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The 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (officially the 2009 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix) was the seventeenth and final round of the 2009 Formula One Season. It was the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and it was also the sport's first ever day to night race. It was held between October 30 and November 1, 2009.

The race was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, ahead of his team-mate Mark Webber and Brawn GP's Jenson Button.

BackgroundEdit

With both world championships secured by Jenson Button and Brawn at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the opening race at Abu Dhabi would be the first time since the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix where a race would have no influence on either the World Drivers' Championship and World Constructors' Championship.

Nonetheless, whilst the victors had been decided, the battle continued between the teams to settle the lower positions. For second in the World Drivers' Championship, Rubens Barrichello hoped to secure a perfect season for Brawn, however Sebastian Vettel remained in the fight for second. With Mark Webber in a clear fourth in the championship, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen continued to dispute over fifth position.

In the Constructors' Championship, Brawn and Red Bull were now firmly settled into first and second, however Ferrari still held a slim chance of unseating McLaren from third in the championship.

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Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is shown 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 B
2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W B
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 B
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 B
5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 B
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 B
7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 B
8 France Romain Grosjean France Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 B
9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 B
10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 B
11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 B
12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 B
14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 B
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 B
16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 B
17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 B
20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W B
21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W B
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W B
23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W B

Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

Ahead of the session, taking place in the hazy afternoon sunshine, the track temperature was 45 Celsius and a 34 Celsius ambient temperature. Webber leads the cars out on track to complete their installation runs of the circuit. Both the BMW Sauber's and Force India's complete a second-lap installation before their return to the pits.

After five minutes all the drivers except Barrichello have completed their installation laps. Two minutes later, Barrichello enters the track and after eight minutes all the drivers' had completed their installation running. The initial track data download commences and the drivers' give their first reports of the circuit. Vettel reports the track conditions are very "dirty, dusty and slippery", however is "convinced" the track will improve with further running.

Most of the drivers' begin their first analysis of the track, Vettel and the two Williams drivers, Rosberg and Nakajima could be seen exiting their car and heading to their respective pit walls to discuss the track conditions with the engineers. After much testing on the simulators, the teams' now would finally have the opportunity to understand whether their track analysis had been correct.

However not all the drivers' are analysing the data, after 11 minutes, Alguersuari becomes the first driver to head back out on track. Not long afterwards, Hamilton, likewise opts to complete some early running. With both drivers' on the medium tyre as well as the slippery track conditions, they were finding it difficult to push.

Whilst Hamilton opted to complete only a single exploratory lap before heading to the pits, Alguersuari was attempting to set the first fast time of the day. However he was evidently struggling for grip, running wide onto the run-off areas at turn 17 before setting a 1:55.624. He made an improvement on his second lap, however he continued to run slightly wide at turn 17 to which he clocked a 1:50.886.

After four laps, Alguersuari had lowered the benchmark down to a 1:49.545, to which at that moment, his teammate, Buemi had entered the circuit. Alguersuari's fifth lap saw him further drop the best time down to a 1:49.338 before failing to improve on his sixth lap. The rest of the field appears to content to watch with interest from the monitors as the Toro Rosso's do the initial cleaning of the racing line.

Buemi's first lap saw him set a 1:50.961 before failing to improve on his second run. Alguersuari meanwhile was still finding time after seven laps, dropping the benchmark to 1:49.143. After seven flying laps, Alguersuari heads to the pits to which he reported "grip level is improving all the time". As Alguersuari pits, Buemi sets the new fastest time with a 1:48.378.

Alguersuari's comments promote a flurry of activity from the other teams as suddenly more cars are entering the track with the increased grip levels. After 23 minutes, Grosjean joined the Toro Rosso's out on track, however after two flying laps he remains slower than both Buemi and Alguersuari.

At 26 minutes, Fisichella entered the circuit to which Rob Smedley warns over the radio to be careful of the "wind direction". Fisichella however is slow to find pace and is not matching the pace of Alguersuari, Buemi or Grosjean. After 28 minutes, Rosberg entered the track to which he immediately demoted Fisichella to fifth.

Both the Ferrari's were now running with Räikkönen joining Fisichella on the track. Neither of the Ferrari drivers appear to set fast times in their initial laps, the two cars of Fisichella and Räikkönen running consistently in fifth and sixth.

Of the six cars on track, only Buemi and Rosberg were making consistent improvements. Rosberg had moved up to second, however he was still two seconds slower than Buemi's new fastest time of a 1:47.207. Following this, Rosberg makes a 1.5 second improvement, however remains six tenths off Buemi's best time.

The lap comparisons between Buemi and Rosberg are then interrupted by a set of fast laps by Fisichella. Fisichella had been testing the limits of the circuit, running wide onto the run-off area of the first corner before taking the second fastest time on his second lap, whilst setting the fastest middle sector.

At 37 minutes into the session, Buemi after 7 laps enters the pits. He had completed the same amount of laps as his teammate, however his later entrance to the circuit had meant his best time was 2.8 seconds faster than Alguersuari whom had pitted 5 minutes before hand.

Entering the track, Kobayashi's first lap sees him run the slowest of all the runners, however on his second lap he makes a rapid improvement to go second fastest. His best time only one tenth slower than that set by Buemi. Webber had also entered the circuit to which on his first flying lap he goes third fastest.

The Ferrari's appeared to be consistently the fastest in the middle sector, Räikkönen bettering teammate Fisichella's lead middle sector, however they were struggling to set an overall fast lap time. Meanwhile Rosberg whom had been bumped back down to fifth then made a response to take the fastest time with a 1:46.117.

The track would now become quite busy with after 42 minutes, most of the cars had began to make their entrance onto the track. Kubica immediately sprang into fourth position, whilst Kobayashi whom was still in third ran wildly off the circuit at turn one. He would continue without issue, however teammate Trulli was then seen making a smaller mistake at the same corner.

The pecking order began to evolve as Vettel set the new fastest time with a 1:45.372 with teammate Webber going second fastest. Behind them, Kubica had moved up to third whilst Nakajima temporarily held fourth, before Rosberg retook the position.

Upon the McLaren's entrance onto the track, they had quickly demonstrated to be faster than Ferrari in the middle sector. They were also demonstrating strong overall pace, Kovalainen moving up to second whilst Hamilton went fourth fastest.

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Practice ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

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Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.873 1:39.695 1:40.948 1
2 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:40.666 1:39.984 1:41.615 2
3 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:40.667 1:40.272 1:41.726 3
4 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:40.574 1:40.421 1:41.786 4
5 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:40.378 1:40.148 1:41.892 5
6 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:40.517 1:40.373 1:41.897 6
7 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:40.520 1:40.545 1:41.992 7
8 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:40.558 1:40.635 1:42.343 8
9 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:40.842 1:40.661 1:42.583 9
10 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:40.908 1:40.430 1:42.713 10
11 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:41.100 1:40.726 11
12 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Toyota 1:41.035 1:40.777 12
13 2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.808 1:40.983 18
14 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:41.096 1:41.148 13
15 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:41.503 1:41.689 14
16 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:41.667 15
17 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:41.701 16
18 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:41.863 17
19 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 1:41.950 19
20 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 1:42.184 20

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
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Row 1 1 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 2
______________ Sebastian Vettel
Row 2 3 ______________
Mark Webber 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
Jenson Button 6
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 4 7 ______________
Robert Kubica 8
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 5 9 ______________
Nico Rosberg 10
______________ Sébastien Buemi
Row 6 11 ______________
Kimi Raikkonen 12
______________ Kamui Kobayashi
Row 7 13 ______________
Heikki Kovalainen 14
______________ Kazuki Nakajima
Row 8 15 ______________
Jaime Alguersauri 16
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 9 17 ______________
Vitantonio Liuzzi 18
______________ Adrian Sutil
Row 10 19 ______________
Romain Grosjean 20
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 55 1:34:03.414 2 10
2 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 55 +17.857 3 8
3 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 55 +18.467 5 6
4 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 55 +22.735 4 5
5 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 55 +26.253 8 4
6 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Toyota 55 +28.343 12 3
7 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 55 +34.366 6 2
8 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 +41.294 10 1
9 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 55 +45.941 9
10 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 55 +48.180 7
11 2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 55 +52.798 18
12 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 55 +54.317 11
13 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 55 +59.839 13
14 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 55 +1:09.687 15
15 21 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 55 +1:34.450 16
16 3‡ Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 20
17 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 54 +1 Lap 17
18 8 France Romain Grosjean Renault 54 +1 Lap 19
Ret 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 19 Brakes 1
Ret 11 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 Gearbox 14

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 95
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 84
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 77
4 Australia Mark Webber 69.5 ▲2
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 49 ▼1
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 48 ▼1
7 Germany Nico Rosberg 34.5 ▲1
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 32.5 ▼1
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 26
10 Germany Timo Glock 24 ▲2
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 22 ▼1
12 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 22 ▼1
13 Germany Nick Heidfeld 19
14 Poland Robert Kubica 17
15 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 6
17 Germany Adrian Sutil 5
18 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 3
19 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
20 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 0
21 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 0
22 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 0
23 France Romain Grosjean 0 ▲1
24 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 0 ▼1
24 Italy Luca Badoer 0
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 172
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 153.5
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71
4 Italy Ferrari 70
5 Japan Toyota 59.5
6 Germany BMW Sauber 36
7 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 34.5
8 France Renault 26
9 India Force India-Mercedes 13
10 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8

NotesEdit

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
V T E United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Circuits Yas Marina Circuit (2009–present)
Circuit Yas-Island
Races 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018
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