As Jenson Button swept to his fifth win in the first six grands prix of 2009 in Monaco, events on track were comprehensively overshadowed by the continuing battle over the sport's future shape.
After a string of meetings between the team bosses and the FIA, both sides made conciliatory noises - but no deal was reached, and it emerged that the teams had demanded that the FIA abandons most of the planned 2010 rule changes in exchange for their commitment.
The weekend had started with Ferrari's bid to stop the regulation changes via a court injunction being denied. While the uncertainty over the legendary team's Formula 1 future lingered, the new squads that hope to capitalise on the current uncertainty started submitting their entries ahead of what will be a critical week for the world championship.
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