Sunday, May 27, 2012


In this boring race chaotic start was most interesting part!!!
Mark Webber secure the second Monaco Grand Prix victory of his career and become the sixth winner in as many races in the 2012 Formula 1 season. That statistic is unprecedented in F1 history, but Webber's win did make Red Bull the first team to notch up a repeat win this year.

Starting from pole position after the demotion of Michael Schumacher for his five place grid penalty, Webber maintained his lead off the line and was able to hold on after his one stop strategy, winning from Rosberg, Fernando Alonso and team-mate Sebastian Vettel as a rain-threatened race ended with the top four covered by 1.3s. Lewis Hamilton was fifth, the McLaren driver losing ground during the pit window despite starting from third on the grid.

An incident packed start we saw contact between Alonso and Romain Grosjean and later Grosjean with Schumacher, the man who had been quickest in qualifying tipping the Lotus into a spin and into retirement. Further back, there was also contact between Jenson Button and Kamui Kobayashi and Pastor Maldonado and Pedro De la Rosa, leading to an early safety car situation. Although Button and Schumacher were able to continue, the others were not so fortunate.

When the safety car disappeared, Mark Webber maintained his lead gained from the start. Vettel, starting on the soft compound tyre and gambling on one stop, was also an early beneficiary, jumping to sixth from his starting position of tenth after cutting turn one to avoid the spinning Grosjean. With overtaking opportunities around the tight confines few and far between, the key moments were always going to come down to tyre strategy and the all important pit stops.

Rosberg was the first to blink, pitting for a new set of soft compound tyres on lap 28, followed by Webber and Hamilton two laps later. It triggered a flurry of pit stops, Alonso gaining a place on Hamilton in the process thanks to a quick in-lap and slick work from the Ferrari crew. Vettel stayed out to take advantage of his harder compound and built up a large lead of nearly 20 seconds. Red Bull was hoping for rain which would have left Vettel in the box seat but when it didn't come he was forced to pit for supersofts, rejoining in between Alonso and Hamilton in the train behind Webber.

Rain started to fall with 12 laps to go, and Webber appeared very cautious having led for the majority of the race. The lap times dropped to over seven seconds off the racing speeds, but Webber maintained his lead from Rosberg as the whole top six bunched right up. In such conditions nobody was willing to try a manoeuvre, however, and as the track dried Webber picked up the pace again to hold on for a well deserved victory in fading light, becoming the sixth different winner in as many races in this most remarkable of starts to a Formula One season.
The Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo.
78 laps, 260.520km, Weather: Cloudy.

Pos     Driver                Team                     Time
 1.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault           1h46:06.557
 2.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                   +     0.643
 3.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                    +     0.947
 4.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault           +     1.343
 5.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes           +     4.101
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                    +     6.195
 7.  Paul Di Resta        Force India-Mercedes       +    41.500
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes       +    42.500
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault              +    44.000
10.  Bruno Senna          Williams-Renault           +    44.500
11.  Sergo Perez          Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
13.  Heiki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
14.  Timo Glock           Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
15.  Narain Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps

Fastest lap: Sergio Perez, 1:17.298

Not classified:
Driver                Team                      On lap
Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes            71
Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari          66
Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth           65
Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                    64
Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault            16
Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari               6
Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth                 1
Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault             1
Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault                1

Standings after 6 races:                
Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1. F. Alonso       76      1.  Red Bull-Renault        146
 2. S.Vettel        73      2.  McLaren-Mercedes        108
 3. M.Webber        73      3.  Ferrari                  86
 4. L.Hamilton      63      4.  Lotus-Renault            86
 5. N.Rosberg       59      5.  Mercedes                 61
 6. K.Raikkonen     51      6.  Williams-Renault         44
 7. J.Button        45      7.  Sauber-Ferrari           41
 8. R.Grosjean      35      8.  Force India-Mercedes     28
 9. P.Maldonado     29      9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari        6
10. S.Perez         22       
11. P.Di Resta      21       
12. K.Kobayashi     19       
13. B.Senna         15       
14. F.Massa         10       
15. N.Hulkenberg     7       
16. J.Vergne         4       
17. M.Schumacher     2       
18. D.Ricciardo      2