Red Bull has done it again with its second 1-2 finish of the season. Pole sitter Mark Webber pretty much sealed first place from the beginning of the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix and led teammate Sebastian Vettel to second place. Robert Kubica who was challenging Vettel for second made it onto the podium yet again for Renault with his third place.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa who started the race from fourth place managed to convert it into a race result as well while McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton settled for fifth place. Fernando Alonso finished in sixth as he did a remarkable job in steering his scarlet car from the very back of the grid to sixth considering overtaking is not an easy thing to do in Monte Carlo.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg secured seventh place ahead of both Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi. Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi filled the final top ten spot. The 78-lap race was a dry affair and at the start Webber led the pack and Vettel managed to jump to second ahead of Kubica while Massa maintained fourth place. This top four standing was maintained till the end of the race.
Alonso who missed qualifying yesterday and started the race with a new chassis did a lot of overtaking and went as high as sixth place but had to settle for seventh at first as Schumacher passed him after the final Safety Car period. Schumacher crossed the line as a sixth-place finisher but the German was slapped with a 20 second penalty after the race and is now classified as 12th.
Talking about Safety Car periods, we saw a total of four of them. The first was at the beginning of the race when Nico Hulkenberg drifted his Williams and suffered from a crash in the tunnel.
The next period was mid-way through the race when the other Williams of Rubens Barrichello’s had a mechanical problem and crashed, which meant that Williams was the first team to pack its bags.
The SLS AMG was deployed again when the marshals thought there was a loose drain cover on the track however it was a false alarm. The final period was at the dying moments of the race when both Jarno Trulli of Lotus and Karun Chandhok of Hispania had a joint-accident.
As always Monaco claimed a lot of non-finishers and officially there were nine of them excluding Trulli and Chandhok. Included in the retirement list is Heikki Kovalainen who had a steering-related problem. Both Virgins also retired along with Bruno Senna of Hispania. This means that all six drivers from the three new teams retired.
Mark Webber overtakes Jenson Button in the Driver’s Championship with 78 points. Sebastian Vettel also has 78 points and lies in second ahead of Fernando Alonso. Button is now fourth with 70 points. Red Bull is also leading the Constructor’s Championship with 156 points. Ferrari is second with 136 and McLaren drops to third with 129. Looks like its turning into a very competitive and interesting season despite the ban of mid-race refueling. Lets see what happens in a week’s time in Turkey!