The Bulls charge on
Mark Webber swept to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday in a Red Bull one-two that catapulted the Australian to the top of the Formula One leaderboard.india Updated: May 16, 2010 23:58 IST
Mark Webber swept to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday in a Red Bull one-two that catapulted the Australian to the top of the Formula One leaderboard.
The first Australian winner in the Mediterranean principality since triple world champion Jack Brabham in 1959, Webber led from pole to finish for his second victory in a row and fourth of his career.
"Absolutely incredible, for sure this is the greatest day of my life today," Webber told reporters. The last Australian to lead the world championship was Alan Jones in 1981.
In a race punctuated by crashes and four safety car periods, including the last three laps, Germany's Sebastian Vettel anchored Red Bull's second one-two in six races with Poland's Robert Kubica third for Renault.
Vettel crossed the line just 0.4 seconds behind the triumphant Webber, with the field queuing up behind the safety car to the final corner as the Red Bull mechanics leant over the pitwall to clap them home.
World champion Jenson Button retired on the third lap with smoke coming out of his McLaren's engine.
Webber took over at the top with 78 points, the same number as Vettel who has just one win this year, with Ferrari's
Fernando Alonso third with 73 after roaring from last to seventh in the race. Button, who has also won twice this year, slipped to fourth place with 70 points.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa finished fourth with Britain's Lewis Hamilton fifth for McLaren after questioning his team's advice to save the brakes.
"We're only halfway through the race. What the hell? Do you want me to race these guys or look after the car?," the former Monaco winner and 2008 world champion asked angrily over the team radio.
While Webber had clear air and never looked troubled, Alonso provided plenty of thrills as he carved his way back through the field from last place at the first corner.
The Spaniard, a double winner in Monaco with Renault and McLaren, had started from the pit lane after wrecking his car in Saturday's final practice.
The safety car was again in action after lap 31 when Brazilian Rubens Barrichello spun and ended up facing the wrong way on the uphill approach to Casino Square and 12 laps later when a loose drain cover was reported. Schumacher again beat teammate Nico Rosberg who was eighth.
Adrian Sutil came in ninth for Force India with teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi collecting the final point. Half of the 24 cars in the field failed to complete the 78-lap race in the Mediterranean principality, with Lotus driver Jarno Trulli going over Karun Chandhok's HRT car in the closing stages as the Italian attempted to overtake at La Rascasse corner.
First Published: May 16, 2010 23:54 IST