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A look at what the drivers from the 2009 Formula 1 season are doing now

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Since everyone is doing it, what better time than to look back at who formed the F1 grid back in 2009 and what they are doing now?

Unsurprisingly, they are only a few survivors who will still be involved in the sport when the new season gets underway in Australia in March. 

So as reported by Planet F1, here is what the class of 2009 are up to these days:

Nelson Piquet Jr (Renault)

Was embroiled in the media for all the wrong reasons in 2009 over the infamous 'Crashgate'. On top of that, he ended the season without scoring a single point. However, Piquet continues on now driving for Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Formula E.

Sebastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso)

He struggled with Torro Rosso, scoring just six points in a season-and-a-half with the team. However, he has tried his hand at every other series since, and did win the 2016 24-hour Le Mans race. Bourdais suffered a huge crash in qualifying at the Indy500 two years ago but has since made a full recovery.

Adrian Sutil (Force India)

Sutil amassed a solid 124 points in 128 races throughout his career. However, he had a season to forget in 2009 scoring just five points with Force India. He eventually lost his seat in 2014 and now retired, pursues life away from the cockpit.

Kamui Kobayashi (Toyota)

The Japanese ace was only drafted in for the final few races for Williams 10 years ago. Many feel he was a huge waste of talent as he ended his tenure in F1 with backmarkers Caterham in 2014. He is now battling at the front of the World Endurance Championship.

F1 Japanese Grand Prix - Previews

Kazuki Nakajima (Williams)

He would endure just over two seasons at Williams before stepping down. Nakajima won the 24 hour Le Mans in 2018 and is currently leading the World Endurance Championship.

Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso)

Replaced Bourdais mid-way through the season but another one who failed to score a point in 2009. He was to lose his seat in 2011 and retire from motorsport at the age of 25 to pursue a career in DJ. However, he did continue to appear in other racing formats though, notably the ADAC GT Masters, Formula E and Stock Car Brazil.

Romain Grosjean (Renault)

The Frenchman stepped into Nelson Piquet Jr's seat in 2009 but didn't score any points. Ten years later he continues to race with Haas.

Renault's French driver Romain Grosjean

Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP)

Had a shot at the title with the impressive Brawn GP car. Sadly for him, P3 it was and teammate Jenson Button took full advantage of the machinery as he snatched the World Championship. Ten years later, Rubens is now enjoying life in the Stock Car Brazil series.

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

Came second in the drivers' standings this year but obviously went on to enjoy a period of domination shortly after. Moved to Ferrari in 2014, but is yet to win any further championships with the team and will have his hands full with Charles Leclerc's presence next season.

Jarno Trulli (Toyota)

Trulli competed in F1 for 15 years but only won a single race in his time. He finished the season in eighth in 2009. Trulli set up and drove for his own Formula E team in 2014 but that folded after a just one season. 

Timo Glock (Toyota)

Glock departed Toyota in 2009 after finishing in a respectable tenth as the team pulled out of the sport. He went on to race for Marussia, and Virgin. Since then, DTM racing has been his home.

F1 Grand Prix of Japan - Previews

Fernando Alonso (Renault)

2009 proved to be a year to forget for the Spaniard though given Renault's race-fixing controversy. The legend of the sport announced his retirement last season and will have a crack at completing the Triple Crown this year.

Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

He was to miss the last eight rounds of the 2009 season due to a life-threatening injury suffered during qualifying but still finished P11. The Brazilian retired from F1 in 2017 and now races in Formula E.

Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren)

Kovalainen has one race win to his name at the Hungaroring in 2008. Finished in a rather disappointing 12th in 2009. After departing in 2013, Heikki is now a regular name around the Super GT series.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Practice

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

Finished the 2009 season in fifth. Ten years later, the Brit has claimed another four world championships and is currently under contract with Mercedes until 2020

Mark Webber (Red Bull)

The Aussie signed off from the sport in 2016 allowing Daniel Ricciardo to be promoted into the team. You can now find Webber act as a pundit on Channel Four for their F1 coverage.

Jenson Button

Crowned World Champion in 2009, it was undoubtedly the best year of Button's career. He was to step aside from the sport in 2016, but the Brit was crowned 2018 Super GT champion and currently competes in the World Endurance Championship.

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

The 'Iceman' finished sixth in the 2009 world championship and has had plenty of mixed results with Ferrari over the years. Will be competing at Sauber as of next season, with prodigy Charles Leclerc taking his seat with Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg (Williams)

Finished seventh with Williams in 2009 and went on to win the championship in 2016 with Mercedes and quit the sport within a blink of an eye. The German is still a regular in the paddock and on Sky Sports F1.

At&T Williams Nico Rosberg (L) and legen

Nick Heidfeld (Sauber)

The German drove the BMW Sauber in 2009 and finished in 13th, one above his team-mate. Heidfeld enjoyed 13 podium finishes across 183 starts in Formula One and the 41-year-old who left the sport in 2011 currently competes in Formula E for Mahindra Racing.

Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India/Ferrari)

Fisichella enjoyed racing at the pinnacle of the sport for 14 years. He started 2009 with Force India but finished the season with Ferrari to fill the injured Massa's seat. It also proved to be his final year in the sport and now competes in the World Endurance Championship.

Robert Kubica (Sauber)

2009 was a season to forget for Robert Kubica as his BMW Sauber only managed to finish 13th. He will, however, be making a full-time return to the sport for Renault ten years later.

Sebastian Buemi (Toro Rosso)

A well-known name and face from his Torro Rosso days. The Frenchman finished 17th in the 2009 season. Buemi is still involved in F1 as he test drives for Red Bull and will be extending his stay with the team for the 2019 season as a reserve driver whilst also competing in the Formula E and World Endurance Championships.

Sebastian Buemi from the Scuderia Toro R

Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India)

Liuzzi drove for Force India in the last five rounds of 2009 as Fisichella was promoted to Ferrari but failed to make an impact. He would bow out of the sport for good in 2011 and today is off the radar and out of the public eye.

Luca Badoer (Ferrari)

The Italian stepped up in 2009 to replace an injured Felipe Massa for a few races. He finished 17th at the Valencia Street Circuit and 14th at Spar. He retired from motorsport in 2010 and is no longer involved in any capacity.

Topics:
Sebastien Bourdais
Charles Leclerc
Renault
Haas
Sebastian Vettel
Daniel Ricciardo
Romain Grosjean
Sauber
Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton
Force India
Ferrari
McLaren
Mercedes
Red Bull
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