Red Bull one-two sends team to the top of constructors' championship
17 May 2010

Mark Webber has taken his second grand prix victory on the trot, this time having to soak up immense pressure to win the Monaco Grand Prix as several race-winning margins were eroded by safety car periods.

The Australian led home team-mate Sebastian Vettel in a Red Bull one-two that put the duo equal at the head of the driver's championship standings - although Webber holds top spot on account of his superior number of podiums.

Front row starter Robert Kubica (Renault) had to settle for third after losing out to Vettel off the line at the start of the race.

Pre-race championship leader Jenson Button was an early retirement, his car overheating after McLaren left a radiator bung in for the formation lap, but Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) kept himself in title contention by coming through from last to seventh after a canny strategy.

As well as charging through the field, Alonso was at the centre of another talking point when he was overtaken by Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) on the final corner of the race.

With the safety car peeling in on the last turn to let the event finish under race conditions, drivers were expected to follow each other across the line. However, Alonso ran a little wide and the following Schumacher ducked up the inside to snatch a cheeky sixth.

However, rule 40.13 of F1 states that "if the race ends whilst the safety car is deployed it will enter the pitlane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking."

Schumacher has been given a 20sec penalty and falls to 12th as a result - but his Mercedes team is appealing the decision.

Monaco Grand Prix result

1. Webber (Red Bull-Renault) 1h50:00.0002. Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) +0.4483. Kubica (Renault) +1.6004. Massa (Ferrari) +2.6005. Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) +4.3006. Schumacher (Mercedes) +5.7007. Alonso (Ferrari) +6.3008. Rosberg (Mercedes) +6.6009. Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) +6.90010. Liuzzi (Force India-Mercedes) +7.30011. Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) +8.10012. Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) +9.10013. Petrov (Renault) +4 laps

Not classified/retirements:Chandhok (HRT-Cosworth)Trulli (Lotus-Cosworth)Kovalainen (Lotus-Cosworth)Senna (HRT-Cosworth)Barrichello (Williams-Cosworth)Kobayashi (Sauber-Ferrari)Di Grassi (Virgin-Cosworth)Glock (Virgin-Cosworth)De la Rosa (Sauber-Ferrari)Button (McLaren-Mercedes)Hulkenberg (Williams-Cosworth)

Drivers championship: 1. Webber 782. Vettel 783. Alonso 734. Button 705. Massa 616. Hamilton 597. Kubica 598. Rosberg 549. Schumacher 30 10. Sutil 18 11. Liuzzi 9 12. Barrichello 7 13. Petrov 6 14. Alguersuari 3 15. Hulkenberg 1 Constructors championship: 1. Red Bull-Renault 1562. Ferrari 1343. McLaren-Mercedes 1294. Mercedes 845. Renault 656. Force India-Mercedes 277. Williams-Cosworth 88. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3

All timing unofficial

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16 May 2010

Well done to Mark Webber. He fully deserves the win and is a proper decent bloke.

16 May 2010

Currently Webber isn't even being tested, well done to him once again, it looks good for Red Bull but things can change and Alonso is hanging in there, Hamilton will surely put up a good fight too. Great day for Schumacher, whether the stewards favour him or not. He has once again proven the armchair experts to be waffling idiots along witht he the senile Moss and Stewart. What a great race.

16 May 2010

Good race, got to hand it to Schumi that was a nice touch at the end, Alonso can't complain after his pitlane move on Massa. Its been overlooked that Rosberg was very close to overhauling a lot of cars,(including Shumacher) he was putting in some stunning times before he got held up by Weber. After that Nico could only hold station.

Red Bull were phenominal and the other teams need to find something quick, it should be an interesting duel between Vettel and Weber.

I don't fancy being Rubens trying to explain the steering wheel to Patrick Head!!!

16 May 2010

It wasn't just Alonso going wide on the last corner, the in-car camera clearly shows Schumacher taking a wide approach to the corner in order to exit inside Alonso. No doubt the stewards are still arguing over it's allowable or not but it was a shrewd, calculated move which caught Alonso napping.

As for Barrichello, throwing his steering wheel into the path of oncoming cars should see him having to explain himself in to the stewards as it could easily have caused another accident.

16 May 2010

I'm sure Webber wasn't too upset that he ruined Britney's race.

Great move by Schumacher on Alonso, however I guess since Ferrari and Mercedes differ in opinion on the rules it wasn't a true overtaking move as Alonso was specifically not expecting it.

16 May 2010

[quote disco.stu]Great move by Schumacher on Alonso, however I guess since Ferrari and Mercedes differ in opinion on the rules it wasn't a true overtaking move as Alonso was specifically not expecting it.[/quote]

Oh dear... It seems that Schumacher has just been given a 20 second penalty for this move, demoting him to 12th place.

Personally, I thought it was a wonderful opportunistic move on Michael's part.

16 May 2010

Under rule 40.13, which states that "if the race ends whilst the safety car is deployed it will enter the pitlane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking,"

Can't argue with that, but I think he only needed to be dropped back behind Alonso.

16 May 2010

[quote blasos1983]He has once again proven the armchair experts to be waffling idiots along witht he the senile Moss and Stewart. [/quote]Moss and Stewart "waffling idiots", and "armchair experts"?

Dear me, we're in Twitterland. As an expert armchair pontificator I guess youre incapable of respect for high achievers especially when they express informed assessment?

16 May 2010

Another superb performance by Webber. He's a decent, honest and genuine chap with no pretentions and it's good to see things going his way over the past 18mths after so many years of bad luck. Not sure if he'll win the title, but he's proving his worth.

A great and calculated performance by Alonso to get his car up so high after starting last, although he was caught totally napping at the end by Schumacher and even though he was penalised, Schumi still show that his racing head is still in gear right until the end.

16 May 2010

Yep was great to see webber do so well . I thought Kubica done gret too and drove great should have got second do just wrong strategy at the beginning trying to get ahead off webber . That is harsh on Schumacher did not deserve that should have just demotted him a place .

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