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    #F1 News: 2009 Championship classifications

    Driver and Team Points Tables
    Driver
    J. Button 10 5 6 10 10 10 10 3 4 2 2 - 8 4 1 4 6 95
    S. Vettel - - 10 8 5 - 6 10 8 - - 6 1 5 10 5 10 84
    R. Barrichello 8 2 5 4 8 8 - 6 3 - 10 2 10 3 2 1 5 77
    M. Webber - 1.5 8 - 6 4 8 8 10 6 - - - - - 10 8 69.5
    L. Hamilton - 1 3 5 - - - - - 10 8 - - 10 6 6 - 49
    K. Raikkonen - - - 3 - 6 - 1 - 8 6 10 6 - 5 3 - 48
    N. Rosberg 3 0.5 - - 1 3 4 4 5 5 4 1 - - 4 - - 34.5
    J. Trulli 6 2.5 - 6 - - 5 2 - 1 - - - - 8 - 2 32.5
    F. Alonso 4 - - 1 4 2 - - 2 - 3 - 4 6 - - - 26
    T. Glock 5 3 2 2 - - 1 - - 3 - - - 8 - - - 24
    F. Massa - - - - 3 5 3 5 6 - - - - - - - - 22
    H. Kovalainen - - 4 - - - - - 1 4 5 3 3 2 - - - 22
    N. Heidfeld - 4 - - 2 - - - - - - 4 2 - 3 - 4 19
    R. Kubica - - - - - - 2 - - - 1 5 - 1 - 8 - 17
    G. Fisichella - - - - - - - - - - - 8 - - - - - 8
    S. Buemi 2 - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 1 6
    A. Sutil - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 - - - - 5
    K. Kobayashi ~ - 3 3
    S. Bourdais 1 - - - - 1 - - - - - - 2
    N. Piquet Jr - - - - - - - - - - 0
    K. Nakajima - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    J. Alguersuari ** - - - - - 0
    L. Badoer ^ - - 0
    R. Grosjean ^^ - - - - - - - 0
    V. Liuzzi # - - - - - 0
    * Half points awarded due to red flag before 75% race distance
    ** Jaime Alguersuari replaced Sebastian Bourdais from Hungary onwards
    ^ Luca Badoer replaced Felipe Massa from Valencia to Spa
    ^^ Romain Grosjean replaced Nelson Piquet Jnr from Valencia onwards
    # Vitantonio Liuzzi replaced Giancarlo Fisichella from Monza onwards
    ## Giancarlo Fisichella replaced Luca Badoer from Monza onwards
    ~ Kamui Kobayashi replaced Timo Glock for Toyota in Brazil
    Team
    Brawn GP 18 7 11 14 18 18 10 9 7 2 12 2 18 7 3 5 11 172
    Red Bull Racing - 1.5 18 8 11 4 14 18 18 6 - 6 1 5 10 15 18 153.5
    McLaren - 1 7 5 - - - - 1 14 13 3 3 12 6 6 - 71
    Ferrari - - - 3 3 11 3 6 6 8 6 10 6 - 5 3 - 70
    Toyota 11 5.5 2 8 - - 6 2 - 4 - - - 8 8 - 5 59.5
    BMW Sauber - 4 - - 2 - 2 - - - 1 9 2 1 3 8 4 36
    Williams 3 0.5 - - 1 3 4 4 5 5 4 1 - - 4 - - 34.5
    Renault 4 - - 1 4 2 - - 2 - 3 - 4 6 - - - 26
    Force India - - - - - - - - - - - 8 5 - - - - 13
    Toro Rosso 3 - 1 - - 1 - - - - - - - - - 2 1 8






































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































    Driver and Team Points Tables
    Driver
    J. Button 10 5 6 10 10 10 10 3 4 2 2 - 8 4 1 4 6 95
    S. Vettel - - 10 8 5 - 6 10 8 - - 6 1 5 10 5 10 84
    R. Barrichello 8 2 5 4 8 8 - 6 3 - 10 2 10 3 2 1 5 77
    M. Webber - 1.5 8 - 6 4 8 8 10 6 - - - - - 10 8 69.5
    L. Hamilton - 1 3 5 - - - - - 10 8 - - 10 6 6 - 49
    K. Raikkonen - - - 3 - 6 - 1 - 8 6 10 6 - 5 3 - 48
    N. Rosberg 3 0.5 - - 1 3 4 4 5 5 4 1 - - 4 - - 34.5
    J. Trulli 6 2.5 - 6 - - 5 2 - 1 - - - - 8 - 2 32.5
    F. Alonso 4 - - 1 4 2 - - 2 - 3 - 4 6 - - - 26
    T. Glock 5 3 2 2 - - 1 - - 3 - - - 8 - - - 24
    F. Massa - - - - 3 5 3 5 6 - - - - - - - - 22
    H. Kovalainen - - 4 - - - - - 1 4 5 3 3 2 - - - 22
    N. Heidfeld - 4 - - 2 - - - - - - 4 2 - 3 - 4 19
    R. Kubica - - - - - - 2 - - - 1 5 - 1 - 8 - 17
    G. Fisichella - - - - - - - - - - - 8 - - - - - 8
    S. Buemi 2 - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 1 6
    A. Sutil - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 - - - - 5
    K. Kobayashi ~ - 3 3
    S. Bourdais 1 - - - - 1 - - - - - - 2
    N. Piquet Jr - - - - - - - - - - 0
    K. Nakajima - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0
    J. Alguersuari ** - - - - - 0
    L. Badoer ^ - - 0
    R. Grosjean ^^ - - - - - - - 0
    V. Liuzzi # - - - - - 0
    * Half points awarded due to red flag before 75% race distance
    ** Jaime Alguersuari replaced Sebastian Bourdais from Hungary onwards
    ^ Luca Badoer replaced Felipe Massa from Valencia to Spa
    ^^ Romain Grosjean replaced Nelson Piquet Jnr from Valencia onwards
    # Vitantonio Liuzzi replaced Giancarlo Fisichella from Monza onwards
    ## Giancarlo Fisichella replaced Luca Badoer from Monza onwards
    ~ Kamui Kobayashi replaced Timo Glock for Toyota in Brazil
    Team
    Brawn GP 18 7 11 14 18 18 10 9 7 2 12 2 18 7 3 5 11 172
    Red Bull Racing - 1.5 18 8 11 4 14 18 18 6 - 6 1 5 10 15 18 153.5
    McLaren - 1 7 5 - - - - 1 14 13 3 3 12 6 6 - 71
    Ferrari - - - 3 3 11 3 6 6 8 6 10 6 - 5 3 - 70
    Toyota 11 5.5 2 8 - - 6 2 - 4 - - - 8 8 - 5 59.5
    BMW Sauber - 4 - - 2 - 2 - - - 1 9 2 1 3 8 4 36
    Williams 3 0.5 - - 1 3 4 4 5 5 4 1 - - 4 - - 34.5
    Renault 4 - - 1 4 2 - - 2 - 3 - 4 6 - - - 26
    Force India - - - - - - - - - - - 8 5 - - - - 13
    Toro Rosso 3 - 1 - - 1 - - - - - - - - - 2 1 8

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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Toyota F1 - Auction for UN World Food Programme 21/07/2009 10:10pm

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Toyota F1 - Auction for UN World Food Programme

    www.toyota-f1.com

    July 21st 2009

    Timo donated his unique German Grand Prix helmet to an online charity auction to raise funds for the WFP's 'Fill the Cup' campaign. The helmet, which shows Timo driving past cheering Toyota fans, was designed by seven-year-old Tom Luca Hoffmann, the winner of a Panasonic 'Kids School' design competition. Bidding for this unique piece of sporting memorabilia ended on Sunday night, with the winning bid standing at an impressive €4,117, which will be donated to the WFP. In addition, Timo and his personal sponsor Deutsche Post have added a further €5,000 donation, ensuring a grand total of €9,117 will go towards feeding hungry school children around the world.

    Timo said: ---
    "I am really pleased to have been able to help raise money for such a good cause. The work done by the World Food Programme's 'Fill the Cup' campaign is extremely important and I wholeheartedly support it." Even though the online auction has ended, donations of any size can be made to the WFP via www.wfp.org, with just 20 cents enough to give a hungry child a cup of nutritious porridge. "We need as many people as possible to know they can contribute to find a solution to hunger," Timo added. Timo announced the online auction at the Nurburgring during the German Grand Prix weekend, appearing before the Felix Sturm v Khoren Gevor world championship bout to explain the details. Felix Sturm, who won that match, was inspired to support the project and a pair of his signed gloves will also be auctioned in aid of the WFP, with details to be announced shortly on www.wfp.org. The 'Fill the Cup' logo appears on the front wing of the TF019 car thanks to team partner ALJ, which has donated its space to the WFP. Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Brawn GP - Hungarian GP Preview

    www.brawngp.com

    July 21st 2009

    The 4.381km Hungaroring, located 19kms from the capital, has hosted the Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986 and produced some fantastic races over the years. The low speed and high downforce circuit is one of the most technically and physically demanding tracks on the calendar with a twisty layout of interlinked corners which can really test the drivers and cars. Both of Brawn GP's drivers have achieved victories at the Hungaroring with Rubens Barrichello winning in 2002 and standing on the podium in 2001 and 2004, and Jenson Button taking his first Grand Prix victory in the thrilling wet race of August 2006.

    ROSS BRAWN, TEAM PRINCIPAL
    Q. How is the team feeling ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend?
    ---

    "The last two races at Silverstone and the Nurburgring have been frustrating for the team as we have not been able to achieve the full potential of our car at the same time as our competitors have taken a good step forward. However we are confident that the inherent performance of the BGP 001 which was demonstrated during the first half of the season has not disappeared and the problems that we faced were unique to the circumstances of those races. "Our focus now is to maximise the performance that we know is in the car whilst continuing to develop improvements which will maintain our championship challenge. We have a significant aerodynamic upgrade for the race in Budapest which will bring performance gains in efficiency, downforce and aero balance but we face a fierce battle and we must continue to improve for the rest of the season. The team has faced many challenges to arrive where we are today and I am confident that we have the people and resources, plus two excellent drivers, to respond and fight to maintain our position of leading the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships."


    JENSON BUTTON
    Q. You've said that you can't wait to get Hungary this weekend. What is it about the track that you enjoy?
    ---

    "Hungary is always one of my favourite races and even more so this year as it should finally be a return to some real summer temperatures! The circuit holds some very special memories for me as the venue of my first Formula One win three years ago and it's fantastic to be going back there with the chance to compete for the win again. The Hungaroring is quite a challenging circuit as it is so twisty and there's no real respite round the lap but it is a lot of fun to drive. The lap has a good rhythm and mix of slow-speed and high-speed turns. The circuit generates an incredible amount of grip as the weekend gets underway which can provide a real challenge in finding the right set-up. I've been at home in Monaco for the past week concentrating on my training but I know that the guys at the factory and at Mercedes-Benz have been working really hard on our latest upgrade package and I just can't wait to get back in the car."


    RUBENS BARRICHELLO
    Q. What are your thoughts ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix?
    ---

    "Budapest is a wonderful city and there's always a great atmosphere around the circuit for the race weekend. The Hungaroring has been pretty good to me in the past with one win and a couple of podiums so it's a track that I enjoy returning to, particularly with a good car as we have this year. Germany and Silverstone have been frustrating races for us, despite the podium at Silverstone, so we will be looking to start the second half of the season afresh this weekend and focus on getting the maximum performance from the car and our upgrades. The Hungaroring is a pretty physical track which combined with the usual high temperatures make it a tough challenge for the drivers but that's what we enjoy. It's not that easy to overtake through the slow corners here so it places the emphasis on having a good qualifying session on Saturday and being able to start from as high up the grid as possible. The feedback from the factory is that our upgrades for this weekend should be a step forward so we're feeling positive going into the weekend."


    Hungaroring Stats
    Circuit Length: 4.381km
    Race Distance: 306.630km
    Number of Laps: 70
    Full Throttle: 56%
    Brake Wear: High
    Tyre Compounds: Super Soft / Soft
    Downforce Level: High 9/10
    Tyre Usage: Medium
    Average Speed: 197kph (122mph)
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    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Toyota F1 - Hungarian GP Preview - Timo Glock

    www.toyota-f1.com

    July 21st 2009

    Tell us about your podium in Hungary last year. ---

    It was a really special moment for me to be on the podium in Formula 1 for the first time, and it was great to be fighting right at the front. Everything came together and it worked out perfectly. It was the race immediately after my accident at Hockenheim so maybe it surprised some people to see me being so competitive. But the truth was that Hockenheim was a turning point because we got the car really working well for me. After that, the fantastic result in Budapest was the start of a great run in the second half of the season.


    What did it mean to finish on the podium for the first time in F1? ---

    I really enjoyed that feeling; it's what I have worked so hard to achieve all through my career. When I left Formula 1 at the end of 2004 I knew it would be really tough to get back but I never gave up and I gave everything in Champ Cars and GP2 to get my chance. But getting back to Formula 1 was just the beginning and it was a great moment to stand on the podium in Hungary after finishing second. That gave me a lot of satisfaction and I really liked the feeling. I am determined to do it many more times!


    Was that your best performance in Formula 1 so far? ---

    It was the best result of last year but I was also very proud of my performances in several races, particularly finishing fourth in Singapore and Canada and some other races where the result maybe wasn't as good but I drove really well. This year I was on the podium again in Malaysia so that is one of my best performances as well; it's always a highlight when you finish on the podium.


    Is your first podium more special than the ones that follow? ---

    In a way it is more special when you are the podium for the first time because it is a unique experience and you have nothing to compare it to. But it's always a great feeling when you have performed to the maximum and achieved a really strong result. My third place in Malaysia also felt great because it was the result of a fantastic team effort and I'm sure my next podium will be pretty special too.


    Are you generally successful in Hungary? Why? ---

    I have always been quick there, right from my first visit in 2004 when I was a Formula 1 test driver taking part in Friday practice. I was on the pace from the first session and that continued when I went back in GP2. I was second and fifth in 2006 but I was really unlucky the next year because I qualified on pole but there was a wheel problem at my pit stop which ruined my race, then in the sprint race I was fighting for the podium before a mechanical problem. So in terms of results Budapest has been average for me but I have always been competitive there. It's just a fun circuit which is quite challenging for a driver; it feels like a kart track when you are driving a Formula 1 car there.


    Will the Hungaroring suit the TF109? ---

    I hope so! It's quite tricky to judge before Friday practice. We have made a big improvement on slower corners in the past few races which is quite encouraging going into the Hungarian Grand Prix. It is usually pretty hot in Hungary as well and our car has good cooling efficiency so that should work in our favour. So I am reasonably optimistic our car will go well but we'll have to wait and see.


    What are your goals for the 2009 season? ---

    My goal this season is simply to score as many points and podiums as possible. I don't have specific goals in the way I did for 2008, when I wanted to get 20 points and finish in the top 10 of the Drivers' Championship. My second place in Hungary started the ball rolling and I achieved both my targets. This year I just want to be as quick as possible from race to race, scoring as many points as I can. So far we have had some ups and downs but it is mainly positive. Read More...

    OFFICIAL #F1 Report: Force India F1 - Hungarian GP Preview

    www.forceindiaf1.com

    July 21st 2009

    Following a competitive weekend performance in Germany where it achieved its highest-ever qualifying position and finished within sight of the points, the Force India Formula One Team heads to Hungary keen to finally open its scorecard.

    Team Q&A
    Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
    In Germany the team had a very encouraging weekend. What are your views on this?
    ---

    I am confident that Germany was not just a one-hit wonder for us. We always said the first few races would be compromised by the late signing of the McLaren and Mercedes deal but since then we've been introducing new upgrades and each one has been a step forward. We had hoped that this progress would be reflected in Silverstone, but due to events on track, we couldn't show the full potential. In Germany this is what you saw. Over the course of the season so far we've calculated we've improved by something like 1.7seconds, which I don't think any other team has done. It's been done by solid hard work and not just getting lucky.


    And this time the weather conditions had nothing to do with it. ---

    No, because everyone else had the same opportunities to make those calls. Adrian had a superb qualifying and, as we saw in Q3, even on a very heavy fuel load, he was one of the quicker cars. In the dry race both Giancarlo and Adrian were able to lap quickly and keep pace at various times with the Ferraris, Renaults and McLarens so we're not just competitive in the wet, we're genuinely on the pace now.


    How disappointed were you to lose the points that looked so certain in the first part of the race? ---

    In that split second when Kimi and Adrian came together of course the whole team was disappointed and of course those memories of Monaco 2008 came forward. All the same I don't think we can be downhearted about the weekend performance and dwell too much on that point. We qualified in the top ten, we raced in the top five and we went some way to shirking off this reputation of being the backmarkers who only get seen while being lapped.


    Can you do the same in Hungary? ---

    I genuinely think that we are Q2 contenders for the rest of the season, and with Hungary being a circuit where qualifying is so crucial, we're in with a shot of a good finish. We're so close to points we can almost touch them. It has to be soon.


    Driver Q&A
    Adrian Sutil (car 20, VJM02/01)
    You had a very promising weekend in Germany. What are your views on this now, one week on?
    ---

    From free practice on we could do some good work and could see the car was performing well. We had a really good qualifying, the best performance so far this year, and the only disappointing point was this incident in the race. The pace was good, particularly on the first stint as I was really in the front where the action was, so it was a different type of racing experience. You have to push all the time and it's so close that you need to fight for the positions. That's one way of seeing the crash: if we hadn't pushed we would have lost our position straight away. But I am fine with it now, I've looked at the footage and learnt from it, so let's move on.


    What are your thoughts on the Hungaroring? ---

    It's a good track, one of the smaller circuits, with a lot of corners so in some respects it's a bit like a kart track. It is actually challenging as each of the corners are different, some 180 degrees and some long, some in third gear. It's very bumpy in places, which also makes it a bit more difficult to drive, but overall there's a good flow to it.


    What will the aims be in Hungary? ---

    Our goal has to be in Q2 again and then I would say get as close as we can to the top 10. We want to stay in the midfield where we are right now. We are always waiting for the points now and we are nearly there. This has to be the goal for the season and the few last races.


    Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21, VJM02/04)
    Giancarlo, you finished the German Grand Prix three seconds from the points again. This was obviously a good race for you?
    ---

    Germany was obviously very positive for the whole team. Yet again we raced very well and got a good finish, coming from 18th to just outside the points. But when you look at the last two races we're really improving - I came from 16th to 10th in Silverstone and then moved up another seven positions in Germany, not because of the weather but because the team is now genuinely competitive.


    What are your feelings about the Hungaroring? ---

    I feel pretty confident as we're just getting better and better. We can see our pace is much more competitive and we are really racing. I enjoy driving the car and I'm looking forward to this next race. As our qualifying pace has really made a step forward and the Hungaroring is all about where you start and the strategy so I'm very positive of a good finish.


    Force India Hungarian GP points of note: ---

    Adrian's German Grand Prix qualifying position was Force India's best-ever starting slot. The company's previous highest qualifying came under the Jordan regime in Hungary 2002 when Giancarlo Fisichella qualified in fifth. After the Hungarian Grand Prix the team and trucks will return to the UK. From 3 - 16 August the factory will then be closed in line with FOTA's guidelines to cut costs. All production, design and build will cease and, aside from security and maintenance, the factory will be shut. In Hungary the team will have a couple of new items on the car, inclduing some tweaks on the front wing and brake ducts and some minor changes on the mechanical side. Apart from that there are a couple of measures to address the likely cooling demands of Hungaroring. Giancarlo Fisichella has raced at the Hungaroring 12 times, with a best result of sixth coming in 2002 with Jordan. Adrian has raced there twice in his F1 career but has only seen the finish once - in 2007 when he came home in 17th.


    Hungarian Grand Prix information ---

    The Hungaroring is set in the countryside just outside the vibrant Hungarian capital, Budapest. It first made its F1 debut in 1986 - at the time, a pioneering venture into Eastern Europe, which was then under Communist rule. Much has changed in the city since that first edition, as has the track. Since its calendar debut, the circuit has been extended and repeatedly modified, yet its character has still remained: a high downforce, low-speed, twisty, undulating ride through a dusty landscape. With its tight corners and short straights, it ranks next to Monaco as the toughest place to overtake. Sand from these outlying lands often blows onto the track, making grip levels low and any off-line excursion potentially risky. This, combined with the event taking place in the height of summer, makes it one of the toughest tracks of the year for drivers and teams. Read More...

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