The 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix, officially known as the Formula 1 Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil 2009 was the sixteenth round and penultimate round of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil on 18 October.[1][2] The race would be won by Mark Webber for Red Bull-Renault, as Jenson Button attempted to secure the 2009 World Championship with a round to spare.[2]

Arriving in Brazil, Button held a fourteen point lead at the head of the Championship hunt, with only teammate Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull able to deny him the crown.[2] Likewise, Button and Barrichello were set to claim the Constructors Championship for Brawn-Mercedes, with the rookie squad needing to score just two points in the final two rounds to take the title.[2]

Qualifying would see Barrichello sweep to pole position in front of his home fans, while Webber secured second ahead of Adrian Sutil.[2] That put the Brazilian at a huge advantage in the title hunt, for Button would qualify a lowly fourteenth, while Vettel would start from fifteenth.[2]

The start of the race saw the leaders make a clean start, with Barrichello easing ahead of Webber, as behind Vettel's title ambitions appeared to have taken a blow as he was whacked by Heikki Kovalainen at the Senna S.[2] Miraculously, however, the German racer escaped without damage, while Kovalainen scrambled back on forced Giancarlo Fisichella off track.[2]

Further around the lap Sutil and Jarno Trulli tripped over each other on the run out of turn four, resulting in the pair skating off the track before shooting back across the circuit at turn six.[2] Sutil's Force India-Mercedes duly slammed into Fernando Alonso, who had no way of avoiding the errant car, with the three ruined cars triggering an immediate Safety Car.[2]

With the safety car on track Kovalainen and a wounded Kimi Räikkönen, who had broken his front wing, dived into the pits, as the field settled in behind the SC.[2] The order had been heavily altered by the incidents throughout the field, with Barrichello still leading Webber, Nico Rosberg moving up to third, while Button had leapt into ninth.[2]

The race resumed a few laps later, with Button getting a run on Romain Grosjean and Kazuki Nakajima to move into seventh before the end of the restart lap.[2] However, Button's charge up the field would be halted by a very defensive Kamui Kobayashi, who would earn the Champion-in-waiting's ire as he weaved in front of the #22 Brawn.[2]

The order settled once Button had finally dealt with Kobayashi, as out front Barrichello failed to break away from Webber.[2] As a result, the Australian racer was able to jump the Brazilian at the first round of stops, meaning Button only had to finish in fifth to claim the crown.[2]

The second stint saw Button run in fourth as Rosberg and Nick Heidfeld faltered, although he was being hounded by a quartet of drivers including Lewis Hamilton and Vettel.[2] They duly leapfrogged the #22 Brawn at the second round of stops to leave Button in sixth, although his title hopes would grow through the final stint.[2]

Indeed, Barrichello's pace would only deteriorate during the final phase of the race, resulting in him slipping behind Robert Kubica, before contact with Hamilton caused him to suffer a puncture.[2] That left the Brazilian down in eighth when he pitted and rejoined, while Vettel moved up into fourth, a position ahead of Webber.[2]

With that the race and the title hunt was over, for Webber would claim victory at a cruise ahead of Kubica, while Hamilton kept Vettel at bay to complete the podium.[2] Button, meanwhile, was able to relax in the closing stages before claiming fifth and the World Championship title, with that result also enough to earn Brawn the Constructors Championship.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Victory for Sebastian Vettel kept the German youngster in the Championship hunt with two rounds to go, as he moved to within sixteen points of the lead. Jenson Button hence had retained the lead, and with teammate Rubens Barrichello fourteen behind the Brit was able to claim the crown in Brazil. Indeed, should Button outscore both Barrichello and Vettel then he would take the title, with a variety of other scenarios enough for him to do so.

Likewise, the Constructors Championship could be concluded on Brazilian soil, for Brawn-Mercedes had retained a 35.5 point lead with two rounds to go. Indeed, Red Bull-Renault had just remained in the hunt by half a point as a result of the Japanese Grand Prix, and would therefore have to claim a one-two in Brazil with Brawn failing to score at all just to stay in the fight. Behind, Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes had held station in third and fourth, while Toyota completed the top five.

Entry List[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2009 Brazilian 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 Giancarlo Fisichella 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 Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
8 France Romain Grosjean France 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 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 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 Vitantonio Liuzzi 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 Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Q1[edit | edit source]

Q2[edit | edit source]

Q3[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 5 1:24.100 10 1:21.659 1 1:19.576 1
2 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 13 1:24.722 6 1:20.803 2 1:19.668 2
3 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 9 1:24.447 5 1:20.753 3 1:19.912 3
4 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 11 1:24.621 3 1:20.635 4 1:20.097 4
5 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 2 1:23.047 8 1:21.378 5 1:20.168 5
6 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10 1:24.591 4 1:20.701 6 1:20.250 6
7 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1 1:22.828 1 1:20.368 7 1:20.326 7
8 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 3 1:23.072 7 1:21.147 8 1:20.631 8
9 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 4 1:23.161 2 1:20.427 9 1:20.674 9
10 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 15 1:24.842 9 1:21.657 10 1:21.422 10
11 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Toyota 7 1:24.335 11 1:21.960 11
12 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 1:24.773 12 1:22.231 12
13 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 8 1:24.394 13 1:22.477 13
14 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 6 1:24.297 14 1:22.504 14
15* 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 12 1:24.645 NC 20
16 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 16 1:25.009 15
17 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 17 1:25.052 16
18 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 18 1:25.192 17
19 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 19 1:25.515 18
20 3K Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 20 1:40.703 19
Source:[4]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Liuzzi received a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.[4]

Grid[edit | edit source]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Rubens Barrichello
Mark Webber ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Adrian Sutil
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Kimi Räikkönen
Sébastien Buemi ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Nico Rosberg
Robert Kubica ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Kazuki Nakajima
Fernando Alonso ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Kamui Kobayashi
Jaime Alguersuari ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Romain Grosjean
Jenson Button ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Sebastian Vettel
Heikki Kovalainen ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Lewis Hamilton
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Giancarlo Fisichella
Vitantonio Liuzzi ______________

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Ciaron Pilbeam Red Bull team joined on the podium to receive the winning manufacturer’s award.

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 71 1:32:23.081 2 10
2 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 71 +7.626s 8 8
3 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +18.944s 17 6
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 71 +19.652s 15 5
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 71 +29.005s 14 4
6 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 71 +33.340s 5 3
7 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 71 +35.991s 6 2
8 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 71 +45.454s 1 1
9 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Toyota 71 +1:03.324 11
10 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 71 +1:10.665 19
11 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 71 +1:11.388 20
12* 2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +1:13.499 16
13 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 70 +1 Lap 13
14 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 12
Ret 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 30 Collision 9
Ret 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 27 Gearbox 7
Ret 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 21 Fuel system 18
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 3
Ret 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 0 Collision 4
Ret 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 0 Collision 10
Source:[5]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • * Kovalainen received a 25 second time penalty for an unsafe release.[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Jenson Button was declared as the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship Champion, having moved fifteen point clear with a race to spare. That hence meant that Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barrichello would duel for the runner-up spot at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, with the German racer holding a two point advantage in that fight. Elsewhere, Mark Webber was set to finish the season in fourth, while Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen would duel for fifth at the finale.

Likewise, the fight for the Constructors Championship was over with a race to go, for Brawn-Mercedes had moved onto an unassailable tally of 161 points in their debut season. That meant that Red Bull-Renault would have to console themselves with second, leaving the only major fight to be fought at the season finale as a duel for third. That would be disputed between McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari, with just a point separating them with a race to go.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 89
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 74 ▲1
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 72 ▼1
4 Australia Mark Webber 61.5
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 49 ▲1
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 48 ▼1
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 34.5
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 30.5
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 26
10 Germany Timo Glock 24
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 22
12 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 22
13 Poland Robert Kubica 17 ▲1
14 Germany Nick Heidfeld 15 ▼1
15 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8
16 Germany Adrian Sutil 5
17 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 5
18 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 161
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 135.5
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 ▲1
4 Italy Ferrari 70 ▼1
5 Japan Toyota 54.5
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 34.5
7 Germany BMW Sauber 32 ▲1
8 France Renault 26 ▼1
9 India Force India-Mercedes 13
10 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

Images and videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 '16. Brazil 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/bresil.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2020)
  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 2.19 2.20 2.21 Matt Salisbury, 'Webbers wins but Button crowned in Brazil', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 18/10/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/153684/1/webber-wins-but-button-on-top-of-the-world, (Accessed 24/03/2020)
  3. 'Brazil 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/bresil/engages.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2009 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2009), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/858/brazil/qualifying.html, (Accessed 24/03/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Brazil 2009: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/bresil/classement.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2020)
  6. [Archived] '2009 Brazilian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190410183539/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2009&gp=Brazilian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 24/03/2020) - Original
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