F1 2009: Memorable moments (Part 2)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber' first win was a popular choice
Mark Webber' first win was a popular choice

What were the best memorable moments of 2009? Here’s what you suggested as the funniest, most exciting and happiest memories of the 2009 F1 season.

Webber’s first win

Mark Webber getting his first ever win in Germany. Another emotional scene, It took him so long to get on the top step, but it propelled him into getting his second in Brazil. Fantastic performance. Remember he got a drive through penalty that race & managed to win by 10 seconds!

Mark Webber’s first victory, that was great!
Pedro Andrade

Webber has been due a win for a while and it was great to see him finally get one. The icing on the cake was that he did despite picking up a penalty which he really didn’t deserve.

Kovalainen’s Suzuka pass

Best overtake: Kovalainen on Fisichella at Suzuka leaving the pit lane. Very audacious.
Ned Flanders

There weren’t too many great moments in Heikki Kovalainen’s second and final season at McLaren.

But this plucky pass on Giancarlo Fisichella was definitely one of them. A shame it came after his race had already been ruined by an unnecessary collision with Adrian Sutil.

Force India on pole

Force India’s first podium – you just gotta love it when small teams get to beat the rest.

Force India pole at Spa.

Fisichella’s pole at Spa – showing with grit and mettle planning, any team can take on the biggies and become better.

Everyone loves an underdog, and with Minardi long gone the next best thing these days is Force India.

Qualifying being what it is these days I was sceptical about just how much fuel Fisichella had in his VJM02 after sticking it on pole at Spa. The fuel weights revealed my doubt was misplaced – he was on an entirely realistic strategy. And without the safety car period at the start of the race he could have won.

Grosjean pulls a Piquet

Romain Grosjean doing the Nelson Piquet Jnr spin!

Renault scandalised the sport when the facts about Fernando Alonso’s victory in Singapore last year came to light.

But you had to laugh when Piquet’s hapless replacement Grosjean crashed his car during practice for this year’s Singapore Grand Prix at the same bend and in much the same way the Brazilian had 12 months earlier. It’s moments like this which make practice sessions worth watching.

Hamilton’s last lap crash

Hamilton’s all or nothing last lap charge at Monza – pure racing, loved it!

Hamilton’s “win or wall” at Monza
Becken Lima

The championship points system means drivers are unlikely to throw caution to the wind in search of a victory – the penalty of losing a points score is too great. But Hamilton’s was long out of serious contention for the title at Monza – and his last-lap crash while trying to pass Button for second proved just how hard he was trying.

Button vs Webber

Mark Webber’s drive in the closing stages at Abu Dhabi – defensive driving against probably the best car of the year, with the champion behind the wheel, is really a gritty one. My liking for Webber and his team mate just shot through the sky this year.

The duel between Webber and Button at the end of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was for the most part utterly dreary. But it came to life in the final laps with a thrilling battle for second place between Jenson Button and an ailing Webber.

The Red Bull driver’s defence proved impenetrable, despite Button – one of the most prolific overtakers this season – getting more than a few clear runs at the brake-troubled RB5.

More proof, if it were needed, that great racing doesn’t necessarily mean lots of overtaking – a scrupulously clean defensive drive of this calibre is motor racing at its very best.


Various BBC presenters almost getting run down in the pit lane.

The BBC’s pit lane antics were entertaining, and really we should give credit to them for their entire F1 coverage which raised the bar far beyond what we had to put up with last year. The hugely positive comments from non-British F1 fans who saw their broadcasts was a testament to that.

Barrichello ends victory drought

Barrichello driving through the pits after winning and all the people lined up cheering him.

Few F1 drivers are as well-liked as Barrichello, especially within the paddock. It was touching to see so many people welcoming his first F1 victory in four-and-a-half years in the European Grand Prix.

Brawn and Button: world champions

Brawn GP winning the drivers and constructors championship in Brazil with Jenson Button. Emotions run high again as Ross Brawn, a usually calm bloke reduced to tears seeing his team, his own team, the team that were no more than a memory months before with Hondas pullout, winners & champions. Jenson Button made some of the best overtakes of the year that race, it was brilliant to watch.

For the best moment, you just can’t go past Brawn’s reversal of fortunes. I know people say Button slackened off in the second half of the season, but here’s the thing – every race from Australia to Abu Dhabi counts. Button scored in every race he finished and was the only driver to do so. And if Romain Grosjean hadn’t taken him out in Belgium, he probably would have scored there, too.
Prisoner Monkeys

Button winning the championship.
Becken Lima

Now the champion driver and champion team have gone their separate ways – with not a little bitterness – it’s easy to feel jaded about what Brawn achieved. All the more so given the coverage of their triumph – invariably described as a ‘fairytale’ – emblazoned across every newspaper and website.

But none of that should be allowed to detract from the substance of their achievement. Turning around a team that had under-performed massively and shrugging off the huge disruption of being put up for sale last winter was a fantastic success.

They were the worthiest of winners and fully deserve our credit and appreciation.

There’s still time for you to join in the F1 Fanatic 2009 season review. Share your picks for top drivers of 2009 here: F1 Fanatic 2009 review: the drivers

Read more: F1 2009: Memorable moments (Part 1)