Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for May 25th 2009
Button wins at Monaco
Jenson Button has taken a stranglehold on the 2009 Formula One World Championship after another win, this time around the streets of Monaco.
Starting from pole, Button got the most out of his super-soft Bridgestone Potenza tyres to open up a commanding lead on the field. The tight confines of the circuit made overtaking almost impossible, allowing the smooth-driving Button to control the race from start to finish on the way to his fifth win of the season.
"To win in Monaco is truly a special feeling. With Rubens taking a superb second place, a one-two finish for the team in Monaco is fantastic," Button said.
"The race felt like it went on forever and you feel that the barriers are getting closer and closer as the end of the race approaches. But for the last couple of laps, I was able to relax and really enjoy the moment."
Button now has a 16-point lead over teammate Rubens Barrichello who finished second for Brawn GP ahead of the rejuvenated Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. Australia's Mark Webber finished fifth for Red Bull but teammate Sebastian Vettel clouted the wall at Ste Devote on lap 17, breaking his rear suspension.
Tyre strategy was particularly relevant in Monaco, with the track surface evolving significantly over the course of the race making it even more difficult than usual to predict the best strategy.
Many of those who started the race on the super soft Potenza compound - such as Barrichello - experienced a bigger tyre performance drop off than those who used it for their final stint.
"The reason for this was track improvement, as the circuit surface was far more forgiving to the tyres near the end of the race," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.
"The level of track improvement could be seen by the race's fastest lap being almost as fast as pole position."
Bridgestone's Formula One tyres will be in action again in Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix in two weeks' time.
| 1.|| Jenson Button ||Brawn GP ||51|
| 2.|| Rubens Barichello ||Brawn GP ||35|
| 3.|| Sebastian Vettel ||Red Bull||23|
| 4.|| Mark Webber||Red Bull||19.5|
| 5.|| Jarno Trulli ||Toyota||14.5|
| 6.|| Timo Glock||Toyota||12|