Sebastian Vettel has done it again, this time at the prestigious principality of Monaco. The reigning World Champion who received his winner’s trophy by Prince Albert himself finished the 78-lap race about a second ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button of McLaren made it an all-champion podium with his third place.

The Monaco GP which is known to host boring races due to the lack of overtaking opportunities gave fans a rather eventful race this season. Vettel who started from pole maintained his position through Turn 1 at the start of the race while it was not as good of a news for Schumacher who started from fifth. The German who almost stalled on the grid dropped to tenth before making an interesting pass on Lewis Hamilton for ninth place.

As leader Vettel started Lap 2, it was Button and Alonso in second second and third respectively. This was followed by Webber, Rosberg, Massa, Maldonado, Petrov, Schumacher and Hamilton. On Lap 11, Hamilton wowed the spectators when the former World Champion overtook Schumacher for ninth place at St. Devote. The latter then pitted the next lap, likely due to tyre graining. The next battle was for fifth place, when Massa made a move on Rosberg in the other Mercedes car.

Vettel made his first pit stop at about Lap 16 but Red Bull mechanics were taking time with the tyres. Webber pitted at the same time as well, but had to wait for his turn a quite a long time. As the dust settled, Button who pitted earlier than Vettel was leading ahead of the German, followed by Alonso, Massa and Maldonado in fifth. Down the grid both Mercedes drivers, Rosberg and Schumacher were running in 14th and 15th and the latter made a nice move on his team mate at a hairpin.

The SLS AMG Safety Car made its first mid-race appearance this season following a crash involving Massa as he crashed onto the side barrier towards the end of the tunnel while fighting for position with Hamilton. At the same time, Schumacher called it a day as well following a mechanical problem. Green flags were waived on Lap 39 of 78 and just moments later, Hamilton was handed a drive-through penalty, as the stewards ruled that Hamilton caused the accident with Massa.

By the Lap 45, it was Vettel who was back in the lead ahead of Button and Alonso. Sutil, Kobayashi, Webber, Maldanado, Patrov, Hamilton and Heidfeld filled up the top ten. As more laps passed, leader Vettel started to receive pressure from Alonso. Button was right behind the Spaniard. With just a few laps remaining, the Safety Car was deployed again as Petrov and Buemi both hit the barriers. The Safety Car situation was then converted to a red flag as more time was needed to get Petrov out from this Lotus Renault. With the red flags deployed, all cars had to stop on the grid.

The race restarted under Safety Car conditions on Lap 73, with about five laps remaining. Hamilton caused yet another scene as he hit Maldonado and ended the Williams driver’s race. All eyes were on Vettel, Alonso and Button as the top three were battling each other out for the ultimate prize, with Alonso setting fastest lap times of the race multiple times. When the checkered flag was drawn, it was Vettel who emerged victorious with Alonso and Button maintaining second and third.

The championship situation now looks even better for Vettel. With 143 points, he is 58 points clear of Hamilton. Webber is close behind in third, with 79 points, followed closely by Button with 76 and Alonso with 69. Red Bull has scored 222 points thus far in the Constructors’ Championship with McLaren in second, thanks to 161 points. Ferrari is third with 93 points, 43 points more than Renault and 53 points more than Mercedes.

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