Sebastian Vettel Wins Glamorous Monaco Grand Prix
The most glamorous and sought after race on the Formula 1 calender, the Monaco Grand Prix was won for the first time by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel who had won 4 of the 5 races coming into the weekend faced pressure from his teammate Mark Webber who dominated the race in 2010 as well as former Monaco winners from McLaren in both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Fortune however seemed to be smiling on Vettel as time after time situations unfolded to help him out. From Saturday’s qualifying session which saw Vettel post a quick time just before the accident of Sergio Perez interrupted the final part of Q3 and saw no other quick times posted.
Vettel started from pole and alongside him was Jenson Button in the McLaren withy Mark Webber in 3rd position and Fernando Alonso rounding off the top 4. Vettel made a good start and led into the 1st corner followed by Button and Alonso who managed to get ahead of Webber.
The race saw pit stop errors from Red Bull get cancelled out by an unlucky pit call by McLaren for Jenson Button who after re-emerging from the pits ran into a safety car session. The race was poised for a trilling climax with Vettel leading on quickly deteriorating tyres followed by Alonso’s Ferrari shod with slightly fresher rubber and then Button in his McLaren running on much newer rubber allowing him to be a second quicker than the leading pair.
But with just 7 laps to go Vitaly Petrov’s Renault got entangled and hit the barriers hard, the race stewards taking the decision to red flag the race allowing Vettel and Alonso the chance to put fresh tyres on during the break before the race resumed for a processional finish.
Former team boss Eddie Jordan who now commentates for the BBC said of Vettel “Since he became world champion he has been supreme.He is always in the right place – but he also had luck on his side.”
Vettel leads the drivers championship by 58 points over Hamilton who finished Monaco in a disappointing 6th, 143 points to 85 points respectively, followed by Webber, Button and Alonso.
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