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Webber holds on to win Monaco GP

There had been whispers that Red Bull were using Webber to back up the chasing pack in order to help promote his team-mate up the order, but the truth was that the Australian - and presumably those around him - were struggling to get heat into their fresher rubber as temperatures dropped and the suggestion of rain returned.

Once again, however, the threats proved to be largely unfounded, save for the odd drop as the race drew to a close, leaving any overtaking opportunities to come about as the result of technical problems or sheer bloody-mindedness. Schumacher's race, which was never going to produce the win he had jokingly predicted at the start of the weekend, ended quietly as the gremlins first caused him to slow and then to retire to the pits.

Further back, Button remained mired behind Kovalainen even through the pit-stops, prompting the Briton to make lunges at the Caterham around both the chicane and the Swimming Pool. When the latter move resulted only in the McLaren spinning, he tried again - once Kovalainen had been delayed by contact with Perez at Ste Devote - only to disappear down an escape road. After that, he decided to call it a day. Kovalainen, meanwhile, could have hoped for a shot at a maiden point for Caterham with just a little more attrition. Instead, he was left to rue his defence on Perez as their ensuing coming together broke his front wing and precipitated another stop for repairs, dropping him to 13th at the flag.

The combination of late-race drizzle and tyres that had done nearly 40 laps then produced a tense finale as the top five closed up, with Webber holding sway over Rosberg, Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton. Despite the odd look, there were no concerted moves, no slip-ups from the man in front, and no repeat of the midfield shunt that caused last year's race to be halted with just a handful of laps to run.

Massa wasn't quite close enough to the top five to influence the finishing order, while a massive 35-second chasm stretched to the next runners, as Paul di Resta led Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg home in seventh and eighth. Both had managed to jump Raikkonen during the Finn's pit-stop, while Bruno Senna finished just half a second shy of the Lotus after being promoted into the points by Schumacher's exit. Perez, who had a fraught race that included numerous trips over the chicane, impeding Raikkonen and incurring a drive-thru' as the Sauber team summoned him for a pit-stop, and then setting the fastest lap of all, came home in eleventh, just ahead of Vergne, who made the odd choice of intermediates at his late second stop.

Keeping the order the same to the flag meant that, despite not having led a lap or stood on the podium before Monaco, Webber became the sixth different winner in as many races to start the 2012 season, and pushed the Australian right back into the title hunt. Alonso's third place moved him three points clear of the tie he previously found himself in with Vettel, who now finds his team-mate sharing second spot with him.

Then the rain arrived.....

What odds Canada producing a seventh different winner? With the likes of Hamilton, Schumacher and Raikkonen still to open their victory account in 2012, and the likes of Grosjean offering an alternative to the established names, it is possible, but the action will need to be better than in the Principality to keep the season's buzz alive.

Related Pictures

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24.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Lotus F1 Team and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
26.05.2012-  Free Practice 3, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
26.05.2012-  Free Practice 3, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05
26.05.2012-  Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
26.05.2012-  Free Practice 3, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
26.05.2012-  Free Practice 3, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
26.05.2012-  Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
26.05.2012-  Free Practice 3, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
27.05.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner
27.05.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03, 3rd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
27.05.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner
27.05.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
27.05.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
27.05.2012- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
27.05.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 celebrates his victory
26.07.2014- Qualifying, Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
26.07.2014- Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 pole position and 2nd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
26.07.2014- Qualifying, 2nd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

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Amigo - Unregistered

May 27, 2012 6:19 PM

"Kamui Kobayashi was sent skyward as he hit the back of cars ahead of him" The report was wrong. Kamui didn't hit back of Grosjean car. Grosjean car was rolling backward and he hit the Kamui's rear wheel. Grosjean should have brake his car for to prevent further accident but he didn't brake and hit Kamui car. Bad luck for Kamui. Every point is very important for him because his contract with Sauber will be finished at end of year. His future is unknown as being Asian driver even thought he is very fast and consistent driver now. I hope he will lucky in Canada.

Jimmy Crack Corn - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 12:19 AM

How can you call Monaco boring?? Watching the best drivers in the world...and Karthikeyen drive 78 laps around the tightest track, inches from every wall with no room for error, sliding through corners. Tactics and radio chatter thrown in aswell. I'd watch it every night if I could. Well done Mark

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