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F1 Mole | 12:22 UK time, Tuesday, 26 May 2009

The Mole has waved a dozy au revoir to Monaco, its Grand Prix, gin palaces, glamour girls and, um, Geri Halliwell.

But the hangover from Jenson Button's win in Monte Carlo - his fifth victory of the season - is still reverberating through Formula 1.

Did Jens celebrate in style as his stock continues to rise? How did world champion Lewis Hamilton dispel his disappointment? Which Grand Prix wants to rejoin the circus? It's all here in the best of the post-race gossip.

BBC analyst and two-time Monaco winner David Coulthard reckons Button had a right royal celebration after his maiden Monte Carlo victory. "On Sunday night he dined with royalty at the Grimaldi Palace overlooking the town and then joined me at the Amber Lounge post-race party. The DJ there got Jenson up on the stage and gave him a big bear hug to loud applause." (Daily Telegraph)

Jenson Button celebrates victory in Monaco

Button took a £5m pay-cut when he signed a one-year deal to drive for pacesetters Brawn Grand Prix, but he is fast becoming F1's hottest property. The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault and Toyota are all interested in his services. Button's estimated value is said to have risen to £10m. Brawn GP chief executive Nick Fry says: "Our objective is to have him for the rest of his career and I think it's mutual." (Daily Mirror)

Red Bull insist they are still in the fight for the titles, despite seeing the team slide 43.5 points behind Brawn in the constructors' standings and Shanghai race-winner Sebastian Vettel fall 28 points adrift of Button. "We're still reasonably early in the season. They've got a very good lead but a couple of bad races for Jenson, a couple of wins for Sebastian or Mark (Webber), can bring them right back into contention. It will be interesting when we go to Istanbul and Silverstone. Theoretically they are tracks that should come to the characteristics of our car." (Autosport)

Lewis Hamilton cancelled his flight home from Monaco on Sunday night to pursue his other sporting obsession on Monday - golf. The world champion's impromptu round in the principality had a double purpose as he was playing with Mika Hakkinen, McLaren's former double world champion. Fresh from testing his mettle against Mika, Hamilton takes part in his first pro-am tournament at the European Open in Kent on Wednesday. (The Times)

In more McLaren news, Mercedes-Benz motorsport chief Norbert Haug says Williams driver Nico Rosberg is on their list of potential 2010 drivers. Rosberg, 23, is out of contract at Williams at the end of the season and Haug says: "We have known Nico long enough and he is a man on the list. It is clear that he is on many teams' lists." (

Toyota president John Howett has denied speculation that the Japanese manufacturer will quit F1 at the end of the season. "I don't know the source, but I can only say in our case that there is a clear wish to enter next year's championship." However, Howett did say earlier this month that the team would not submit an entry for 2010 unless new rules proposed by the governing body, the FIA, were changed. (Telegraph/Various)

And finally, could the Canadian Grand Prix return in 2010? F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has had three meetings in London with an anonymous Montreal businessmen and financier. The race was dropped from the 2009 calendar and replaced with the inaugural race in Abu Dhabi. (La Presse newspaper)


  • 1. At 4:12pm on 26 May 2009, mclovin_f1 wrote:

    Have always loved the drama in the first few corners at Montreal and it would be great to see it back on the calendar for 2010

    Jenson's celebrations, that bloke seems so lucky I bet he doesn't even get hangovers!

    Rosberg at McLaren for 2010?! this is the sort of I thing I would like to hear more about, he's a real talent.

    I bet the golf carts used by Mika and Lewis will never be the same again!

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  • 2. At 5:14pm on 26 May 2009, Ginger wrote:

    Good work mole, more please.

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  • 3. At 8:23pm on 26 May 2009, FastBBBB wrote:

    Great work. It's funny what drivers do in their free time when they aren't competitive

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  • 4. At 10:07pm on 26 May 2009, lionihatethisgame wrote:

    I really can't imagine Lewis playing golf!

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  • 5. At 02:37am on 27 May 2009, sidepodcast wrote:

    you're quoting GMM articles now?

    woah the bbc has just hit a new all time low right there.

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  • 6. At 08:24am on 27 May 2009, Jamieg285 wrote:

    Quote Mole "Which Grand Prix wants to rejoin the circus? "

    I thought this was a play on words, and was expecting to read about old Jacques Villeneuve!!

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  • 7. At 11:37am on 27 May 2009, TreezaGreen wrote:

    good work mole, it must have been hard work reading all the newspapers and then typing what they said onto here. Despite the denials im sure Toyota will definately leave at the end of the season. They have no real commercial reason to stay now that Honda arn't here. The whole deal with them was to compete against Honda and to win, to be the best Japanese manufacturer. No need now. and with the new rules limiting what they can do they'll be off sharpish (and back at Le Mans next year)

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  • 8. At 11:42am on 27 May 2009, LondonMadHead wrote:

    great work mole, another cracking insite into the secret lives of the formula 1 driver!

    i would like to give hamiltom a round of golf, well im not going to beat him in a car race am i?!?!

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  • 9. At 7:48pm on 27 May 2009, kkandnathan wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 10. At 04:02am on 28 May 2009, DonnyAsh wrote:

    I'm starting to get worried about that news on the Canadian Grand Prix returning.
    Don't get me wrong. I think that the Montreal circuit is great, but I think it could be at the expense of the British GP.

    I think Bernie is looking at contingency plans. Donnington is still in doubt, and Bernie has already stated to the media that it wouldn't be returning to Silverstone, even if Donnington wasn't ready.

    What does anyone else think?

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  • 11. At 3:25pm on 28 May 2009, xFlying-Scotsmanx (#1-Buttonfan) wrote:

    I agree DonnyAsh.
    If Montreal does return,its sure to be at the expense of the British GP.

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  • 12. At 4:41pm on 28 May 2009, galacticbriards wrote:

    Having worked in F1 since 1978 (on and off) I was at the Monaco Grand Prix this last weekend working with a team/sponsor. The sponsor had decided to give up their whole Monaco weekend to 2 charities that look after children with terminal illnesses. The kindness and time that many of the drivers, designers and teams gave to these children and their parents was wonderful to see & a side of F1 that many do not see or hear about. Their input was totally spontanious (SIC)and made an already special weekend for these children extra special. Thank you F1.

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  • 13. At 10:09pm on 29 May 2009, sprest wrote:

    Here are some photos that may prove that the rumblings about Ferrari building an LMP car and running the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans have some truth to them!

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  • 14. At 00:04am on 30 May 2009, DonnyAsh wrote:

    The thing with F1 is that the teams have a symbiotic relationship with F1 itself. As Williams have said in terms of themselves, F1 is their only business they couldn't do anything but enter. Other teams did have other options, they could participate in other formulas and some would simply leave.

    While F1 might well be able to attract a gaggle of new teams with the budget cap rules, it would not be F1 as we know it. It's status would be diminished, as it would lack the prestige brought by the giants such as Ferrari, Maclaren, Renault, Williams. In the past (and up to the last season) these four teams have been dominant; leading the way in innovations and producing faster cars. Doing this costs a lot of money over a long time, something which Brawn GP is benefitting from now. Remember, that car was under development for almost the entirety of the last season but with a Honda badge.

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  • 15. At 2:33pm on 30 May 2009, xFlying-Scotsmanx (#1-Buttonfan) wrote:

    hey galacticbriards.
    credit where credit is due,would you care to name the team who participated in this so we can give them the plaudids they deserve?

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  • 16. At 2:34pm on 30 May 2009, xFlying-Scotsmanx (#1-Buttonfan) wrote:

    just between me and you ofc ;)

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  • 17. At 8:03pm on 30 May 2009, kkandnathan wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 18. At 03:14am on 31 May 2009, GTI-HEAD wrote:

    montreal was a brilliant track, id love to see it come back

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  • 19. At 10:07am on 31 May 2009, riki_f1 wrote:

    So good to see Jenson finally getting his chance to get himself into the F1 history books! He deserves it after what he's had to put up with in the way of rotten cars he's had the misfortune to drive..Honda were rather useless really..Keep up the good work on this years F1 season? Cheers..Bfn..xR

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  • 20. At 1:26pm on 31 May 2009, Nutz_Q wrote:

    in response to what riki_f1 said, you may think Honda seemed useless with the RA107 and RA108, but you seem don't seem to realise the only reason Jenson is on top of his game right now is because of that "rather useless" team...Honda where the ones that spent their millions investing in and developing the in essence it's actually a Honda with a Mercedes engine...the real test will be if they can continue and evolve next season and stay at the front of the development race...I'm a McLaren fan myself, but it would be devastating if Brawn where to slip to the back next season...i just hope they can keep it up.
    as for the Nico Rosberg rumours, i would LOVE to see him driving for McLaren next doubt it would be Heikki who'd have to make room form him, maybe even heading towards WIlliams himself, but it would definately be interesting...but having said that i love Heikki at McLaren and think they have a solid line-up at the moment, so see no reason they should change it. i just hope they know what they're doing if they do decide to change it...what i do know is i'm eagerly awaiting the 2010 season!!!
    sorry for the essay people!! it's not often i get to discuss F1 with fellow F1 followers :) feel free to comment!

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  • 21. At 9:56pm on 31 May 2009, smifffies wrote:

    @ Nutz_Q
    With the majority of other posters you quote Honda spending millions on the BGP001 and that is the reason it is so successful. Actually they spent millions on a race car that with a Honda engine was not as competitive as it should have been, Brawn then spent more money with help from Honda & Mercedes and turned it into a very competitive car.
    If they were under funded and had to keep the Honda engine unfortunately they would probably have been mid pack for most of the races this season.

    So everybody and EJ please stop saying Honda spent the BGP001 into success when it just is not true, yes the handling etc of the chassis is Honda's hard work over 2008, but the raw pace and reliability comes from Mercedes.

    It takes a lot to make a winning F1 car, not least the driver, so please take all facts into consideration before claiming that one thing is making it successful, more likely: the current team, Ross Brawn's brilliant mind and foresight, Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello's driving style, the technical and design team at BrawnGP and all the workers at the factory who have made the BGP001 & BGP002 the success story of 2009 and they deserve all the plaudits due to them.

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  • 22. At 6:53pm on 02 Jun 2009, Nelson1066 wrote:

    Holiday idea for the Mole, Le Mans, the greatest motor race in the world. 24 hours of racing thats approx 14 F1 races in one hit and all for 65 euros yes only 65 euros entrance!!

    I'll be their again, my 11 year what a weekend!!!

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  • 23. At 7:47pm on 02 Jun 2009, Nutz_Q wrote:

    hey smifffies, i completely understand and agree with what you're saying there...don't get me wrong, i'm not saying that the only reason Brawn are successful is because of Honda, i'm just saying Honda shouldn't be called useless, because without their decision to start developing early, they would not have been in that position...i'm not quoting EJ at all lol. if anything, had they have had the Honda powerplant instead of the Mercedes i know for a fact the they wouldn't be where they are now...thank goodness they're powered by Merc...just the simple fact they were able to adapt the chassis to accommodate accommodate the Merc chassis (and gearbox?) in such a short period of time is amazing and shows what a strong team they have back at brackley...that aside, what do you all think the grid is gonna look like next season? i've read some pretty interesting things, amusing things, and just plain stupid theory's of who's gonna be on the grid next season and why...anyone know if Williams will eventually be allowed back into the FOTA?

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  • 24. At 01:21am on 04 Jun 2009, andymartr wrote:

    This season has been great. Though it dose raise the question: who is the real world champion? Answer? Tt has to be Ross Brawn just look at history. I believe he could have made Manardi (in its lovable day) a top chalanger. Jenson has finaly got the support he needed as he drives his car as it should be, with skill.

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  • 25. At 02:51am on 04 Jun 2009, paulsamyross wrote:

    Jacques Villeneuve said to Martin Brundle that he maybe considering a comeback to formula 1, could it be with a top team like McClaren? They maybe looking at what jensons done and think its worth it for a bit of experience in the team.

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  • 26. At 5:31pm on 04 Jun 2009, robertbarron1 wrote:

    In Relation to the Fighting about the budgets in F1, What if the FAI say that there would be no changes to the Rules on the Cars for the next 3 year. Would you not think that that would save all the teams on the monies for development over the next few year? and therefor its would be a sort of a budget cut as i really don't think you can reinvent the wheel so to speak.

    we all have to understand that this credit crunch will not last and in a few years time the economy will recover.

    Robert Barron
    Dublin IRELAND

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  • 27. At 11:44am on 05 Jun 2009, TheamazingMrWhite wrote:

    Alonso and Button at Ferrari next year? Maybe, id say hes more likely to move to Red Bull or Mclaren.

    With the potential of USF1 joining next year, it would be great to see some North American circuits back ion the calender.

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  • 28. At 1:31pm on 06 Jun 2009, singingcarfreak wrote:

    Great qualifying again, you just don't know which way it will the team of Eddie, David and Jake. Martin has alays been a favourite, just not oo sure about Johnathon.....sorry!!
    All to go for tomorrow, lets hope it's a great race.

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  • 29. At 10:13pm on 06 Jun 2009, cooksrandy wrote:

    i agree this season is brilliant, with jenson showing he is a first class driver, ( i am a ferrari fan), but on the down side Mr Mosley and yes i have to say Bernie, carry on the way you are there will be no F1 tread carefully. I agree it is good for other teams to join but you need the money to do it, so if you have not got it earn it.

    If ferrai go and the majority of first class drivers you have got then you have ruined the sport, in fact you have ruined this season already go back to basics and do the fighting on the track cos you will lose


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  • 30. At 10:18pm on 06 Jun 2009, cooksrandy wrote:

    i thought i wouls say how i felt

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  • 31. At 11:32am on 07 Jun 2009, malcyf1 wrote:

    If Button's now worth GBP10m, how will the teams be able to afford him next year ? If you spend 10m on your no.1 driver and say 5m on your second, that only leaves 25m pounds to run the team. Is this feasible ?

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  • 32. At 4:18pm on 07 Jun 2009, paul_geaton wrote:

    I've already posted this sentiment on the head of BBC High definition channel, Danielle Nagler's blog:
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    but in the interest of getting more support behind my idea I'm posting my comments here too. I hear tell that there is a good reason why the BBC can't show this season's F1 in HD but pesonally I can't fathom it. If I was Danielle, after Jensen's win earlier today, with the prospect of another British win at the British Grand Prix covered by the British Broadcasting Corporation, I would be straight on the phone to Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley and, if necessary, the entire board of Formula One Group and Formula One Management to try and negotiate one-off coverage of the event in two week's time. I cannot imagine how BBC HD coverage for the British GP couldn't be good for absolutely everyone concerned. If you think so too, please switch across to Danielle's blog and let her know.

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  • 33. At 7:04pm on 08 Jun 2009, doctorspike666 wrote:

    hello fellow f1 fans,well here we are after,well lets be honest a fairly dull grand prix,unless you happened to be called barricelo,but again another win for jenson,(hurrah),lewis's coments at the end said it all,he has accepted that this will not be his year to retain tne title,but what a worthy new champion in waiting,yes i know its very early to be saying things like that,but who is going to put the brawn car and jenson under any pressure,vittel,webber,kimi,philippe,no i dont think so,the brawn is so far ahead of the rest of the field,its hard to see were the challenge is going to come from,yes thay have had a bit more time than the rest to build the car,but as with the rest NO TESTING,so they came to the first race not really knowing what the car would be like compared to the rest,so the rest of the paddock bleating on how brawn have had longer to research and build the car is irrelivent or as jenson put it,a beast,i have been watching the free prctice sessions on the interweb and firmly belive jenson is sandbagging the rest,until the all important qualifying,were he unleashes the beasts full potential,and what potential,the title is his for the takeing,he is already two and a half gp's in front of rubens,and the rest,i hope i have'nt curesd him,wheel of karma and all that,anyway the british gp next,more sandbagging from jenson and rubens,until qualifying that is,ha,ha,ha.

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