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The 2009 European Grand Prix, formally the LIII Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe, was the eleventh round of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Valencia Street Circuit in Valencia, Spain, on 23 August 2009.[1][2] The race would be won by Rubens Barrichello of Brawn-Mercedes, five years after his last race victory at the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix.[2]

Ahead of the race it was announced that Massa would be out of action for the rest of the season, but had survived major surgery to correct a skull fracture and was therefore out of intensive care.[3] His Ferrari seat was handed to their Italian test driver Luca Badoer, who would make his first F1 appearance since the 1999 Japanese Grand Prix.[3] Elsewhere, Renault had an initial ban for an unsafe release overturned, as they replaced Nelson Piquet, Jr. with GP2 Series front runner Romain Grosjean.[4][5]

Qualifying would result in a surprise result for McLaren-Mercedes, as they scored a surprise one-two with Lewis Hamilton on pole position ahead of Heikki Kovalainen.[2] Rubens Barrichello was next ahead of Sebastian Vettel, while Championship leader Jenson Button claimed fifth on the grid ahead of Kimi Räikkönen.[2]

The start of the race saw the two KERS equipped McLarens sprint into an early lead, Hamilton ahead of Kovalainen, while Barrichello went with them in third.[2] Räikkönen would likewise exploit his KERS assistance to secure fourth, Button tumbled to ninth after a poor launch, while Badoer leapt up from last to fourteenth with his KERS launch.[2]

That, however, would be as good as it got for Badoer, as he was tipped into a spin by the debuting Grosjean at turn one and fell to the back of the field once again.[2] Further around Sébastien Buemi and Timo Glock clashed and were both left with wounded equipment, while Button inadvertently cut the chicane defending eighth from Webber, and hence allowed the Australian through on the next straight.[2]

With that the on-track action was effectively over, with the field spacing out fairly quickly on the second lap as Hamilton led Kovalainen and Barrichello away from Räikkönen.[2] The order hence remained stable until Hamilton and Vettel disappeared into the pits on lap fifteen, with Hamilton dropping to sixth while Vettel had to stop on the following lap after the fuel rig had failed.[2]

Kovalainen would lead for a lap before pitting, releasing Barrichello whom had been stuck behind the #2 McLaren.[2] The Brazilian duly delivered a barrage of flying laps before making his stop on lap nineteen, and duly rejoined right on Hamilton's tail having made up over ten seconds during the four lap sprint.[2]

Hamilton would, however, manage to escape the immediate attentions of the #23 Brawn-Mercedes during the second stint, although he was not able to establish a significant lead.[2] This hence left him vulnerable to a mistake, which duly occurred during his second stop, as the McLaren pitcrew fumbled with his tyres resulting in a slow stop for the Brit.[2]

Three quick laps and a swift stop later and the damage was done, for Barrichello would shoot out of the pitlane clear of the #1 McLaren to secure the lead.[2] Their antics overshadowed Räikkönen's jump on Kovalainen for third, while Webber lost a lot of time in traffic and slipped behind Button and Robert Kubica outside of the points.[2]

With that the race was over, for there would be no on-track overtakes after the opening lap for only the third time in F1 history.[2] That meant that Barrichello claimed his first victory in almost five years ahead of Hamilton and Räikkönen, with Kovalainen, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Button and Kubica claiming the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

The rather confused order to the Hungarian Grand Prix meant that Jenson Button had once again retained a healthy advantage in the Championship hunt, leaving Hungary with 70 points to his credit. That translated to an 18.5 point lead over a now second placed Mark Webber, who had moved 4.5 points ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had retained fourth ahead of Nico Rosberg, while race winner Lewis Hamilton had jumped to eighth.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes would head into the summer break with 114 points, meaning they still held an ever dwindling advantage atop the Championship. Red Bull-Renault had hence reduced the gap in Hungary, leaving the Eastern European circuit 15.5 points behind the Anglo-German alliance. Behind, Ferrari had eased into third ahead of Toyota, while McLaren-Mercedes had moved back into fifth ahead of Williams-Toyota.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 European 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:[6]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:38.649 2 1:38.182 1 1:39.489 1
2 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:38.816 3 1:38.230 2 1:39.532 2
3 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 8 1:39.019 1 1:38.076 3 1:39.563 3
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 13 1:39.295 4 1:38.273 4 1:39.789 4
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 1 1:38.531 6 1:38.601 5 1:39.821 5
6 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 5 1:38.843 10 1:38.782 6 1:40.144 6
7 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 10 1:39.039 5 1:38.346 7 1:40.185 7
8 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 12 1:39.155 8 1:38.717 8 1:40.236 8
9 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 7 1:38.983 7 1:38.625 9 1:40.239 9
10 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 3 1:38.806 9 1:38.747 10 1:40.512 10
11 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:39.032 11 1:38.826 11
12 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 11 1:39.145 12 1:38.846 12
13 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 15 1:39.459 13 1:38.991 13
14 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 14 1:39.322 14 1:39.040 14
15 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6 1:38.912 15 1:39.514 15
16 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 16 1:39.531 16
17 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 17 1:39.795 17
18 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 18 1:39.807 18
19 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 1:39.925 19
20 3K Italy Luca Badoer Ferrari 20 1:41.413 20
Source:[7]
  • 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
2 Lewis Hamilton
Heikki Kovalainen ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Rubens Barrichello
Sebastian Vettel ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Jenson Button
Kimi Räikkönen ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Nico Rosberg
Fernando Alonso ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Mark Webber
Robert Kubica ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Nick Heidfeld
Adrian Sutil ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Timo Glock
Romain Grosjean ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Sébastien Buemi
Giancarlo Fisichella ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Kazuki Nakajima
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jaime Alguersuari
Luca Badoer ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 57 1:35:51.289 3 10
2 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +2.358s 1 8
3 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 57 +15.994s 6 6
4 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +20.032s 2 5
5 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 57 +20.870s 7 4
6 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 57 +27.744s 8 3
7 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 57 +34.913s 5 2
8 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 57 +36.667s 10 1
9 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 57 +44.910s 9
10 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 57 +47.935s 12
11 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 57 +48.822s 11
12 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 57 +1:03.614 16
13 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 57 +1:04.527 18
14 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 57 +1:26.519 13
15 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 57 +1:31.774 14
16 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 19
17 3 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 20
18 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 54 +3 Laps 17
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 41 Brakes 15
Ret 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 23 Engine 4
Source:[8]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 72
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 54 ▲2
3 Australia Mark Webber 51.5 ▼1
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 47 ▼1
5 Germany Nico Rosberg 29.5
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 27 ▲2
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 24 ▲2
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 22.5 ▼2
9 Brazil Felipe Massa 22 ▼2
10 Germany Timo Glock 16
11 Spain Fernando Alonso 16
12 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 14
13 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6
14 Poland Robert Kubica 3 ▲1
15 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 3 ▼1
16 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 126
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 98.5
3 Italy Ferrari 46
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 41 ▲1
5 Japan Toyota 38.5 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 29.5
7 France Renault 16
8 Germany BMW Sauber 9
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5
10 India Force India-Mercedes 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 '11. Europe 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/europe.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 'Barrichello pays tribute to Massa with Valencia triumph', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 23/08/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/151336/1/281-not-out-as-barrichello-pays-tribute-to-massa, (Accessed 22/03/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 [Archived] Jonathan Noble, 'Badoer to replace Massa at Valencia', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 11/08/2009), https://www.webcitation.org/5j0uZhmGK, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  4. Steven English, 'Renault to race at Valencia after appeal', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 17/08/2009), https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/77736/renault-to-race-at-valencia-after-appeal, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  5. 'Renault drive chance for Grosjean', news.bbc.co.uk, British Broadcasting Company, 18/08/2009), http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8206904.stm, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
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  7. '2009 FORMULA 1 TELEFÓNICA GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2009), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/853/europe/qualifying.html, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
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  9. [Archived] '2009 European GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190410170118/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2009&gp=European%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 23/03/2020) - Original
V T E Europe European Grand Prix
Circuits Brands Hatch (1983, 1985), Nürburgring (1984, 1995–1996, 1999–2007), Donington (1993), Jerez (1994, 1997), Valencia (2008–2012), Baku (2016) Baku City Circuit
Races 19501951195219531954195519561957195819591960196119621963196419651966196719681969–19711972197319741975197619771978–19821983198419851986–1992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013–20152016
Non-Championship Races 192319241925192619271928192919301931–1946194719481949
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
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