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