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The 2009 Japanese Grand Prix, formally known as the XXXV Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XXXV フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese), was the fifteenth race of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, held on 4 October 2009 at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan.[1][2] The race would see Sebastian Vettel keep his title hopes alive as he claimed victory ahead of Jarno Trulli, as Championship leader Jenson Button finished eighth.[2]

Qualifying would be a turbulent affair, with four crashes during the three sessions seeing Timo Glock, Jaime Alguersuari, Sébastien Buemi and Heikki Kovalainen all disrupt the session.[2] Glock, however, would have the worst accident of all at the end of Q2, with his impact into the wall at the final corner causing him to sustain enough injuries that he would miss the race.[2]

Amid the chaos it was Vettel who emerged on pole position, beating Trulli with a late rally in Q3.[2] Lewis Hamilton was next before a slew of penalties jumbled the field, shuffling Nick Heidfeld up to fourth and Championship leader Button down to tenth.[2]

The start of the race would see Vettel pull into an immediate lead, although a KERS assisted Hamilton would ease alongside on the run to the first corner before ultimately giving way.[2] Otherwise, the reduced field would make it through the start without issue and largely in grid order, although Button would lose two positions while Sébastien Buemi dropped right to the back.[2]

The order soon stabilised, with no significant changes to the order until the first round of stops, which began just after Adrian Sutil and Kovalainen collided at the final chicane.[2] Regardless, the order would remain unchanged with Vettel leading Hamilton and Trulli, although a mistake from Hamilton exiting the pitlane allowed the #9 Toyota to sneak ahead.[2]

Hamilton's hopes of an immediate response were curtailed when his KERS unit partially failed, preventing him from using his full boost.[2] Furthermore, there would only be one on-track overtake before the second round of stops, with Kovalainen dragging past Giancarlo Fisichella on the start/finish straight.[2]

The second round of stops passed without major issue or incident, setting up a final, quiet, run to the flag.[2] However, with ten laps to go Alguersuari would spin into the barriers at the chicane and cause a Safety Car, causing the field to bunch back up.[2]

The field were released for a five lap sprint to the chequered flag, although there would be no denying Vettel, who stole a march on Trulli and re-established his lead.[2] It was status quo throughout the rest of the field, although Robert Kubica managed to seriously threaten Button's grip on eighth.[2]

With that the race was run, with Vettel easing clear to claim victory ahead of Trulli, while Hamilton fended off Kimi Räikkönen in the final laps to complete the podium.[2] Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld, Rubens Barrichello and Button would complete the scorers, while Webber claimed fastest lap on his final lap by 0.002s, denying teammate Vettel a maiden Grand Chelem.[2]

BackgroundEdit

The Championship picture had not changed too drastically as a result of the Singapore Grand Prix, with Jenson Button retaining a fair advantage of fifteen points. Rubens Barrichello was still his closest challenger, while Sebastian Vettel had remained in the hunt with three rounds to go, although he faced a huge deficit of 25 points. Mark Webber, meanwhile, was officially out of the fight in fourth on 51.5 points, while racer winner Lewis Hamilton had moved up to sixth.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes had inched closer to their maiden Championship at their first attempt, moving onto 153 points with three rounds to go. Red Bull-Renault had, however, retained a slight hope of challenging for the title on 110.5 points, but would have to outscore Brawn by seven points in Japan to remain in the hunt. Behind, Ferrari had just kept McLaren-Mercedes at bay to hold third, while Toyota had remained in fifth.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 Japanese 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* Germany Timo Glock
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]
  • * Kobayashi replaced Glock during Friday practice but was unable to replace him for the race.[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2009 Japanese 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 1 1:30.883 1 1:30.341 1 1:32.160 1
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 4 1:31.063 3 1:30.737 2 1:32.220 2
3 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:30.917 2 1:30.627 3 1:32.395 3
4* 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 9 1:31.386 8 1:31.222 4 1:32.466 8*
5* 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 6 1:31.272 6 1:31.055 5 1:32.660 6*
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 13 1:31.501 10 1:31.260 6 1:32.945 6
7* 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 3 1:31.041 4 1:30.880 7 1:32.962 10*
8 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 8 1:31.288 5 1:31.052 8 1:32.980 5
9 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:31.499 9 1:31.223 NC 11
10 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5 1:31.196 7 1:31.103 NC 13
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 7 1:31.286 11 1:31.482 7
12* 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 10 1:31.401 12 1:31.638 16*
13 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 11 1:31.417 13 1:32.341 9
14§ 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 14 1:31.550 NC WD§
15 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 1:31.571 NC 12
16 3K Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 16 1:31.704 14
17 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 17 1:31.718 15
18 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 18 1:32.073 17
19 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 19 1:32.087 18
20ƒ 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault NC PLƒ
Source:[4]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Sutil, Barrichello, Button and Alonso all received five place grid penalties for speeding under yellow flags.[5]
  • Kovalainen and Liuzzi received five place grid penalties for changing their gearboxes.[5]
  • Buemi was awarded a five place grid penalty for dangerous driving after rejoining the circuit with a heavily damaged car.[5]
  • § Glock failed to set a time in Q2 and was later withdrawn from the race due to injury.[6]
  • ƒ Webber failed to set a time at all during qualifying and would start the race from the pitlane.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 53 1:28:20.443 1 10
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 53 +4.877s 2 8
3 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +6.472 3 6
4 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 53 +7.940s 5 5
5 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 53 +8.793s 7 4
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber 53 +9.509s 4 3
7 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 53 +10.641s 6 2
8 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 53 +11.474s 10 1
9 5 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland BMW Sauber 53 +11.777s 9
10 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 53 +13.065s 16
11 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 + 13.735s 11
12 3K Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 53 +14.596s 14
13 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 53 +14.959s 8
14 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 53 +15.734s 18
15 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 53 +17.973s 15
16 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 52 +1 Lap 17
17 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 51 +2 Laps 19
Ret 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 43 Spin 12
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11 Clutch 13
WD 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota
Source:[7]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 85
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 71
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 69
4 Australia Mark Webber 51.5
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 45
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 43
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 34.5
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 30.5 ▲2
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 26 ▼1
10 Germany Timo Glock 24 ▼1
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 22
12 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 22
13 Germany Nick Heidfeld 15
14 Poland Robert Kubica 9
15 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8
16 Germany Adrian Sutil 5
17 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 3
18 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 156
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 120.5
3 Italy Ferrari 67
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65
5 Japan Toyota 54.5
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 34.5
7 France Renault 26
8 Germany BMW Sauber 24
9 India Force India-Mercedes 13
10 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 '15. Japan 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/japon.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 Craig Llewellyn, 'Vettel wins Japanese GP.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 04/10/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/153142/1/vettel-charges-to-suzuka-success, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Japan 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/japon/engages.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  4. '2009 FORMULA 1 FUJI TELEVISION JAPANESE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2009), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/857/japan/qualifying.html, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Pablo Elizalde, 'Five drivers given grid penalties', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 03/10/2009), https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/79191/five-drivers-given-grid-penalties, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  6. Simon Strang, 'Injured Glock out of Japanese GP', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 04/10/2009), https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/79222/injured-glock-out-of-japanese-gp, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  7. 'Japan 2009: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/japon/classement.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
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See also Pacific Grand Prix
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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