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The LXVII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, otherwise known as the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix, was the sixth round of the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 24 May 2009.[1][2] The race would see Jenson Button claim victory ahead of Brawn-Mercedes teammate Rubens Barrichello, marking the first time since 1957 that a single engine unit had won three Grand Prix in a row.[2]

A dramatic qualifying session had seen Monaco specialist Lewis Hamilton rash at Mirabeau during Q1, leaving him at the back of the field.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Button would claim pole position ahead of Kimi Räikkönen in the KERS equipped Ferrari, while Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel shared the second row.[2]

With KERS in his armoury giving him an acceleration advantage, it was expected that Räikkönen would sprint into the lead at the start, so it came as a surprise when Button leapt off the line to claim the lead ahead of teammate Barrichello.[2] Indeed, Räikkönen made a rather poor getaway but remained ahead of Vettel, with the German racer instead lunging across to block a dive inside by Felipe Massa into Sainte Devote.[2]

The early stages were fairly clean, with Button dragging Barrichello clear at the head of the field, while Räikkönen established himself in a lonely third.[2] Behind, Vettel was having fend off the combined attentions of Massa and Nico Rosberg, which ultimately ended with Massa sending a fruitless lunge at the German into the Nouvelle Chicane, which allowed Rosberg to sneak ahead of the #3 Ferrari.[2]

Vettel's pace collapsed after that point, with his super-soft tyres going off at an alarming rate and hence allowing the top three to escape.[2] After several laps stuck behind the #15 Red Bull-Renault Rosberg and Massa would both elbow their way though, prompting Vettel to abandon his tyres moments later.[2]

Shortly after his stop Vettel would drop out of the race completely, sliding into the barriers at Sainte Devote.[2] That followed the exit of Sébastien Buemi at the same corner, with the Swiss racer having taken Nelson Piquet, Jr. out with him, while Nick Heidfeld and Lewis Hamilton had collided to leave both of them with damage.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Button would pit from the lead and rejoined behind Rosberg, the German racer having been the fastest man on track after taking Vettel.[2] Barrichello, meanwhile, would just remain ahead of Räikkönen after his pace collapsed during his first stint, before Rosberg abandoned the lead and got caught behind a heavily fuelled Fernando Alonso.[2]

With that Rosberg's challenge was over, for the German's race was ruined by the slower lapping Renault and prevented him from pushing with his fresh tyres.[2] He hence came under pressure from Heikki Kovalainen until the Finn smashed into the barriers at the Swimming Pool.[2]

The second round of stops passed without issue or change to the order, leaving Button with a commanding lead at the head of the field which he would hold through to the chequered flag.[2] Barrichello, meanwhile, eased clear of Räikkönen to claim second ahead of the #4 Ferrari, with Massa, Mark Webber, Rosberg, Alonso and Sébastien Bourdais claiming the rest of the points.[2]

Background[]

Jenson Button once again managed to extend his Championship lead after claiming his fourth win of the season, moving onto 41 points after five rounds. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had retained second and eased further ahead of Sebastian Vettel in third, while Mark Webber had moved into fourth ahead of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock. Elsewhere, Felipe Massa had become the season's fifteenth scorer as he climbed up to twelfth, leaving five drivers without points in 2009.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes had moved even further clear at the head of the field, leaving the first Spanish race with 68 points to their name. Red Bull-Renault were their closest challengers in second, albeit 29.5 behind the early leaders. Toyota were next, on 26.5 points, while Ferrari had moved up to seventh after their poor start to the season.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
2 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-24 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
3 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 2009 2.4 V8 B
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 2009 2.4 V8 B
5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 2.4 V8 B
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.09 BMW P86/9 2.4 V8 B
7 Spain Fernando Alonso France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R29 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF109 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 B
11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 2008 2.4 V8 B
12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 2008 2.4 V8 B
14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB5 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 B
17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 V8 B
20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM02 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn GP F1 Team Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes FO 108W 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 2 1:15.210 8 1:15.016 1 1:14.902 1
2 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 7 1:15.746 1 1:14.514 2 1:14.927 2
3 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 5 1:15.425 4 1:14.829 3 1:15.077 3
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 10 1:15.915 6 1:14.879 4 1:15.271 4
5 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 4 1:15.340 7 1:15.001 5 1:15.437 5
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1 1:15.094 5 1:14.846 6 1:15.455 6
7 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 6 1:15.495 2 1:14.809 7 1:15.516 7
8 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 3 1:15.260 3 1:14.825 8 1:15.653 8
9 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 9 1:15.898 9 1:15.200 9 1:16.009 9
10 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 11 1:15.930 10 1:15.579 10 1:17.344 10
11 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8 1:15.834 11 1:15.833 11
12 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 12 1:16.013 12 1:15.837 12
13 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 13 1:16.063 13 1:16.146 13
14 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 1:16.120 14 1:16.281 14
15 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 15 1:16.248 15 1:16.545 15
16* 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16 1:16.264 19
17 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 17 1:16.264 16
18 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 18 1:16.405 17
19 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 19 1:16.584 18
20 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 20 1:16.788 20
Source:[4]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Hamilton received a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.[4]

Grid[]

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Jenson Button
Kimi Räikkönen ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Rubens Barrichello
Sebastian Vettel ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Felipe Massa
Nico Rosberg ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Heikki Kovalainen
Mark Webber ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Fernando Alonso
Kazuki Nakajima ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Sébastien Buemi
Nelson Piquet, Jr. ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Giancarlo Fisichella
Sébastien Bourdais ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Adrian Sutil
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Robert Kubica
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Lewis Hamilton
Timo Glock* ______________
  • * Glock started the race from the pitlane after making changes to his setup.[4]

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

The full results for the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 78 1:40:44.282 1 10
2 23 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 78 +7.666s 3 8
3 4K Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 78 +13.442s 2 6
4 3K Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 78 +15.110s 5 5
5 14 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 78 +15.730s 8 4
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 78 +33.586s 6 3
7 7 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 78 +37.839s 9 2
8 11 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 78 +1:03.142 14 1
9 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Mercedes 78 +1:05.040 13
10 10 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 77 +1 Lap 20
11 6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 16
12 1K United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 19
13 9 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 77 +1 Lap 18
14 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 15
15* 17 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 76 Accident 10
Ret 2K Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 51 Accident 7
Ret 5 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 28 Brakes 17
Ret 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 15 Accident 4
Ret 8 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 10 Collision 12
Ret 12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10 Collision 11
Source:[5]
  • K Indicates a driver was equipped with KERS during the session.
  • * Nakajima was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

Milestones[]

Standings[]

Jenson Button once again extended his Championship lead with his fifth victory of the campaign, leaving Monte Carlo with 51 points to his name. Rubens Barrichello had again remained as his closest challenger, but slipped sixteen points behind, while Sebastian Vettel had fallen 28 points off in third. Mark Webber was next, 3.5 points behind his teammate, while Jarno Trulli had retained his top five status.

In the Constructors Championship Brawn-Mercedes had continued to build their early lead at the head of the field, and left Monaco with 86 points to their credit. Red Bull-Renault were still the British squad's main challengers, but faced a 43.5 point deficit after just six races. Toyota, meanwhile, had retained third, Ferrari moved up into fourth, while Force India-Mercedes were still the only pointless team.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
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
6 Germany Timo Glock 12
7 Spain Fernando Alonso 11 ▲1
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 9 ▲5
9 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 9 ▼2
10 Brazil Felipe Massa 8 ▲2
11 Germany Nico Rosberg 7.5 ▼1
12 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6 ▼3
13 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 4 ▼2
14 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 3
15 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 86
2 Austria Red Bull-Renault 42.5
3 Japan Toyota 26.5
4 Italy Ferrari 17 ▲3
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 ▼1
6 France Renault 11 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 7.5 ▲1
8 Germany BMW Sauber 6 ▼2
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5
10 India Force India-Mercedes 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 '6. Monaco 2009', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/monaco.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 'Button hits F1 jackpot for Monaco GP glory', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 24/05/2009), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/147323/1/jenson-button-hits-f1-jackpot-for-monaco-gp-glory, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
  3. 'Monaco 2009: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/monaco/engages.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2009 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2009), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2009/races/848/monaco/qualifying.html, (Accessed 02/02/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Monaco 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2009/monaco/classement.aspx, (Accessed 21/03/2020)
V T E Monaco Monaco Grand Prix
Circuits Circuit de Monaco (1929–present)
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V T E 2009 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Ferrari • BMW Sauber • Renault • Toyota • Toro Rosso • Red Bull • Williams • Force India • Brawn
Engines BMW • Ferrari • Mercedes • Renault • Toyota
Drivers Hamilton • 2 Kovalainen • 3 Massa • 3 Badoer • 3 Fisichella • 4 Räikkönen • 5 Kubica • 6 Heidfeld • 7 Alonso • 8 Piquet • 8 Grosjean • 9 Trulli • 10 Glock • 10 Kobayashi • 11 Bourdais • 11 Alguersuari • 12 Buemi • 14 Webber • 15 Vettel • 16 Rosberg • 17 Nakajima • 20 Sutil • 21 Fisichella • 21 Liuzzi • 22 Button • 23 Barrichello
Other Drivers De la Rosa • Paffett • Turvey • Gené • Schumacher • Bianchi • Lopez • Zampieri • Zipoli • Klien • Rossi • Gutiérrez • Baguette • Di Grassi • Tung • Hartley • Coulthard • Ricciardo • Hülkenberg • Soucek • Di Resta • Hildebrand • Davidson • Wurz • Conway • Ericsson
Cars Brawn BGP 001 • Red Bull RB5 • McLaren MP4-24 • Ferrari F60 • Toyota TF109 • BMW Sauber F1.09 • Williams FW31 • Renault R29 • Force India VJM02 • Toro Rosso STR4
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Australia • Malaysia • China • Bahrain • Spain • Monaco • Turkey • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Europe • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Japan • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Algarve: 1 • Mugello: 1 • 2 • 3 • Valencia: 1 • Bahrain: 1 • 2 • Jerez: 1 • 2 • 3 • Young Driver Test • Barcelona: 1 • Fiorano: 1
See also 2008 Formula One Season • 2010 Formula One Season • Category
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