Over the Curbs Awards: 2009

Ravikumar RajagopalCorrespondent INovember 3, 2009

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 01:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP celebrates on the podium after finishing third during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 1, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Over the Curbs awards enter the second season and though it was fun giving the awards last season and deciding on a few things was very tough, the beginning of this season made me think it would be easy given that Jenson Button and Brawn during their Cinderella run were reaching immortality.

But as the season picked up, we saw good performances from a variety of teams and drivers.

Once again, it is going to be fun naming a few drivers and teams, but this year was marked with off-track controversy that managed to take the sheen from an exciting season. I need to go back into the F1 record books and actually look when the last time two non-works team fought for the title was. It should be a very interesting research.  

Driver of the Season: Jenson Button

Team of the Season: Brawn GP/Red Bull Racing

The Next Big Thing: Sebastian Vettel

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Most Improved Driver: Nico Rosberg

Most Improved Team: Force India

Race of the Season: Belgian Grand Prix

Best Grand Prix: Belgian Grand Prix

Worst Grand Prix: Malaysian Grand Prix

Rookie of the season: Kamui Kobayshi

Most Disappointing Driver of the Season: Heikki Kovalainen

Most Disappointing Team of the Season: BMW Sauber

Lucky to Be In F1 (for the Season): Nelson Piquet, Jr.

Veteran of the Season: Rubens Barrichello

Comeback of the Season: Mark Webber

JV of the Season (For the driver who talks utter nonsense like JV used to do in his racing days): Nelson Piquet, Jr.

Most Missed Driver: Felipe Massa

Least Missed Driver: Nelson Piquet, Jr.

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