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What The Papers Say About Monaco

Monday 25th May 2009

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What The Papers Say About Monaco

What The Papers Say About Monaco

The boys on Fleet Street weren't particularly fazed that Monaco was nothing but a procession. Instead they were just chuffed to bit that Jenson Button took another step towards a British World title...

'Jenson Button, unfamiliar with winning the Monaco grand prix, upset protocol yesterday when he arrived at the royal box without his car. Instead of adhering to an age-old custom that requires the first three finishers to climb exhausted from their battle-stained machinery on the main straight and ascend the red-carpeted steps to receive their prizes, Button followed the usual procedure and drove into the pit lane with the remaining 12 finishers.

'Still wearing his crash helmet, and high on the adrenaline created by formula one's blue-riband event, Button somehow found the energy to sprint 400 metres along the pit straight to join his team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen, who had finished third for Ferrari. Button's fifth win in six races puts him 16 points ahead of Barrichello after their third clean sweep for Brawn-Mercedes. He became the first Briton to lead the Monaco grand prix from pole position to chequered flag since Jackie Stewart in 1973.' - Maurice Hamilton, The Guardian


'If Jenson Button was going to stumble at any time in his apparently seamless progress towards the world championship, it was likely to happen on the streets of Monaco where all sorts of hazards lay in wait. After all, it was the Englishman himself who said that the walls tend to close in as a race goes on. But yesterday his performance was flawless as he strode towards a majestic triumph, and then ran to pick up his winner's trophy from Prince Albert.

'The start is always crucial at Monaco, and Button charged into the lead with ease as his Brawn team-mate Rubens Barrichello sprinted through from third place to ride shotgun ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari. Situation normal for the Brawn duo, as they headed towards their third one-two - and Button's fifth of victory from six - of their wonderful season.' - David Tremayne, The Independent


'Just minutes after taking the chequered flag for the biggest win of his career, Jenson Button was to be found skipping up the home straight in full race clobber with a 2kg helmet still attached to his head, heading for the Royal Box and champagne duties.

'Such is the Briton's current purple patch, and thirst for success, it is probably worth punting a few quid on the Frome Flyer to win the London Triathlon this summer. Button is currently running on pure adrenaline.

'As the crowds hemmed in to Rochers - the rocky escarpment overlooking Monte Carlo's illustrious street circuit - rose to their feet in acknowledgement of yet another brilliant performance, the enormity of what he had just achieved was only just beginning to sink in.' - Tom Cary, The Telegraph


'You can forgive Jenson Button for not thinking straight after ruthlessly achieving a lifetime's dream by winning the Monaco Grand Prix.

'The Briton, who lives a 10-minute trot from the most fabled tarmac in motor racing, lost his way en route to the podium.

'Instead of driving up to the royal box to accept his prize, he parked behind the pit lane where there was no way out and then ran, cavorted and bounced along the home straight, waving his arms as if conducting the Monaco Philharmonic.

'A cameraman jogged alongside Button as he accepted high fives on the happiest quarter-mile journey of his life. Finally, the dodgy parker arrived in the presence of Prince Albert, bowed and bowed again.

'The rituals over, Button, who become only the sixth Briton to triumph around the narrow streets of this evocative little principality, hugged dad John, knocking his sunglasses askew to reveal moist eyes of delight.' - Jonathan McEvoy, The Daily Mail


'Jenson Button roared to a magic Monaco victory yesterday - then went parking mad!

'The British star admitted he lost his head after finally fulfilling a boyhood dream by winning the most fabled race on the Formula One calendar.

'Button parked up his Brawn GP destroyer too early on the warm-down lap, when he should have driven up to the royal box after making it an incredible five wins out of six.

'He was left with a 450-yard sprint up the home straight in his bright yellow helmet, which he turned into a celebration of a huge 16-point lead in the world championship.' - Michael Spearman, The Sun


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