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The 2009 Belgian Grand Prix, formally known as the LXV ING Belgian Grand Prix, was the twelfth race of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium, on 30 August 2009.[1][2] The race would see Kimi Räikkönen claim victory, although it was the combined efforts of Giancarlo Fisichella and Force India-Mercedes that ultimately stole the show.[2]

Indeed, the Italian racer had claimed a shock pole position for the British based, Indian squad in qualifying, while Jarno Trulli claimed second for Toyota.[2] Nick Heidfeld was next for BMW Sauber ahead of Rubens Barrichello, while Championship leader Jenson Button claimed a lowly fourteenth on the grid.[2]

Fisichella duly aced his start to claim the lead into La Source, while Räikkönen stormed into second with the aid of KERS on his Ferrari.[2] Barrichello, meanwhile, made a miserable start and almost stalled, resulting in him tumbling to the back of the field as he crawled off the grid.[2]

Fortunately no one would manage to hit the #23 Brawn-Mercedes, with the first incident of the day instead coming at Les Combes further around the opening tour.[2] There, Romain Grosjean would make a mistake on the brakes and smash into the back of Button's Brawn, resulting in the Brit spinning 180° and then hitting the front of the Frenchman's Renault.[2] The rest of the field scattered around them, and in the resulting chaos Lewis Hamilton and Jaime Alguersuari collided and came to rest alongside the Brawn and Renault.[2]

With four cars littered at Les Combes there was no choice but to throw the Safety Car, destroying Fisichella's small advantage over Räikkönen at the head of the field.[2] Indeed, the five lap SC period would prove crucial to the outcome of the race, for not only did it put Räikkönen right on the Italian's tail, but also allowed him to charge up his KERS boost for the restart.[2]

The restart came at the start of lap six, and although Fisichella would fend off the #4 Ferrari into La Source, he would have no response to the KERS assisted car up through Eau Rouge.[2] Indeed, Räikkönen would breeze past the #21 Force India with ease along the Kemmel Straight, and had enough of a margin over Fisichella that he had no need to defend his newly attained lead into Les Combes.[2]

With that Räikkönen was away, establishing a fair lead over the Force India that remained through to the first round of stops.[2] Indeed, while Fisichella was able to keep the Ferrari in sight, he could not challenge Räikkönen for the lead on-track, with the KERS boost allowing the Finn to ease clear whenever the Italian lined up a move.[2]

The first round of stops saw little change to the order out front, although Red Bull dropped the ball and released Mark Webber into the path of Heidfeld, earning the Australian a drive-through penalty.[2] That allowed Vettel to move into third ahead of the two BMW Saubers, while Barrichello was making a strong recovery, moving into the top ten as he tried to get back into the points.[2]

Yet, there would be no changes to the order at the head of the field for the rest of the race, with Räikkönen maintaining his small lead over Fisichella through the second stops and to the chequered flag.[2] The Italian racer would later remark that it was only the effect of KERS that kept him from taking victory, marking the first time that KERS had been cited as a major contributor in a race win.[2]

Behind them, Vettel claimed fastest lap en-route to third, while Robert Kubica led teammate Heidfeld across the line for fourth and fifth. Heikki Kovalainen was next ahead of Barrichello, whose car caught fire in Parc Fermé, while Nico Rosberg secured the final point in eighth ahead of Webber.

BackgroundEdit

Jenson Button had maintained his grip on the 2009 World Championship after claiming two points in Valencia, moving him onto 72 points as the season entered its second phase. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had moved back into second and eighteen behind his teammate with victory in Valencia, while Mark Webber had slipped to third, 20.5 points off the lead. Sebastian Vettel had likewise lost ground in fourth but remained ahead of Nico Rosberg, while Lewis Hamilton moved up to sixth.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes had managed to extend their lead at the head of the field, moving onto 126 points for the season. Red Bull-Renault were still in second, but had slipped 27.5 points behind the leaders, their failure to score potentially pivotal to the Championship outcome. Behind, Ferrari had retained third ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, with the Anglo-German alliance having jumped ahead of Toyota to claim fourth.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 Belgian 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 Italy Luca Badoer 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 France Romain Grosjean 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 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 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

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

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 1 1:45.102 4 1:44.667 1 1:46.308 1
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 2 1:45.140 1 1:44.503 2 1:46.395 2
3 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:45.566 5 1:44.709 3 1:46.500 3
4 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 3 1:45.237 6 1:44.834 4 1:46.513 4
5 5 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland BMW Sauber 11 1:45.655 2 1:44.557 5 1:46.586 5
6 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 10 1:45.579 9 1:44.953 6 1:46.633 6
7 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 7 1:45.450 7 1:44.877 7 1:46.677 7
8 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 6 1:45.372 3 1:44.592 8 1:46.761 8
9 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 5 1:45.350 8 1:44.924 9 1:46.788 9
10 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 8 1:45.486 10 1:45.047 10 1:47.362 10
11 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 4 1:45.239 11 1:45.119 11
12 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 1:45.767 12 1:45.122 12
13 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 13 1:45.707 13 1:45.136 13
14 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 14 1:45.761 14 1:45.251 14
15 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:45.705 15 1:45.259 15
16 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:45.951 16
17 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:46.302 17
18 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 18 1:46.307 18
19 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 19 1:46.359 19
20 3K Italy Luca Badoer Italy Ferrari 20 1:46.957 20
Source:[4]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

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

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 44 1:23:50.995 6 10
2 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 44 +0.939s 1 8
3 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 44 +3.875s 8 6
4 5 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland BMW Sauber 44 +9.966 5 5
5 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber 44 +11.276s 3 4
6 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 +32.763s 15 3
7 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 44 +35.461s 4 2
8 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 44 +36.208s 10 1
9 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 44 +36.959s 9
10 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 44 +41.490s 7
11 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 44 +42.636s 11
12 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 +46.106s 16
13 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 44 +54.241s 18
14 3K 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 1K 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
Source:[5]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Jenson Button had failed to score for the first time in 2009, although the Brit had still held a significant advantage at the head of the Championship. Indeed, his teammate Rubens Barrichello had only closed the gap between them to sixteen points, while Sebastian Vettel had moved to within nineteen points of the leader. Mark Webber, meanwhile, had slipped to fourth, Kimi Räikkönen was up to fifth, while Giancarlo Fisichella had claimed his first points since the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix.

Brawn-Mercedes had continued their steadying march to the 2009 Constructors Championship, moving onto 128 points courtesy of Barrichello's seventh place finish. That meant that Red Bull-Renault had only reduced their advantage to 23.5 points, and hence left the Anglo-German squad with more than a race's worth of points in hand. Behind, Ferrari had enhanced their hold on third ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, while Force India-Mercedes were off the foot of the table for the first time in their history, having moved into ninth after their maiden points finish.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 72
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 56
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 53 ▲1
4 Australia Mark Webber 51.5 ▼1
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 34 ▲2
6 Germany Nico Rosberg 30.5 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 27 ▼1
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 22.5
9 Brazil Felipe Massa 22
10 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 17 ▲2
11 Germany Timo Glock 16 ▼1
12 Spain Fernando Alonso 16 ▼1
13 Germany Nick Heidfeld 10
14 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8 ▲4
15 Poland Robert Kubica 8 ▼1
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 3 ▼1
17 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 128
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 104.5
3 Italy Ferrari 56
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44
5 Japan Toyota 38.5
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 30.5
7 Germany BMW Sauber 18 ▲1
8 France Renault 16 ▼1
9 India Force India-Mercedes 8 ▲1
10 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5 ▼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 '12. Belgium 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/belgique.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  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 2.17 2.18 Craig Llewellyn, 'Raikkonen wins Belgian Grand Prix.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 30/08/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/151631/1/raikkonen-puts-ferrari-back-on-top-at-spa, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  3. 'Belgium 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/belgique/engages.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  4. '2009 FORMULA 1 ING BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2009), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/854/belgium/qualifying.html, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  5. 'Belgium 2009: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/belgique/classement.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
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