2009 Abu Dhabi GP – Race result – Win for Vettel

Vettel, Webber and 4th 1-2 Red Bull finish of the season

Fourth 1-2 finish of the season for Red Bull courtesy of Vettel and Webber

Sebastian Vettel won the rather dull inaugural Abu Dhabi GP and claimed second place in the drivers championship. One of few exciting parts of this GP was the final laps fight between Webber and Button for 2nd place. Webber prevailed and helped to secured fourth 1-2 finish of the season for Red Bull Racing. Rubens Barrichello finished 4th, Nick Heidfeld 5th in BMW Sauber’s final F1 race. Kamui Kobayashi scored 3 points for 6th place in only his second F1 race. The final 2 point scoring positions belong to Jarno Trulli and Sebastien Buemi.


The pole setter Lewis Hamilton retired after his first pit stop with brake problems. Both McLaren and Ferrari failed to score points, that means that McLaren holds on to 3rd place in constructors table.

The only other retirement of the race was the curious case of Jaime Alguersuari. He mistakenly aimed for Red Bull garage for his first pit stop. The Red Bull crew (expecting Vettel at that time) waived him through. Alguersuari had to go round the track for one more lap. He retired on that lap because of broken gearbox.

2009 Abu Dhabi GP race result

1. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:34:03.414
2. M. Webber – Red Bull + 17.857
3. J. Button – Brawn GP + 18.467
4. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP + 22.735
5. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber + 26.253
6. K. Kobayashi – Toyota + 28.343
7. J. Trulli – Toyota + 34.366
8. S. Buemi – Toro Rosso + 41.294
9. N. Rosberg – Williams + 45.941
10. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber + 48.180
11. H. Kovalainen – McLaren + 52.798
12. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 54.317
13. K. Nakajima – Williams + 1:59.839
14. F. Alonso – Renault + 1:09.687
15. V. Liuzzi – Force India + 1:34.450
16. G. Fisichella – Ferrari + 1 lap
17. R. Grosjean – Renault + 1 lap
18. A. Sutil – Force India + 1 lap

Did not finish

19. L. Hamilton – McLaren + 35 laps
20. J. Alguersuari – Toro Rosso + 37 laps

Fastest lap – Vettel – 1:40.279

The race may have been dull, but at least there are some nice pictures in return for those millions spent building the racing resort. Here are few courtesy of Red Bull:

Sebastian Vettel Abu Dhabi GP

Sebastian Vettel Abu Dhabi GP

Mark Webber Abu Dhabi

Mark Webber Abu Dhabi

Sebastian Vettel - Abu Dhabi special

Sebastian Vettel - Abu Dhabi special

Photos: Red Bull/GEPA

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  1. MurphNo Gravatar says:

    Great to see the fight for second between Button and Webber. Webber really showed off his talent while Button faltered somewhat. Vettel is going to be quite the force to be reckoned with in the coming years!

    Also, with regard to Alguersuari, I thought he ran out of fuel as a result of the faulty pitstop?

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      Also, with regard to Alguersuari, I thought he ran out of fuel as a result of the faulty pitstop?

      That was the original story. The team came up with the gearbox one after the race.

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