2009 Monaco Grand Prix Race day in Monte Carlo


By: Emlyn Hughes, Geoff Creighton


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09:05 A processional Monaco Grand Prix at the front of the field ends with Jenson Button taking a marvelous lights-to-flag victory, and the British driver is beginning to look unbeatable in his quest for world championship glory.

Brawn dominated this race as well, with Rubens Barrichello finishing a comfortable second. Ferrari fans all over the world will be able to raise a glass this evening to mark the Scuderia's road to recovery.

While it may have looked static at the front, down the field the battles raged all day. Nakajima, Bourdais and Fisichella fought for over 50 laps, for what eventually turned out to be the final point. Sebastien Bourdais and Toro Rosso did a very good job to earn that eighth place.

Behind that we had Lewis Hamilton, who fought hard all day and was involved in several battles for position, but ultimately it was a disappointing day for the champion. Timo Glock and Nick Heidfeld also enjoyed a tight scrap, with the best overtake of the day at the hairpin with a handful of laps left.

But all this was miles behind - two miles in fact. Brawn and Button have blitzed the opposition once again, and are now well on their way to the drivers' and constructors' titles.

This was the Monaco Grand Prix weekend on AUTOSPORT Live. We hope you have enjoyed the coverage throughout the weekend, and we will be back for the Turkish Grand Prix from Istanbul Park in two weeks' time.
09:00 A round up of today's action can be found here:

Button takes dominant Monaco win
08:56 Button and Brawn now have a significant lead in the championship as they continue to dominate the races: World Championship standings, round 6: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Button 51 1. Brawn GP-Mercedes 86 2. Barrichello 35 2. Red Bull-Renault 42.5 3. Vettel 23 3. Toyota 26.5 4. Webber 19.5 4. Ferrari 17 5. Trulli 14.5 5. McLaren-Mercedes 13 6. Glock 12 6. Renault 11 7. Alonso 11 7. Williams-Toyota 7.5 8. Raikkonen 9 8. BMW Sauber 6 9. Hamilton 9 9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5
08:54 Button and Barrichello grab a lift to the media centre for the press conference.
08:52 The champagne sprays as Brawn celebrate another dominant day.
08:51 God Save the Queen rings out on the Monaco podium, in celebration of Jenson Button and Brawn winning again in Formula 1 and extending their championship leads massively.
08:50 The podium trio accept their trophies from Prince Albert and the Royal family.
08:49 There were five retirements in today's Monaco Grand Prix:

Heikki Kovalainen crashed in the swimming pool section deep in the race while on for a good points finish.

Robert Kubica retired in the pits after a horrible race.

Sebastian Vettel crashed at St. Devote.

Nelson Piquet was rammed by Sebastien Buemi on the approach to St. Devote early in the race and both were immediately eliminated.
08:49 The crowd cheer as winner Button finally reaches the Royal box.
08:48 Jenson waves to the crowd as he sprints down the pit straight towards the podium.
08:47 Button has pulled the car in to the pit lane and will have to walk to the unique podium on the grid.
08:47 Behind Fisichella, Timo Glock was tenth, securing move of the day with his opportunistic pass of Heidfeld at Loews. Heidfeld held off Hamilton for 11th. Trulli was 13th, Sutil 14th and Kazuki Nakajima was the last classified finisher in 15th position.
08:45 The horns blare on the yachts in the harbour as Button celebrates another fine win.
08:45 Sebastien Bourdais does a good job and brings the Toro Rosso home for the final point, 1.8 seconds ahead of Fisichella.
08:45 Mark Webber scores a strong fifth for Red Bull from Rosberg in the Williams and Alonso in the Renault.
08:44 Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa bring Ferrari back into the fold with solid third and fourth places this afternoon.

The Scuderia has been through the mire over the last few months, but they are firmly on the road to recovery.
08:44 Kazuki Nakajima has crashed out on the last lap in Monaco, out of tenth place.
08:43 Jenson Button wins in Monaco!

It has been another sterling drive from the championship leader, getting the jump at the start and holding on to his super-soft tyre in the first stint while others, including his team-mate, struggled for pace.

Button extends his championship lead over team-mate Barrichello, who takes second to make it the third Brawn one-two of the season.
08:42 Lap 77: Jenson Button is on to his final lap around the streets of Monte Carlo.
08:41 Lap 76: Sebastien Bourdais is losing pace again in the Toro Rosso - a 1:17.1 on that last lap around, and Fisichella is now less than a second behind the Frenchman.
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