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The 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix, formally known as the XI Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second race of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on 5 April 2009.[1][2] The race would only be the fifth in history to see half-points awarded, as Jenson Button swept to victory amid a mid-race monsoon.[2]

Ahead of the race it was announced that Lewis Hamilton would be retroactively disqualified from the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, after being found to have misled the stewards.[3] The incident in question revolved around him overtaking and then allowing Jarno Trulli to move back ahead of him during the late-race Safety Car, with Trulli ultimately having his 25 second time penalty rescinded.[3]

Qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix would see Button sweep to pole position for Brawn-Mercedes, with Jarno Trulli claiming second for Toyota.[2] Sebastian Vettel claimed third but served a ten place grid penalty for causing a collision with Robert Kubica in Australia, while a gearbox penalty for Rubens Barrichello meant it was Timo Glock who would start from third.[2]

The start of the race would see Nico Rosberg stun the field, leaping from fourth to first as pole sitter Button went in the opposite direction.[2] Fernando Alonso would also make a barnstorming start, leaping into third from tenth with KERS, while Kubica slipped to the back of the field, the result of a soon-to-expire engine.[2]

The early stages would see Button ease his way back to the head of the field, first by passing Alonso and then Trulli, before leaping ahead of Rosberg during the first round of stops.[2] Around this time rain began to fall on the circuit, prompting an out-of-position Kimi Räikkönen to take full wets almost instantly, although the Finn's plan backfired and caused him to destroy his tyres.[2]

However, the Finn only jumped the gun by a handful of laps, for the rain began to increase on lap nineteen and caused the rest of the field to change for wets.[2] Yet, the rain did not result in much standing water, and when Glock charged up to third using intermediates on the greasy circuit, the field dived in almost as one for the same tyre.[2]

However, no sooner had the drivers changed then the conditions changed again, with the rain suddenly turning into a downpour and sending everyone back into the pits for full wets.[2] The last full green lap to be completed was lap 31, when Button made his stop from the lead and remained ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Glock, with the heavy rain and lack of light prompting the race to be red flagged on lap 33.[2]

The rain would continue to pound the circuit, and after almost an hour the race was officially declared with light fading fast.[2] The order was declared as the field had completed lap 31, with half points awarded due to the fact that the field had failed to complete 75% of the race distance.[2]

Button hence claimed victory ahead of Heidfeld, with the German racer becoming the first driver to score a podium finish with a KERS equipped car.[2] Glock completed the podium ahead of Trulli, while Barrichello, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg claimed the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Jenson Button left the season opening round of the 2009 season as the Championship leader, having scored ten points with his victory. Rubens Barrichello was next ahead of Jarno Trulli, while Timo Glock and Fernando Alonso completed the opening day top five.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes topped the table after the debut delight, a one-two leaving them on a maximum score of 18 points. Toyota were next having claimed third and fourth, while Renault, Williams-Toyota and Toro Rosso-Ferrari had also picked up opening day points.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 Malaysian 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 OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 7 1:35.058 1 1:33.784 1 1:35.181 1
2 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 2 1:34.745 2 1:33.990 2 1:35.273 2
3* 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 4 1:34.935 5 1:34.276 3 1:35.518 13*
4 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 1 1:34.681 6 1:34.387 4 1:35.651 8
5 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 3 1:34.907 4 1:34.258 5 1:35.690 3
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 8 1:35.083 8 1:34.547 6 1:35.750 4
7 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 6 1:35.027 3 1:34.222 7 1:35.797 5
8 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:35.166 9 1:34.562 8 1:36.106 6
9 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 14 1:35.476 7 1:34.456 9 1:36.170 7
10 7K Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 11 1:35.260 10 1:34.706 10 1:37.659 9
11 6K Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:35.110 11 1:34.769 10
12 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 13 1:35.341 12 1:34.788 11
13 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:35.280 13 1:34.905 12
14 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:35.023 14 1:34.924 14
15 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 1:35.507 15 1:35.431 15
16 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 16 1:35.642 16
17 8K Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 17 1:35.708 17
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 18 1:35.908 18
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 19 1:35.951 19
20 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 1:36.107 20
Source: [5]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Vettel received a 10-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable accident involving Robert Kubica at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.[6]
  • Barrichello received a 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[7]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 31 55:30.622 1 5
2 6K Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 31 +22.722s 10 4
3 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 31 +23.513s 3 3
4 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 31 +46.173s 2 2.5
5 23 France Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 31 +47.360s 8 2
6 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 31 +52.333s 5 1.5
7 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 31 +1:00.733 12 1
8 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 31 +1:11.576 4 0.5
9 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 31 +1:16.932 16
10 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 31 +1:42.164 15
11 7K Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 31 +1:49.422 9
12 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 31 +1:56.130 11
13 8K Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 31 +1:56.713 17
14 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 31 +2:22.841 7
15* 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 30 Spin 13
16* 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 30 Spin 20
17 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 30 +1 Lap 19
18* 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 29 Spin 18
Ret 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 1 Engine 6
Ret 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 0 Spin 14
Source: [8]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • * Vettel, Buemi and Fisichella were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[8]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Jenson Button extended his Championship lead as a result of the Malaysian Grand Prix, leaving Sepang with fifteen points to his name and two race wins. Rubens Barrichello had likewise retained second on ten points, while Jarno Trulli was third and the first driver with half a point, leaving Malaysia on 8.5 points. Timo Glock was half a point behind in fourth, while Nick Heidfeld had moved into fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes had retained their advantage at the head of the pack, leaving Malaysia on 25 points. Toyota had remained in second, 8.5 points behind, while BMW Sauber had leapt into third on four points. Elsewhere, McLaren-Mercedes were on the board with a single point, while Force India-Mercedes and Ferrari were the only constructors yet to score.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 15
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10
3 Italy Jarno Trulli 8.5
4 Germany Timo Glock 8
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 4 ▲5
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 4 ▼1
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 3.5 ▼1
8 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2 ▼1
9 Australia Mark Webber 1.5 ▲3
10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1 ▲10
11 France Sébastien Bourdais 1 ▼3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 25
2 Japan Toyota 16.5
3 Germany BMW Sauber 4 ▲4
4 France Renault 4 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 3.5 ▼1
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3 ▼1
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 1.5 ▲2
8 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 ▲2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 '2. Malaysia 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/malaisie.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2020)
  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 'Lightning strikes twice in Sepang as Button wins again', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 05/04/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/144938/1/lightning-strikes-twice-as-button-wins-in-sepang, (Accessed 20/03/2020)
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  4. 'Malaysia 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/malaisie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2020)
  5. "2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Qualifying Results". formula1.com. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/844/malaysia/qualifying.html. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. "Vettel gets 10-place grid penalty". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 March 2009. Archived from the original on 1 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/7970668.stm. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  7. "Barrichello gets 5 place penalty". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 3 April 2009. Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/74204. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "2009 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - Race Results". formula1.com. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/844/malaysia.html. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
V T E Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
Sepang
Races 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
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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