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The 2009 British Grand Prix, formally known as the LXII Santander British Grand Prix, was the eighth round of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on 21 June 2009.[1][2] The race would see Sebastian Vettel end Jenson Button's winning run, as he claimed victory ahead of Red Bull-Renault teammate Mark Webber.[2]

Indeed, Championship leader Button would be out of form throughout the weekend, only managing sixth on the grid in qualifying as Vettel stormed to pole position.[2] Button's teammate Rubens Barrichello would, however, get his Brawn-Mercedes into second alongside Vettel, with Webber, Jarno Trulli and Kazuki Nakajima all ahead of Button's #22 Brawn.[2]

The start of the race saw Vettel make a strong launch to claim the lead, although Barrichello almost managed to nose ahead through Copse.[2] Behind,, Webber kept a fast starting Nakajima at bay to secure third, while Button made a poor getaway and tumbled down to ninth.[2]

The early laps saw Button make a successful move on Felipe Massa for eighth, although he would get caught behind Trulli, who lacked the pace of those around him.[2] Elsewhere, Giancarlo Fisichella pulled out a superb double overtake on Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso at Stowe, while Lewis Hamilton found himself fighting Robert Kubica at the back of the field.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Vettel was putting in a stunning opening stint, escaping from Barrichello at almost a second a lap, with the Brazilian struggling to generate heat in his Bridgestone tyres.[2] Furthermore, the #23 Brawn was being harried by Webber's #14 Red Bull, although the Australian racer would not be able to force his way through, while Nakajima remained a podium challenger in fourth.[2]

Nakajima duly became the race's first scheduled pit caller on lap fifteen, a move which released a scrapping duo of Nico Rosberg and Kimi Räikkönen.[2] Räikkönen was next in ahead of Rosberg, with the latter jumping his Japanese teammate, while Trulli and Button's stops saw the Italian jump Räikkönen, while Button remained behind both.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Vettel would pit without losing the lead, for both Barrichello and Webber stopped before him, with the latter emerging ahead.[2] With that Vettel eased his pace, allowing Webber to close the gap during the second stint and potentially mount a challenge.[2]

Yet, despite briefly leading during the second pit phase the Australian racer would not manage to bid for victory, for Vettel was able to match his pace during the final stint.[2] Elsewhere, Button finally managed to overcome both Trulli and Räikkönen to climb up to sixth, while Heikki Kovalainen and Sébastien Bourdais clashed at Vale and both retired.[2]

The closing stages would see Massa close onto the back of Barrichello for third, while Button went hunting after Rosberg, who was himself chasing Massa ahead.[2] Fuelled by the his home crowd the Brit would sweep onto the back of the duo, but as the race entered its final couple of laps he opted to hold station in sixth.[2]

With that the race was run, with Vettel cruising through ahead of teammate Webber to claim victory, as well as his maiden fastest lap.[2] Third went to Barrichello ahead of Massa, Rosberg and Button, while Trulli and Räikkönen claimed the final points positions after both being caught by Timo Glock and Fisichella.[2]

BackgroundEdit

A sixth win in seven races left Jenson Button in command of the Championship with a third of the season completed, his tally of 61 points just four short of a maximum score. Furthermore, his closest challenger Rubens Barrichello faced a 26 point deficit to the Brit, while Sebastian Vettel in third was some 32 points off the lead. Behind, Mark Webber had inched closer to the German youth in fourth ahead of Jarno Trulli, while Robert Kubica had become the season's sixteenth scorer.

Like their lead driver, Brawn-Mercedes had continued their steady march to the 2009 crown, leaving Turkey with 96 points to their credit. That translated to a 39.5 point lead over closest challengers Red Bull-Renault, who were themselves a secure 24 points clear of third placed Toyota. Ferrari had retained fourth ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, while Renault had slipped to seventh.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 British 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 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 3 1:18.685 1 1:18.119 1 1:19.509 1
2 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 11 1:19.325 4 1:18.335 2 1:19.856 2
3 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:18.674 2 1:18.209 3 1:19.868 3
4 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 4 1:18.886 3 1:18.240 4 1:20.091 4
5 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1 1:18.530 6 1:18.575 5 1:20.216 5
6 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 5 1:18.957 8 1:18.663 6 1:20.289 6
7 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 10 1:19.228 7 1:18.591 7 1:20.361 7
8 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 9 1:19.198 10 1:18.791 8 1:20.490 8
9 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 6 1:19.010 5 1:18.566 9 1:20.715 9
10 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 8 1:19.167 9 1:18.761 10 1:20.741 10
11 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 7 1:19.148 11 1:18.927 11
12 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 14 1:19.730 12 1:19.308 12
13 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 1:19.732 13 1:19.353 13
14 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 12 1:19.555 14 1:19.392 14
15 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 13 1:19.559 15 1:19.448 15
16 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 16 1:19.802 16
17 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:19.898 17
18 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 18 1:19.909 PL
19 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 19 1:19.917 18
20 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 1:20.236 19
Source:[4][5]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 60 1:22:49.328 1 10
2 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 60 +15.188s 3 8
3 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 60 +41.175s 2 6
4 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 60 +45.043s 11 5
5 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 60 +45.915s 7 4
6 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 60 +46.285s 6 3
7 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 60 +1:08.307 4 2
8 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 60 +1:09.622 9 1
9 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 60 +1:09.823 8
10 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 60 +1:11.522 16
11 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 60 +1:14.023 5
12 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 59 +1 Lap 14
13 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 59 +1 Lap 12
14 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 59 +1 Lap 10
15 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 59 +1 Lap 15
16 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 18
17 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 59 +1 Lap PL
18 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 19
Ret 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 37 Water pressure 17
Ret 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 36 Handling 13
Source:[6]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

For the first time since the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix Jenson Button's Championship lead had been reduced, although the Brit still had a healthy 23 point advantage leaving his home race. Rubens Barrichello had been one of the drivers to do the damage, remaining in second, while British Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel had closed to within two of the Brazilian. Mark Webber, meanwhile, had retained fourth and also inched towards the leader, while Jarno Trulli had held onto fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes would leave their home race having smashed through the 100 point barrier, having claimed 105 points after eight races. Red Bull-Renault had managed to reduce their lead with their British one-two, although the Austro-Anglo-French combination was still 30.5 points behind. Toyota and Ferrari had held station in third and fourth, while Williams-Toyota had moved ahead of McLaren-Mercedes.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 64
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 41
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 39
4 Australia Mark Webber 35.5
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 21.5
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 16 ▲2
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 15.5
8 Germany Timo Glock 13 ▼2
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 11
10 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 10
11 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 9
12 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6
13 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 4
14 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 3
15 Poland Robert Kubica 2
16 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 105
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 74.5
3 Japan Toyota 34.5
4 Italy Ferrari 26
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15.5 ▲1
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 ▼1
7 France Renault 11
8 Germany BMW Sauber 8
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5
10 India Force India-Mercedes 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 '9. Britain 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/grande-bretagne.aspx, (Accessed 22/03/2020)
  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 'Vettel waters down Button's lead with Silverstone glory', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 21/06/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/148706/1/vettel-waters-down-button-lead-with-british-gp-glory, (Accessed 22/03/2020)
  3. 'Britain 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/grande-bretagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 22/03/2020)
  4. 'Britain 2009: Qualifications, statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/grande-bretagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 01/01/2020)
  5. '2009 Formula 1™ Santander British Grand Prix - Qualifying', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/850/great-britain/qualifying.html, (Accessed 01/01/2020)
  6. 'Britain 2009: Results, statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/grande-bretagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 01/01/2020)
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