Just in case anyone was worrying if F1 was becoming less than thrilling, along comes the Monaco Grand Prix which had just about everything you could hope for in a race -- and some things you'd prefer not to remember.
Sebastian Vettel was able to secure the win -- the only shame was that teammate Mark Webber missed out on the podium, but credit to them both: Sebastian for working his tires and his strategic recovery, and Mark's demonstration of that Aussie grit. Right down to the wire.
A communication problem around the first stops hampered both drivers' chances of having an easy ride, but a re-worked strategy, a timely Safety Car and an even more crucial red flag helped the drivers to their ultiimate outcomes.
“It was a classy drive from Sebastian today and a tremendous team performance." -Christian Horner
While it wasn't the historic one-two of last year, it was still time to celebrate at the Energy Station. As the number of cars who didn't complete the race showed, this was no easy ride. It's an unforgiving circuit with Alguersuari, Petrov, Schumacher, Massa and Glock all failing to finish, and drive-through penalties for Di Resta and Hamilton -- who seems to have had no good fortune at all this weekend. And all that was after Perez' accident left a 23-car grid to start with.
After the race, team principal Christian Horner was aware that the team had worked hard to recover from the early problem and that everyone had fought to maximize the teams' return.
“It was a classy drive from Sebastian today and a tremendous team performance to recover from what looked to be a difficult first stop to win the race," he said. "At one stage Mark was 15th, but he never gave up and kept on pushing. He pulled a great move on Kobayashi on the last couple of laps and it was a shame not to have him on the podium today, as he deserved to be there.”
The teams now leave for Montreal, Canada with Red Bull Racing's Constructors' lead extended to 61 points; Seb leads Lewis in the Drivers table by 58 points with Hamilton just six points ahead of Mark.
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