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DATE News (chronologically)
05/21/09
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A smoky start for Vettel at Monaco
(GMM)  Sebastian Vettel's bid for Monaco victory suffered a smoky setback, as practice action kicked off in the sunny Principality on Thursday morning.

The German had completed 16 laps of the famous street layout when the Renault engine at the rear of his Red Bull let out a terminal stream of blue smoke.

He was able to return to the pits, but remained there for the balance of the 90-minute session as his mechanics set to work on replacing the damaged V8 before action resumes this afternoon.

Teammate Mark Webber's practice was also interrupted when he returned to the pits with a vibration at the rear of his RB5.

Rubens Barrichello topped the session, a few tenths ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa and the two McLarens.

Championship leader Jenson Button was eighth quickest, while Robert Kubica slammed the "disastrous" handling of his BMW over the radio before outpacing his teammate Nick Heidfeld - struggling with braking balance - for 16th.

The two Toyotas brought up the rear, 2.5 seconds slower than the leading Brawn.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:17.189 +0.000 25
2. Massa Ferrari 1:17.499 +0.310 31
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.578 +0.389 25
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.686 +0.497 29
5. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:17.839 +0.650 30
6. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:18.000 +0.811 29
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:18.024 +0.835 27
8. Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:18.080 +0.891 27
9. Alonso Renault 1:18.283 +1.094 30
10. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:18.348 +1.159 22
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:18.695 +1.506 36
12. Piquet Renault 1:19.204 +2.015 36
13. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:19.233 +2.044 16
14. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:19.255 +2.066 30
15. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:19.534 +2.345 27
16. Kubica BMW-Sauber 1:19.560 +2.371 20
17. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 1:19.579 +2.390 22
18. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:19.600 +2.411 23
19. Glock Toyota 1:19.698 +2.509 23
20. Trulli Toyota 1:19.831 +2.642 28

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