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The 2009 Spanish Grand Prix, officially the LI Gran Premio de España Telefónica, was the fifth race of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on 10 May 2009.[1][2] The race would see Jenson Button beat Brawn-Mercedes teammate Rubens Barrichello to victory, in a race dictated by pit strategy.[2]

Qualifying would see Button beat Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull-Renault to pole position, while Barrichello secured third.[2] Felipe Massa was the best of the KERS equipped drivers in fourth for Ferrari, with Lewis Hamilton the next best KERS driver in fourteenth.[2]

The start of the race saw Barrichello streak up from third on the grid to claim the lead, with Button slotting in behind.[2] Massa would also get a strong start and jump Vettel using KERS, although the race was quickly brought under the Safety Car's jurisdiction due to an accident at the second corner.[2]

Four cars were involved, as Jarno Trulli spun while avoiding Nico Rosberg, and duly came back towards the middle of the circuit.[2] Adrian Sutil slammed into the Toyota and destroyed both cars, while the two Toro Rosso-Ferraris smashed into each other when trying to avoid that accident and were out as well.[2]

The restart came on lap five, with Barrichello storming clear with Button in his wake, while Massa misjudged his KERS harvesting and failed to challenge.[2] He would, however, manage to ease clear of a heavily fuelled Vettel, who would come under pressure from Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard jumped Mark Webber.[2]

The rest of the opening stint proved fairly tame, although when Barrichello stopped early on the race was effectively Button's to lose.[2] Indeed, the Brazilian's early stop signalled that he was on a three-stop plan as opposed to the majority's two, and duly dropped back behind Button, Massa and Vettel once they made their first stops.[2]

The second stint of the race was similarly quiet, with Button easing clear to establish a commanding lead, while Barrichello worked to get ahead of Massa and Vettel using his lighter fuel load.[2] The ploy worked and so the Brazilian would emerge from his third and final stop just ahead of the duo, while a long second stint for Webber saw the Australian racer jump into third.[2]

With that the fight for the podium was over, for Vettel would be denied the chance to challenge his teammate Webber due to the pace of a stubborn Massa.[2] Indeed, Massa lacked the pace of those around him due to a fuel miscalculation by Ferrari, although more severe warnings from the team ultimately saw the Brazilian surrender to both Vettel and Alonso in the final laps.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Button cruised through the closing laps to claim his fourth win of the campaign, while second for Barrichello made it a second Brawn-Mercedes one-two in five races.[2] Webber was a lonely third ahead of Vettel and Alonso, while Massa just crawled to the finish line ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg.[2]

BackgroundEdit

A third victory of the campaign for Jenson Button had seen the Brit once again extend his Championship lead, and hence meant he ended the first fly-away races of the season with 31 points to his name. That translated into a twelve point lead over teammate Rubens Barrichello, while Sebastian Vettel had moved to within a point of the Brazilian in third. Jarno Trulli, meanwhile, had moved back into fourth ahead of his teammate Timo Glock, while Kimi Räikkönen had become the season's fourteenth scorer.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes had moved onto a half-century after Button's third win, and had seen their lead grow to 22.5 points after just four races. Red Bull-Renault had retained second ahead of Toyota, those two remaining a point apart, while McLaren-Mercedes had lost ground in fourth. Elsewhere, Renault completed the top five, while Ferrari were off the foot of the table having scored their first points of the campaign.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 Spanish 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:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2009 Spanish 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 3 1:20.707 5 1:20.192 1 1:20.527 1
2 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 4 1:20.715 6 1:20.220 2 1:20.660 2
3 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 6 1:20.808 1 1:19.954 3 1:20.762 3
4 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1 1:20.484 4 1:20.149 4 1:20.934 4
5 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:20.689 2 1:20.007 5 1:21.049 5
6 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 8 1:20.877 3 1:20.107 6 1:21.247 6
7 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 15 1:21.189 9 1:20.420 7 1:21.254 7
8 7K Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 14 1:21.186 10 1:20.509 8 1:21.392 8
9 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 5 1:20.745 7 1:20.256 9 1:22.558 9
10 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:20.931 8 1:20.408 10 1:22.685 10
11 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 7 1:20.818 11 1:20.531 11
12 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 13 1:21.128 12 1:20.604 12
13 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 12 1:21.095 13 1:20.676 13
14 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 1:20.991 14 1:20.805 14
15 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11 1:21.033 15 1:21.067 15
16 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 16 1:21.291 16
17 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:21.300 17
18 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 18 1:21.675 18
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 19 1:21.742 19
20 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 20 1:22.204 20
Source:[4]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 66 1:37:19.202 1 10
2 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 66 +13.056s 3 8
3 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 66 +13.924s 5 6
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 66 +18.941s 2 5
5 7K Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 66 +43.166s 8 4
6 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 66 +50.827s 4 3
7 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 66 +52.312s 13 2
8 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 66 +1:05.211s 9 1
9 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 14
10 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 65 +1 Lap 6
11 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 65 +1 Lap 10
12 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 65 +1 Lap 12
13 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 65 +1 Lap 11
14 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 65 +1 Lap 20
Ret 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 17 Hydraulics 16
Ret 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 Gearbox 18
Ret 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 0 Collision 7
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Collision 15
Ret 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Collision 17
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 19
Source: [5]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Jenson Button once again managed to extend his Championship lead after claiming his fourth win of the season, moving onto 41 points after five rounds. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had retained second and eased further ahead of Sebastian Vettel in third, while Mark Webber had moved into fourth ahead of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock. Elsewhere, Felipe Massa had become the season's fifteenth scorer as he climbed up to twelfth, leaving five drivers without points in 2009.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes had moved even further clear at the head of the field, leaving the first Spanish race with 68 points to their name. Red Bull-Renault were their closest challengers in second, albeit 29.5 behind the early leaders. Toyota were next, on 26.5 points, while Ferrari had moved up to seventh after their poor start to the season.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 41
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 27
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 23
4 Australia Mark Webber 15.5 ▲2
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 14.5 ▼1
6 Germany Timo Glock 12 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 9
8 Spain Fernando Alonso 9
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6
10 Germany Nico Rosberg 4.5 ▲1
11 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 4 ▼1
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 3 ▲3
13 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 3 ▼1
14 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 3 ▼1
15 France Sébastien Bourdais 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 68
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 38.5
3 Japan Toyota 26.5
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13
5 France Renault 9
6 Germany BMW Sauber 6
7 Italy Ferrari 6 ▲2
8 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 4.5
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 4 ▼2
10 India Force India-Mercedes 0

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 '5. Spain 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/espagne.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
  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 'Button plays strategic game for Spanish GP win', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 10/05/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/146598/1/brawn-helps-button-to-strategic-win-in-barcelona, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
  3. 'Bahrain 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/bahrein/engages.aspx, (Accessed 20/03/2020)
  4. 'FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA TELEFÓNICA 2009 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/847/spain/qualifying.html, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
  5. "Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana Telefónica 2009 - Race Results". formula1.com. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/847/spain.html. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
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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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