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The 2009 Singapore Grand Prix, otherwise known as the II SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, was the fourteenth round of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on 27 September 2009.[1][2] The race would see Lewis Hamilton claim victory from pole position, as his main rival for the race win Sebastian Vettel was penalised with a drive-through penalty.[2]

Ahead of the race all of the attention would be on Renault, who received a two year suspended ban from F1 on 21 September 2009 as a result of an FIA investigation into the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.[3] That investigation centred on allegations from Nelson Piquet, Jr. that he had been instructed to deliberately crash in the 2008 race, and hence allow teammate Fernando Alonso to claim victory.[3]

In response Renault announced that they would not contest the results of the investigation, as they dismissed Flavio Briatore (who received a lifetime ban from F1) and Pat Symonds (who was slapped with a five year ban).[3] Alonso and Piquet, the latter having been dropped by the team ahead of the 2009 European Grand Prix, were not punished for their involvement, although Renault's two major sponsors ING and Mutua Madrileña both cancelled their contracts with immediate effect.[4]

Into the race weekend itself and Hamilton would emerge on pole position in qualifying, beating Sebastian Vettel to top spot by three tenths of a second.[2] Nico Rosberg was a surprise third for Williams-Toyota ahead of Mark Webber, while Championship leader Jenson Button could only muster twelfth.[2]

The start of the race saw Hamilton make a good start to claim the lead, while Rosberg streaked past Vettel on the clean side of the grid.[2] Alonso would try to lunge past the German racer later around the opening lap, only for it to be blocked and Webber to pass the Spaniard off track at turn seven, with Timo Glock following him through.[2]

The early stages saw the order quickly settle, although Webber was instructed to let Alonso back past by the FIA, resulting in him dropping behind both Glock and the Spaniard.[2] Otherwise, the race would turn into something of a procession, with Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel evenly spaced at the head of the field, while the Brawn-Mercedes were both out of the points.[2]

Vettel was the first of the lead trio to stop on lap seventeen, while Rosberg stopped a lap later but crucially crossed the white line at pit-out, earning him an immediate drive-through penalty.[2] That ruled him out of the long term race picture as Hamilton came in for his stop on lap twenty, before an accident brought out the Safety Car.[2]

The cause of the SC would be a collision between Adrian Sutil and Nick Heidfeld, after Sutil had spun trying to pass Jaime Alguersuari at turn fourteen.[2] The German racer was subsequently handed a $20,000 fine for dangerous driving, while several drivers including the Brawns made their first stops.[2]

The restart would see Hamilton and Vettel sprint clear at the head of the field, exchanging barrages of fastest laps as Rosberg slipped to the back after serving his drive through.[2] That left a heavily fuelled Glock in third, with the second round of stops commencing when Vettel made his stop on lap 39, although a mistake on the pit limiter meant he was given a penalty for speeding in the pitlane.[2]

However, Red Bull-Renault's race was about to go from bad to worse, as Webber suffered a brake failure and crashed at turn one, although there was no need for the SC to be deployed.[2] Regardless, McLaren and Toyota would pit their cars, while Vettel damaged his car kerb hopping trying to compensate for his drive-through.[2]

Once Vettel served his penalty the race was over, with Hamilton cruising through the closing stages to claim victory ahead of Glock.[2] Alonso was third and controversially dedicated his podium finish to Briatore, while Vettel fended off a late charge from Button to secure fourth.[2] Button himself would suffer from a brake issue late on but had enough to keep teammate Rubens Barrichello at bay for fifth, while Heikki Kovalainen and Robert Kubica claimed the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 Singapore 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 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 Singapore 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 1 1:46.977 4 1:46.657 1 1:47.891 1
2 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 7 1:47.541 3 1:46.362 2 1:48.204 2
3 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 5 1:47.390 1 1:46.197 3 1:48.348 3
4 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 11 1:47.646 2 1:46.328 4 1:48.722 4
5* 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 6 1:47.397 7 1:46.787 5 1:48.828 9*
6 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 14 1:47.757 6 1:46.767 6 1:49.054 5
7 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 15 1:47.770 5 1:46.707 7 1:49.180 6
8 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:47.615 8 1:46.813 9 1:49.514 7
9 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:47.542 10 1:46.842 10 1:49.778 8
EXC 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 4 1:47.347 9 1:46.832 8 1:49.307 20
11 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 10 1:47.637 11 1:47.103 10
12 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 2 1:47.180 12 1:47.141 11
13 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 3 1:47.293 13 1:47.177 12
14 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12 1:47.677 14 1:47.369 13
15 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 13 1:47.690 15 1:47.413 14
16 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 16 1:48.231 15
17 21 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:48.340 16
18 3K Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 18 1:48.350 17
19 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 19 1:48:544 18
20 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 20 1:48.792 19
Source:[6]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Barrichello was given a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change prior to qualifying.[6]
  • Heidfeld was excluded from the session for being underweight during qualifying and served a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[2]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 61 1:56:06.337 1 10
2 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 61 +9.634s 6 8
3 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 61 +16.624s 5 6
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 61 +20.621s 2 5
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 61 +30.015s 11 4
6 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 61 +31.858s 9 3
7 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 61 +36.157s 8 2
8 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 61 +55.054s 7 1
9 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 61 +56.054s 10
10 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 61 +58.892 12
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 61 +59.777s 3
12 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 61 +1:13.009 14
13 3K Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Ferrari 61 +1:19.890 17
14 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 61 +1:33.502 19
Ret 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 47 Brakes 16
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 47 Gearbox 13
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 45 Brakes 4
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 23 Damage 15
Ret 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 19 Collision PL
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault 3 Brakes 18
Source:[7]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 84
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 69
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 59
4 Australia Mark Webber 51.5
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 40
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 37 ▲1
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 30.5 ▼1
8 Spain Fernando Alonso 26 ▲3
9 Germany Timo Glock 24 ▲3
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 22.5 ▼2
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 22 ▼2
12 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 22 ▼2
13 Germany Nick Heidfeld 12
14 Poland Robert Kubica 9 ▲1
15 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8 ▼1
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 153
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 110.5
3 Italy Ferrari 62
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 59
5 Japan Toyota 46.5
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 30.5
7 France Renault 26 ▲1
8 Germany BMW Sauber 21 ▼1
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 '14. Singapore 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/singapour.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 2.18 2.19 Matt Salisbury, 'Hamilton dominates for Singapore success', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 27/09/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/152805/1/hamilton-dominates-to-secure-singapore-success, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Renault handed suspended F1 ban', bbc.co.uk, (British Broadcasting Company, 21/09/2009), http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8266090.stm, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  4. 'Renault suffer twin sponsor blow', bbc.co.uk, (British Broadcasting Company, 24/09/2009), http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8273965.stm, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  5. 'Singapore 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/singapour/engages.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 '2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2009), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/856/singapore/qualifying.html, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
  7. 'Singapore 2009: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/singapour/classement.aspx, (Accessed 23/03/2020)
V T E Singapore Singapore Grand Prix
Circuits Marina Bay Street Circuit (2008–present)
Singapore street circuit v4
Races 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019
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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