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2009 Season

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2009 Monaco Grand Prix

Round 6 - Circuit de Monaco - 24th May 2009

Practice

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.

Qualifying

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.

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.

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Monaco GP Track Plan - ©
Circuit de Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco
24th May 2009
78 laps
Lap Record: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:14.439, 2004
Jenson Button won the Monaco Grand Prix 2009 - © Brawn GP

Jeson Button dominated the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix © Brawn GP

Position Driver Team Time
1 L Hamilton McLaren 2:00:42.742
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