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Toyota leaves Formula One

Toyota has become the third major car manufacturer to pull out of Formula One in the space of twelve months. With word of the exit having circulated already, confirmation of the Japanese marque’s decision came on Wednesday; the news does, however, mean that there is now space on the grid for the Qadbak-owned Sauber outfit.

With Honda having pulled the plug on its F1 project last December and the same news coming from BMW in July, the latter’s Hinwil-based team now looks to have secured a position on the 2010 grid after Toyota’s announcement arrived.

Having moved out of rallying at the end of the last decade to concentrate on its F1 plan, the Cologne-based team first moved onto the grid in 2002 with Mika Salo and Allan McNish as the driver line-up. Despite its significant budget, no podium result would come until the Malaysian Grand Prix of 2005, courtesy of Jarno Trulli, who followed up on the success to grab pole position at Indianapolis the same year.

Along with Brawn and Williams, Toyota looked to have finally succeeded in gaining an advantage over the rest of the field by being an early developer of a revolutionary double diffuser this season, although the red and white cars eventually fell back into the midfield as the likes of McLaren and Ferrari became stronger.

Toyota’s declaration this week underlines the ever-present economic issues of the sport following teams’ refusal to support a budget cap earlier in the year.

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Qualification Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of 2009

Comments on the Qualification

I really enjoyed this qualification. What an action and what a great circuit Yas Marina Circuit is!

Giancarlo Fisichello is very disappointing in his Ferrari, while Kimi Raikkonen did the best he could and got 11th. It’s a pitty for Force India with both cars on 17th and 18th. McLaren Mercedes shows they are still the best with Lewis Hamilton on pole, only a shame they didn’t do that in the first nine races. Red Bull Racing is going steady for 2nd in the championship with Sebastian Vettel on 2nd and Mark Webber on 3rd. BMW Sauber has both cars in the top ten. If this is the last race they contend, it’s a good result.

I look forward to the race this afternoon.

Results of the third qualification

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:40.948
2 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:41.615
3 M. Webber Red Bull 1:41.726
4 R. Barrichello Brawn GP 1:41.786
5 J. Button Brawn GP 1:41.892
6 J. Trulli Toyota 1:41.897
7 R. Kubica BMW 1:41.992
8 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:42.343
9 N. Rosberg Williams 1:42.583
10 S. Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:42.713

Results of the second qualification

Pos. Driver Team Time
11 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:40.726
12 K. Kobayashi Toyota 1:40.777
13 H. Kovalainen McLaren 1:40.983
14 K. Nakajima Williams 1:41.148
15 J. Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.689

Results of the first qualification

Pos. Driver Team Time
16 F. Alonso Renault 1:41.667
17 V. Liuzzi Force India F1 1:41.701
18 A. Sutil Force India F1 1:41.863
19 R. Grosjean Renault 1:41.950
20 G. Fisichella Ferrari 1:42.184

Pictures of the Saturday Qualification

Pole winner Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes, with second place Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing and third place Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing

Nico Rosberg, Williams F1 Team, FW31

Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India F1 Team, VJM02

Sebastien Buemi, Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR4

Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren Mercedes, MP4-24

Pictures of the Saturday Practice

Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota F1 Team, TF1209

Romain Grosjean, Renault F1 Team, R29

Jenson Button, Brawn GP F1 Team, BGP001

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, RB5

Results Brazilian Grand Prix of 2009

The Results of the race driven on Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil.

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 M. Webber Red Bull 1:32:23.081
2 R. Kubica BMW + 7.626
3 L. Hamilton McLaren + 18.944
4 S. Vettel Red Bull + 19.652
5 J. Button Brawn GP + 29.005
6 K. Räikkönen Ferrari + 33.340
7 S. Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso + 35.991
8 R. Barrichello Brawn GP + 45.454
9 K. Kobayashi Toyota + 1:03.321
10 G. Fisichella Ferrari + 1:10.665
11 V. Liuzzi Force India F1 + 1:11.388
12 H. Kovalainen McLaren + 1:13.499
13 R. Grosjean Renault + 1 lap(s)
14 J. Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso + 1 lap(s)
Did not finish
15 K. Nakajima Williams + 41 lap(s)
16 N. Rosberg Williams + 44 lap(s)
17 N. Heidfeld BMW + 50 lap(s)
18 A. Sutil Force India F1 + 71 lap(s)
19 J. Trulli Toyota + 71 lap(s)
20 F. Alonso Renault + 71 lap(s)

The results of the different sessions (FORMULA1.COM)
1st Friday Practice, 2nd Friday Practice
Saturday Practice, Saturday Qualification
Sunday Race Results

Various Links
Race Report at GrandPrix.com
Standings after this GP at MOTORSPORT.COM

Pictures of the different days (GPUPDATE.NET)
Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Pictures of the different days (MOTORSPORT.COM)
Thursday
Friday : Practice 1/Practice 2
Saturday : Practice/Qualifying
Sunday : Pre-Race/Race/Post-Race

A few selected pictures of the race

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Jenson Button, Brawn GP F1 Team Celebrates winning the World Championship with Ross Brawn, Team Principal, Brawn GP F1 Team

Jenson Button, Brawn GP F1 Team and Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP F1 Team

Podium: Race Winner Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing, Second Place Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber F1 Team, Third place Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes

Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari, F60, Pitstop

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, RB5, Pitstop

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes, MP4-24, Pitstop

Kamui Kobayashi (Toyota F1 Team, TF109) and Jenson Button (Brawn GP F1 Team, BGP001)

Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren Mercedes, MP4-24) and Giancarlo Fisichella (Scuderia Ferrari, F60)

Start of the Race

Results Japanese Grand Prix of 2009

The Results of the race driven on Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:28:20.443
2 J. Trulli Toyota + 4.877
3 L. Hamilton McLaren + 6.472
4 K. Räikkönen Ferrari + 7.940
5 N. Rosberg Williams + 8.793
6 N. Heidfeld BMW + 9.509
7 R. Barrichello Brawn GP + 10.641
8 J. Button Brawn GP + 11.474
9 R. Kubica BMW + 11.777
10 F. Alonso Renault + 13.065
11 H. Kovalainen McLaren + 13.735
12 G. Fisichella Ferrari + 14.596
13 A. Sutil Force India F1 + 14.959
14 V. Liuzzi Force India F1 + 15.734
15 K. Nakajima Williams + 18.973
16 R. Grosjean Renault + 1 lap(s)
17 M. Webber Red Bull + 2 lap(s)
Did not finish
18 J. Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso + 10 lap(s)
19 S. Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso + 42 lap(s)

The results of the different sessions (FORMULA1.COM)
1st Friday Practice, 2nd Friday Practice
Saturday Practice, Saturday Qualification
Sunday Race Results

Various Links
Race Report at GrandPrix.com
Standings after this GP at MOTORSPORT.COM

Pictures of the different days (GPUPDATE.NET)
Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Pictures of the different days (MOTORSPORT.COM)
Postcard/Thursday
Friday : Practice 1/Practice 2
Saturday : Practice/Qualifying
Sunday : Pre-Race/Race/Post-Race

A few selected pictures of the race

Podium: Race Winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Second Place Jarno Trulli (Toyota F1 Team) and Third Place Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes)

McLaren Mercedes, MP4-24

Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari, F60

Adrian Sutil, Force India F1 Team, VJM02

Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing, RB5

Kimi Raikkonen, Giancarlo Fisichella, Scuderia Ferrari, F60

Start of the Race

Qualification Japanese Grand Prix of 2009

Comments on the Qualification

I haven’t seen the qualification, but for what I can see out of the results it must have been a very special tense qualification. I read there were three red flags … How difficult to set a time in such situations! But Sebastian Vettel did it, he put his RB5 on pole! To bad Mark Webber wasn’t able to qualify. Toyota was getting better and better and with Jarno on 2nd it’s clear they have a super car for now. To bad Timo Glock had the crash and must probably miss the race. Kimi tried and got eight as best result but what about Giancarlo? He is sixteenth! How shamefull!

Results of the third qualification

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:32.160
2 J. Trulli Toyota 1:32.220
3 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:32.395
4 A. Sutil Force India F1 1:32.466
5 R. Barrichello Brawn GP 1:32.660
6 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:32.945
7 J. Button Brawn GP 1:32.962
8 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:32.980
9 H. Kovalainen McLaren no time
10 S. Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso no time

Results of the second qualification

Pos. Driver Team Time
11 N. Rosberg Williams 1:31.482
12 F. Alonso Renault 1:31.638
13 R. Kubica BMW 1:32.341
14 T. Glock Toyota no time
15 J. Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso no time

Results of the first qualification

Pos. Driver Team Time
16 G. Fisichella Ferrari 1:31.704
17 K. Nakajima Williams 1:31.718
18 R. Grosjean Renault 1:32.073
19 V. Liuzzi Force India F1 1:32.087

Pictures of the Saturday Qualification

Fernando Alonso, Renault F1 Team, R29

Nico Rosberg, Williams F1 Team, FW31

Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing, RB5

Adrian Sutil, Force India F1 Team, VJM02

Pictures of the Saturday Practice

Jenson Button, Brawn GP F1 Team, BGP001

Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing, RB5

Timo Glock (Toyota F1 Team, TF109) and Jarno Trulli (Toyota F1 Team, TF109)

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes, MP4-24

First pictures Japanese Grand Prix of 2009

Pictures of the Friday

Giancarlo Fisichella, Scuderia Ferrari, F60

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes, MP4-24

Renault F1 Team, R29

Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP F1 Team, BGP001

Pictures of the Thursday

Force India F1 Team, VJM02, Front Wing Detail

Toyota F1 Team, TF109

Renault F1 Team, R29

BMW Sauber F1 Team, F1.09, Front Wing Detail

Results Singapore Grand Prix of 2009

The Results of the race driven on Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore.

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:56:06.337
2 T. Glock Toyota + 9.634
3 F. Alonso Renault + 16.624
4 S. Vettel Red Bull + 20.261
5 J. Button Brawn GP + 30.015
6 R. Barrichello Brawn GP + 31.858
7 H. Kovalainen McLaren + 36.157
8 R. Kubica BMW + 55.054
9 K. Nakajima Williams + 56.054
10 K. Räikkönen Ferrari + 58.892
11 N. Rosberg Williams + 59.777
12 J. Trulli Toyota + 1:13.009
13 G. Fisichella Ferrari + 1:19.890
14 V. Liuzzi Force India F1 + 1:33.502
Did not finish
15 J. Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso + 14 lap(s)
16 S. Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso + 14 lap(s)
17 M. Webber Red Bull + 16 lap(s)
18 A. Sutil Force India F1 + 38 lap(s)
19 N. Heidfeld BMW + 42 lap(s)
20 R. Grosjean Renault + 58 lap(s)

The results of the different sessions (FORMULA1.COM)
1st Friday Practice, 2nd Friday Practice
Saturday Practice, Saturday Qualification
Sunday Race Results

Various Links
Race Report at GrandPrix.com
Standings after this GP at MOTORSPORT.COM

Pictures of the different days (GPUPDATE.NET)
Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Pictures of the different days (MOTORSPORT.COM)
Thursday
Friday : Practice 1/Practice 2
Saturday : Practice/Qualifying
Sunday : Pre-Race/Race/Post-Race

A few selected pictures of the race

Timo Glock (Toyota F1 Team, 2nd), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes, 1st) and Fernando Alonso (Renault F1 Team, 3rd)

Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber F1 Team, F1.09

Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP F1 Team, BGP001

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes, MP4-24

Timo Glock, Toyota F1 Team, TF109

Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India F1 Team, VJM02) and Romain Grosjean (Renault F1 Team, R29)

Start Of The Race