Rubens Barrichello, taking his second win of the year, ahead of Jenson Button


Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Kimi Raikkonen

Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Kimi Raikkonen

GP Monza .. Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, started from pole position and led the field into the first corner

GP Monza .. Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, started from pole position and led the field into the first corner

GP Monza .. Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, retired from third place on the final lap

GP Monza .. Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, retired from third place on the final lap

 

Monza, 13th September 2009

Weather
air temperature 26/27 °C
track temperature 36 °C
sunny


Kimi Raikkonen finished the 53 lap Italian Grand Prix, in third place, but his appearance on the podium at the Prancing Horse’s home race was in doubt until the very last lap. His Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella just missed out on a points place crossing the line ninth. The race was dominated by the Brawn team, who finished first and second, Rubens Barrichello, taking his second win of the year, ahead of Jenson Button. With four races remaining, Ferrari is still third in the Constructors’ classification, with 15 points in hand over McLaren. 

As usual at Monza, the predominant colour in the grandstands was Ferrari red, the devoted tifosi enthusiastically waving flags, caps and anything else they could find, before the start. Kimi Raikkonen started from the inside of Row 2 and Giancarlo Fisichella was making his Ferrari race debut from Row 7 in fourteenth place. When the lights went out, Kimi immediately attacked pole man Hamilton in the McLaren and got ahead of Sutil’s Force India to be second on the opening lap. Giancarlo also got a good start moving up three places to eleventh. Webber spun and retired in the Red Bull after tangling with Kubica. The order after two laps was Hamilton, Raikkonen, Sutil, Barrichelllo, Button, Liuzzi, Kovalainen, Alonso, Kubica, Vettel in tenth, then Fisichella, Heidfeld, Rosberg, Nakajima, Trulli, Glock, Buemi, Alguersuari, who started from pit lane and Grosjean, 19th and last. 

Rosberg went down to last after pitting to repair accident damage on lap 4. Giancarlo lost a place to Heidfeld’s BMW to go twelfth and after six laps, Kimi trailed leader Hamilton by 3.5 and was one second ahead of Sutil. On lap 8, Kubica was shown the black and orange flag, meaning he had to come in and have damage to his car repaired as it was a danger to other cars. By lap 10, Sutil had closed the gap to Kimi to just 0.5 and three laps later it had grown to 0.7 while Giancarlo was back in eleventh, after Kubica pitted. Hamilton was the first to refuel on lap 14, promoting Kimi to the lead, as the McLaren rejoined fifth. Sutil pitted on lap 17 and one lap later, Kimi brought the F60 in. On lap 24, the two Brawns, yet to pit, were leading, Barrichello ahead of Button, while Hamilton was third ahead of Kimi, with Alonso fifth and Sutil sixth. Giancarlo was tenth. 

The interest would now centre on the difference between those refuelling once –the Brawns for example and those pitting twice, Kimi and Hamilton, of the leading group. Liuzzi, on his Force India debut, retired with transmission problems. Sixth placed Alonso came in on lap 26 and took on enough fuel to get to the flag, as did Kovalainen next time round. In fourth place, Kimi now trailed Hamilton by 4.7 seconds as the Englishman got ahead in the run of stops. Button refuelled from second place on lap 28 and Barrichello came in one lap later, so that Kimi was now second behind Hamilton, with Sutil 1.4 seconds behind the Ferrari. Yet to stop, Fisichella was now up to seventh, until he made his only pit stop on lap 30, rejoining thirteenth.


Pos.

Driver

Team

Time

Chassis

1

R. Barrichello

Brawn GP

1:00:.000

 

2

J. Button

Brawn GP

+ 2.866

 

3

K. Räikkönen

Ferrari

+ 30.664

279

4

A. Sutil

Force India F1

+ 31.131

VJM02/01

5

F. Alonso

Renault

+ 59.182

 

6

H. Kovalainen

McLaren

+ 1:00.693

MP4-24-03

7

N. Heidfeld

BMW

+ 1:02.412

F1.09-07

8

S. Vettel

Red Bull

+ 1:05.407

 

9

G. Fisichella

Ferrari

+ 1:06.856

280

10

K. Nakajima

Williams

+ 2:42.163

 

11

T. Glock

Toyota

+ 2:43.925

TF109-05

12

L. Hamilton

McLaren

+ 1 lap(s)

MP4-24-04

13

S. Buemi

Scuderia Toro Rosso

+ 1 lap(s)

STR4-03

14

J. Trulli

Toyota

+ 1 lap(s)

TF109-06

15

R. Grosjean

Renault

+ 1 lap(s)

 

16

N. Rosberg

Williams

+ 2 lap(s)

 

17

V. Liuzzi

Force India F1

+ 31 lap(s)

VJM02/04

18

J. Alguersuari

Scuderia Toro Rosso

+ 34 lap(s)

STR4-02

19

R. Kubica

BMW

+ 38 lap(s)

F1.09-08

20

M. Webber

Red Bull

+ 53 lap(s