Abu Dhabi Grand Prix facts and stats

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alonso equalled his worst result for Renault in his last race for the team
Alonso equalled his worst result for Renault in his last race for the team

Red Bull completed their strong end to the season with a third consecutive win at Abu Dhabi.

But for the likes of Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima their final races with their teams didn’t go according to plan. Read on for the facts and stats from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton set pole position for the 17th time in his career, matching Jackie Stewart’s tally. The only active driver with more is Alonso, who’s on 18.

But Hamilton wasn’t able to follow it up with another win. In fact, for the first time in his 52-race F1 career, Hamilton was forced to retire with a mechanical problem.

Sebastian Vettel scored his fifth career win and his first victory not taken from pole position – he started second. Vettel also took his third fastest lap and Red Bull’s sixth.

Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber achieved his tenth career podium. His second place gave Red Bull their fourth one-two of the year, matching Brawn’s tally.

Kamui Kobayashi scored the first points of his career for sixth place in only his second start for Toyota. He is the 20th Japanese driver to start a Grand Prix and the seventh to score a point, joining Ukyo Katayama, Shinji Nakano, Aguri Suzuki, Takuma Sato and father-and-son Satoru and Kazuki Nakajima.

The younger Nakajima, however, became the only driver to start every race in 2009 without scoring a point. Team mate Nico Rosberg amassed 34.5.

The final race for BMW saw their cars finish fifth (Nick Heidfeld) and tenth (Robert Kubica).

Fernando Alonso finished his final race for Renault with his worst result for the team – 14th, which is also where he finished at Silverstone this year.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the first race at which both the drivers’ and constructors’ championship had already been decided since the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Unusually, this new addition to the calendar was not named after the country the race was held in (the United Arab Emirates) but its capital, Abu Dhabi. The UAE is the 28th different country in which a round of the world championship has been held, but the only one not to have given its name to the race.

The opposite is true of Luxembourg and San Marino, both of which have given their names to Grands Prix but never held a world championship round within their borders. Switzerland also did this in 1982, with a race at Dijon in France, but it held world champinoship races of its own from 1950 to 1954, after which motor racing was banned in the country following the Le Mans disaster of 1955.

Spotted any more interesting facts and stats? Post them in the comments.

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  1. one thing that caught my attention is the lack or poor strategy from Mclaren, it was at least the 2nd tym Hamilton lost the 1st place in the box after starting on pole. Is it normal?? They should b glad that refuelling is over, lol

  2. HI In the great scheme of things who really cares what it is called,I personally thought it was a damn good race all in.but the cost is mind boggling, I hope the poision dwarf does not want Silverstone to match that,history is important

  3. anyone got a stat for the biggest gap in points between two team mates in a season???

    perhaps 2001 when Schumacher ended with a 58 point gap to Barichello?

    ROS and NAK had a pretty big gap too this year…

    1. 94 – Schumacher and Verstappen. 92-10. But I’m not sure if Jos the boss drove in all GPs

      1. Verstappen drove 10 races that year. If you count Lehto’s 1 point, Schumacher outclassed team-mates 92-11. In races together, the situation is 92-9 as Verstappen was fifth

        AFAIK Jacques Laffite (1981) has biggest point total when team-mates have failed to score. He had 44 points. Ralf Schumacher had 35 in 1999 so he beats Nico by half a point.

        In both those cases, team-mates had 7th or 8th places which weren’t point-scoring positions back then.

  4. Over Hamiltons entire F1 career no one has score more points than him over the 3 years, he now has 256.
    No one has score more wins in those 3 years, or had more poles.

    And Hamilton has always finished below his starting position in the final race of the year so far.

  5. Prisoner Monkeys
    3rd November 2009, 23:44

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned yet, but by taking third place, Jenson Button became the only driver to score points in every race he finished (and if Grosjean hadn’t taken him out in Spa, he would have been the only driver to finish every race and score point in all seventeen).

  6. Hello Keith
    In Japan、Toyota announced that they will pull out F1!
    Let’s tall about this!

  7. Looks like it !

    Does this mean that Qadbak will now get a look in for the 2010 season? And why is it that the Concorde agreement is not legally binding on Toyota?

    1. as long as Kobayashi stays i don’t care. (kind of…)

      1. you took the words right out of my mouth… F1 fans want to see some action, more Kobayashi please

  8. Looks like it was the last race for Toyota as well…

  9. McLaren took the pole position in the last race of a season for the first time since 1993.

  10. A straightforward but interesting set of statistics that seems to have been missed, relating to Sebastian Vettel’s Fastest Lap, his third of the season: surprisingly, this was enough to win him the DHL Fastest Lap Trophy for the driver with the greatest number of fastest laps over the course of the season. Mark Webber also set three FLs, but Vettel set more second-fastest laps.

    An amazing 10 different drivers and 7 different teams set fastest laps in 2009. The breakdown, from DHL’s site:

    Fastest lap drivers:
    Sebastian Vettel 3
    Mark Webber 3
    Rubens Barrichello 2
    Fernando Alonso 2
    Jenson Button 2
    Felipe Massa 1
    Jarno Trulli 1
    Timo Glock 1
    Nico Rosberg 1
    Adrian Sutil 1

    Fastest lap Teams:
    Red Bull 6
    Brawn GP 4
    Renault 2
    Toyota 2
    Ferrari 1
    Williams 1
    Force India 1

    The winner of last year’s trophy, Kimi Raikkonen (who set 10 FLs in 2008), didn’t set a single fastest lap this year.

  11. Surely Ferrari becomes the first team to have two faster drivers on the pit-wall (Massa and Schumi) than in its cars.

    1. I remember the comment made by Luca about having a bench as strong as Real Madrid’s.

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