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Germany  2009 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 17 in the 2009 Formula One season
Nürburgring - Grand-Prix Stecke.svg
Date 12 July 2009
Official name LXX Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
5.148 km (3.199 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 308.863 km (191.919 mi)
Weather Sunny and overcast
Pole position
Driver Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:32.230
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:33.365 on lap 49
Podium
First Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Second Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Third Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari

The 2009 German Grand Prix was the ninth race of the 2009 Formula One season. It was held on July 12, 2009 at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany; the earliest German Grand Prix on the calendar, since 1926.

In the lead up to the race despite 6th place at the British Grand Prix, Jenson Button maintained a 23 point lead over Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello in the Drivers' Championship. Barrichello was 2 points further in front of Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel, winner of the British Grand Prix.[1]

Brawn GP had a sizeable lead of 30.5 points in the Constructors' Championship with Red Bull Racing in second place. Toyota were 30 points behind the Austrian Red Bull team, with only Force India yet to score a point.

The three former World Champions in the F1 field, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton were 9th, 10th and 11th in the Championship, with 11, 10 and 9 points respectively.

2008 Champion Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 German Grand Prix for McLarenMercedes, at Hockenheim. Former German Grand Prix winners in the field for 2009 include Fernando Alonso of Renault and Rubens Barrichello of Brawn GP. Barrichello and Alonso have also been successful at the Nürburgring when the circuit hosted the European Grand Prix.

The Nürburgring has the unique honour of hosting 3 different Formula One Grands Prix (see List of races at the Nürburgring): the German Grand Prix on the old track in the 1950s, 60s and 70s as well as on the GP track in 1985 and on the revised circuit in 2009; the European Grand Prix in 1984 and from 1995 to 2007, with the exception of 1997 and 1998, when it was the Luxembourg Grand Prix. Rubens Barrichello, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jarno Trulli have raced all three at the circuit.

Australian Mark Webber took both his first pole position and his first Grand Prix win, with Sebastian Vettel coming in second, giving Red Bull their third 1-2 of 2009. Championship leader Jenson Button could only manage fifth.

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Qualifying

Qualifying saw drivers switch strategies to using wet weather tyres due to the rain and wet track. Lewis Hamilton's improved car saw him take 5th place, while Adrian Sutil came in 7th, the highest ever qualifying finish for the Force India team so far as they made Q3 for the first time. Mark Webber took Pole Position, with Sebastian Vettel second, making it a Red Bull one-two until late flying laps by both the Brawns of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello saw Vettel drop to fourth, with Button third and Barrichello second.[2]

Pos No Name Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:31.257 1:38.038 1:32.230 1
2 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.482 1:34.455 1:32.357 2
3 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:31.568 1:39.032 1:32.473 3
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:31.430 1:39.504 1:32.480 4
5 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.473 1:39.149 1:32.616 5
6 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.881 1:40.826 1:33.859 6
7 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.015 1:36.740 1:34.316 7
8 3‡ Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.600 1:41.708 1:34.574 8
9 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:31.869 1:41.730 1:34.710 9
10 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Renault 1:32.128 1:35.737 1:34.803 10
11 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:31.771 1:42.310 11
12 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.302 1:42.318 12
13 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:31.884 1:42.500 13
14 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:31.760 1:42.771 14
15 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:31.598 1:42.859 15
16 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:32.190 16
17 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:32.251 17
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:32.402 18
19 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:32.423 201
20 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:33.559 19

Race

At the start, Webber and Barrichello were side by side coming to the first corner, when Webber clashed wheels with the Brazilian, for which Webber later received a drive-through penalty. Hamilton made a fast start and challenged for the lead, but he made slight contact with Webber at the first corner and received a puncture, ending his chance for points. He lost a lap in the pits, ultimately finishing 18th, still one lap down. Trulli and Nakajima also collided at the first corner, and the Italian had to pit for a new nosecone, leaving him at the back of the field with Hamilton. Bourdais retired due to hydraulic problems on lap 18, in what would ultimately be his final race at Toro Rosso. Sutil made it up to second before his first pitstop, but on emerging from the pits he collided with Raikkonen who later retired with a smoking engine. The German had to pit again for a new nosecone, and lost several places. Alonso made a late charge as Button and Barrichello struggled for grip, but he could not find a way past, finishing seventh with the fastest lap of the race. Mark Webber became the first Australian winner in nearly 30 years despite his drive-through penalty.[4][5]

Mark Webber took his first career win, winning from pole position despite a drive-through penalty.
Sebastian Vettel finished second in the race, moving into second place in the championship standings.
Felipe Massa finished third in the race, his first and only podium of 2009.
Lewis Hamilton qualified and started strongly, but suffered a puncture on the opening lap as a result of contact with Webber.
Jenson Button qualified 3rd and finished 5th, but managed to retain his lead of the Driver's Championship.
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 60 1:36:43.310 1 10
2 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 60 +9.252 4 8
3 3‡ Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 60 +15.906 8 6
4 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 60 +21.099 15 5
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 60 +23.609 3 4
6 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 60 +24.468 2 3
7 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 60 +24.888 12 2
8 2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 60 +58.692 6 1
9 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 60 +1:01.457 20
10 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 60 +1:01.925 11
11 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 60 +1:02.327 18
12 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 60 +1:02.876 13
13 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Renault 60 +1:08.328 10
14 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 60 +1:09.555 16
15 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 60 +1:11.941 7
16 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 60 +1:30.225 17
17 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 60 +1:30.970 14
18 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 59 +1 lap 5
Ret 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 34 Radiator 9
Ret 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 Hydraulics 19

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 66
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 47
3 Australia Mark Webber 45.5
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 44
5 Brazil Felipe Massa 22
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 112
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 92.5
3 Japan Toyota 34.5
4 Italy Ferrari 32
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 20.5
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.[6]

References

External links

Previous race:
2009 British Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2009 season
Next race:
2009 Hungarian Grand Prix
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2008 German Grand Prix
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2010 German Grand Prix
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