2009 F1 Powerboat World Championship

2009 F1 Powerboat World Championship
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The 2009 UIM F1 H2O World Championship was the 26th season of Formula 1 Powerboat racing. The calendar consisted of sixteen races, two per event, beginning in Portimão, Portugal on 4 April 2009, and ending in Sharjah, UAE on 11 December 2009.[1] The format of two races per weekend was a new feature for 2009, introduced by series promoter Nicolo di San Germano at the official pre-season meeting in March.[2] Guido Cappellini, driving for Zepter Team, was drivers' champion, securing an unprecedented tenth championship crown before retiring at the end of the year.[3]

Guido Cappellini won his tenth and final championship in 2009.

Teams and driversEdit

 
Guido Cappellini at the Grand Prix of Russia in St. Petersburg.
 
Thani Al Qamzi at the Grand Prix of Russia in St. Petersburg.
Team Hull Engine No. Race drivers Rounds
  Qatar Team DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 1   Jay Price All
BaBa 2   Leo Bonelli 1–2
Dragon   Andy Elliott[4] 3–6
  Craig Bailey 7–10
  Malcolm Goodman[5] 11–16
  Team Abu Dhabi DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 5   Thani Al Qamzi All
BaBa 6   Ahmed Al Hameli All
  CTIC China Team DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 7   Pierre Lundin All
BaBa 8   Fabian Kalsow All
  F1 Atlantic Team Moore Mercury 2.5 V6 9   Philippe Chiappe All
Dragon 10   Duarte Benavente All
  Team Mad Croc BaBa Mercury 2.5 V6 11   Sami Seliö All
12   Massimo Roggiero 1–4
  Rinaldo Osculati 5–8, 11–16
DAC 18   Daniele Martignoni 1–6
  Team Azerbaijan DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 14   Jonas Andersson All
15   Marit Strømøy All
  Singha F1 Racing Team DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 23   Marco Gambi All
Blaze 24   Francesco Cantando All
  Ace Racing Dragon Mercury 2.5 V6 50   Andy Elliott 1–2
  800 Doctor DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 69   Valerio Lagiannella All
BaBa 70   Fabio Comparato All
  Zepter Team DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 74   Guido Cappellini All
75   Ugis Gross 1–10
  Tomas Cermak 11–16
  Prox F1 Racing Team DAC Mercury 2.5 V6 77   Stanislav Kourtsenovsky[6] 3–4
Key
Regular boat/driver
Boat ineligible for
team points

Season calendarEdit

 
Countries that hosted F1 Powerboat races in 2009, shown in green. Former host nations are shown in pink.
 
Jonas Andersson at the Grand Prix of Russia in St. Petersburg.
 
The winners of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi second race; left to right: Ahmed Al Hameli, UAE, (second place); Jay Price, USA, (first place); and Philippe Chiappe, France, (third place).

The most significant change for the 2009 season was the introduction of a two-race format for each event making up the championship. With eight rounds confirmed by the UIM prior to the season's start[1] the season would be made up of a total of 16 points-scoring races, the highest in its history. Only the thirteen races in 2000 came close in the previous 10 years. Initial reaction to the new format was positive, with drivers and fans commending the decision following its debut at the Grand Prix of Portugal.[7] However whilst it increased the spectacle and offered teams and drivers more opportunities for success, costs were forced upwards and the format wasn't retained for 2010.

The initial calendar for the 2009 season featured the Grand Prix of Russia in St Petersburg as the second round of the championship, taking place on 5 and 6 June.[1] However the race was postponed, with an announcement made on 22 April that it would instead be moved to the second week of August, with the Grand Prix of Finland becoming the second round, on 12 and 13 June.[8]

Round Race Title Date Circuit Location Race Race Winner Hull/Engine
1   11th Grand Prix of Portugal 4–5 April Portimão 1   Ahmed Al Hameli BaBa/Mercury
2   Thani Al Qamzi DAC/Mercury
2   5th Grand Prix of Finland 12–13 June Lahti[8] 1   Guido Cappellini DAC/Mercury
2   Jay Price DAC/Mercury
3   7th Grand Prix of Russia 8–9 August St Petersburg[8] 1   Jay Price DAC/Mercury
2   Jonas Andersson DAC/Mercury
4   10th Grand Prix of China 6–7 October Liuzhou 1   Sami Seliö BaBa/Mercury
2   Jonas Andersson DAC/Mercury
5   11th Grand Prix of China 17–18 October Shenzen 1   Guido Cappellini DAC/Mercury
2   Sami Seliö BaBa/Mercury
6   6th Grand Prix of Qatar 27–28 November Doha 1   Guido Cappellini DAC/Mercury
2   Guido Cappellini DAC/Mercury
7   17th Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi 4–5 December Abu Dhabi 1   Guido Cappellini DAC/Mercury
2   Jay Price DAC/Mercury
8   10th Grand Prix of Sharjah 10–11 December Sharjah 1   Jay Price DAC/Mercury
2   Sami Seliö BaBa/Mercury

Results and standingsEdit

Points were awarded to the top 10 classified finishers. A maximum of two boats per team were eligible for points in the teams' championship.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 20 15 12 9 7 5 4 3 2 1

Drivers standingsEdit

Pos Driver POR
 
FIN
 
RUS
 
CHN
 
CHN
 
QAT
 
ABU
 
SHA
 
Points
1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
1   Guido Cappellini 10 Ret 1 4 Ret Ret 7 2 1 Ret 1 1 1 Ret 3 3 153
2   Thani Al Qamzi 4 1 4 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 7 5 2 4 5 Ret 4 2 143
3   Sami Seliö Ret Ret 5 3 Ret 2 1 Ret 4 1 Ret 6 3 Ret 2 1 135
4   Jay Price 2 Ret Ret 1 1 DNS Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 2 1 1 Ret 125
5   Jonas Andersson 3 9 2 8 Ret 1 5 1 3 10 7 8 6 Ret 6 4 118
6   Franceso Cantando Ret 2 Ret 7 Ret 8 2 Ret 2 8 Ret 2 4 5 Ret 10 87
7   Ahmed Al Hameli 1 Ret Ret 6 2 5 Ret Ret 6 DNS Ret 5 8 2 5 DNS 84
8   Philippe Chiappe Ret 12 11 5 3 7 4 10 Ret 3 4 3 7 3 Ret DNS 82
9   Fabio Comparato 5 Ret 3 Ret 4 4 6 Ret Ret 7 3 9 9 4 Ret DNS 71
10   Pierre Lundin Ret 5 DSQ Ret 5 DSQ 3 4 5 DNS 6 7 11 Ret 10 7 56
11   Duarte Benavente Ret 3 6 9 Ret Ret 8 7 8 6 Ret 10 10 6 DNS Ret 41
12   Marit Strømøy 7 8 9 13 7 10 Ret 5 Ret DNS 10 11 13 7 7 5 37
13   Fabian Kalsow 9 11 13 11 9 11 10 6 9 4 8 12 12 10 DNS 6 30
14   Ugis Gross 6 Ret 7 10 Ret 6 DNS DNS DNS DNS 15
15   Valerio Lagiannella DNS DNS 8 Ret 6 Ret 9 DNS 11 Ret DNS Ret DNS 8 DNS DNS 13
16   Marco Gambi Ret 10 14 DNS 10 Ret 11 9 Ret Ret 9 Ret 14 9 8 Ret 11
17   Malcolm Goodman 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 10
18   Daniele Martignoni 11 6 12 Ret 8 9 10
19   Andy Elliott Ret 4 DNS Ret DNS DNS 9
20   Leo Bonelli 8 7 7
21   Craig Bailey Ret 8 10 9 6
22   Rinaldo Osculati Ret 12 Ret 11 11 13 DNS DNS 9 9 4
23   Stanislav Kourtsenovsky 10 12 1
24   Tomas Cermak DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
25   Massimo Roggiero DNS DNS Ret Ret 0
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Did not enter (cell empty)
Text formatting Meaning
Bold Pole position
Italics Fastest lap


Teams standingsEdit

Only boats with results eligible for points counting towards the teams' championship are shown here.

Pos Team Boat
No.
POR
 
FIN
 
RUS
 
CHN
 
CHN
 
QAT
 
ABU
 
SHA
 
Points
1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
1   Team Abu Dhabi 5 4 1 4 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 7 5 2 4 5 Ret 4 2 227
6 1 Ret Ret 6 2 5 Ret Ret 6 DNS Ret 5 8 2 5 DNS
2   Zepter Team 74 10 Ret 1 4 Ret Ret 7 2 1 Ret 1 1 1 Ret 3 3 168
75 6 Ret 7 10 Ret 6 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret
3   Team Azerbaijan 14 3 9 2 8 Ret 1 5 1 3 10 7 8 6 Ret 6 4 155
15 7 8 9 13 7 10 Ret 5 Ret DNS 10 11 13 7 7 5
4   Qatar Team 1 2 Ret Ret 1 1 DNS Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret 2 1 1 Ret 148
2 8 7 DNS Ret DNS DNS Ret 8 10 9 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8
5   Team Mad Croc 11 Ret Ret 5 3 Ret 2 1 Ret 4 1 Ret 6 3 Ret 2 1 139
12 DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 11 11 13 DNS DNS 9 9
6   F1 Atlantic Team 9 Ret 12 11 5 3 7 4 10 Ret 3 4 3 7 3 Ret DNS 123
10 Ret 3 6 9 Ret Ret 8 7 8 6 Ret 10 10 6 DNS Ret
7   Singha F1 Racing Team 23 Ret 10 14 DNS 10 Ret 11 9 Ret Ret 9 Ret 14 9 8 Ret 98
24 Ret 2 Ret 7 Ret 8 2 Ret 2 8 Ret 2 4 5 Ret 10
8   CTIC China Team 7 Ret 5 DSQ Ret 5 DSQ 3 4 5 DNS 6 7 11 Ret 10 7 86
8 9 11 13 11 9 11 10 6 9 4 8 12 12 10 DNS 6
9   800 Doctor 69 DNS DNS 8 Ret 6 Ret 9 DNS 11 Ret DNS Ret DNS 8 DNS DNS 84
70 5 Ret 3 Ret 4 4 6 Ret Ret 7 3 9 9 4 Ret DNS
10   Ace Racing 50 Ret 4 9
11   Prox F1 Racing Team 77 10 12 1
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Did not enter (cell empty)
Text formatting Meaning
Bold Pole position
Italics Fastest lap


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "ADVANCE REGULATIONS 2009". Union Internationale Motonautique. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Lahti Host Pre-Season F1 Party". F1H2O. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Cappellini's late Charge Leads to 10th World Title!!". F1H2O. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Qatar Team Welcomes English Veteran Andy Elliott!". F1H2O. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Malcolm Goodman joins Jay Price in Qatar Team". F1H2O. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Russian Driver Kourtsenovsky Ready For New Start!". F1H2O. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  7. ^ "New race format adds excitement for drivers!". F1H2O. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Postponement of the GP of Russia". F1H2O. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2013.

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