Sunday, May 24, 2009

2009 Monaco GP: Button and Brawn conquers the streets of Monaco

Jenson Button won his 5th race of the reason and he is all set to pull off a Schumacher like performance and win the world championship. Partner in crime Rubens Barrichello came 2nd and well he could have lost his own plot for his quest for the world title. Brawn also extended its lead over its rivals Red Bull as the man who was expected to challenge Button for the world title Vettel had a horrible race and eventually crashed out thanks to a poor car.

While Brawn and Button demonstrated how their car can perform in all conditions, it was also a sort of revival for Ferrari as both Kimi and Massa scored points with Kimi getting the first podium for Ferrari by coming in 3rd while Massa came 4th. It was good to see Ferrari not only score points but also closing in the gap between them and Brawn GP. They could pose a very serious threat to Brawn’s dominance during the Turkish GP and though it may be too late to challenge them for the titles, they could still make them work hard for the win.

Mark Webber once again had a very consistent race and managed to come 5th while Rosberg did come 6th but it should be disappointing for the German driver as he is not able to match his practice drives during the actual race but he more consistent he performs, he may well be on his way to McLaren to partner Hamilton for the 2010 season. Alonso had a typical race with an underperforming Renault and had to work very hard for his 7th place while Bourdais took the last points available by coming in 8th in what could have been a drive which saved his seat for this season.

Yet again Force India came close in scoring a point but once again failed with Fisi coming in 9th and this well could have been the last opportunity for the team to score points but unless if another race is disrupted by rains well they may have to focus on how to score points the next season.

McLaren had a disastrous race and it is time they give up on this season and start rebuilding for the next season as Hamilton after starting from the back of the grid could come only 12th while his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen crashed out of the race. BMW continues to have a miserable season as Nick Heidfeld came 11th while Kubica did not even finish the race.

Toyota had a very disappointing race and we all hope they re-group for the next race as they need a race win as without it the boys in Japan may just pull the plug off their F1 program. Nelsinho Piquet will surely not be in Renault the next season while it is also very interesting to see when and who will replace him this season as he continues to have a miserable season though today’s crash was no fault of his for once.

A surprising thing about the race was that though there were a few crashed and 5 cars retiring during the race, not once the safety car was used and I am wondering when was the last time we did not have a safety car come in during the Monaco GP. This also helped Button to have a flawless victory.

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