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Formula 1: Mark Webber Wins Monaco Grand Prix 2010

Mark Webber headed a Red Bull 1-2 in this afternoon’s Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix 2010 with a fine drive, outperforming all others, from Pole Position.

Webber resoundingly beat his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, who jumped Renault man Robert Kubica at the start, and held his position throughout the race, to claim second.

The final lap finished in dramatic style as Michael Schumacher took advantage of a new rule allowing drivers to race from the Safety Car going in before the start/finish line to get a jump on Fernando Alonso to snatch 6th place. Ferrari and Mercedes are still awaiting a stewards decision on whether the move was legal.

Champion Jenson Button failed to finish the race after a mixup at the start led to a cover being left on one of his McLaren’s radiators. Behind the safety car which came following a lap one incident – the first of four Safety Car appearances in this eventful street race – Button’s car overheated, and he was forced to park. Button falls to fourth from first in the Driver’s Championship 2010 as a result.

The Safety Car at the start played right into Fernando Alonso’s hands, however, as the former World Champion, starting from the pit lane, was able to make his compulsory tyre stop immediately, and re-catch the snake of cars who would all then have to stop later.

As a result of several daring passes – most notably, overtaking Lucas di Grassi, who was skating the rear of his car dangerously trying to race the much quicker Ferrari in his mirrors, into the chicane – and the time gained during the pit stops, Alonso managed to leap-frog his way into sixth before Schumacher showed all his guile to catch him on the hop on the penultimate corner after the Saftey Car departed.

Webber showed once again today that he, and his Red Bull Racing car, are a good second per lap ahead of the chasing pack. With his confidence high, and his calm, level head – now combined with blistering race-pace and sensible tyre management – Webber is now looking more and more like a World Champ in the making.

Renault, and, specifically, Robert Kubica are making real gains, and the French manufacturer must be ecstatic to make up all three of the podium places at Monaco – for they supply the Red Bull engine too – something which Kubica, in a sensible piece of politics, managed to point out in the post-race press conference.

However, Red Bull look like the complete package: their men are tied neck-and-neck at the head of the Championship, and they just pulled out a good margin in the Constructors too. For the rest, their work is cut out: they need to find a second, and fast.

Today’s Monaco Grand Prix was not a classic – the returning Safety Car and general high quality of driving meant that there were few real moments of shock and awe – but Australia’s Mark Webber was magnificent in victory, his second in a week, once more this afternoon.

Monaco Grand Prix 2010 Preliminary Result

Below is the preliminary result for the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix – note that there is an ongoing enquiry into Michael Schumacher’s last lap overtake of Alonso.

Pos Ctry Driver Car Team Grid Fast lap Race Tm Pts
1 Aus Mark Webber 6 Red Bull-Renault 1 1:15.318 1:50:13.355 25
2 Ger Sebastian Vettel 5 Red Bull-Renault 3 1:15.192 +00:00.448 18
3 Pol Robert Kubica 11 Renault 2 1:15.352 +00:01.675 15
4 Bra Felipe Massa 7 Ferrari 4 1:15.503 +00:02.666 12
5 GBR Lewis Hamilton 2 McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:16.219 +00:04.363 10
6 Ger Michael Schumacher 3 Mercedes GP 7 1:15.580 +00:05.712 8
7 Esp Fernando Alonso 8 Ferrari 24 1:15.905 +00:06.341 6
8 Ger Nico Rosberg 4 Mercedes GP 6 1:15.959 +00:06.651 4
9 Ger Adrian Sutil 14 Force India-Mercedes 12 1:15.963 +00:06.970 2
10 Ita Vitantonio Liuzzi 15 Force India-Mercedes 10 1:16.142 +00:07.305 1
11 Sui Sebastien Buemi 16 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 13 1:16.493 +00:08.199
12 Esp Jaime Alguersuari 17 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:16.381 +00:09.135
13 Rus Vitaly Petrov 12 Renault 14 1:16.405 retired, 73 laps
14 Ind Karun Chandhok 20 Hispania-Cosworth 23 1:19.553 crash, 70 laps
15 Ita Jarno Trulli 18 Lotus-Cosworth 19 1:19.340 crash, 70 laps
16 Fin Heikki Kovalainen 19 Lotus-Cosworth 18 1:18.401 retired, 58 laps
17 Bra Bruno Senna 21 Hispania-Cosworth 22 1:20.130 retired, 58 laps
18 Bra Rubens Barrichello 9 Williams-Cosworth 9 1:19.074 crash, 30 laps
19 Jap Kamui Kobayashi 23 BMW Sauber-Ferrari 16 1:18.775 retired, 26 laps
20 Bra Lucas di Grassi 25 Virgin-Cosworth 21 1:22.255 retired, 25 laps
21 Ger Timo Glock 24 Virgin-Cosworth 20 1:20.775 retired, 22 laps
22 Esp Pedro de la Rosa 22 BMW Sauber-Ferrari 15 1:19.270 retired, 21 laps
23 GBR Jenson Button 1 McLaren-Mercedes 8 2:14.285 retired, 2 laps
24 Ger Nico Hulkenberg 10 Williams-Cosworth 11 crash, 1 laps

Formula 1 2010 Drivers Championship Standings after Monaco

Position Driver Country Team Points
1 Mark Webber Aus Red Bull-Renault 78
2 Sebastian Vettel Ger Red Bull-Renault 78
3 Fernando Alonso Spa Ferrari 73
4 Jenson Button GB McLaren-Mercedes 70
5 Felipe Massa Brz Ferrari 61
6 Robert Kubica Pol Renault 59
7 Lewis Hamilton GB McLaren-Mercedes 59
8 Nico Rosberg Ger Mercedes GP 54
9 Michael Schumacher Ger Mercedes GP 30
10 Adrian Sutil Ger Force India-Mercedes 18
11 Vitantonio Liuzzi Ita Force India-Mercedes 9
12 Rubens Barrichello Brz Williams-Cosworth 7
13 Vitaly Petrov Rus Renault 6
14 Jaime Alguersuari Spa Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3
15 Nico Hulkenberg Ger Williams-Cosworth 1
16 Sebastien Buemi Swi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0
17 Pedro de la Rosa Spa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0
18 Kamui Kobayashi Jpn BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0
19 Heikki Kovalainen Fin Lotus-Cosworth 0
20 Karun Chandhok Ind Hispania-Cosworth 0
21 Lucas di Grassi Brz Virgin-Cosworth 0
22 Bruno Senna Brz Hispania-Cosworth 0
23 Jarno Trulli Ita Lotus-Cosworth 0
24 Timo Glock Ger Virgin-Cosworth 0

Formula 1 2010 Constructors’ Championship Standings after Monaco GP

Position Team Points
1 Red Bull-Renault 156
2 Ferrari 134
3 McLaren-Mercedes 129
4 Mercedes GP 84
5 Renault 65
6 Force India-Mercedes 27
7 Williams-Cosworth 8
8 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3
9 BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0
10 Lotus-Cosworth 0
11 Hispania-Cosworth 0
12 Virgin-Cosworth 0

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