Mark Webber won in Monaco this afternoon and Sebastian Vettel finished in second, so Red Bull Racing now tops both the drivers and constructors championships.

Webber lead from lights to flag, while Vettel took the inside line to overtake Renault’s Robert Kubica on the first corner, moving up to second, which is where he stayed for the length of the 161-mile race.

There was much thrown in their way to potentially rain on their parade. The Safety Car was deployed four times after three crashes and a loose manhole cover all did their best to slow the boys’ progress – but following each, Mark increased his speed and the gap between him and the rest of the field.

Seb’s run up to the first corner was brave and audacious; he moved up to Kubica inside his right wheel and made the overtake stick.

It was on lap 71, seven from the end, where potentially the most disastrous accident occurred. Chandok and Trulli came together spectacularly beside the Rascasse corner and Mark, just seconds behind them, missed the stationary cars by millimetres.

It wasn’t such a great day for Jenson Button; his McLaren went up in a slew of smoke on lap 3, and the two Williams drivers were both put out after crashing into the barriers. However, Fernando Alonso, who started from the back after not qualifying, stormed through the pack to finish sixth - after Michael Schumacher was penalized for overtaking on the final lap under Safety Car conditions.

Webber and Vettel are now tied at the top of the drivers championship with 78 points, while the team now has a lead of 22 points over nearest rivals Ferrari.


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