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Abu Dhabi GP 2009: Vettel Wins Final Race Of Season

Sebastian Vettel clinched the final race win of the season in a thrilling evening race in Abu Dhabi.

It was the emirates first ever F1 Grand Prix, and I think I am one of many who will be heaping praise on the new Yas Marina Circuit, its fantastic facilities, near perfect track and brilliant conditions led to a terrific weekend to cap off the 2009 season.

Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber came in 2nd place, holding off a real late surge from World Champion Jenson Button who tried everything to get passed the Australian but couldn’t so had to settle for 3rd place.

In truth, Lewis Hamilton should really have been in first or at least on the podium, but reliability struggles hit the out-going World Champ, his brakes failing and the McLaren mechanics not willing to keep a potentially dangerous car out on track.

Button had a slight embarrasing moment when star rookie Kamui Kobayashi pulled off some epic overtaking to put his Toyota ahead of the Brawn car during the first stint, the Japanese going on to finish 6th and almost certainly securing himself a 2010 drive with Toyota.

Rubens Barrichello missed out on the runner up spot, and in potentially his final race with Brawn GP finished in 4th, having to hold off massive pressure from Nick Heidfeld who tried to give BMW their best send off possible.

Yesterday’s birthday-bo Sebastien Buemi cleaned up with the final points as some big names finished well down the table, with Heikki Kovalainen finishing 11th, Raikkonen 12th and Fernando Alonso 14th.

Giancarlo Fisichella had a poor send off in potentially his final Grand Prix, getting a drive-through penalty and ending the day down in 16th.

Look out for The F1Fanatics Blog Official 2009 Season Review soon!

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time
 1.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1h34:03.314
 2.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    17.857
 3.  Button        Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  +    18.467
 4.  Barrichello   Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  +    22.735
 5.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +    26.253
 6.  Kobayashi     Toyota                (B)  +    28.343
 7.  Trulli        Toyota                (B)  +    34.366
 8.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    41.294
 9.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    45.941
10.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +    48.180
11.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    52.798
12.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)  +    54.317
13.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    59.839
14.  Alonso        Renault               (B)  +  1:09.687
15.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +  1:34.450
16.  Grosjean      Renault               (B)  +     1 lap
17.  Fisichella    Ferrari               (B)  +     1 lap
18.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +     1 lap


Abu Dhabi GP 2009: Hamilton Storms To Pole

Outgoing World Champion Lewis Hamilton stormed today’s qualifying session in Abu Dhabi, taking pole position.  His team mate Heikki Kovalainen wasn’t so lucky and instead of it being a 1-2 for McLaren, he only managed 13th and will take a 5 place drop for a new gearbox.

Instead in 2nd and 3rd we have the two Red Bull’s, and Jenson Button takes up 5th.

Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso were big names out in Q1, and Kimi Raikkonen didn’t even make it into Q3 for his final qualifying with Ferrari.


Pos  Driver       Team                       Q1        Q2       Q3
 1.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:39.873  1:39.695 1:40.948
 2.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:40.666  1:39.984 1:41.615
 3.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:40.667  1:40.272 1:41.726
 4.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:40.574  1:40.421 1:41.786
 5.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:40.378  1:40.148 1:41.892
 6.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:40.517  1:40.373 1:41.897
 7.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:40.520  1:40.545 1:41.992
 8.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:40.558  1:40.635 1:42.343
 9.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:40.842  1:40.661 1:42.583
10.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:40.908  1:40.430 1:42.713
11.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:41.100  1:40.726
12.  Kobayashi    Toyota                (B)  1:41.035  1:40.777
13.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:40.808  1:40.983
14.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:41.096  1:41.148
15.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:41.503  1:41.689
16.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:41.667
17.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:41.701
18.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:41.863
19.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:41.950
20.  Fisichella   Ferrari               (B)  1:42.184


Yas Marina Circuit Draws Praise From The Drivers

After some 3 hours drive time, the new Yas Marina circuit in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has drawn the plaudits from the drivers.

The circuit is one of the most exciting new projects to hit the F1 calendar, and its proving a firm favourite with the fans too if Twitter and Facebook comments are to be believed.  Its sweeping, fast nature but some hard corners are showing that the race could be very close indeed.

The Hermann Tilke design bandwagon has certainly got back on track here.

Nico Rosberg commented; “There is no criticism. I think they have done a very good job.  It is an interesting track and every corner is unique.”

Former World Champion Fernando Alonso added to Rosberg’s praise  “There are some good parts of the track, like the first sector, high-speed corners, and then the last sector is a combination of very similar corners – always 90 degrees. But you enjoy it because there is always something to do on the track. There is no time to breathe.”

Adrian Sutil also praised the lighting system, commenting it felt more like a night race than Singapore.

However the tunnel exit to the pitlane is causing some controversy, with near misses and concern over an accident becoming more apparent.  Ferrari driver Giancarlo Fisichella said on the subject;

“It is very difficult and a little bit dangerous. If there is an accident with two cars, I don’t know if there is a space to go through. I guess we will see if there is an incident.”

I must say, representing  The F1Fanatics Blog I think it’s a terrific circuit, finally a decent new track.  It is like Valencia, or at least how Valencia should have been.  It makes Singapore look almost amateur, and with the cool evening daylight/nightime effect I think F1 is on to a winner.

Electronic advertising boards above the main F1 straight

Electronic advertising boards above the main F1 straight

The controversial pit exit tunnel

Nightscene 1

Nightscene 2


Abu Dhabi GP 2009: McLaren Dominate FP2

Heikki Kovalainen showed his best sign yet of trying to cling with both hands to his McLaren seat for 2010 with a startling performance in FP2 on the new Abu Dhabi F1 circuit.

The Finn was some 2 tenths faster than team mate Lewis Hamilton as the chrome McLaren’s dominated the second practice session.

Kimi Raikkonen gained some hope for Ferrari with 10th, while Robert Kubica’s day ended with flames as his BMW engine gave up.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
 1.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:41.307            35
 2.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:41.504  + 0.197   34
 3.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:41.541  + 0.234   39
 4.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:41.591  + 0.284   37
 5.  Kobayashi    Toyota                (B)  1:41.636  + 0.329   34
 6.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:41.683  + 0.376   37
 7.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:41.684  + 0.377   34
 8.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:41.831  + 0.524   38
 9.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:41.931  + 0.624   39
10.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:41.987  + 0.680   39
11.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:42.180  + 0.873   28
12.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:42.245  + 0.938   36
13.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:42.278  + 0.971   36
14.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:42.409  + 1.102   30
15.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:42.530  + 1.223   33
16.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:42.782  + 1.475   29
17.  Fisichella   Ferrari               (B)  1:42.932  + 1.625   37
18.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:43.021  + 1.714   37
19.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:43.022  + 1.715   39
20.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:43.708  + 2.401   13


Abu Dhabi GP 2009: Hamilton Fastest In FP1

Lewis Hamilton got off to a flying start at the first ever Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, topping the timesheets just ahead of potential new team mate Jenson Button.

Vettel and Barrichello were also strong as they fight it out for 2nd place in the title standings.


Pos  Driver       Team                       Time               Laps
 1.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:43.939             18
 2.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:44.035  +  0.096   20
 3.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:44.153  +  0.214   28
 4.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:44.207  +  0.268   23
 5.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:44.667  +  0.728   23
 6.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:44.687  +  0.748   32
 7.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:44.688  +  0.749   14
 8.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:44.805  +  0.866   25
09.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:44.955  +  1.016   33
10.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:44.958  +  1.019   25
11.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:44.988  +  1.049   22
12.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:45.123  +  1.184   20
13.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:45.649  +  1.710   27
14.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:45.679  +  1.740   25
15.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:45.704  +  1.765   27
16.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:45.865  +  1.926   23
17.  Liuzzi       Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:46.239  +  2.300   22
18.  Fisichella   Ferrari               (B)  1:46.267  +  2.328   26
19.  Kobayashi    Toyota                (B)  1:46.364  +  2.425   28
20.  Grosjean     Renault               (B)  1:46.411  +  2.472   27


Timo Glock Looks Set To Make Race Return In Abu Dhabi

Timo Glock looks set to make a racing return in Abu Dhabi for the final round of the 2009 Season after injuring himself in a ualifying horror shunt at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Glock stuffed his TF109 into the barriers just before the main straight at the legendary Suzuka circuit, missing the Grand Prix before being substituted for the Brazilian race by Kamui Kobayashi.

However Glock is hopeful he will join the team again, and his doctor has told F1-Live that he has a “90% chance of racing”.

An official announcement will be made tomorrow.

Abu Dhabi Unveil Their Circuit

The Abu Dhabi Circuit, named the “Yas Marina Circuit” has had plans unveiled today in lavish ceremony.

The track will span around a beautiful marina, have 100% covered stands and a hotel spanning the entire track.

Another oasis in the desert like Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain, this middle Eastern circuit is certain to be brilliant.

“Yas Marina Circuit took over my life more than a year ago, and now I’m very proud that Abu Dhabi can present one of the most sophisticated Formula One race tracks in the world,” said Philippe Gurdjian, CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management.

“A hotel which spans the track, a marina with a beautiful yacht club, and with grandstands which are 100% completely covered – this has never been seen before.”

His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of ADMM, added: “Yas Marina Circuit represents a significant investment in leading edge sporting infrastructure.

“It is a state-of-the-art piece of engineering, design and construction. The circuit and its surrounding footprint join an expanding collection of home-grown initiatives that will positively change the shape of Abu Dhabi in the months and years ahead.

“It has therefore been conceived, designed, and is currently being built according to the particular needs and features of the city in which it will belong.”

Abu Dhabi will debut as the final round of the 2009 season.

Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airlines Fly In Abu Dhabi GP Colours

Etihad Airlines, the title sponsor of the forthomcing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009 have decked a plane out in the race colours.

The plane, an Airbus A320, is finished in all black.  It then features a red F1 car blasting forwards in the fashion of this years F1 posters, surrounded by “Etihad Airlines Abu Dhabi GP”.  The plane also has F1 logos on the engines.

It was spotted at an airport in Abu Dhabi, by a plane spotter who subsequently uploaded it to the flying group JetPhotos of whom the photo is copyrighted.

“With preparations for the inaugural 2009 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix well underway we are delighted to raise awareness of the race through our own F1-themed aircraft,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad’s executive vice-president marketing and product.

Etihad Airlines Airbus A320-232 Powered by International Power Engines, F1 Abu Dhabi Livery


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