Button now has 51 points in total thereby holding pole position to possibly win the championship after Lewis Hamilton, who had to start from the back of the grid only had could managed a dismal twelve. So perfect was Button’s race in Monaco that the only error that anyone could pin point on the day was when he parked his car at the wrong spot in the roll of honours when the race was over.

Teammate Ruebens Barichello, who managed to overtake Raikonnen at the start too had a good afternoon when he maintained second spot throughout the race and permanently made the position his throughout. He even managed to cut short the time between himself and his partner from 12 to 7 seconds in the last few laps. By doing so, he drew himself further away from Raikonnen who was, by then driving very safely to ensure they finish in the points as well as on the podium for the first time this season.

Red Bull racing, who over the past few rounds had been very impressive including a one-two finish in China was trying to push Ferrari to their limits when Mark Webber was behind Felipe Massa but found themselves kept out after their other representative Sebastian Vettel crashed out in Lap 15. Joining Vettel in the docks were Kazuki Nakajima who crashed in the last few laps (76), Heiki Kovalainen, and Torro Rosso’s Sebastian Buemi while Nelson Piquet Jr and Robert Kubica both retired.

Finishing in the points on sixth spot was Nico Rosberg, 2 time former champion Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Bourdais. Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld, Giancarlo Fisichella, defending champions Lewis Hamilton and Timo Glock of Toyota all finished outside the points. On now to Istanbul in a fortnight.