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2009 Formula 1 World Championship

2009 - Button's Breakthrough Season

2009 would see a changing of the guard in F1; after radical new rules had been introduced the cars looked quite different come the first race. It also saw the introduction of the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) by several teams to give them an 80 horse power boost.

The Line-Up

The driver line-up had remained the same, with the only notable exception of Sebastian Vettel who now moved to Red Bull to replace the retiring David Coulthard. Vettel himself was replaced at his former team Toro Rosso by rookie Sebastien Buemi.


2009 would see a new team Brawn GP born out of the ashes of Honda, who announced they were leaving F1 in Christmas of 2008. This team would go onto set pace in 2009. It saw Red Bull Racing coming of age, winning its first race and mount a considerable Championship Challenge. The established teams of McLaren & Ferrari would struggle and endure their worst season in recent times. It would see the exit of many of the manufacture teams including BMW & Toyota, while another team, Force India would score their first points and first podium in F1.


2009 would see a new World Champion being crowned in the shape of Jenson Button, who won 6 out of the 7 opening races. It would see former Champions, Alonso Raikkonen & Hamilton struggle. Rubens Barrichello would return to winning ways after 5 years without a victory. It would see Mark Webber secure his maiden win in F1 and his best season to date. It would see crashes and one horrific crash for Felipe Massa. It would see drivers like Sebastian Bourdais & Nelson Piquet Jr getting the boot and old drivers from past return to the fray. It would see new drivers being brought in and tested, drivers like Romain Grosjean, Jamie Alguersuari and Kamui Kobayashi.


But not to be left out 2009 would see the emergence of two new scandals; the ‘Liegate’ & the ‘Crashgate’ sagas. The ‘Liegate’ would see the embarrassment of McLaren & Lewis Hamilton, after a stupid mistake. While the ‘Crashgate’ saga would reviel shocking revelations about the 2008 Singapore GP and how it was fixed for Alonso to win. It would destroy a team’s reputation and see the end of Flavio Briatore’s career in F1.

2009 has been one of the most different seasons in recent F1 history as it makes a radical change for previous years, with action both on and off track. It would see a new World Champion & a new Constructor’s Champion all in the making and it sets the scene nicely going into 2010.

Season Stories

  • Michael Schumacher; Don't Do It

    I’m well aware that F1 could really do with some good publicity right now. Off the track pretty much everything that could go wrong has gone wrong in the last couple of years; from the McLaren/Ferrari scandal, to... read more

  • Jerez Test Day 1: Soucek fastest

    Andy Soucek topped the time sheets in the first day of the Young Drivers Test in Jerez today. The Spaniard set a 1:19.158 a quarter of a second quicker than second place man Paul Di Resta in the Force India. Long time... read more

  • Young Drivers Test lineup

    Tomorrow sees the start of the three day Formula 1 Young Drivers Test at Jerez, Spain. We've collated the lineup and will post each days fastest times as soon as they're available. The weather forecast is good, with a... read more

  • Jenson's Decision - Right or Wrong?

    Jenson Button’s decision to ditch his old team Brawn GP (or now Mercedes GP) in favour of a move to McLaren next season and partner Lewis Hamilton has created, let’s say ‘a mixed reaction’ amongst... read more

  • The stuff dreams are made of - student wins drive in F1 car

    Remember Philips and Williams were offering that once in the lifetime prize to drive a Formula 1 car? Bad news is I didn't win, but Rob Tarlton did! The 21 year-old student from Chicago, USA said shortly after getting... read more

  • Button joins Hamilton at McLaren for 2010

    Jenson Button will partner Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2010 it was confirmed today. Button ditches Brawn GP the team that overcame all obstacles to give him the 2009 championship crown, just two days after... read more

  • Brawn GP becomes Mercedes GP - Good or Bad?

    Ok so we’ve all heard the news, Brawn GP is to be re-branded Mercedes GP after Mercedes Benz bought into the team. Now this got me thinking - is this a good thing or a bad thing for F1? What does it all come down... read more

  • Mercedes sell McLaren, buy Brawn

    Mercedes have bought the Brawn GP team, effectively ending their "special relationship" with McLaren. The German car manufacturer announced today they have sold their 40% stake in the Woking-based McLaren team... read more

  • Rookie Watch: How Many Cinderellas?

    There are many drivers currently sat waiting for the proverbial charming prince shall come and check to see if the glass slipper fits them. Some of these drivers are older than others but they all have one thing in... read more

  • Kimi Raikkonen: Ice-man or Ice-cream?

    Think about Kimi Raikkonen, what are the first words that come into your head? Dull? Unmotivated? Vodka? Ice-cream? Lackluster? Dare I say it, dreary? (source: twitter) But why don't things like World Champion, 18 times... read more

  • Rookie Team Driver Watch: Scrapheap Challenge

    This is the next in my three part series of drivers who might be available to the four or five newcomer teams who might make it to F1 next year. Here we will look at how some teams will try and turn one teams old junk... read more

  • Rookie Team Driver Watch: Grizzled Veterans

    Next season sees the arrival of four or possibly even five, if Sauber take over the now vacant Toyota spot, teams into F1. These teams aren’t coming in with Toyota or Honda style budgets and none of them are going... read more

  • Toyota become the latest to quit F1

    Toyota have announced that they will be withdrawing from Formula 1 with immediate effect. Based on the current economic environment, we realise we have no choice but to withdraw. This has been a very painful decision for... read more

  • Seb seals Victory in the final race of 2009

    Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel took the inaugural chequered flag at Abu Dhabi to win the final race of the season ahead of team mate Mark Webber. Pole Position man Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire from... read more

  • Hamilton on Pole in the floodlights of Abu Dhabi

    Lewis Hamilton claimed Pole Position for tomorrow’s inaugural Abu Dhabi GP ahead of the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. 2009 World Champion Jenson Button could only manage 5th. This is the first... read more

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Position Driver Team Time
1 S Vettel Red Bull 1:34:03.414
2 M Webber Red Bull +17.8 secs
3 J Button Brawn +18.4 secs
4 R Barrichello Brawn +22.7 secs
5 N Heidfeld BMW Sauber +26.2 secs
6 K Kobayashi Toyota +28.3 secs
7 J Trulli Toyota +34.3 secs
8 S Buemi Toro Rosso +41.2 secs
9 N Rosberg Williams +45.9 secs
10 R Kubica BMW Sauber +48.1 secs