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2010 Monaco Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery

IndyCar racing has the Indianapolis 500. Sportscars, Le Mans. NASCAR, the Daytona 500. Rally-raid has Dakar. And while the Formula One calendar may not count any one round higher than any other, if there's one headline event, it's surely the Monaco Grand Prix.

Held on the streets of Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the oldest – and easily the most iconic – races on the calendar. It's also one of the slowest, in terms of average speeds, and one of the most technically difficult and challenging grands prix of the year. Tight corners and narrow straights also make it notoriously difficult to pass. Yet the seaside principality always makes for an exciting venue. So did this year's headline race disappoint? Follow the jump to find out.


  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner at the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads the field round the hairpin on the first lap of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • Renault F1's Polish driver Robert Kubica drives at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 15, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Schumacher
  • Mercedes GP's German driver Michael Schumacher drives at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes GP's German driver Michael Schumacher drives on the Monaco street circuit on May 13, 2010, during the first free practice session of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes GP's German driver Michael Schumacher drives at the Monaco street circuit on May 13, 2010, during the first free practice session of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Drivers follow the safety car at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: The crash damaged car of Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari is lifted from the track during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 15, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fernando Alonso
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes walks back to the pits after retiring early with an engine problem during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jenson Button
  • Drivers passe by the crashed car of Lotus racing's Italian driver Jarno Trulli (L) and HRT F1's Indian driver Karun Chandhok at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives in the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 15, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads from Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing and Robert Kubica of Poland and Renault as he drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber;Sebastian Vettel;Robert Kubica
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to finishing first during qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 15, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber celebrates at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, after the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Webber won the race ahead of Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel and Renault f1's Polish driver Robert Kubica. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with the trophy after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Race winner Mark Webber (bottom) of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with second placed team mate Sebastian Vettel (top) of Germany and Red Bull Racing by jumping into the harbour following the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber;Sebastian Vettel

As if the Monaco round didn't stand out enough from the rest of the season, this year's saw things begin to take shape far earlier than the other rounds.

What do we mean? Well, let's put it this way: If there's one race a casual observer might watch in a year, it's likely Monaco. More committed fans will likely watch – or otherwise follow, say on their favorite automotive news site – the entire season. Die-hards might tune in for qualifying the day before to see how Sunday's race will start. But the truly obsessive will watch every practice session from the start of every grand prix weekend. Thing is, interesting though they may be, the practice sessions seldom actually indicate how qualifying, much less the actual race, will unfold.

Well the practice sessions in Monaco definitely did. The first two sessions saw Fernando Alonso dominating the time sheets both times around. But in the third and final session, the two-time world champion crashed his Ferrari beyond repair. The result meant that he'd have to miss out on qualifying altogether, relegating him to the back of the field in a new car on a track with few opportunities for passing.



With Alonso sidelined, it should come as no surprise that Red Bull took pole position yet again. After all, the team has qualified on top at every race so far this season, casting an indomitable shadow on the rest of the field. For the second time in a row and the third time this season, Mark Webber beat out his wingman Sebastian Vettel for pole. So did Renault's Robert Kubica, taking second place on the starting grid and relegating Vettel to third. Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari qualified fourth, ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in fifth, Mercedes GP's Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher in sixth and seventh (both back on the shorter-wheelbase car for the twistier track), McLaren's Jenson Button eighth, Williams' Rubens Barrichello ninth and Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi tenth.

Following the pro-forma formation lap, the drivers took their positions without incident and the race got under way. It was largely a clean start as Vettel squeezed past Kubica on the inside to slip in behind his team-mate for second position. But the relative tranquility of the opening-lap procession didn't last long. Coming through the tunnel, Nico Hulkenberg drove his Williams-Cosworth wide off the racing line and crashed into the wall, ending his race and sending the safety car out for the first time as the marshals rushed to clear the debris.



Meanwhile in pit lane, Alonso swapped his soft-compound tires for longer-lasting intermediates before even leaving the pit lane. After all, he was starting in last place and would soon catch up to the back of the field in short order. It would prove an aggressive approach, registering as a single pit stop but effectively a zero-stop strategy for the former champion.

Still under the safety car and a yellow flag, Jenson Button apparently blew out his engine and retired trackside on lap three, ending the weekend for the driver who had lead the standings heading into Monaco. It was the second of what would amount to many retirements over the course of the race distance that lay ahead.



On lap six the safety car was finally pulled back in and the race got back underway. Over the course of those opening laps, Barrichello – who has landed on the Monaco podium no less than five times in his career so far – mounted an impressive opening campaign to skip from ninth on the starting grid to sixth place by lap 10. All the while Alonso was picking his way through the backmarkers one at a time, lap after lap. On lap 10 he passed Virgin's Lucas di Grassi, then Lotus' Jarno Trulli at the same corner – the first chicane coming out of the tunnel – the following lap. On lap 15 he moved past Virgin's Timo Glock, and on lap 17 Lotus' Heikki Kovalainen. Before the race was even a third finished, he would already be in easy position to finish inside the points.

Up front, meanwhile, Webber was mounting fast laps one after another, pulling away from his team-mate who in turn was getting away from Kubica while Massa and Hamilton closed in behind. Further adrift by the tenth lap came Barrichello (6), Schumacher (7), Rosberg (8), Liuzzi (9), Sutil (10), STR's Buemi (11), Renault's Petrov (12), Sauber's De La Rosa (13) and Kobayashi (14), STR's Alguersuari (15), Lotus' Kovalainen (16), Virgin's Glock (17), Lotus' Trulli (18), Virgin's di Grasi (19), Alonso (20) and HRT's Chandhok (21) and Senna (22).




The first, last and only round of pit stops started on lap 18 when Hamilton went in for fresh tires. Webber pitted on lap 24 and re-emerged still in the lead. Pedro de la Rosa never came out of the pits, while Glock was sidelined with an uncontrollable Virgin-Cosworth.

On lap 28 Trulli brought his Lotus in for new rubber but the gun jammed, prolonging his pit stop. Two laps later his team-mate suffered the same problem before the Lotus engineers could ascertain the problem far too late. Meanwhile di Grassi ended his race in the second Virgin and a dismal day for the team.



Lap 29 saw Rosberg, who had caught up to Webber after that first pit, head in for fresh rubber himself, only to re-emerge behind his famous team-mate Schumacher in eighth place. After nearly everyone had pitted, Webber remained in the lead, followed by Vettel, Kubica, Massa, Hamilton, Alonso, Schumacher, Rosberg, Sutil, Barrichello, Liuzzi, Buemi, Petrov, Alguersuari, Kovalainen, Senna, Chandhok, Trulli and Kobayashi.

In an apparent left-rear suspension failure, Barrichello lost control of his car on lap 32, spinning into the barrier, ending his race and sending the safety car out for the second time. By the time the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with the flashing lights went back into pit lane two laps later, the gaps between the race leaders were closed up once again, forcing Webber to pull off another round of fast laps to stay ahead of Vettel.



The smooth sailing lasted only another ten laps before the safety car was deployed once again, this time due to a loose manhole cover at turn 3. The following lap the safety car was back in, effectively restarting the race for the third time.

The following laps saw little action until both Bruno Senna (HRT) and Kovalainen (Lotus) retired from the race into their respective garages on lap 62. After a dozen largely uneventful laps, Karun Chandhok and Jarno Trulli collided as the Lotus skipped over the right side of the HRT in a dramatic pile-up that nearly blocked the corner in which they crashed, not to mentioned quite nearly decapitating the young Indian driver. The safety car was deployed once again on lap 75 (out of 78) as the marshals tried to clear both cars off the track. Meanwhile Renault's Vitaly Petrov, already lapped by his front-running team-mate, joined the long list of retirees on lap 76.



The HRT and Lotus wouldn't finally be cleared until the last lap, the safety car withdrawn just in time to see Webber claim the checkered flag unimpeded by a yellow one. Just as the gullwing he helped develop (or at least promote) cleared the way, Schumacher pulled a sneaky passing maneuver on Alonso for sixth place, a move which, as we went to press, was yet to be challenged by the race stewards, but could very well be subject to post-race scrutiny.

After a tumultuous 78 laps of racing past casinos and megayachts, Mark Webber hoisted the winning trophy from atop the podium (though Monaco doesn't really have a podium per se so much as a level stage) for the second time in a row this season. Vettel took second place, and Kubica an remarkable third place to make for an all-Renault-powered "podium" in the French-speaking principality. Massa came in a solid fourth place, followed by Hamilton, Schumacher, Alonso and Rosberg. The final points went to Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi, proving themselves and their team midfielders to contend with instead of the backmarkers they once were.



The victory propels Mark Webber into the lead for the drivers' championship. Tied with 78 points but bumped from the lead on account of race wins, Sebastian Vettel holds second place. Alonso is just behind in third in 73, closely followed by Button's 70 points. Massa follows in fifth place with 61 points, Kubica and Hamilton in sixth and seventh with 59 apiece. Rosberg is eighth with 54, Schumacher ninth with 30 and Sutil tenth with 18 points. With both its drivers topping the standings, Red Bull Racing leads the constructors' championship with 156 points, ahead of Ferrari's 134, McLaren's 129 and Mercedes' 84.

The season picks up in two weeks' time for the Turkish Grand Prix on May 30 from Istanbul, one of the newest tracks on the calendar following one of the oldest.


  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner at the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads the field round the hairpin on the first lap of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • Renault F1's Polish driver Robert Kubica drives at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 15, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Schumacher
  • Mercedes GP's German driver Michael Schumacher drives at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes GP's German driver Michael Schumacher drives on the Monaco street circuit on May 13, 2010, during the first free practice session of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mercedes GP's German driver Michael Schumacher drives at the Monaco street circuit on May 13, 2010, during the first free practice session of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Drivers follow the safety car at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: The crash damaged car of Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari is lifted from the track during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 15, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fernando Alonso
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes walks back to the pits after retiring early with an engine problem during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jenson Button
  • Drivers passe by the crashed car of Lotus racing's Italian driver Jarno Trulli (L) and HRT F1's Indian driver Karun Chandhok at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives in the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 15, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing leads from Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing and Robert Kubica of Poland and Renault as he drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber;Sebastian Vettel;Robert Kubica
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to finishing first during qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 15, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber celebrates at the Monaco street circuit on May 16, 2010, after the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Webber won the race ahead of Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel and Renault f1's Polish driver Robert Kubica. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with the trophy after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16: Race winner Mark Webber (bottom) of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with second placed team mate Sebastian Vettel (top) of Germany and Red Bull Racing by jumping into the harbour following the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber;Sebastian Vettel


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How do you figure Alonso changed his tires before leaving the pit lane?

      That a surprise to all of us who saw him go by on the first lap!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Same guy has led every lap the last 2 races. This is the most boring form of racing in the world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right, NASCAR is much better with an estimated 87 million passes per race and a WWE brawl afterwards.

        Enjoy your Jerry Springer themed NASCAR events, simpleton. :) The rest of the world will continue to enjoy F1 for its competitiveness, technology, and strategy.

        (NASCAR is a mere blip on the radar in terms of international viewership compared to F1. It's only popular in the U.S.).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wrong, it's the PUREST form of racing in the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it wasn't for Alonso making his way through the field it would have been very boring. I had trouble staying awake as it was though. I never thought Monaco could be this sleepy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      honestly, after what happened to Massa with a bit of spring in the face, Barichello tossing his steering wheel out like that was pretty stupid and careless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finishing under the safety car always ruins the race for me. Even worse that it happend at Monaco.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is too bad Tony Stark's car was obliterated during the race. The carnage made headlines all over the world.
      ripslymemc
      • 4 Years Ago
      I found out that Monaco's streets were actually racetracks a few years ago when I was 13...it's still pretty amazing to me that this city has streets like that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ripslymemc
        lol, what? They are public streets used on a regular basis first and foremost, and a racetrack once a year second.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Webber!!! I'm an Aussie, so I am VERY happy with how F1 is going this year for once! :P

      Anyways, keep up the good work Webber and you will undo all those demons cast on you by BMW...
      Tim
      • 4 Years Ago
      After seeing Ironman 2.......

      I really want to go hit up monaco someday
      • 4 Years Ago
      Confirmed: Schumi has been sanctioned with 20 seconds for illegal overtaking (Safety Car still active), equivalent to a drive-through.
      He moves down to 12th, Alonso keeps 6th (position he had when the last SC came out).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Geep

        That's great, except for the fact I never said the race finished under the safety car. Please re-read what I typed. I guess you got confused where I said the race is to finish "as if under the safety car", meaning no passing.

        I don't think you understand the regulations adequately. After the safety car pulled in, there was to be no overtaking. Article 40.13 is pretty straightforward.

        @ykd79

        Well, they may not have been cruising, but they all understood there was to be no overtaking (except Mercedes and Schumacher). Ferrari confirmed with Charlie Whiting numerous times on the radio, otherwise Alonso was prepared to attempt an ovetake as well).

        I do agree it lead to confusion, and will probably need more clarification to avoid a similar situation in the future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hysterically, Schumi walked past the Ferrari garage with a smug grin, not realizing that he had contravened the new rules, and was relying on a sympathetic steward to decide whether or not to punish him - The steward? New to the paddock, step forward Schumi's old arch-rival, Damon Hill, who had an even bigger smug grin on his face when announcing the punishment!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Geep

        I really don't know what else to say to you. You clearly have some sort of problem comprehending things. I can't do anything else but - once again - copy and paste what Article 40.13 says:

        "Article 40.13 of the Formula 1 sporting regulations states: "If the race ends while 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.""

        If I could, I would make the text super big for you, but I doubt that would help.

        I'm a Schumacher fan through and through, but you are clearly blinded and he can do no wrong. You can't be convinced, even when the evidence slaps you in the face.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Majarvis

        The race didn't end under safety car, to end under safety car it must end under a yellow flag. The teams were explicitly told that the safety car would come in and that it would be and was green flagged for the end of the race, i.e race conditions. That is EXACTLY why the race didn't end with everyone cruising over the finish, including Webber, because they knew that technically they could be passed. It's apparently been reported that this is what other teams understood and they are with Mercedes regarding their interpretation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Majarvis

        I read the rules and I understand that the clause make Schumi pass illegal, but apparently all the teams think otherwise, if not, Webber and everyone else would have just cruised and enjoy the ride. I think the FIA have to many "grey" areas in that book of rules. Again, illegal or not, one of the best moment of the race.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Geep

        Oh, and also, it's clear you don't understand the sport very well.

        Damon Hill was not there to enforce or implement any rulings. He was there as an ADVISOR to the STEWARDS (look up advisor, if you need to). He (and other drivers at different races) are there to give the stewards a driver's perspective of incidents, not to lay down any rulings. That is the STEWARDS role.

        Although, since you have trouble with deciphering the complex Article 40.13, I don't expect you to understand this, either...

        • 4 Years Ago
        @ykd79

        I'm a huge Schumi fan, but what he did was against the new rules. It's as simple as that.

        Under the new rules, after the safety car pulled in on the final lap, there was to be no overtaking (ie. the cars were to reach the finish as if still under the safety car, meaning no passing).

        Pretty clear cut, and Schumi just got it wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If what Schumi did was "illegal" why din't they all just cruise to the finish line, instead of fighting and defending like they all did. Makes no sense, everyone was attacking. Nevertheless, one of the highlight of the race!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Majarvis

        I never said that you said the race finished under safety car. Maybe YOU should be the one reading a bit more carefully.....

        I was discussing the situation, for article 40.13 to be relevant the race would have to have still been under safety car conditions, they EXPLICITLY green flagged the race, green flagged as in the debris is gone, you're free to race, no more safety car. The British commentators understood this more than half a lap before safety car pulled in because they saw exactly what the teams saw which was exactly why the drivers weren't napping when the safety car pulled in.

        Weren't napping except for Alonso that is. Too bad Damon Hill had to make a mess with an irreversible drive through, at least their appeal will be successful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Alonso wasn't napping: He had seen Hamilton fall a little bit behind (he probably knew as well) and was prepared to overtake him but his team confirmed (repeatedly) to him over radio that he wasn't allowed to overtake under the current rules, so he simply waited for the checkered flag.

        Mercedes, on the other hand, didn't do their homework and have lost precious points for not having told Schumi the same. Their mistake, their loss, and pretty critical when so many drivers are so close in the fight for world champion.
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