Valencia 2009: Race Result

Valencia 2009: Race Result

The Mclaren duo have locked out the front row and with their KERS-enabled cars, Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen look good for another great result, this time around the streets that make up the dock area of Valencia. Brawn are running a slightly better strategy in terms of fuel, but will it be enough against the much-improved MP4-24? New driver Romain Grosjean impressed in qualifying, although at the other end of the spectrum, Luca Badoer fundamentally disappointed and has qualified at the back. Here is the result post for the European Grand Prix, which will be updated as the race unfolds before being finalised after the cars cross the finish line on the final lap.

Valencia 2009
Race Results

Laps
Completed

Time
Race Length

Points
Earned

1. Rubens Barrichello Brawn 57 10pts
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 57 8pts
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 57 6pts
4. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 57 5pts
5. Nico Rosberg Williams 57 4pts
6. Fernando Alonso Renault 57 3pts
7. Jenson Button Brawn 57 2pts
8. Robert Kubica BMW 57 1pt
9. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 57
10. Adrian Sutil Force India 57
11. Nick Heidfeld BMW 57
12. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 57
13. Jarno Trulli Toyota
14. Timo Glock Toyota 57
15. Romain Grosjean Renault 57
16. Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 57
17. Luca Badoer Ferrari 56 +1 Lap
18. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 55 +2 Laps
19. Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 44 Brake Failure
20. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 24 Engine Failure
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13 comments

  • Am I making the results? No. 🙂

    For 2009 I’ve been publishing the results post prior to the start of the race so it can be updated as the race unfolds with retirees. It also means I have a little less work to do directly after the race ends.

  • What is Ferrari thinking?? Badoers performance is the worst from any driver I have seen during the last five hundred races. This kind of charity for years devoted to the team is an embarrasment to F1 and motorsports in general. Ferrari should be fined $100,000,000 for insulting the fans with this charade.

  • Badoers performance is the worst from any driver I have seen during the last five hundred races.

    I’m sure Yuji Ide competed less than 500 races ago. As did Taki Inoue. 😉

  • The reason he is at the top of worst drivers…while exiting the pits and still inside of the pit lane he pulled over and let the car behind him pass…can’t recall Mansell or Prost or Lauda ever being that nice or is it that dumb. This is F1 and only the best should be racing. Review his whole weekend and then remind me of someone who was less prepared to be competitive.

  • Review his whole weekend and then remind me of someone who was less prepared to be competitive.

    A tricky question, but I’ll have a go…

    Yuji Ide (several spins in the weekend, very slow, retired and also caught attempting to learn the steering wheel button layout from an A4 sheet in practise). At least Luca probably knew what button did what…

    Hans Heyer (didn’t qualify for his one race, but was so ignorant of the rules that he decided to start anyway.)

  • Yuji Ide strikes a bit of my memory, although I can’t recall the details of his F1 stardom…somewhere at the bottom of the pack, a backmarker I think.

    Hans Heyer??? Help me Alianora I don’t recall a thing about him or his attempts at Grand Prix racing.

    I apologize for going off on Badoer, I find it hard to believe that Ferrari would give a race seat to him first off and then to witness his weekend.It made me as Ferrari fan rather troubled by the whole of this experience. Maybe there is a junior league that guys like Badoer, young Piquet and Bourdais can still have a whack at it.

  • I have just finished investigating Hans Heyer and he is my new Grand Prix racing hero. What a stunt. I wonder what other drivers thought of his “start”. I am better for having learned of this man and his passion for racing. Thank you Alianora.

  • Alianora strikes again. I had to look him up as well, and I was also impressed with his audacity. Could you imagine doing that in this day and age. Mosley would have a stroke! 😀

  • Yuji Ide strikes a bit of my memory, although I can’t recall the details of his F1 stardom…somewhere at the bottom of the pack, a backmarker I think.

    My memory of him is very vivid, largely because he ended his F1 career by barrel-rolling Christijan Albers’ Midland into two nicely-executed rolls at San Marino 2006. However, that was in his fourth race. Before then, he’d strongly suggested he was going to have a less-than-impressive exit from F1 by a large number of errors. My personal favourite was in qualifying in Australia (the third race). Yuji was going as fast as he could, beating his personal best in the first two sectors before spinning in Sector 3. It took him at least two minutes, possibly three (and it felt like 30) to figure out which way the Super Aguri should point to get round the track. Needless to say, he didn’t bother completing the lap…

    Hans Heyer’s story was one I found very amusing. I’d heard of people saying they’d do anything to compete in F1, but starting a race without the prerequisite of qualifying for it takes the biscuit. Unfortunately he didn’t finish. At least Luca Badoer made sure he complied with the requirements to race in F1 in the correct order.

  • This Badoer business may be a result of current rules where no tesing is allowed. Does that mean that Luca has not been behind the wheel of the F60 since early March and could that fact alone have affected his performance? At least Grosjean was tuned up with GP2 and he seemed more competitive than poor Mr. Badoer. So I suggest that there may be potentially a very serious flaw in the rules concerning tesing or the lack of it. The rust on Badoer could have been a disaster. A situation where one of your number ones is sidelined and the reserve driver suddenly faces a race and is way behind the eight ball is worth revisting the rules and questioning whether that rule should be modified. There was some discussion about why or why not let Mike Schumacher have a taste of the F60 before he decided to not return. I think some were worried that an advantage would be given to Ferrari if that had been allowed. The rest of the teams on Sunday got the lucky dog award from a poor Ferrari performance using a driver who was off pace the entire meet. Spa should be the teller of truths here. I wish Badoer luck as it may be what is needed to keep him off the pages of the worst of all time drivers list.

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