Mark Webber insisted that taking victory in the Monaco Grand Prix was 'the greatest day of my life'.
Having taken pole position on the streets of the principality, Webber was in a class of his own on race day as he dominated from the front, never being headed in a lights-to-flag victory.
Despite four Safety Car periods during the race, Webber was able to control the race and pulled away from the chasing pack at each restart without issues.
To cap another fine weekend for Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel took the flag in second place and the pair now sit level on points at the top of championship standings.
“It's a special day, the greatest day of my life I suppose,” Webber said. “As a Formula One driver you really hope that you win races and if you have a choice then the blue riband event is very, very special for any driver. To join Ayrton Senna and the likes round here is a very special thing. The last few laps are intense. Jenson [Button] actually said to me on the parade lap that when you're leading with a few laps to go, it looks like the track's narrowing and the barriers are coming closer and closer. Fifteen laps from the end, that's just what it was like.
“A one-two finish for the team here is such a feather in their cap, it's incredible. The safety cars weren't a great situation to have – you do all the hard work, get away and risk some pretty quick lap times to increase the gap and then you have a safety car which neutralises it and all the fast guys are back on your wheel again. It's very difficult when it's like that, but that's part of the driver's role – to stay composed and get the job done.”
Having taken a maximum score of 50 points from the first two European races of the season, Webber has now firmly established himself as a championship contender although the Australian conceded that there is still a long way to go in the title race.
“To get 50 points from the last two races is awesome, but there is a long, long way still to go,” he said. “We've got so many different conditions and tracks coming up – there are many exciting times to come; I'm looking forward to it.”
Team boss Christian Horner was also delighted with the win, which gave Red Bull its first win in F1's blue riband event.
“A tremendous result for the team today – I think Mark Webber's had the week of his life,” he said. “To win two GPs in a row including the Monaco GP, which is probably the most prestigious on the calendar, is a very proud day for the whole of Red Bull Racing. And we didn't only win Monaco, but finished first and second so it's a great day for the team.
“It puts us first and second in the drivers' championship and first in the constructors' championship. It's a great result and testimony to all the work that goes on behind the scenes, which goes to make results like today's possible. Congratulations also to Renault on their one-two-three finish.”