Red Bull wins crash-marred GP

2011-05-29 16:25

Red Bull’s dominance of F1 continued unchallenged at the sport’s most glamorous race as Sebastian Vettel took victory in the 78-lap Monaco GP.

Vettel drove superbly on worn tyres from lap 50, despite a charging Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso hunting down the German World championship on the narrow streets of Monaco.

Crucially, on lap 72, the race was stopped after a serious crash involving Vitaly Petrov’s Renault and the Torro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari. The Russian F1 driver was knocked unconscious and needed assistance to exit his Renault after complaining of pain in his legs.

The 2011 Monaco GP saw serous crashes during practice and qualifying, too, with Sauber’s Sergio Perez shunting himself out of contending for a fine top-10 grid position after a severe impact after leaving the tunnel, the fastest part of the Monaco street circuit.


Vettel made the most of the restart procedure, taking on new tyres, which effectively nullified Button and Alonso’s hopes of pressuring the current World champion into a mistake, despite Alonso (typically) charging hard until the end.

In the end it was (another) Red Bull victory for 2011, with Vettel relegating Fernando Alonso’s much improved Ferrari to second place and McLaren’s Jenson Button finishing third.

After the trauma of Sergio Perez’s crash during qualifying, Kamui Kobayashi put in a heroic performance to lift the Sauber team with a superb fifth, just behind the Red Bull of Mark Weber and ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren. Weber's last lap was the fastest of the race.

With the 2011 Monaco GP run, Sebastian Vettel, winner of five of the six races so far in the 2011 season, is leading the championship with 143 points to Hamilton's 85 and Webber's 79.

Results: 2011 Monaco GP

1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 2hr09min38.373
2 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +1.138
3 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +2.378
4 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull +23.101
5 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber - Ferrari +26.916
6 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren +27.210
7 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India +1 lap
8 Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault +1 lap
9 Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams +1 lap
10 Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso +1 lap
11 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +2 laps
12 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India +2 laps
13 Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Renault +2 laps
14 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus +2 laps
15 Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin +3 laps
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT +3 laps
17 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT +4 laps
18 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams +5 laps

Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 11 laps
Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 12 laps
Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 46 laps
Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 46 laps
Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 48 laps

  • jjacgilbert - 2011-05-29 17:04

    Don't watch it then.

  • JJRR - 2011-05-29 17:10

    Unchallenged ga!!! did look like that today before the crash!!

  • frikdt - 2011-05-29 17:18

    To all those Hamiltonians who had their mouths full about the number of incidents Vettel had been involved in last season - today your man managed to do it all in a single race.

      Whistleblower - 2011-05-30 06:26

      Yea, Lewis got beat by a Sauber … Ouch!

  • AZB - 2011-05-29 18:01

    In racing you sometimes need a bit of "luck" to come your way. Sebastian got that today when the race was stopped and he could put on new tyres. Its a bit unfair to allow the teams to retyre when a race is under a red flag. Sure it applies to all of them but it nullifies the strategies of the teams. Vettel should thank his lucky star tonight. Great race by Alonso & Button. On another point, maybe Monaco has reached the end of its life; its really not even close to being a decent racing circuit and far too dangerous and many times boring. And what's this crap that we have to whatch it on the Spanish channel ????

      John Fox - 2011-05-29 18:26

      Actually the Portugese channel, but you can select the English second language channel.

      mcnasty - 2011-05-30 12:03

      i agree vettel lucked out a bit,he would of started slowing dramatically in those last few laps.new tyres shouldn`t be allowed at restart,they might aswell have ended the race then for that particular track.major anti-climax to a good race.

      AZB - 2011-06-02 13:39

      Thanks John, the 2 sound the same to my untrained ear. Happy to now know I can chose english, I really didn't know.

  • Muffyforu - 2011-05-29 18:45

    I asked this question last week but no F1 fan had the balls to answer so i ask again but i will re phrase " why are a bunch of carrs going round and round in a cirlce considred a sport? most clear thinking humans would rank this rubish at the same level as wrestling

      frikdt - 2011-05-29 19:16

      Rather than 'not having the balls to answer' I'm fairly certain most who read your drivel did not regard it worth responding to - but if you insist, you'll get your response. Fact is, nobody is forcing you to watch it or like it, so what is your problem exactly, or are you only in need of some attention? I think soccer is a senseless boring game, but I don't go and state the fact on each and every soccer forum. On the contrary, I avoid those articles that don't interest me. I suggest you do the same.

      Racer187 - 2011-05-29 19:33

      Well said Frikdt, Muffyforu, stick to what floats your boat please. Each to his own, I don't LOVE F1, because it's very much watered down with all its new laws and regulations, but I'll still watch it for entertainment value. With that said, I find wrestling revolting, as well as rugby. I don't see why 30 grown men have to touch each other chasing a piece of leather, but you don't see me calling out rugby fans. (No offence meant to rugby fans, if you like it, watch it)

      james4usa - 2011-05-30 00:39

      Hey Muffy your spelling is 3rd rate.It takes a bit of skill to make cars go round and round fast, And in the process put huge G loads on drivers bodies like 4G. ONE second in concentration lapse can cost them their life. Then you have the best Engineering minds in the world designing cars that go fast, engines that rev to 18,000 rpm, in itself a Engineering marvel. On top of that you have a little problem called strategy. Just to rattle your little head some teams spend $400,000,000-00. pa in making cars go round. Yup MILLION.

      Whistleblower - 2011-05-30 06:12

      Ahoy Muffyforu, You busy embarrassing yourself mate :-) You should really learn to follow up on the questions you ask. You did ask the same question last week and I replied to it. It is kind of embarrassing repeating your question with the hostile notion the no one has “the balls” to respond, when in fact, I did answer your question … Twice.

  • Muffyforu - 2011-05-29 20:33

    FRIKTD - i figured out a long time ago< now go back to our room in your parents house seeing as most f1 still live with their mommies

      frikdt - 2011-05-29 20:48

      LOL what a comeback! Is that really the best you can do?

  • Muffyforu - 2011-05-29 21:33

    yes i am not that clever

      frikdt - 2011-05-29 21:41

      That's obvious.

  • Muffyforu - 2011-05-29 22:03

    yes plus my mother and father are brother and sister so i realy have nothing going for me

      AZB - 2011-06-02 13:37


  • thundyr - 2011-05-30 00:36

    Monaco = most boring race on the F1 calendar by a mile. How many times did someone actually overtake in the entire race? Under ten surely. Good drive by Vettel on worn rubber, but on that circuit you can afford to be 3 seconds a lap slower than your rivals if you have the fastest straight-line speed, because no one has a hope of overtaking. As for McLaren - their crew was shown to be completely second-rate yet again. From Hamilton's qualifying to that pathetic pitstop when they weren't even ready, which put him behind the pack including Sutil rather than in front of it, to sending Button out with super-softs the second time when it was already abundantly clear that Vettel had no intention of pitting again, red flag or no. Amateurs. Webber also proved for the umpteenth time he's not fit to be in a Red Bull.

      Whistleblower - 2011-05-30 06:33

      If there is ONE team that will get their strategy wrong, race after race, that team would be McLaren.

  • nic2210@24.com - 2011-05-30 08:02

    This was the most shocking motor sport i have ever seen......a big f.....ng joke. You are not aloud to PIT under safety car....but you can rebuilt your car on the racing track. PLEASE can someone explain this to me.

      x - 2011-05-30 11:02

      Yes I did not get that either - so suddenly they all have new tyres after the race is red flagged. They may as well have not bothered with restarting.

  • Robynsky - 2011-05-30 08:02

    Disappointing race for me. I am a huge F1 fan, but Monaco is boring. The problem with the modern F1 car is you need to take so much speed into a corner, to ensure you have the engine revs up to exit a corner in your power range that overtaking becomes impossible. DRS is not the way to go, because its not an overtake on skill, pressure, its an artificial overtake, the guy in front is a sitting duck. The FIA shoudl forget about making the cars more unsafe to drive, by making the wheels thinner, and wings smaller and front wings bigger so that they work better behind another car etc. They should address the engines. You need better power delivery and you dont need these screamer engines. most overtakes in most forms of racing is done either going into or exiting a corner, its not on the straights. F1 is really predictable the guy with the best car is always going to win, unless Hamilton bumps him or his car explodes. its all a little boring at the moment.

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