The incident had no impact on the podium, but allowed both Nakajima and Kovalainen into points positions they would not have expected as the clock ticked down. It also promoted Webber to fourth, Vettel to fifth and Barrichello to sixth as Monaco again produced an unusual result.
There was no doubting the happiest man in the Principality, however. Having told journalists how much he wanted to emulate his hero, and how he was confident he could do it whatever the weather. Lewis Hamilton
duly delivered. He thanked his crew, apologised for the early scare and called on the team to party with him into the night.
Given his lap five fortune, however, McLaren
might well decide on a night at the casino.....