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Vettel Now Real Contender for Drivers Title

by F1Fan on October 5, 2009

Vettel’s convincing win at the Grand Prix of Japan opens up the Drivers Championship and his chances of winning the title have improved from rank outsider to a real contender.

With Barrichello and Button stuck in mid field and only able to finish in seventh and eighth place respectively the race could hardly have been better for Vettel’s championship aspirations. Gaining 8 points on Barrichello and 9 points on Championship leader Button.

2009 F1 Drivers Championship after Suzuka

PositionDriverTeamNationalityCurrent Points
1Jenson ButtonBrawn GPGB85
2Rubens BarrichelloBrawn GPBrazil71
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull RacingGermany69
4Mark WebberRed Bull RacingAustralia51.5
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFinland45
6Lewis HamiltonMcLarenGB43
7Nico RossbergWilliamsGermany34.5
8Jarno TrulliToyotaItaly30.5
9Fernando AlonsoRenaultSpain26
10Timo GlockToyotaGermany24
11Felipe MassaFerrariBrazil22
12Heikki KovalainenMcLarenFinland22
13Nick HeidfeldBMW SauberGermany15
14Robert KubicaBMW SauberPolandl9
15Giancarlo FisichellaForce IndiaItaly8
16Adrian SutilForce IndiaGermany5
17Sebastien BuemiTorro RossoSwitzerland3
18Sebastien BourdaisTorro RossoFrance2
19Kazuki NakajimaWilliamsJapan0
20Nelshino PiquetRenaultBrazil0
21Vitantonio LiuzziForce IndiaItaly0
22Luca BadoerFerrariItaly0
23Romain GrosjeanRenaultFrance0
24Jaime AlguersuariTorro RossoSpain0
last updated Oct 4th, 2009
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However it is not going to be easy, even if Vettel were to win the next two races Button only needs to earn 4 additional points to eliminate him from the title race, and the same almost applies to Barrichello except that the number of points needed to eliminate his team mate and claim the title increases to 6.

So if Button finishes 3rd or better in Brazil he will be the 2009 Drivers Champion at that race no matter what position Vettel of Barrichello finish. If he finishes no lower than 6th he will still mathematically eliminate Vettel and depending on Barrichello’s position the title race may go down to the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

The Constructors Championship can also be locked up in Brazil as long as Button and Barrichello come in the points Brawn GP win win the Constructors Title in its first year of racing a truly remarkable achievement.

2009 F1 Constructors Championship After Suzuka

PositionConstructorEngine SupplierPoints
1Brawn GP BGP001Brawn GPMercedes156
2Red Bull Racing RB5Red Bull RacingRenault120.5
3Ferrari F60FerrariFerrari67
4McLaren MP4-24McLarenMercedes65
5Toyota TF109ToyotaToyota54.5
6Williams FW31WilliamsToyota34.5
7Renault R29RenaultRenault26
8BMW Sauber F1.09BMW SauberBMW24
9Force India VJM02Force IndiaMercedes13
10Toro Rosso STR4Toro RossoFerrari5
Last updated Oct 4th, 2009

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