#22 One year on

The 2009 season has seen the former Honda team now BrawnGP crowned the constructor champions and their driver Jenson Button the drivers world champion. Whilst we all knew that the 2009 season shook up the grid considerably, with the rise of BrawnGP and Red Bull Racing, with Ferrari and McLaren knocked off their perch. In this post I look at how the teams performed in the 2008 season and then in 2009 to see who were the winners and losers.
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#21 Random facts about the 2009 F1 Season

As the race in Abu Dhabi has finished, I bring you some random facts about the 2009 Season:

17 Races
988 Laps
25 Drivers
6 Race Winners
643.5 Total Points
11 Different drivers on the Podium
10 Different drivers set Fastest Lap
51 Retirements (Average of 3 per race)

Most Poles: Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton (4)
Most Wins: Jenson Button (6)
Most Second Places: Mark Webber (4)
Most Third Places: Kimi Raikkonen (3)
Most Podiums: Jenson Button (9)
Most Fastest Laps: Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel (3)
Most Laps Completed: Rubens Barrichello (977 Laps = 98.9% of the total completed)

Most Poles: BrawnGP and Red Bull (5)
Most Wins: BrawnGP (8)
Most Second Places: Red Bull (6)
Most Third Places: Red Bull and Ferrari (4)
Most Podiums:  Red Bull (16)
Most Fastest Laps: Reb Bull (6)
Most Laps Completed: BrawnGP (1921 Laps = 97.22% of total completed)

Over the next week I hope to bring more facts and stats about the 2009 Formula One season!

#20 Favourite F1 Liveries

After seeing what this years Renault would look like if the team ditched the awful colour scheme and instead used the yellow and black colours, it made me think about which liveries were my favourites and I realised that I have quite a few. So I have attempted to narrow down those which I consider my favourites…

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#19 The Race of Lasts…

The race at Abu Dhabi may be the first but will see a number of lasts.

  • Fernando Alonso is leaving the team he won 2 World Championships with (again) and will be moving to Ferrari for next year.
  • The 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will be driving his last race for Ferrari, where he will be driving next year remains uncertain.
  • Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld will be driving for the BMW team for the last time as BMW withdraw from the sport, Kubica is off to Renault for the 2010 season and Heidfeld’s F1 future is unknown.

As of right now these are the known lasts in Formula 1 because of the lack of annoucments regarding drives for next season.Whilst there are those that are rumoured nothing has been confirmed so we can’t be certain of anything. One thing is for sure the 2010 grid will look very different to that of this season.

There could well be a number of drivers who are driving in Formula One for the last time…

The 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will be driving his last race for Ferrari, his future remains unknown.

#17 Would the Championship still be going?

Sometime ago I looked at the different point scoring systems to see how they would affect the championship as it was back then. Now with the championship won by Jenson Button in Brazil, I’m going to look again to see if under a different system the championship would have continued on to the finale in Abu Dhabi.

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#16 The 2009 World Champion

A quick apology to anyone using google reader who will have got a post containing quite a few blahs, this was a test post and I didn’t realise that google reader would keep hold of that post!

I’m going to use this post to also congratulate the 2009 World Champion Jenson Button because at the end of the day he won more races than anyone else this year and managed to keep himself in the points in all but one race this year.

Jenson Button

This photo goes to show that even with some dodgy Santendar trophies there are still some very good looking trophies!

#15 Formula One Adverts

This is a post I intended to make some time ago after discussion with the comments over on sidepodcast (if you have never checked out the site, then do so they produce brilliant podcasts). This is a bunch of Formula One related adverts and these are just the ones I gathered together in about an hour from the funny to the plain bizarre.  There are many more out there so if you know any or have particular favourites then please share them!

Prepare for a lot of youtube videos…