2009 Japanese Grand Prix grid

2009 Japanese Grand Prix

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

Japanese Grand Prix

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69 comments on 2009 Japanese Grand Prix grid

  1. Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

    • Mahir C said on 4th October 2009, 3:11

      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?

      • Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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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