This Is Where The Randomicity Really Begins
The first season of Formula One's Randomicity randomness began in the 2009 season. With Lewis Hamilton as the defending champion, surely nothing would go wrong for the Englishman. But wait until the season began...
Teams and drivers
Lewis Hamilton's title-defending season got off to a sour start as the Briton was sent to the back of the grid for an altercation with Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi, in which Hamilton punched the Swiss in the face.
This allowed Brawn GP's Jenson Button to take pole ahead of his team-mate Rubens Barrichello. Come race day and Button was sweeping the board. He was leading every lap and had set the fastest lap on his way to victory and the World Championship lead. Barrichello took second while third went to Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull. Hamilton was disqualified for subsequently running Buemi off the track during a safety car period. and given a five-race ban, therefore almost certainly ending his title hopes before they even began. This started a long rivalry between the two drivers. The stewards also disqualifed the other McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen to add to Ron Dennis' misery.
Ross Brawn was so pleased at getting a 1-2 on Brawn GP's debut that he got drunk on whiskey and began going crazy. He ended up nearly getting hit by Buemi as he drove into parc ferme. Hamilton was replaced by NASCAR driver and Formula One returnee Juan Pablo Montoya for the next five races.
Due to Lewis Hamilton's suspension, the number 1 was not assigned to any driver - his replacement Juan Pablo Montoya drove with zero.
Montoya was determined to fare well now that he was back in Formula One after three seasons in NASCAR. But Jenson Button, now leading the championship after his surprise win in Australia on Brawn GP's debut, took his second straight pole, beating Montoya by three second.
Come race day, and the weather began to turn nasty. It rained heavily, covering the circuit in almost 2 feet of water. Because of this, the race day was ultimately cancelled for four hours until the sun shone on the circuit again.