2009 Monaco Grand Prix
Round 6 - Circuit de Monaco - 24th May 2009
Practice for the Monaco GP took place on Thursday instead of it customary Friday position. It saw Rubens Barrichello fastest in the first practice followed by Felipe Massa and the two McLaren’s. Second Practice saw the plucky Williams of Nico Rosberg fastest ahead of Hamilton, but again the Brawns looked good in 3rd & 4th. Button was fastest in Saturday’s practice ahead of Alonso.
Q1 saw a crash for Hamilton down at the Mirabeau corner, he ended up 16th, but was forced to take a gearbox change leaving him 20th and starting last. He was joined at the back by both BMW Sauber’s & both Toyota’s who endured their worst qualifying since entering F1.
Q2 saw the Flying Finn’s of Kovalainen & Raikkonen - well flying – as they topped the timesheets. Fisichella had 2 times deleted for jumping chicanes, leaving him 13th. Q3 was dominated by Barrichello and Vettel, who looked set to duke it out for pole, until a late lap from Button saw the Brit steal pole away. Kimi Raikkonen did really well to take 2nd and a front row grid slot for the race.
The start saw Button lead away, while Raikkonen slipped behind Barrichello to 3rd. Tyres were the focus of the start, Vettel starting on the super soft compound, but these very quickly started to break up giving Button, Barrichello and Raikkonen (who all started on the harder compound) a 4 second a lap advantage. This opened up a big gap back to the Red Bull.
Back markers Piquet & Buemi had a coming together on Lap 10 at Sainte Devote, eliminating each other. A few laps later Sebastian Vettel went off at the same corner and into retirement; severely denting his championship challenge. At the front it was formation flying for the Brawn’s, Button leading Barrichello by over 15 seconds, while the perusing Ferrari’s of Raikkonen & Massa locked out 3rd and 4th positions.
The difficulty of overtaking around Monaco meant that very little overtaking was seen as cars were forced to follow each other unable to pass. But retirement issues in the late stages off the race saw McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen crash out at the Swimming Pool after running in a strong 7th, while Kazuki Nakajima crashed at the now popular Mirabeau corner.
Button took a comfortable win, his 5th of 2009 after a perfect drive; his only mistake was parking his car in parc fermé, forcing the Brit to run down the start/finish straight to the usual podium area at the Royal Box. He was again followed home by team mate Barrichello to make it a 3rd 1-2 finish for Brawn. Kimi Raikkonen collected Ferrari’s 1st podium of 2009 in 3rd, while Mark Webber was the only Red Bull to score points in Monaco. Sebastian Bourdais collected a point for 8th after a strong mature drive by the Frenchman.
Jenson Button has won the Monaco Grand Prix in another dominating display as he charges for the 2009 drivers crown. Once again Rubens Barrichello followed him up, another Brawn 1-2, the third of the season. Ferrari had a... read more
Brawn GP Jenson Button - 1st 1:14.902 "It's so important to qualify well in Monaco and I am really happy to have achieved pole position here today. It means a lot to me, they all do, but this one is so important for the... read more
Jenson Button is making a habit of this, he'll start from pole in tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix. Alonside him is the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen with his highest starting position of the season. Barrichello finishes off the... read more
Williams Nico Rosberg - P2 1st 1:15.243 : P1 7th 1:18.024 "We had a difficult start to the weekend and I really didn't feel comfortable in the car because of a simple lack of grip to begin with. So we made plenty of... read more
Round 6 : Season 2009 : Monaco Grand Prix : Monte Carlo Wednesday 20th May Press Conference 14:00 Thursday 21st May Practice 1 09:00 - 10:30 [ 08:55 - 10:35 Red Button/Radio 5Live ] Practice 2 13:00 - 14:30 [... read more
- Circuit de Monaco
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- 24th May 2009
- 78 laps
- Lap Record: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:14.439, 2004
|2||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+3.0 secs|
|3||F Massa||Ferrari||+4.8 secs|
|4||M Webber||Red Bull||+19.2 secs|
|5||S Vettel||Toro Rosso||+24.6 secs|
|6||R Barrichello||Honda||+28.4 secs|
|7||K Nakajima||Williams||+30.1 secs|
|8||H Kovalainen||McLaren||+33.1 secs|
|2||L Hamilton||McLaren||+4.0 sec|
|3||F Massa||Ferrari||+69.1 sec|
|4||G Fisichella||Renault||+1 Lap|
|5||R Kubica||BMW Sauber||+1 Lap|
|6||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+1 Lap|
|7||A Wurz||Williams||+1 Lap|
|8||K Raikkonen||Ferrari||+1 Lap|
|2||JP Montoya||McLaren||+14.5 secs|
|3||D Coulthard||Red Bull||+52.2 secs|
|4||R Barrichello||Honda||+53.3 secs|
|5||M Schumacher||Ferrari||+53.8 secs|
|6||G Fisichella||Renault||+1:02.0 secs|
|7||N Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+1 Lap|
|8||R Schumacher||Toyota||+1 Lap|
|2||N Heidfeld||Williams||+13.8 secs|
|3||M Webber||Williams||+18.4 secs|
|4||F Alonso||Renault||+36.4 secs|
|5||JP Montoya||McLaren||+36.6 secs|
|6||R Schumacher||Toyota||+37.1 secs|
|7||M Schumacher||Ferrari||+37.2 secs|
|8||R Barrichello||Ferrari||+37.5 secs|