Monaco GP – Race Report
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia holds the trophy on the podium after winning the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
The mood at Monaco was perfect for racing with the ambient track temperature at 31 degrees and the sun tanning the heat-seekers in the harbour. Aussie Mark Webber drove a steady and controlled race from the front to take his second Monaco victory. He was followed home by Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso under less than a second.
Sebastian Vettel held off Lewis Hamilton who in turn held the Ferrari of Felipe Massa back in sixth place - the Brazilian's best finish this season.
At the start, it was chaos as the top three took-off strongly but behind them Romain Grosjean found himself squeezed by Alonso onto Schumacher which led to a spin and retirement ultimately for the young Frenchman in his Lotus Renault. The promising Schumacher slid back to P8.
This incident saw cars taking avoiding action with the Sauber of Kobayashi even airborne momentarily. Fernando Alonso, after another afternoon of epic performance, finds himself heading the championship table from the Red Bull drivers who are locked with equal points in second.
With yellow flags out and a safety car called in, Hamilton found time to complain to his team on the radio about his faulty traction control off the start line. Lap 4 saw Massa hound down Alonso. This was the first time he was anywhere close to his teammate during the races this season.