2009 Japanese Grand Prix grid

2009 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault – 1’32.160
2. Jarno Trulli, Toyota – 1’32.220
3. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’32.396
4. Nick Heidfeld, BMW – 1’32.945
5. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari – 1’32.980
6. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes – 1’32.660***
7. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota – 1’31.482
8. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes – 1’32.466***
9. Robert Kubica, BMW – 1’32.341
10. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes – 1’32.962***
11. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes – no time*
12. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari – no time
13. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari – no time****
14. Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari – 1’31.704
15. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota – 1’31.718
16. Fernando Alonso, Renault – 1’31.638***
17. Romain Grosjean, Renault – 1’32.073
18. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes – 1’32.087*
19. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault – no time**


*five-place penalty for a gearbox change
**will start from pit lane
***five-place penalty for failing to slow down sufficiently under yellow flags
****five-place penalty for driving an unsafe car back to the pits

The penalties were applied in the following order:

17:52: Alonso (drops to 17th)
18:05: Barrichello (drops to tenth, Button sixth, Kovalainen eighth, Buemi ninth)
18:07: Button (drops to 11th, Barrichello ninth, Kovalainen seventh, Buemi eighth)
18:08: Sutil (drops to ninth, Barrichello eighth, Kovalainen sixth, Buemi seventh)
18:54: Kovalainen (drops to 11th, Sutil eighth, Barrichello seventh, Button tenth, Buemi sixth)
19:18: Buemi (drops to 11th, Sutil seventh, Barrichello sixth, Button ninth, Kovalainen tenth)

Timo Glock not starting from 14th means the drivers who qualified behind him move up a place.

Not starting:

Timo Glock, Toyota

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  1. amazing!, changes and more changes!

  2. So Barichello speeds through a dangerous situation and will only lose one place. Kubica slows down for the yellow, sacrificing his place in Q3, yet only gains one place.

    Lesson: If everyone else is ignoring yellow flags, then you should ignore them too.

    1. Sad, but true…

      1. There is also Rosberg who obeyed the flags and gained 3 places. What is the source on times penalties were given?

    2. what can the stewards do, nearly all drivers behing him also got penalties.

    3. But you’d move higher up the grid!

      1. But you’d move higher up the grid, Kate!

  3. There is some confusing as to‘ (second line)
    sorry to point it out keith, should be ‘confusion’ of course.

    1. Sorry, lack of sleep!

  4. Regulations say: “grid position penalties will be applied to the drivers in question in the order the offences were committed”
    So i think BUEMI “offence” has to be settled after Alonso’s and BEFORE BARRICHELLO, BUTTON, SUTIL etc….
    That’s my Grid: http://www.betpusher.com/formula1-suzuka-la-nuova-ipotetica-griglia-di-partenza-cambiano-gli-scenari-di-gioco/


  5. I think the key here is that the penalties should affect the grid in the order that the offences occurred, rather than in the order that the decisions were made.

    I have no idea if that’s what will happen, but if sense prevails (does it ever?) I should imagine the grid will reflect that in the morning.

    1. the penalties should affect the grid in the order that the offences occurred, rather than in the order that the decisions were made.

      is that i wanted to say.. if i speed under the Buemi’s yellow flag, Buemi has to be penalized for first…

  6. Confirmation , as if we needed, that the circus of F1 controlled by Bernie and Moseley has finally become a complete farce. Serious changes needed if this sport is to survive other than a media and money go round. Have been watching since 1962 and have never seen such a pathetic demise in a proud wonderful exciting sport. As long as money and egos are put ahead of passion and engineering this will continue. At least the drivers are safer and that truly is a great achievment. But the rest of the petty stuff is a loss to us all.

  7. does anyone agree with me that Qualifying has become really interesting this year? and action packed. lovin this thing atm!

    1. I think it’s just that the races haven’t been very good – but this was an unusually action-packed qualifying session!

  8. speeding through the yellow flag (or not backing off at all) should mean that the times should not be counted, barrichello and button both got into Q3 by doing it and then were able to do another flying lap once the session started again,

    they gained places as they should have been knocked out in Q2 for deciding to leave it to the last minute.

  9. Start Grid with final or declared car weights.

    Vettel – Red Bull Racing-Renault – 658.5kg (1st)

    Trulli – Toyota – 655.5kg (2nd)

    Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes – 656.0kg (3rd)

    Heidfeld – BMW-Sauber – 660.0kg (4th)

    Raikkonen – Ferrari – 661.0kg (5th)

    Rosberg – Williams-Toyota – 684.5kg (6th)

    Kubica – BMW-Sauber 686.0kg (7th)

    Sutil – Force India-Ferrari – 650.0kg (8th)

    Barrichello – Brawn GP-Mercedes – 660.5kg (9th)

    Alguersuari – Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 682.5kg (10th)

    Button – Brawn GP-Mercedes – 658.5kg (11th)

    Fisichella – Ferrari – 661.5kg (12th)

    Kovalainen – McLaren-Mercedes – 675.0kg (13th)

    Buemi – Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari – 665.4kg (14th)

    Nakajima – Williams-Toyota – 695.7kg (15th)

    Grosjean – Renault – 691.8kg (16th)

    Alonso – Renault – 689.5kg (17th)

    Liuzzi – Force India-Ferrari – 682.5kg (18th)

    Glock – Toyota – N/A (19th)

    Webber – Red Bull Racing-Renault – N/A (20th)

  10. Note Button has less fuel than Barrichello and same as Vettel!!

  11. Prisoner Monkeys
    4th October 2009, 2:46

    This is the newgrid as poted by Autosport:


    This is reflected on the Formula1.com site

    Penalties were added in the order the infringements occurred, whch is why Barichello is so far ahead of Button: the championship leader was speeding in the yellows after Barrichello was.

    Personally, I think this is stupid: Barrichello effectivel receives a one-place penalty because of the way all the others fall.

    1. How it is stupid?

      Suppose all drivers received 5 place grid drop. No one will lose a place effectively. What could the stewards do about it?

      1. Prisoner Monkeys
        4th October 2009, 3:49

        Well, for one, the unspoken effect is that the championship battle is blown wide open since there’s a heavy Rosberg and Kubica between Button and Barrichello. And Vettel, of course.

  12. the penalties should affect the grid in the order that the offences occurred, rather than in the order that the decisions were made.

    is that i wanted to say.. if i speed under the Buemi’s yellow flag, Buemi has to be penalized for first…

  13. Toro Rosso was my biggest suprise.Qualifying: Buemi, Alguersuari, Buemi. Race: Alguersuari. Its like they had magnets in them pulling the Toro Rosso’s into the barrier. Its pathetic!!!

  14. I wonder what the problem was at turn 8-9. Was it the different cars? Strugling for grip after the wet Friday? Who knows.

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