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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Button on pole in Monaco

Jenson Button took another last-gasp pole to put himself in prime position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

The championship leader pulled one out of his hat to steal P1 from Kimi Raikkonen, who will be sure to give Button a run for his money at the start tomorrow with his KERS-aided Ferrari.

Birthday-boy Rubens Barrichello (37 this year) will start third, next to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Formula One - F1

It was heartbreak for Lewis Hamilton, who looked to be having his best weekend yet. The world champion hit the wall approaching Mirabeau in Q1, bringing out the red flags, and will start 16th tomorrow.

Felipe Massa will start fifth after surviving his own Q1 brush with the barrier at the swimming pool, with Nico Rosberg next to him in sixth for the Williams.

Heikki Kovalainen, Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso (fastest in Saturday's morning practice session) and Kazuki Nakajima round out the top 10.

Further back, it was a big weekend for Force India, both cars getting into Q2 for the first time this year. Meanwhile, a terrible weekend continues for the BMW Saubers and Toyotas, all victims of Q1.

The weights are pretty close, so we should be set for a heck of a race.

Below is the provisional grid for Monaco with each car's weight.
  1. Jenson Button, Brawn GP, 647.5 kg
  2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 644
  3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP, 648
  4. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 631.5
  5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 643.5
  6. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 642
  7. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 644
  8. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 646.5
  9. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 654
  10. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 668
  11. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 670
  12. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 673.1
  13. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 693
  14. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 699.5
  15. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 670
  16. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 645.5
  17. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 680
  18. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 696
  19. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 688.3
  20. Timo Glock, Toyota, 700.8

Romain Grosjean took the win in yesterday's Monaco GP2 feature ahead of teammate Vitaly Petrov and Lucas di Grassi. Andreas Zuber was promoted to third post-race after a di Grassi penalty.

In the sprint race, Pastor Maldonado took the win, leading when it was red flagged for an incident involving Romain Grosjean. Jerome d'Ambrosio and Nico H├╝lkenberg rounded out the podium.

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