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Monaco  2009 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details[1]
Race 6 of 17 in the 2009 Formula One season
Circuit de Monaco
Circuit de Monaco
Date May 24, 2009
Official name LXVII Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.34 km (2.08 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 260.52 km (162.24 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
Time 1:14.902
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:15.154 on lap 50
Podium
First United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes
Second Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
Third Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari

The 2009 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race and the sixth round of the 2009 Formula One season. It was won by Brawn GP driver Jenson Button, with his team-mate Rubens Barrichello second, and Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen third.[2]

This year a peace and sport initiative was introduced on this Grand Prix under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Background

Going into the round, Brawn driver Jenson Button led the Drivers Championship by 14 points from team-mate Rubens Barrichello, having claimed 41 points out of a possible 45. Sebastian Vettel trailed Barrichello by 4 points in the Red Bull, while World Champion Lewis Hamilton of McLaren lay in seventh place with 9 points.

Brawn led the Constructors' Championship by 29.5 points from Red Bull, who were a further 12 points ahead of Toyota. McLaren were the only other team to have reached double figures in points, while Force India were the only team yet to score points.

Red Bull had a new two-tier diffuser ready for their RB5 car in Monaco, with chief designer Adrian Newey believing it could be a real benefit to the team.[3] The Austrian drinks company team had already won the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix and Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to have qualified in the first three positions at every race up to this point in the season. They had finished third and fourth in the previous race at Barcelona.

As part of a partnership between Steinmetz Diamonds and McLaren, the helmets of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were diamond-encrusted with their driver numbers 1 and 2 respectively.[4][5][6]

Practice and qualifying

Jenson Button took pole position and won the race, extending his championship lead.

The early practice sessions at Monaco are traditionally run on the Thursday of the week so that the roads can be opened on the Friday for public access. As such, two practice sessions were held on the Thursday, with the third on Saturday morning, followed shortly by qualifying.

The Thursday practice sessions began with Brawn GP establishing its dominance once again; Rubens Barrichello was fastest by three-tenths of a second from countryman Felipe Massa with a time of 1:17.199, and the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen following shortly thereafter. The Brawns continued their form in the second session, placing third and fourth behind Nico Rosberg – who topped practice for the ninth time this season with a 1:15.243 – and Hamilton once again. A similar story held true for the Saturday session, with Jenson Button narrowly being beaten by Fernando Alonso in the Renault.

The first qualifying session was marked by 2008 winner Lewis Hamilton crashing at Mirabeau and damaging his suspension, putting him out of qualifying and gradually knocking him down the order until he would finish sixteenth, ahead of the BMW Saubers of Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica and the Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock. The second session saw the departure of the two Force Indias, both Toro Rossos and Nelson Piquet, Jr.'s Renault while Finland's Kimi Räikkönen and Heikki Kovalainen topped the timing sheets. Giancarlo Fisichella had two times disallowed for cutting the corners at the Swimming Pool Complex and Nouvelle Chicane. The third and final session was dominated by Rubens Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel until a late lap from Jenson Button saw the championship leader take his fourth pole from six starts this season with Kimi Räikkönen the highest-placed KERS-equipped car in second place.

Race

Kimi Räikkönen took Ferrari's first podium finish of 2009.

At the start, Button maintained his lead as Barrichello passed Raikonnen on the approach to the first corner. Both Brawn cars and Sebastian Vettel started the race on the super-soft tyres;[7] the Ferraris and Williams started on the soft compound. This provided an advantage, as the super-soft tyres – which had proven to be the better of the two all weekend – started to lose grip exponentially after twelve laps as championship contender Sebastian Vettel proved when he started losing up to four seconds per lap on leader Button, because of the difficulty in overtaking at Monaco, this greatly helped the Brawn GP drivers and Kimi Räikkönen (the only three drivers ahead of Vettel when his tyres started to lose grip), because for several minutes all cars behind him found themselves unable to overtake, opening a huge gap between third and fourth, even for several laps after Vettel had been overtaken..

Sébastien Buemi had an accident running into Nelson Piquet Jr. on lap 10 during a passing attempt at Sainte Devote,[8] while Vettel slid into the barriers under brakes at the same spot several laps later. Button maintained a fifteen-second lead over team-mate Barrichello for most of the race, who had a smaller gap over the Ferraris of Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa; Massa raised the ire of the stewards after crossing the chicane at the Swimming Pool Complex twice, though no penalty was awarded as both occasions were due to driver error.

In the late stages of the race, Heikki Kovalainen crashed out at the Swimming Pool, spinning and colliding with the barriers. Kazuki Nakajima also crashed out on the last lap of the race at Mirabeau. Robert Kubica was the only other retirement, his race ending with brake problems. In the final phase of the race, the Ferraris pitted for the super-soft tyres, discovering the same graining problem as everyone else over longer stints. The distance between Button and Barrichello halved over the final few laps, though Button was deliberately slowing to avoid encountering backmarkers who were fighting for position. He won by seven-and-a-half seconds from Barrichello, with the Ferraris of Räikkönen and Massa third and fourth.

After the end of the race, Button mistakenly parked his car in parc fermé in the pit lane as is normal for other Grands Prix, rather than on the main straight with the other two podium finishers as is the norm for Monaco. As a result he had to run down the start/finish straight to the podium.

Classification

Cars that used KERS are marked with "‡"

Qualifying

The Toyota team endured one of the worst weekends of its time in Formula One. Jarno Trulli (pictured) and Timo Glock qualified on the back row of the grid.
Lewis Hamilton crashed his car in the first part of qualifying, restricting himself to sixteenth position on the grid.
Pos No Name Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:15.210 1:15.016 1:14.902 1
2 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:15.746 1:14.514 1:14.927 2
3 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:15.425 1:14.829 1:15.077 3
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:15.915 1:14.879 1:15.271 4
5 3‡ Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.340 1:15.001 1:15.437 5
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:15.094 1:14.846 1:15.455 6
7 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.495 1:14.809 1:15.516 7
8 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:15.260 1:14.825 1:15.653 8
9 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:15.898 1:15.200 1:16.009 9
10 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:15.930 1:15.579 1:17.344 10
11 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:15.834 1:15.833 11
12 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Renault 1:16.013 1:15.837 12
13 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:16.063 1:16.146 13
14 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.120 1:16.281 14
15 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.248 1:16.545 15
16 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.264 191
17 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:16.264 16
18 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:16.405 17
19 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:16.584 18
20 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:16.788 202

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 78 1:40:44.282 1 10
2 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 78 +7.666 3 8
3 4‡ Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 78 +13.442 2 6
4 3‡ Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 78 +15.110 5 5
5 14 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 78 +15.730 8 4
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 78 +33.586 6 3
7 7 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 78 +37.839 9 2
8 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 78 +1:03.142 14 1
9 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 78 +1:05.040 13
10 10 Germany Timo Glock Toyota 77 +1 lap 20
11 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 77 +1 lap 16
12 1‡ United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 19
13 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 77 +1 lap 18
14 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 15
15 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 76 Accident 10
Ret 2‡ Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 51 Accident 7
Ret 5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 28 Brakes 17
Ret 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 15 Accident 4
Ret 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Renault 10 Collision 12
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10 Collision 11

Notes

  • Jenson Button's victory in the Brawn-Mercedes marked the first time in modern F1 history that a single engine has won three races in a row [10] - engines in the 1950s lasted most of a season, sometimes more than one season.
  • Prior to the race the drivers complained about a billboard for Martini featuring Jessiqa Pace as it was distracting and in the line of sight of drivers as they exit Loews hairpin.[11]
  • With this race, Jenson Button scored the third-best start to a season in Formula One history, with five victories and one third place. Only Nigel Mansell in 1992 and Michael Schumacher in 1994 have had better starts, with each taking five victories and one second place in the first six rounds. In order for Button to break Schumacher's record (despite being tied with Mansell, Schumacher won the seventh round of 1994, but was excluded from the eighth) Button would have to win both the Turkish and British Grands Prix.
  • This was Button's first hat-trick of wins (3 in a row), and the first since Michael Schumacher won the United States Grand Prix, French Grand Prix and German Grand Prix in 2006.
  • At the completion of lap 47, Rubens Barrichello became the driver who has completed most laps in Formula One history, surpassing former team-mate Michael Schumacher's total of 13,909 laps.[12]
  • Lap Leaders: Jenson Button 77 (1-51, 53-78), Kimi Räikkönen 1 (52)

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button 51
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 35
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 23
4 Australia Mark Webber 19.5
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 14.5
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 86
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 42.5
3 Japan Toyota 26.5
4 Italy Ferrari 17
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

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