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The 2009 Japanese Grand Prix was the fifteenth race of the 2009 Formula One Season, held on October 4. The race was won by Sebastian Vettel in a Red Bull-Renault, leading from start to finish ahead of Jarno Trulli in a Toyota and Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren-Mercedes. Vettel's victory kept his slim championship hopes alive, but by virtue of their drivers finishing seventh (Rubens Barrichello) and eight (Jenson Button), the Brawn team moved to within half a point of clinching the constructor's title.

Background Edit


Entry List Edit

The full entry list for the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix is shown 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 B
2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W B
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 B
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 B
5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 B
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 B
7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 B
8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 B
9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 B
10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 B
11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 B
12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 B
14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 B
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 B
16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 B
17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 B
20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W B
21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W B
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W B
23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W B

Practice Edit

Qualifying Results Edit

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 1:30.883 1:30.341 1:32.160 1
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1:31.063 1:30.737 1:32.220 2
3 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.917 1:30.627 1:32.395 3
4 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 1:31.386 1:31.222 1:32.466 8 (1)
5 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.272 1:31.055 1:32.660 6 (1)
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber 1:31.501 1:31.260 1:32.945 4
7 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.041 1:30.880 1:32.962 10 (1)
8 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:31.288 1:31.052 1:32.980 5
9 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.499 1:31.223 No time (2) 11 (2)
10 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.196 1:31.103 No time (3) 13 (4)
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1:31.286 1:31.482 7
12 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:31.401 1:31.638 16 (1)
13 5 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland BMW Sauber 1:31.417 1:32.341 9
14 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 1:31.550 No time (5) (20) (5)
15 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:31.571 No time (6) 12
16 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 1:31.704 14
17 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1:31.718 15
18 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 1:32.073 17
19 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 1:32.087 18 (7)
20 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault No time (8) 19 (8)
Sources: [1][2]
1. – Button, Barrichello, Alonso and Sutil were given five-place grid penalties for speeding under yellow conditions.[1] These penalties were applied in the order that the infringements had been committed.
2. – Kovalainen crashed at the Degner Curve in Q3. He changed his gearbox after the session, resulting in a five-place grid penalty.
3. – Buemi crashed during the final moments of Q2 and was unable to set a time in Q3.
4. – Buemi was given a five-place grid penalty and a reprimand for driving a damaged car and impeding other drivers.[1]
5. – Glock failed to set a time during Q2 after going off at the final corner. He was injured in the accident, and was withdrawn from the race on Sunday morning.[3]
6. – Alguersuari crashed during the second phase of qualifying, prompting the session to be red-flagged.
7. – Liuzzi was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[4]
8. – Webber damaged his car in the final practice session and was unable to take to the circuit in qualifying.[5] He started from the pit lane with a new chassis.

Grid Edit

Race Edit

Results Edit

Cars that use the KERS system are marked with "‡"

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 + 4.877 2 8
3 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 + 6.472 3 6
4 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 53 + 7.940 5 5
5 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 53 + 8.793 7 4
6 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber 53 + 9.509 4 3
7 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 53 + 10.641 6 2
8 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 53 + 11.474 10 1
9 5 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland BMW Sauber 53 + 11.777 9
10 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 53 + 13.065 16
11 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 + 13.735 11
12 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 53 + 14.596 14
13 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 53 + 14.959 8
14 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 53 + 15.734 18
15 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 53 + 17.973 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 Spun off 12
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11 Clutch 13
DNS 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 0 Injury
Source: [6]

Milestones Edit

Standings after the race Edit

Notes Edit

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named gridpens
  2. "2009 Japanese GP Qualifying Results". formula1.com (Formula One Association). 2009-10-03. Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. https://web.archive.org/web/20140607223731/http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2009/820/6686/. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  3. Strang, Simon (2009-10-04). "Injured Glock out of Japanese GP". Autosport.com. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79222. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  4. Noble, Jonathan (2009-10-03). "Liuzzi to get five-place grid penalty". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79162. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Webber
  6. "2009 Japanese GP Race Results". formula1.com (Formula One Association). 2009-10-04. Archived from the original on October 6, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20091006043239/http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2009/820/6687/. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
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
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
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