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25px-Brazilflag  2009 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 16 of 17 in the 2009 Formula One season
Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track map.svg
Date 18, 2009 (2009-10-18)
Official name XXXVIII Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
4.309 km (2.677 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 71 laps, 305.909 km (190.067 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Heavy Rain (qualifying) Mainly cloudy, dry (race)
Pole position
Driver 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
Time 1:19.576
Fastest lap
Driver 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:13.733 on lap 25
Podium
First 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Second 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
Third 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

The 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXXVIII Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race which was held on October 18, 2009 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil. It was the sixteenth race of the 2009 Formula One season. The drivers' title and the constructors' title were both decided by the result of the race in favour of Jenson Button and Brawn GP.[1] This race was won by Mark Webber, who earned his second victory of the season and his career.[2]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Local favourite Felipe Massa won the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix for Ferrari as Lewis Hamilton picked up the World Championship for McLaren by overtaking Timo Glock on the last corner of the race for 5th. Massa also won the race in 2006, and was runner-up to team-mate Kimi Räikkönen in 2007 as the Finn took the World Championship. The World title had been won at Interlagos for the previous 4 years, with Hamilton, Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso (twice) taking the title. Alonso has never won the Brazilian GP, however, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Massa winning the 2005 and 2006 races respectively. Another former Brazilian Grand Prix winner lining up was Giancarlo Fisichella, who won in 2003.

The race has a history of home success, with Massa, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet Sr, Carlos Pace and Emerson Fittipaldi winning. Rubens Barrichello aimed for his first win at Interlagos, hoping to improve on his previous best placing of 3rd in 2004. Massa had targeted a return after injuries sustained in an accident in qualifying in the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, but this was not possible. Massa instead was given the honour of waving the chequered flag at the end of the race.[3]

Championship leader Jenson Button needed to finish within four points of team-mate Barrichello to seal the 2009 drivers' title. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel needed to finish first or second in order to stay in the running for the title fight. In the constructors' standings, Brawn GP required just half a point to be declared champions, while Red Bull Racing needed to finish first and second in both Brazil and Abu Dhabi with Brawn not scoring in either round to take the title for themselves.

GP2 driver and Toyota test driver Kamui Kobayashi replaced Toyota's Timo Glock after tests revealed that he had cracked a vertabrae in his qualifying accident at the previous race at Suzuka.[4]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying was dominated by a tropical storm that would interrupt the session for over an hour, and made the session last 2 hours and 41 minutes, the longest qualifying session in the history of F1.[5] The first session saw the elimination of Giancarlo Fisichella, both McLaren cars and championship contender Sebastian Vettel; Nick Heidfeld joined them as the fifth and final car eliminated. The rains set in after the first session, delaying qualifying until the circuit could be declared safe. Nico Rosberg topped the timing sheets with a lap time of 1:22.828.

When the weather had cleared and the cars eventually re-emerged, Rosberg would once again come out on top. The session was almost immediately red-flagged with Vitantonio Liuzzi crashing heavily at the first corner. Unable to set a time, he was subsequently eliminated. Q2 also saw the elimination of championship leader Jenson Button down in fourteenth and behind Jaime Alguersuari, Kamui Kobayashi and Romain Grosjean, the three least-experienced drivers in the field.

For the first time since the knockout qualifying system was introduced, the third and final ten-minute session was contested by drivers from nine of the ten teams, the only exclusion being McLaren, with both Hamilton and Kovalainen having been knocked out in the first session; Williams were the only team to field two cars in the final session. Jenson Button's closest championship rival and team-mate Rubens Barrichello took pole on a drying circuit with a 1:19.576, but the release of the post-qualifying car weights revealed him to be the lightest car on the grid. Due to the continuous delays in qualifying due to rain, this session holds the record for the longest qualifying session in Formula 1 history.

RaceEdit

The opening lap was dominated by three separate incidents. Heikki Kovalainen made contact with Sebastian Vettel coming out of the Senna 'S', and while Vettel emerged unscathed, Kovalainen ran out of road and very nearly collected Fisichella, who was forced to go the long way around. The second incident took place just two corners later when Jarno Trulli tangled with Adrian Sutil while trying to make a pass coming out of the fifth corner. Both the Toyota and the Force India were eliminated, with Sutil taking out Fernando Alonso in the process when the Renault driver was unable to avoid his out-of-control Force India, an incident which caused the deployment of the safety car. The third and final incident took place in the pit lane; after his encounter with Vettel, Heikki Kovalainen pitted, followed closely by Kimi Räikkönen, the latter having damaged his front wing after light contact with Mark Webber. Kovalainen was released from his pit while the fuel hose was still attached, taking it with him and with it, a spray of fuel. Räikkönen's exhaust ignited the spilt fuel in a fireball, but no one was injured and both drivers were able to continue once Brawn mechanics extricated the McLaren fuel hose from Kovalainen's car.

Pole-sitter Barrichello controlled the first phase of the race, though Mark Webber and Robert Kubica stayed in touch, just two and a half seconds adrift. Aided by the first-lap incidents and the safety, Button was placed ninth at the end of the first lap. He proceeded to take Grosjean around the outside at Turn 6 and then Nakajima at the first corner once green-flag conditions resumed, before being held up by debutant Kamui Kobayashi. He was heard on the team radio voicing his displeasure at the newcomer's tactics in defending his line. When he finally cleared the Toyota driver, Button was able to build a lead of three and a half seconds on him in a single lap.

Barrichello was unable to sustain the pace needed to maintain his lead over Webber, and in the first round of pit stops, the home town driver was passed by the Australian before coming under fire from Robert Kubica. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton — having started seventeenth — had pitted on the first lap and removed the softer tyre compound as his team switched him to a one-stop strategy. Other incidents early in the race saw Nick Heidfeld run out of fuel after his fuel-rig malfunctioned, whilst Kobayashi's blocking tactics removed fellow countryman Kazuki Nakajima's front wing, and the Williams driver crashed heavily at the fourth corner. His team mate Nico Rosberg had succumbed to gearbox troubles a few laps earlier.

The second stage of the race saw Button leading a group of four one-stopping drivers, with their ultimate success or failures having consequences on the championship standings given Barrichello's position. Both Hamilton and then Vettel successfully leap-frogged Button after Button's second stop and the Briton was caught behind Kovalainen, though a fading Rubens Barrichello was in a position such that had the race ended there and then, Button would still be declared World Champion. Button inherited sixth position when Kovalainen pitted, while Hamilton managed a pass down the inside of Barrichello into the first corner that inadvertently damaged the Brazilian's tyre, causing a puncture and forcing him to pit. He resumed in eighth, with Vettel's fourth placing meaning that, barring a dramatic turn in events, Button would be the 2009 World Champion even if he retired.

Mark Webber, who had led unchallenged since the first stops, went on to win the race, with Robert Kubica securing BMW Sauber's first podium since Malaysia. Lewis Hamilton's pass on Barrichello was good enough to net him third place and see McLaren overtake Ferrari for third in the constructors' standings. Sebastian Vettel was fourth when he needed to be first or second to continue the championship fight in Abu Dhabi, while Button's fifth place from fourteenth on the grid was enough for him to secure the 2009 World Championship, becoming the tenth British champion and the first British champion to succeed another since 1969, when Jackie Stewart succeeded Graham Hill as World Champion. He also became the second driver in succession to win a World Championship by finishing fifth in Brazil whilst driving a Mercedes-powered car carrying the number 22. Button used only one chassis over the course of the season (most drivers change chassis several times), having driven it in every practice and qualifying session and race, meaning that he won the World Championship in the oldest car on the grid.[6] Kimi Räikkönen, Sebastien Buemi and Rubens Barrichello rounded out the minor points placings.

Felipe Massa was the chequered flag waver in this Grand Prix. The podium trophies were of an unusual three-pronged design and matt-turquoise in colour. They were designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer and were constructed of recycled plastic bottle tops, collected on site over the course of the grand prix weekend, and remoulded at the site's plastic recycling plant. The initiative is to highlight sponsor Petrobras' green credentials.[7]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

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

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 23 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:24.100 1:21.659 1:19.576 1
2 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:24.722 1:20.803 1:19.668 2
3 20 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:24.447 1:20.753 1:19.912 3
4 9 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:24.621 1:20.635 1:20.097 4
5 4‡ 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:23.047 1:21.378 1:20.168 5
6 12 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:24.591 1:20.701 1:20.250 6
7 16 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:22.828 1:20.368 1:20.326 7
8 5 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:23.072 1:21.147 1:20.631 8
9 17 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:23.161 1:20.427 1:20.674 9
10 7 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:24.842 1:21.657 1:21.422 10
11 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Toyota 1:24.335 1:21.960 11
12 11 22px-Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:24.773 1:22.231 12
13 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Renault 1:24.394 1:22.477 13
14 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:24.297 1:22.504 14
15 21 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:24.645 No time 201
16 15 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:25.009 15
17 2‡ 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.052 16
18 1‡ 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.192 17
19 6 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:25.515 18
20 3‡ 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:40.703 19
Source:[8]

1 – Vitantonio Liuzzi received a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[9]

RaceEdit

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

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 71 1:32:23.081 2 10
2 5 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 71 +7.626 8 8
3 1‡ 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 71 +18.944 17 6
4 15 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 71 +19.652 15 5
5 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 71 +29.005 14 4
6 4‡ 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +33.340 5 3
7 12 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 71 +35.991 6 2
8 23 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 71 +45.454 1 1
9 10 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi Toyota 71 +1:03.324 11
10 3‡ 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 71 +1:10.665 19
11 21 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 71 +1:11.388 20
12 2‡ 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 71 +1:13.4992 16
13 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Renault 70 +1 Lap 13
14 11 22px-Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 12
Ret 17 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 30 Accident 9
Ret 16 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 27 Gearbox 7
Ret 6 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 21 Out of Fuel 18
Ret 20 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 0 Collision 3
Ret 9 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 0 Collision 4
Ret 7 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 0 Collision 10
Source:[10]

2 – Heikki Kovalainen received a 25-second time penalty for an unsafe release from his first pit stop.[11]

Standings after the RaceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 89
2 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 74
3 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 72
4 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber 61.5
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 49
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 161
2 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 135.5
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71
4 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 70
5 Flag-of-japansmall Toyota 54.5
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.[12]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Carline, Peter (2009-10-18). "Brazilian Grand Prix: Jenson Button seals world title with brilliant drive". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-1221253/Brazilian-Grand-Prix-live-All-action-happens-Interlagos.html. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  3. "Massa given home race honour". ITV F1 (ITV). 2009-10-08. Archived from the original on 11 October 2009. http://www.itv-f1.com/news_article.aspx?id=47131. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  4. Beer, Matt (2009-10-11). "Glock ruled out of Brazilian Grand Prix". Autosport.com. Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79383. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  5. "Qualifying – Barrichello rises to the challenge in Brazil". Formula1. October 17, 2009. Archived from the original on 20 October 2009. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2009/10/10106.html. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  6. Collins, Sam (2009-10-18). "Brawn BGP-001: record breaker". Racecar Engineering. Archived from the original on 21 October 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20091021052341/http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/cars/427080/f1-jenson-button-s-winning-brawn-chassis-breaks-records.html. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  7. Jonathan Noble (2009-10-19). "Paddock Life: Interlagos edition". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. Archived from the original on 22 October 2009. http://www.autosport.com/news/grapevine.php/id/79628. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  8. "2009 Brazilian GP Qualifying Results". formula1.com (Formula One Association). 2009-10-17. Archived from the original on 20 October 2009. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2009/822/6692/. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  9. "Liuzzi to get gearbox penalty after Q2 crash". formula1.com (Formula One). 2009-10-17. Archived from the original on 20 October 2009. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2009/10/10111.html. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
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  11. "2009 Brazilian Grand Prix – Document 48". fia.com (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). 2009-10-18. http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/f1_media/Documents/brz09_document_48.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  12. "Formula One Championship Standings". BBC Sport (BBC). 2009-10-04. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/standings/default.stm. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 

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