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Button wins again, adds to F1 points lead

Associated Press

MONACO – Brawn GP’s Jenson Button won the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, capturing his fifth victory in six races to extend his Formula One championship lead.

Button finished 7.6 seconds ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello at the famed street circuit race for his fourth start-to-finish victory of the season.

Button leads with 51 points. Barrichello has 35 and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, who crashed out after 16 laps, is third with 23 points.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen earned Ferrari its first top-three finish of the season by taking third. Felipe Massa was fourth for Ferrari ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who took his points tally to 19.5.

Brawn GP became the first team in its inaugural season to win in Monaco since Wolf’s Jody Scheckter accomplished the feat 32 years ago.

Defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 Monaco winner, was 12th after starting last on the grid.

Brawn GP leads the constructors’ title with 86 points. Red Bull is next with 42.5 and Toyota has 26.5 after its two drivers finished near the end of the field.

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