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The 2009 Italian Grand Prix, officially known as the LXXX Gran Premio Santander d'Italia, was race thirteen of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on 13 September 2009.[1][2] The race would see Rubens Barrichello secure his eleventh and final race victory, leading teammate Jenson Button to a Brawn-Mercedes one-two.[1]

There was a change to the entry list ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, as Ferrari poached Giancarlo Fisichella from Force India-Mercedes to replace Luca Badoer, who had failed to threaten the points in two races for the Scuderia.[3] That left a vacant spot at Force India, which was duly taken by their reserve driver Vitantonio Liuzzi, marking his first Grand Prix start since the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.[4]

Into the race weekend itself and Lewis Hamilton would emerge from qualifying with pole position, as Adrian Sutil narrowly missed out on making it two poles on the trot for Force India.[2] The German racer hence had to settle for second behind the Brit, while Kimi Räikkönen put his Ferrari onto the second row alongside Heikki Kovalainen.[2]

The start of the race was an all KERS affair, as Hamilton had to fend off a charge from Räikkönen into the Rettifilo chicane.[2] Hamilton duly won the duel on the brakes and emerged with the lead, as behind Sutil managed to keep Kovalainen at bay to claim third, aided by the fact that the Finn would be passed by both of the Brawns.[2]

The early stages saw the order quickly settle down, as Mark Webber became an early retirement after being spun at the Della Roggia.[2] Otherwise, the opening stages would be fairly tame, with Hamilton easing clear of Räikkönen, while Sutil kept the two heavily fuelled Brawns at bay, Barrichello ahead of Button.[2]

Indeed, the fight for victory would be one dictated by strategy, for the Brawns, and Kovalainen, had opted for a one-stop, while Hamilton, Räikkönen and Sutil were fighting on two stops.[2] The defending World Champion Hamilton duly became the first of the leaders to stop on lap fifteen, Sutil remained out until lap seventeen while Räikkönen remained out until lap eighteen.[2]

The two Brawns were hence left at the head of the field, and would continue to do so until the halfway point, when Button and then Barrichello stopped and rejoined in the same order.[2] They had, however, managed to rejoin in clear air, and would soon lap at a fastest rate than those ahead.[2]

That fact proved vital when Hamilton made his second and final stop, for both Brawns would flash past the pitexit as the McLaren rejoined.[2] Räikkönen and Sutil likewise slipped behind the two Brawns when they made their stops, although Hamilton would go on the offensive in the closing stages.[2]

Indeed, Hamilton threw everything he had at Button's Brawn in the final laps, with Barrichello remaining a tantalising couple of seconds ahead at the head of the field.[2] However, on the penultimate lap Hamilton crashed on the exit of Lesmo having run wide, and duly caused a Safety Car to be thrown on the final lap.[2]

That effectively brought the race to a premature end, although the gaps between the field were distorted as the Mercedes-Benz Safety Car never managed to pick up Barrichello.[2] Regardless, the Brazilian led teammate Button across the line to claim a one-two for Brawn ahead of Räikkönen, while Sutil was an impressive fourth for Force India.[2] Fernando Alonso was next having had KERS for the first time in fourth months in fifth, with Kovalainen, Nick Heidfeld and Vettel claiming the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 Italian 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 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 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:[5]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2009 Italian 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 1:23.375 2 1:22.973 1 1:24.066 1
2 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 7 1:23.576 4 1:23.070 2 1:24.261 2
3 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1 1:23.349 7 1:23.426 3 1:24.523 3
4 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:23.515 9 1:23.528 4 1:24.845 4
5 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 4 1:23.483 3 1:22.976 5 1:25.015 5
6 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 3 1:23.403 1 1:22.955 6 1:25.030 6
7 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 8 1:23.578 5 1:23.207 7 1:25.043 7
8 7K Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 10 1:23.708 8 1:23.497 8 1:25.072 8
9 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 6 1:23.558 10 1:23.545 9 1:25.180 9
10 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 11 1:23.755 6 1:23.273 10 1:25.314 10
11 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 15 1:24.014 11 1:23.611 11
12 8K France Romain Grosjean France Renault 13 1:23.975 12 1:23.728 12
13 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 14 1:24.001 13 1:23.866 13
14 3K Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 12 1:23.828 14 1:23.901 14
15 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:23.584 15 1:24.275 15
16 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 16 1:24.036 16
17 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 17 1:24.074 17
18 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 18 1:24.121 18
19 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 1:24.220 19
20* 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 1:24.951 20
Source:[6]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Alguersuari was awarded a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.[6]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 53 1:16:21.706 5 10
2 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 53 +2.866s 6 8
3 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 53 +30.664s 3 6
4 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 53 +31.131s 2 5
5 7K Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 53 +59.182s 8 4
6 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1:00.693 4 3
7 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 53 +1:22.412 15 2
8 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 53 +1:25.407 9 1
9 3K Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 53 +1:26.856 14
10 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 53 +2:42.163 17
11 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 53 +2:43.925 16
12* 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 Accident 1
13 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 Pitlane 19
14 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 52 +1 Lap 11
15 8K France Romain Grosjean France Renault 52 +1 Lap 12
16 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 51 +2 Laps 18
Ret 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 22 Driveshaft 7
Ret 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 Gearbox PL
Ret 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 15 Oil leak 13
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 0 Collision 10
Source:[7]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • * Hamilton was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[7]
  • Buemi followed the safety car into the pitlane at the end of the race and so did not officially complete the final lap, although he was still classified as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[7]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Rubens Barrichello left the Brazilian racer fourteen points off the lead in the Drivers Championship, and signalled his intent to challenge for the title. Indeed, second for Jenson Button in Italy had reduced the damage to his lead, moving him onto 80 points for the season. Behind Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were still in the hunt in third and fourth, while Kimi Räikkönen in fifth was mathematically out of contention, for he could not beat Button even if he won all four remaining races.

At the conclusion of the European phase of the season it was Brawn-Mercedes who were in command of the Constructors Championship, as their Italian one-two moved them onto 146 points. Red Bull-Renault were still in second, but had slipped 40.5 points behind with 76 points left to fight for in the final four rounds. Behind, Ferrari were officially out of the fight in third, but had a fair advantage of fifteen points over McLaren-Mercedes in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 80
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 66
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 54
4 Australia Mark Webber 51.5
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 40
6 Germany Nico Rosberg 30.5
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 27
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 22.5
9 Brazil Felipe Massa 22
10 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 20 ▲2
11 Spain Fernando Alonso 20 ▲1
12 Germany Timo Glock 16 ▼1
13 Germany Nick Heidfeld 12
14 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8
15 Poland Robert Kubica 8
16 Germany Adrian Sutil 5 ▲2
17 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 3 ▼1
18 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 146
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 105.5
3 Italy Ferrari 62
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 47
5 Japan Toyota 38.5
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 30.5
7 Germany BMW Sauber 20
8 France Renault 20
9 India Force India-Mercedes 13
10 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5

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 '13. Italy 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/italie.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 'Barrichello leads Brawn 1-2 at Monza.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 13/09/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/152278/1/barrichello-leads-brawn-1-2-as-bulls-stumble, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  3. Jonathan Noble, 'Force India releases Fisichella to Ferrari', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 03/09/2009), https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/78280/force-india-releases-fisichella-to-ferrari, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  4. 'Here's Tonio!', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns21791.html, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  5. 'Italian 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/italie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 'FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2009 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2009), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/855/italy/qualifying.html, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 'Italy 2009: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/italie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
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