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Webber from pole at Monaco

2012-05-27 15:54

Monaco, Monte Carlo - Australian Mark Webber won the showcase Monaco 2012 Formula 1 GP for 2011 champion team Red Bull on Sunday as Formula One celebrated an unprecedented six different winners in six races so far this season.

Germany's Nico Rosberg was second, 0.6sec behind Webber, while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third and a further 0.3sec back to go three points clear at the top of the overall championship standings.
 
Webber led a nail-bitingly close race, with the top three separated by less than a second at the finish, from pole position to chequered flag as a threatened deluge held off despite darkening skies and occasional drizzle.

FIRST WIN SINCE '11

It then chucked it down once Webber had accepted the trophy from Prince Albert, sprayed the champagne and hugged Red Bull designer Adrian Newey.

It was Webber's first win since Brazil at the end of 2011, the eighth of his career and Red Bull's third in a row - each from pole - around the treacherous metal-fenced streets and crowded harbourside of the millionaires' playground.

There remained a question mark over the result, however, with talk sweeping the paddock ahead of the race of a possible protest by rival teams questioning the legality of his Red Bull's floor.

Red Bull rejected that and Webber, winner in Monaco in 2010, was ready to party. He stood on his car and punched the air in triumph.

"It's an amazing day for the team, myself and really happy to have won here again," said the winner, who told reporters he did not accept victory was in the bag until the very last corner of the last lap.

"It's Monaco. You never get ahead of yourself here because you get bitten in the arse.”

FLAWLESS DRIVE

The top five were split by just 4.1sec, running nose-to-tail through the hairpin, with Webber's team mate and double World champion Sebastian Vettel fourth ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

Alonso has 76 points with Vettel and Webber each on 73.

A real downpour would have shaken up proceedings in the Mediterranean principality and without it there was precious little overtaking or incident with 15 of the 24 starters finishing what was for most a one-stop race.

"We've had a great three years here. Mark drove flawlessly. The weather was a real concern, but he did a great job to do what he needed to do," said Newey, whose team are the first to win two races this year.

Vettel, 2011 winner, had moved up from ninth place at the start by completing 46 laps on his first set of tyres.

Hamilton dropped from third on the grid to finish fifth, losing his two places in the pits thanks to a stop that was six-tenths of a second slower than those of Vettel and Alonso.

"The target was to try to finish in front of Sebastian and Lewis as they are with us in the championship," said Alonso. "We took Hamilton at the stop with a perfect time and a perfect stop again, so well done to the team."

GROSJEAN BIG LOSER

Ferrari's Felipe Massa finished sixth, a big relief for the under-pressure Brazilian who had scored just two points from the first five races.

Britain's Paul di Resta and Force India team mate Nico Hulkenberg were seventh and eighth respectively with Kimi Raikkonen ninth for Lotus and Bruno Senna taking the final point for Williams.

In the Constructors' standings, Red Bull has 146 points to McLaren's 108.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean was the big loser at the start, lining up in fourth place for Lotus but crashing out in the first corner with a broken suspension after tangling with the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher.

That incident brought out the safety car for two laps.

Schumacher, who had set the fastest time in Saturday's qualifying but was denied a first pole since 2006 due to a five-place grid penalty carried over from Spain, retired in the pits after 64 laps.

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado, heroic winner of the previous race in Spain, also crashed out on the opening lap after starting in last place for Williams thanks to two separate penalties.

Provisional result of the 2012 Formula 1 Monaco GP in Monte Carlo
1 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1hr46min06.557
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +0.643
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +0.947
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull +1.343
5 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren +4.101
6 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +6.195
7 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India +41.537
8 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India +42.562
9 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus +44.036
10 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams +44.516
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber +1 lap
12 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso +1 lap
13 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham +1 lap
14 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia +1 lap
15 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT +2 laps
16 r. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +8 laps
Retired
Charles Pic (France) Marussia +14 laps
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso +13 laps
Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes +15 laps
Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham +63 laps
Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber +73 laps
r. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT +76 laps
Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams +77 laps
Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus +78 laps
Fastest lap: Sergio Perez,1min17.296, lap 49

Provisional F1 Drivers’ and Constructors' points standings after the 2012 Monaco GP

Drivers
1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 76
2 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 73
3 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 73
4 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 63
5 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes GP 59
6 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Renault 51
7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 45
8 Romain Grosjean (France) Renault 35
9 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 29
10 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 22
11 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 21
12 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 19
13 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 15
14 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 10
15 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 7
16 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 4
17 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 2
18 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes GP 2
19 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Team Lotus 0
20 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 0
21 Charles Pic (France) Marussia 0
22 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 0
23 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Team Lotus 0
24 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 0    
    
Constructors
1 Red Bull 146
2 Laren 108
3 Ferrari 86
4 Lotus 86
5 Mercedes 61
6 Williams 44
7 Sauber 41
8 Force India 28
9 Toro Rosso 6
10 Marussia 0
11 Caterham 0
12 HRT 0

Reuters

Comments
  • stunat101 - 2012-05-27 16:58

    Boring, boring, boring. Why is this race rated so highly in the calender? It is one of the lamest spectacles for F1 fans. It may be a bundle of laughs for the elitists in Monte Carlo for the week...but hey, money talks. Money makes safety regs' go away and money means that viewers ratings become meaningless. Well done Mark for getting pole & keeping your very wide car in front of everyone elses on a very narrow track (not saying I could do it but that is pretty much the basics for these guys)...really the race was over after Q3. It has been a sizzling season, with more overtaking than ever before, different teams winning etc etc...how few overtakes happened today...Gee guys...I could barely stay awake...Then the commentators harp on about how exciting the race is (I know it is their job to TRY and inject excitement, but say it how it is) as if they are going to convince us otherwise. Michael.. Great Q3...but you don't have what you had. Time to give up while you have some dignity left! Button..come on mate pull it together. Grosjean..Keep it on the track and you could be brilliant.

  • Sarel - 2012-05-27 17:53

    Monaco... the race actually happens on Saturday, Sunday is just a formality for the royals and socialites to attend. Nevertheless, it was an exciting race. Great race by Webber & Rosberg, Alonso showed his superior drivability once again. Can't believe the immature & unprofessional decisions by the Lotus team for letting Kimi stay out on frot tyres. Shumager drove like an idiot once again for trying to pass in a spot with less space for a dinky toy. The Mercedes team should put hooters on his car. But it is also a matter of "what comes around, goes around" for all the dishonest racing he has done in the past. Shaimi is king, king of the backmarkers, getting lapped by Vergne & co. Serves him right, biggest cheat of F1. Bye bye shumager. Nice to see his @r$e kikked by the rookies.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-05-28 17:54

      @ Sarel: Maybe it's a good thing you left a blank spot next to your name. Hate to break it to you but everybody in F1 cheats, always have, always will. Strange your buddy Merk Saunders hasn't added to your stupidity by agreeing with you.

      Mark - 2012-05-29 07:38

      Hi Werren, I like your failed argument - Which other driver has had his entire points for the year stripped for cheating? Who else has Purposely driven into an opponent (twice) in order to win a championship?? Having said that, I was glad to see him on pole again.... the race on the whole was boring..

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-05-30 00:05

      @ Mark: Lol W(e)rren, plagiarism? I'll go one better & give you a team that was excluded from the championship for cheating: McLaren, 2007. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Formula_One_espionage_controversy As for your "Purposely driven into an opponent (twice)" question: Senna - Prost, Suzuka 1989. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMC0e2jsmpQ Senna - Prost, Suzuka 1990. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=6j8LnBl0cT4 P.S. Schumacher wasn't on pole & yes, the race was boring. (Another thing we agree on.)

      Mark - 2012-05-30 08:57

      @Waren, yes you are right, Senna was a cheat as well, (why do the legends always feel they have to cheat their way to the top?) the telemetry showed that Senna never took his foot off the accelerator going into the first corner. With today’s regulations he may well have lost his points too. When Prost won the championship he just kept to his racing line which he said he was going to do before the race… I remember those incidents well (showing my age now). On McLaren, they are a team, not a driver and the drivers didn’t lose their points. I do think that incident was a bit unfair though as it was a particular individual who was the bad egg and not the whole team. The crash-gate saga is also suspect with Alonso supposedly “unaware of the situation” but that WAS a team effort (not just an individual in the team)and with with no points lost to the drivers, although I don’t actually agree with that outcome. A technicality on Shumi taking pole, point being that he would have been on pole were it not for the penalty…. he still had the fastest time...

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-05-30 16:42

      @ Mark: I don't understand, in your 1st reply you say, "I like your failed argument" but in your 2nd reply you help me prove my point by agreeing with me & giving further examples? In short, the difference between a champion (driver or team) & everyone else is how far they will go to do what it takes. The (cheating) list, as the cliche goes, is endless... but that is what I said in the 1st place (pun intended). http://www.wheels24.co.za/FormulaOne/Schumi-cheated-ex-team-mate-20111208 (You'll enjoy the article.)

      Mark - 2012-05-31 13:28

      @Warren, I’m agreeing with you that there have been other cheats in F1, it doesn’t make Shumi any less of a cheat though… you say that all or most in F1 cheat in general, trying to justify Schumi’s actions but that’s not true. There have been a few incidences yes, and if there is anything suspect it’s generally the teams doing dodgy stuff, not the drivers themselves… if you’ve noticed over the years, whenever a driver gets accused or punished for cheating it’s usually been Schumi’s name that’s popped up. Thanks for the link, I agree with you that it’s pretty much common knowledge they had secret engine mappings at the time. I also enjoyed the video clips, got hooked on a couple of others along the way too. One thing I've also noticed is that we're both fanatical about F1 so shouldn't get too heated as we both enjoy the same sport... even with our different oppinions..... I like a good debate..

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-05-31 21:07

      @ Mark: ...& a good debate it is. I'm not trying to justify anybodies cheating, what I said to Sarel was to pull his head out of his rear end & smell the coffee. The reason why Shumacher's name popped up more regularly than others is simple, more attention was focused on him. (Also there has never been so many rule changes to slow one driver down than in his era.)

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