Sebastian Vettel won on Monte Carlo Circuit the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula 1 2011 season, his first career victory at Monaco after a spectacular race full of incidents where pilots have the podium adopted completely different strategies.
Sebastian Vettel has passed into account Sunday the fifth victory in the first six races of the 2011 F1 season after winning with emotions the Grand Prix de Monaco.
Red Bull Racing driver has adopted an unusual strategy with one pit stop, which seemed in the last 15-20 laps a complete failure context in which Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were close to half a second with fresh tires. However, an interruption of the race with only five laps before the end following an accident suffered by Vitaly Petrov allowed the German to change tires and pass the finish line first after the restart.
Alonso finished second with an two-stop strategy with the regret that he didn’t decisively attack Vettel before the race interruption, while Button has ascended to the last step of the podium. McLaren driver made no more than three pit stops, but was able to catch up on Vettel and Alonso in the last 15 laps because of the supersoft tires.
The race was suspended just before the final five laps following a chain accident caused by Sutil, who hit the protection rails. Then, chaos broke out behind him and Alguersuari hit Hamilton from behind and damaged the rear wing. Petrov had no space and hit violently the metal rails, the Russian remained in monopost, at which race commissioners showed the red flags. Petrov was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and later said that he didn’t came out from the race car because he had pain, preferring to wait for medical intervention.
Mark Webber finished in 4th place just after an race where he lost a lot of time during the first pit stop, while Kamui Kobayashi won the best performance of his career after he finished 5th at the end of a race in which he made an single entry to the pit-stops.
Meanwhile, Hamilton has concluded a difficult weekend only ranked six. The Brit managed a spectacular overtake in the first lap on the hairpin against Michael Schumacher, but then lost more than 15 seconds on the first pit-stop and was penalized with a drive-through after a duel with Felipe Massa also in the hairpin. The Brazilian but was unable to take advantage of this, since it was forced to abandon race after he hit the metal rails in the tunnel in a duel wheel to wheel with the same Hamilton.
Adrian Sutil and Nick Heidfeld completed the platoon, while Williams won the first points of the season after Rubens Barrichello finished in 9th place. The Brits were on the brink of a major performance by Pastor Maldonado, who competed on in 4th place when the race resumed, but hit the metal rails in the first turn following a duel with Hamilton. The last point at stake was won by Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso).
Monaco – Race Rankings and overall standings (Provisionally Race Results)
The Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo Circuit, Monaco;
78 laps; 3.34km (2.075 miles); Weather: Sunny.
Fastest lap: Mark Webber, 1:16.234, lap 78
|4||Webber||Red Bull-Renault||+ 23.100|
|7||Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||+ 1 lap|
|8||Heidfeld||Renault||+ 1 lap|
|9||Barrichello||Williams-Cosworth||+ 1 lap|
|10||Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||+ 1 lap|
|11||Rosberg||Mercedes GP||+ 1 lap|
|12||Di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||+ 2 lap|
|13||Trulli||Lotus-Renault||+ 2 lap|
|14||Kovalainen||Lotus-Renault||+ 2 lap|
|15||D’Ambrosio||Virgin-Cosworth||+ 2 lap|
|16||Liuzzi||HRT-Cosworth||+ 2 lap|
|17||Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||+ 2 lap|
|18||Maldonado||Williams-Cosworth||+ 2 lap|
Driver / Team / Lap
Petrov (Renault) 68
Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 68
Massa (Ferrari) 33
Schumacher (Mercedes GP) 33
Glock (Virgin-Cosworth) 31
Perez (Sauber-Ferrari) 1
World Championship standings, round 6:
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