Webber cruises to glittering Monaco victory

Posted on May 16, 2010

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Mark Webber sealed back to back race wins after cruising above the fray in Monaco, claiming a lights-to-flag victory in an incident packed race.

Mark Webber claims victory in the Monaco Grand Prix. Capture from BBC coverage.

Three big accidents brought out the safety car on to the streets of the principality but Webber never lost the lead in 78 laps, pulling away from the field easily at every opportunity.

The Australian is in the form of his life and now leads the standings after six races, surely making the Red Bull driver an unlikely contender for the title.

Many other drivers and teams had a deeply frustrating day, not least Jenson Button who suffered an early engine failure. Fernando Alonso will be seething after an imperious drive from the back of the grid was dented some what by a last corner pass by Michael Schumacher after the final safety car pulled in. The stewards are looking at the incident but it looks to me like a stunning last gasp move by the seven time champion. If it gets taken away it will be a shame.

Both the Williams cars crashed out in big accidents, with Nico Hulkenberg smashing into the tunnel wall on lap one and Rubens Barrichello losing it on lap 32.

Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok collide on Lap 74 of the Monaco Grand Prix. Capture from BBC coverage.

But the biggest accident of the day happened four laps from the end when Lotus’s Jarno Trulli attempted a pass on the Hispania Racing Team car of Karun Chandhok. Trulli rode up over the top of the HRT, forcing Chandhok to duck down and try to protect his head with his hands. Both drivers are ok but HRT have a huge rebuilding job to do and we just have to hope the resources are in place.

The backmarkers had a busy day with Alonso starting from the pitlane after a crash on Saturday morning’s practice. Sadly only Lucas Di Grassi put up much of a fight in his Virgin Racing car and there were a lot of soft passes as the Ferrari was allowed through.

FULL RESULTS (provisional)

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 78 Winner 1 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 78 +0.4 secs 3 18
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 78 +1.6 secs 2 15
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 78 +2.6 secs 4 12
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 78 +4.3 secs 5 10
6 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 78 +5.7 secs 7 8
7 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 78 +6.3 secs 24 6
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 78 +6.6 secs 6 4
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 78 +6.9 secs 12 2
10 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 78 +7.3 secs 10 1
11 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 78 +8.1 secs 13
12 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 78 +9.1 secs 17
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 73 +5 Lap 14
14 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 70 +8 Lap 23
15 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 70 +8 Lap 19
Ret 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 58 +20 Laps 18
Ret 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 58 +20 Laps 22
Ret 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 30 +48 Laps 9
Ret 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 26 +52 Laps 16
Ret 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 25 +53 Laps 21
Ret 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 22 +56 Laps 20
Ret 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 21 +57 Laps 15
Ret 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 2 +76 Laps 8
Ret 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 0 + secs 11
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