It was the year F1 almost split in two: the summer of 2009 was dominated by the row over budget caps. When the FIA and the teams finally reached an agreement on reducing costs it briefly seemed F1’s season of scandal might be over. But then came word of some extraordinary allegations from Nelson Piquet … Continue reading F1 2009: Year of controversy (Part 2)
Formula 1 seems to have become incapable of getting through a season without some kind of scandal. But even after 2007’s spying investigations and the Mosley scandal last year, somehow 2009 even manage to trump these for controversy. Here’s the first of a two-part look back at the controversies that spoiled the F1 season.
The usual McLaren-versus-Ferrari duel was suspended in 2009 and instead all the glory went to a team we hadn’t heard of 12 months ago. F1 Fanatic’s 2009 season review kicks off with a look at how the ten F1 teams fared in 2009.
Last week sato113 asked in the forum whether any of the teams had done big end-of-season group photos. I’ve found pictures for all bar two of the teams, plus the traditional end-of-year drivers’ photo. For Toyota and BMW – and possibly Renault too – these pictures are their farewell to Formula 1.
The official Formula 1 season reviews often get lumbered with bad names and the 2009 F1 DVD is no exception. This year’s F1 review will be called “Not in a hurry” according to a sleeveshot posted on Twitter. It’s hardly the most imaginative title they could have come up with. But then, this is from … Continue reading 2009 F1 DVD is called “Not in a hurry”
After the millions ploughed into radically revised aerodynamic packages and Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems to improve racing, did we get a more entertaining season in 2009 than 2008? Not according to how your voted in our post-race polls. Interlagos served up the best race of the year for the second season in a row – … Continue reading Brazil voted best race of 2009, Turkey named worst of a bad bunch
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.
You could accuse the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of being just style over substance – but the style was certainly grand. Still when you look into the stands on some of these pictures you have to wonder why so many of the 50,000 seats they sold were empty. Here’s a gallery of spectacular pictures from … Continue reading Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in pictures
How did Kamui Kobayashi gain half-a-dozen places and get ahead of his team mate to finish sixth in his second race? And was Romain Grosjean’s race really as bad as it looked? The analysis of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take a look at the answers to these questions.
Drivers’ fastest laps Rank Driver Fastest lap Deficit to fastest lap Laps within 1% of personal best 1 Sebastian Vettel 100.279 0 21 2 Sebastien Buemi 100.326 0.047 14 3 Lewis Hamilton 100.367 0.088 10 4 Rubens Barrichello 100.449 0.17 21 5 Mark Webber 100.571 0.292 26 6 Jenson Button 100.642 0.363 29 7 Nick … Continue reading Abu Dhabi Grand Prix fastest lap analysis
Sebastian Vettel took advantage of problems for Lewis Hamilton to win his fourth Grand Prix of 2009. It was a one-two for Red Bull as Mark Webber kept Jenson Button at bay to take second place in an exciting end to an otherwise predictable race.
Drivers’ championship Driver Points 1 Jenson Button 95 2 Sebastian Vettel 84 3 Rubens Barrichello 77 4 Mark Webber 69.5 5 Lewis Hamilton 49 6 Kimi Raikkonen 48 7 Nico Rosberg 34.5 8 Jarno Trulli 32.5 9 Fernando Alonso 26 10 Timo Glock 24 11 Felipe Massa 22 12 Heikki Kovalainen 22 13 Nick Heidfeld … Continue reading Final 2009 F1 championship standings
Position Driver Laps Delay Gap 1 Sebastian Vettel 55 2 Mark Webber 55 17.857 17.857 3 Jenson Button 55 18.467 0.61 4 Rubens Barrichello 55 22.735 4.268 5 Nick Heidfeld 55 26.253 3.518 6 Kamui Kobayashi 55 28.343 2.09 7 Jarno Trulli 55 34.366 6.023 8 Sebastien Buemi 55 41.294 6.928 9 Nico Rosberg 55 … Continue reading Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result
Sebastian Vettel led home a RedBull-one-two at Yas Island. What did you think of F1’s first race at Abu Dhabi? Rate the race out of ten below and have your say in the comments.
Review the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live blog below.
With a spanking new multi-million pound venue and a golden sunset, F1’s photographers have outstripped themselves capturing some truly gorgeous pictures from today’s qualifying session. Here’s the pick of the bunch.
Lewis Hamilton dominated qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take pole position by two-thirds of a second. The two Red Bulls will line up behind him but team mate Heikki Kovalainen was left 13th after his McLaren broke down during Q2.
Review the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying live blog below.
Review the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice 3 live blog below.
Review the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix practice 2 live blog below.