🏆 Winner: Jenson Button
Constructors Champion: Brawn GP
Most wins: Jenson Button (6)
Most pole positions: Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton & Sebastian Vettel (4)
Most fastest laps: Mark Webber & Sebastian Vettel (4)

The 2009 F1 season brought in a whole host of rule changes that shook up the grid, with both 2007 & 2008 challengers Ferrari and McLaren initially struggling to get to grips with the new car. This led to success for Brawn GP & Red Bull, with Jenson Button clinching the title after fine form early in the season.

2009 F1 Drivers Championship Standings

1Jenson ButtonBrawn GP95
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull84
3Rubens BarrichelloBrawn GP77
4Mark WebberRed Bull69.5
5Lewis HamiltonMcLaren49
6Kimi RäikkönenFerarri48
7Nico RosbergWilliams34.5
8Jarno TrulliToyota32.5
9Fernando AlonsoRenault26
10Timo GlockToyota24
11Felipe MassaFerrari22
12Heikki KovalainenMcLaren22
13Nick HeidfeldBMW Sauber19
14Robert kubicaBMW Sauber17
15Giancarlo FisichellaForce India*8
16Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso6
17Adrian SutilForce India5
18Kamui KobayashiToyota3
19Sebastien BourdaisToro Rosso2
20Kazuki NakajimaWilliams0
21Nelsinho PiquetRenault0
22Vitantonio LiuzziForce India0
23Romain GrosjeanRenault0
24Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso0
25Luca BadoerFerrari0

*Giancarlo Fisichella drove for both Force India & Ferrari during the 2009 season, after he filled in for the injured Felipe Massa from the Italian Grand Prix onwards.

Note: The 2009 season used the following points system:

Jenson Button during the 2009 F1 season driving for Brawn GP
Jenson Button in the 2009 F1 title-winning Brawn GP car – image via Wikipedia

2009 F1 Constructors Championship Standings

1Brawn GP172
2Red Bull153.5
6BMW Sauber36
9Force India13
10Toro Rosso8

2009 F1 Season Schedule

127-29 MarchAustralian Grand PrixAlbert Park, Melbourne
23-5 AprilMalaysian Grand PrixSepang International Circuit
317-19 AprilChinese Grand PrixShanghai International Circuit
424-26 AprilBahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
58-10 MaySpanish Grand PrixMontmelo, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
621-24 MayMonaco Grand PrixMonte-Carlo
75-7 JuneTurkish Grand PrixIstanbul Park
819-21 JuneBritish Grand PrixSilverstone
910-12 JulyGerman Grand PrixNurburgring
1024-26 JulyHungarian Grand PrixHungaroring
1121-23 AugustEuropean Grand PrixValencia Street Circuit
1228-30 AugustBelgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps
1311-13 SeptemberItalian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale Monza
1425-27 SeptemberSingapore Grand PrixSingapore Street Circuit (night race)
152-4 OctoberJapanese Grand PrixSuzuka
1616-18 OctoberBrazilian Grand PrixAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo
1730 October – 1 NovemberAbu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Island

2009 F1 Key Facts & Stats

  • A number of rules changed for the 2009 F1 season, which led to drastic design changes from the cars of previous seasons.
  • Sebastian Vettel made his debut for Red Bull in 2009 when he moved from his 2008 Toro Rosso seat and replaced the retired David Coulthard.
  • Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi replaced Vettel in the Toro Rosso for the 2009 season.
  • Brawn GP took over from the Honda team of 2008 and started off in fine form, with Jenson Button winning 6 out of the first 7 races. This early form helped Button and Brawn clinch the title, despite dropping off in the second half of the season.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, both McLaren and Ferrari struggled to adapt to the new rule changes, which lead to them being pretty uncompetitive for the majority of the season.
  • 2009 was the year Red Bull started to make some progress, with both drivers (Vettel and Webber) winning races, whilst Vettel took the World Championship fight down to the penultimate race in Brazil. Both Vettel and Red Bull finished second in the drivers & constructors championship.
  • Half points were awarded for only the fifth time in F1 history at the weather-affected Malaysian Grand Prix.
  • Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was badly injured in the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix after a spring from Rubens Barrichello’s car hit him whilst he was traveling at 162mph.
  • Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer replaced Massa in the next two races but failed to score a single point after struggling to get to grips with the car.
  • Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella, who had just got Force India’s maiden pole at the Belgian Grand Prix, replaced Luca Badoer for the remainder of the season. His first race for Ferrari was at his home race in Monzo for the Italian Grand Prix.
  • Romain Grosjean replaced Nelson Piquet part way through the 2009 season after the crash gate story from Singapore in 2008 broke.
  • The traditional final race in Brazil was replaced by the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Brazil was moved to the penultimate race, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was unique in the fact that the race started in the daytime and ended as a night race.

Who won the 2009 F1 World Championship?

The 2009 F1 season was one by Jenson Button, who drove for the newly formed Brawn GP after they took over from the Honda team.

Why was Brawn GP so fast in 2009?

Brawn GP was so fast at the start of the season due to having what’s called a ‘double diffuser’ on their car. When the car was launched, teams protested that this broke the rules, but the FIA confirmed that the double diffuser was legal. It took a number of months before other teams could develop and release their own version, and by that time Brawn GP and Button had already run away with the Championship.

What happened to Lewis Hamilton in 2009?

2009 was a disappointing season for reigning champion Lewis Hamilton after McLaren struggled to adjust to the new rules, along with struggling to develop and catch up to Brawn GP & Red Bull.

Where did Hamilton finish in the 2009 F1 season?

Lewis Hamilton finished 5th in the driver’s championship in 2009. Hamilton and McLaren initially struggled to adapt to the new rules, but they turned it around towards the end of the season with Hamilton winning the Hungarian Grand Prix and the Singapore Grand Prix.

Where did Vettel finish in the 2009 F1 season?

Sebastian Vettel finished second, behind Jenson Button, in his debut season with Red Bull.

What happened to Felipe Massa in the 2009 F1 season?

Felipe Massa was inured during qualifying in the Hungarian Grand Prix, as a spring from Barichello’s car hit Massa whilst he was driving at 162mph. The Brazilian fractured his skull and missed the rest of the 2009 F1 season.