24 May 2009

Button on pole for Monaco Grand Prix

12:44 pm on 24 May 2009

The Formula One championship leader, Brawn's Jenson Button, has again won pole position for a fifth win in six races after a manic Monaco Grand Prix qualifying session.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton crashed out and only qualified 16th in his McLaren.

Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion whose Ferrari team are threatening to walk away at the end of the season in a stand-off over the 2010 rules, joined the Briton on the front row in a sign of the Italian team's resurgence after a dismal start to the year.

Button's Brazilian Brawn GP team mate Rubens Barrichello con his 37th birthday with Red Bull's German Sebastian Vettel alongside.

Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa starts fifth with Germany's Nico Rosberg next to him in a Williams.