|Race 9 of 17 in the 2009 Formula One season|
|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|
|Driver||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault|
|Time||1:33.365 on lap 49|
|First||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault|
|Second||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
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.
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.
2008 Champion Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 German Grand Prix for McLaren–Mercedes, 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.
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.
|Pos||No||Name||Constructor||Part 1||Part 2||Part 3||Grid|
|1||14||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:31.257||1:38.038||1:32.230||1|
|4||15||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:31.430||1:39.504||1:32.480||4|
|7||20||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.015||1:36.740||1:34.316||7|
|10||8||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||Renault||1:32.128||1:35.737||1:34.803||10|
|11||6||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:31.771||1:42.310||11|
|16||5||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:32.190||16|
|17||12||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:32.251||17|
|18||21||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.402||18|
|20||11||Sébastien Bourdais||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:33.559||19|
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.
|1||14||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||60||1:36:43.310||1||10|
|2||15||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||60||+9.252||4||8|
|10||6||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||60||+1:01.925||11|
|11||21||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Mercedes||60||+1:02.327||18|
|13||8||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||Renault||60||+1:08.328||10|
|14||5||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||60||+1:09.555||16|
|15||20||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||60||+1:11.941||7|
|16||12||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||60||+1:30.225||17|
|18||1||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||59||+1 lap||5|
|Ret||11||Sébastien Bourdais||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||18||Hydraulics||19|
2009 British Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
2009 Hungarian Grand Prix
2008 German Grand Prix
|German Grand Prix||Next race:
2010 German Grand Prix