372 1:44.592 1:46.761 8
9 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 1:45.350 1:44.924 1:46.788 9
10 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1:45.486 1:45.047 1:47.362 10
11 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 1:45.239 1:45.119 11
12 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.767 1:45.122 12
13 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:45.707 1:45.136 13
14 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 1:45.761 1:45.251 14
15 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.705 1:45.259 15
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:45.951 16
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:46.302 17
18 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1:46.307 18
19 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 1:46.359 19
20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Ferrari 1:46.957 20

RaceEdit

As the lights went out, Barrichello stalled on the grid which meant many cars had to take sudden avoiding action. Fisichella got off cleanly however Räikkönen's good start was undone by him running wide into the first corner. Everybody got round the first corner without major contact, however four cars crashed out halfway into the lap. Romain Grosjean attempted an ambitious manoeuvre on Button, spinning the Brawn and taking them both out. In avoiding the contact, Hamilton was rear-ended by Alguersuari. Lewis may have been able to continue, however the Toro Rosso was a passenger and t-boned the McLaren into the barriers.

The safety car was out for four laps, and as soon as it was out, Räikkönen was able to easily pass Fisichella for the lead, the Force India being unable to defend the KERS-assisted Ferrari.

Other front row starter Jarno Trulli retired on lap 21, although the Toyota driver was at the back of the pack, having been forced to pit on the first lap. Fernando Alonso was the only other retirement. Luca Badoer finished last of the finishers, almost fifty seconds off the next car ahead.

Fisichella, despite being KERS-less, was able to keep Räikkönen honest, finishing less than one second behind. Many have claimed that the Italian would have won the race had both cars either had KERS or not had KERS. Sebastian Vettel completed the podium. Despite not finishing, Jenson Button retained his championship lead due to nearest challenger Barrichello's 7th place finish.

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 44 1:23:50.995 6 10
2 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 44 +0.939 1 8
3 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 44 +3.875 8 6
4 5 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland BMW Sauber 44 +9.966 5 5
5 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber 44 +11.276 3 4
6 2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 +32.763 15 3
7 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 44 +35.461 4 2
8 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 44 +36.208 10 1
9 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 44 +36.959 9
10 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 44 +41.490 7
11 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 44 +42.636 11
12 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 +46.106 16
13 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 44 +54.241 18
14 3 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Ferrari 44 +1:42.177 20
Ret 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 26 Wheel 13
Ret 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 21 Brakes 2
Ret 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 12
Ret 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 0 Collision 14
Ret 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Collision 17
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 0 Collision 19

MilestonesEdit

  • Force India's first pole position, podium and points finish, all by Giancarlo Fisichella, which was also his last podium finish in F1.
  • Fisichella's fourth and final pole position.
  • Kimi Räikkönen and Ferrari's only victory of the season. This would also be Räikkönen's final victory before he did not compete between 2010 and 2011.
  • Jenson Button's only retirement of the season.
  • Last race for Luca Badoer. Due to his underperformance, he was demoted back to the test role and was replaced by Fisichella the next race.

Standings after raceEdit

NotesEdit

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
See also 2008 Formula One Season • 2010 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Belgium Belgian Grand Prix
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Track map of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium
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