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The 2009 German Grand Prix, formally known as the LXX Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland, was the ninth round of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on 12 July 2009.[1][2] The race would see Mark Webber claim a crushing maiden victory, in the first German Grand Prix to officially be staged at the Nürburgring since 1985.[2]

The choice of the Nürburgring as the host of the German Grand Prix was the result of an agreement between the Eifel based circuit and the Hockenheimring, as both were struggling to fund the ever increasing cost of hosting Grand Prix.[3] The deal, meant that the two circuits alternated the hosting of the German Grand Prix, with 2009's meeting marking the first time that the "GP Strecke" had hosted the race as part of the deal.[3]

Into the race weekend itself and qualifying proved to be a battle between Red Bull-Renault and Brawn-Mercedes, with all four drivers fighting for pole position in Q3.[2] Ultimately it was Webber who emerged on pole ahead of Rubens Barrichello, while Championship leader Jenson Button slipped ahead of Sebastian Vettel for third.[2]

That fight carried over to the start of the race itself, with Barrichello managing to draw alongside Webber's Red Bull, as the Australian racer moved across to block the #23 Brawn.[2] A clash of wheels, which earned Webber a drive-through penalty, and Barrichello seized the lead, as behind Lewis Hamilton tried to get involved after a barnstorming start in his KERS equipped McLaren-Mercedes, but contact with Webber left him with a puncture.[2]

As Hamilton limped back to the pits for repairs another accident saw Jarno Trulli lose his front wing courtesy of a lunge from Kazuki Nakajima, as Barrichello established himself in the lead.[2] There would be no further incidents on the opening lap, meaning the order read as Barrichello leading from Webber, Heikki Kovalainen in third ahead of Felipe Massa after strong starts from both, while Button had remained ahead of Vettel.[2]

The early laps would see Barrichello and Webber ease clear of Kovalainen at the head of the field, while behind Button dealt with Massa to secure fourth.[2] Indeed, Webber looked to be the fastest driver in the field, but could not find a way past Barrichello until the Brazilian racer pitted on lap fifteen.[2]

With that Webber attempted to make a break, staying out an additional four laps before making his first stop, and with others making their stops would drop to second.[2] However, on the next lap the Australian racer would serve his drive-through penalty and drop to eighth, handing the lead to Massa before he too ventured in for a stop.[2]

Barrichello was hence left at the head of the field, while Webber climbed up the field with the rest of the lead group pitting, resulting in him shuffling back up to second.[2] This time, however, the Australian would have momentum on his side when he caught Barrichello, and duly scythed past the Brazilian veteran to reclaim the lead on lap 31.[2]

Once Webber passed him Barrichello would make his second stop, slipping down to fifth to leave Vettel in second, the German racer having jumped Kovalainen and Massa in the first pit phase.[2] Massa was next up in third ahead of Rosberg, while Button had dropped to sixth having already made his second stop.[2] Webber, meanwhile, would stay out ten laps longer than Barrichello before making his stop, rejoining in second behind Vettel before the German stopped a lap later.[2]

Once the final round of stops were completed the order read as Webber leading from Barrichello and Button, with Vettel, Massa and Rosberg completing the top six.[2] However, as the race entered its final phase the two Brawns began to struggle, and duly slipped to the back of the lead group to fifth and sixth, Button having slipped ahead of the Brazilian.[2]

Their demise left Webber on his own at the head of the field, with the Australian racer sweeping to his maiden F1 victory in his 130th race, a new record.[2] Vettel and Massa came through to completed the podium ahead of Rosberg, with Button and Barrichello being harried to the chequered flag by Fernando Alonso and Kovalainen.[2]

Background[]

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.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2009 German 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:[4]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 1 1:31.257 4 1:38.038 1 1:32.230 1
2 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 5 1:31.482 1 1:34.455 2 1:32.357 2
3 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 6 1:31.568 5 1:39.032 3 1:32.473 3
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 3 1:31.430 7 1:39.504 4 1:32.480 4
5 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:31.473 6 1:39.149 5 1:32.616 5
6 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:31.881 8 1:40.826 6 1:33.859 6
7 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 14 1:32.015 3 1:36.740 7 1:34.316 7
8 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 8 1:31.600 9 1:41.708 8 1:34.574 8
9 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 11 1:31.869 10 1:41.730 9 1:34.710 9
10 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 15 1:32.128 2 1:35.737 10 1:34.803 10
11 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:31.771 11 1:42.310 11
12 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 2 1:31.302 12 1:42.318 12
13 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 13 1:31.884 13 1:42.500 13
14 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 9 1:31.760 14 1:42.771 14
15 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 7 1:31.598 15 1:42.859 15
16 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 16 1:32.190 16
17 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:32.251 17
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 18 1:32.402 18
19* 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 19 1:32.423 19
20 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 1:33.559 20
Source:[5]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Glock was awarded a three place grid penalty for blocking Alonso during Q1.[5]

Grid[]

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

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 60 1:36:43.310 1 10
2 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 60 +9.252s 4 8
3 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 60 +15.906s 8 6
4 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 60 +21.099s 15 5
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 60 +23.609s 3 4
6 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 60 +24.468s 2 3
7 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 60 +24.888s 12 2
8 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 60 +58.692s 6 1
9 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 60 +1:01.457 PL
10 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 60 +1:01.925 11
11 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 60 +1:02.327 18
12 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 60 +1:02.876 13
13 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 60 +1:08.328 10
14 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 60 +1:09.555 16
15 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 60 +1:11.941 7
16 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 60 +1:30.225 17
17 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 60 +1:30.970 14
18 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 5
Ret 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 34 Radiator 9
Ret 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 Hydraulics 19
Source:[6]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.

Milestones[]

Standings[]

Jenson Button had seen his Championship lead once again reduced as a result of the German Grand Prix, although the Brit still held a 21 point advantage at the head of the pack. Sebastian Vettel had done the damage, moving up into second on 47 points, while race winner Mark Webber had climbed to third with 45.5 points. Rubens Barrichello had been the big loser as he slipped to fourth, while Felipe Massa had climbed into the top five with 22 points.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes moved onto 112 points as they continued to lead the Championship hunt, although their advantage had taken a blow. Indeed, a second one-two for Red Bull-Renault in as many races had left the Austro-Anglo-French alliance 19.5 points behind the Anglo-German squad, with those two set to duel for the title during the second half of the season. Toyota, meanwhile, had retained third, albeit just 2.5 points ahead of Ferrari, while Williams-Toyota had enhanced their hold on fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 68
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 47 ▲1
3 Australia Mark Webber 45.5 ▲1
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 44 ▼2
5 Brazil Felipe Massa 22 ▲1
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 21.5 ▼1
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 20.5
8 Germany Timo Glock 13
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 13
10 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 10
11 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 9
12 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6
13 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 5
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 112
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 92.5
3 Japan Toyota 34.5
4 Italy Ferrari 32
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 20.5
6 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 14
7 France Renault 13
8 Germany BMW Sauber 8
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5
10 India Force India-Mercedes 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

References[]

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References:

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