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  • Simply Web-tastic

    Mark Webber stormed to the chequered flag in a imperious drive around the streets of Monaco. For the second time in seven days the Aussie took maximum points that sees him lead the championship into the next round in Turkey. A rather subdued Sebastian Vettel made it another Red Bull 1-2, and Robert Kubica took the final podium spot in third.

    The race will be remembered however for an incident on the final lap regarding an overtake by Michael Schumacher on Fernando Alonso for 6th position. The safety car was out after a big shunt between Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok at La Rascasse. The safety car came in on the final lap and Schumacher took the opportunity to overtake Alonso into the final turn.

    Ferrari firmly believe that FIA rule 40.13 comes into effect and it states,

    If the race ends whilst the safety car is deployed it will enter the pit lane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking.

    40.13 - FIA Sporting Regulations

    However Ross Brawn was interviewed on the TV coverage also with an equally compelling argument. He believes that the safety car was called in on the final lap, and therefore the race was "green" from the safety car line - which is just metres before Schumacher made the move. If that is the case rule 40.13 won't come into effect and normal safety car procedures will prevail.

    Either way we're in the capable hands of the stewards (yes my tongue is firmly in my cheek). And incidentally Damon Hill is on that stewarding panel. You really couldn't make this up!

    One to remember

    Obviously for Mark Webber. Every time the safety car came out and negated the lead that he'd built up he just got on and built it again. Especially in the opening stint he was simply majestic - pulling out full seconds on the rest of the field per lap! All in all it was another stonking drive and another 25 points for his championship challenge.

    If there were any critics of Robert Kubica they'd definitely be converted after this weekend. The Pole man handled the Renault R30 into places and speeds that it simply shouldn't have been. Throughout he kept Vettel under pressure, and was able to quickly put space between himself and Hamilton.

    And the old man in that contentious last lap move. Even if it is deemed illegal by the stewards, to have the audacity to make a move on that Spanish chap in that red car was music to my eyes :)

    One to forget

    Williams will be downtrodden. After a much improved qualifying result to have not only a double non-finish but two seriously damaged cars to rebuild in time to get them in the trucks and on the road to Istanbul. It'll be a long long trek across Europe.

    The Lotus rear-right pitstop mechanic. He had a nightmare didn't he!? Significant trouble taking off and putting on wheels both cars ended up with pit stops over ten seconds.

    Jarno Trulli. It was a racing incident, wasn't it?

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  • Monaco GP 2010
  • Mark Webber
  • Red Bull
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Fernando Alonso
  • FIA
  • Robert Kubica
  • Williams
  • Monaco Circuit
  • Monte-Carlo
  • 2010 Season
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The 2010 Monaco Grand Prix podium - © BridgestoneMotorsport

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Position Driver Team Time
1 M Webber Red Bull 1:50:13.355
2 S Vettel Red Bull +0.4 secs
3 R Kubica Renault +1.6 secs
4 F Massa Ferrari +2.6 secs
5 L Hamilton McLaren +4.3 secs
6 F Alonso Ferrari +6.3 secs
7 N Rosberg Mercedes +6.6 secs
8 A Sutil Force India +6.9 secs
9 V Liuzzi Force India +7.3 secs
10 S Buemi Toro Rosso +8.1 secs
11 J Alguersuari Toro Rosso +9.1 secs
12 M Schumacher Mercedes +25.7 secs
DNF V Petrov Renault +5 laps
DNF K Chandhok HRT +8 laps
DNF J Trulli Lotus +8 laps
DNF H Kovalainen Lotus +18 laps
DNF B Senna HRT +18 laps
DNF R Barrichello Williams +48 laps
DNF K Kobayashi BMW Sauber +51 laps
DNF L Di Grassi Virgin +52 laps
DNF T Glock Virgin +56 laps
DNF P De la Rosa BMW Sauber +57 laps
DNF J Button McLaren +76 laps
DNF N Hulkenberg Williams +77 laps