Mark Webber wins 2012 F1 Monaco Grand Prix: Alonso leads points table while Schumacher retires

Mark Webber wins 2012 F1 Monaco Grand Prix: Alonso leads points table while Schumacher retires

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Six races and six different winners, three of them being former world champions while two of them, first time winners. This year’s Formula One Championships have been the most unpredictable ever. In its 62 year old history, F1 has never experienced such unpredictability. Today’s Monaco Grand Prix too did not have an expected winner, but as Mark Webber was awarded pole position by Schumacher, he had the best chance of winning.

In the past 10 years, only twice has drivers not starting from pole position managed to win the Monaco Grand Prix, 2003 – Juan Pablo Montoya and 2008 – Lewis Hamilton, both started respective races from the third position.

This is Mark Webber’s second win at Monaco, the previous one came in 2010. While his team, Red Bull Renault has won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third consecutive year. Red Bull boss Christian Horner said, “It was a very intense race. We weren’t sure if it was going to be one or two stops. Mark was very disciplined. He stretched it out and did what he needed to do. It was a tactical race and stressful race when the rain came.”

Red Bull driver Mark Webber, said, “I’m feeling incredible. It was an interesting race. It was reasonably straight forward at start, getting the gap and managing super-softs. Then it was matter of trying to get back into gap on track after the stops. The weather was threatening around the pit stop window but Nico went for it, went for undercut, so a few people had to react to his chess move. The first phase of the race was strange. It was hard to get the soft prime tyre warmed up. Seb had his tyres in and wasn’t wearing them so he was coming back into the picture. I didn’t want him to get the magic 21 second gap and take the lead. It’s an amazing day for the team, myself and really happy to have won here again.”

Webber team-mate and current world champion, Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth, said, “The number of different winners is good for you (the public) but for us it’s very difficult to know what’s happening. Nevertheless, it’s a long year, it will be crucial to keep scoring points.”

On the other hand, Michael Schumacher, who has won here on 5 occasions, once again failed to score any points as he retired with 15 laps to go because of a car problem. Schumacher’s last win in Monaco came back in 2001 with Ferrari. This season, Schumacher has scored just 2 points.

Michael Schumacher said, “What can I say? It was simply a pity to end the race in this way. In any case, the fuel pressure problem had nothing to do with the incident at the start. But it made it doubly disappointing because I had secretly been hoping for a podium finish. I will take the boost from the high points of this weekend with me to Canada. The track should suit us and I’m hoping to have a normal, clean race.”

Schumacher’s Mercedes F1 team-mate, Nico Rosberg continued his impressive run this season. Nico who started alongside Webber, finished 0.6 seconds behind the Australian. After the race, Nico Rosberg, said, “I got a good start, but so did Mark. It was a matter of tyre management. I was a bit surprised how strong we were in qualifying and in the race. We probably had the fastest car out there. We are making progress all the time. Unfortunately it didn’t come together perfectly – first would have been nice – but we are pleased with second place.”

One of the most loved Formula One team in recent history, Ferrari too had a decent run at Monaco today. Ferrari last won a race here in Monaco back in 2001 with Michael Schumacher. Today, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who has also won here twice with Renault and McLaren Mercedes back in 2006 and 2007 respectively, finished on the podium.

Alonso said, “The target was to try to finish in front of Sebastian and Lewis as they are with us in the championship. If you go race by race, you aim to finish ahead of different drivers. Now it is Mark. It will be interesting, as we are constantly developing the car and we are constantly surprised at every race. At the start I had contact with Grosjean so thought there was damage, but the car was fine. We took Hamilton at the stop with a perfect time and a perfect stop again, so well done to the team.”

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton was unhappy after the race and stated, “McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who finished fifth: “It wasn’t the best result, but this is motor racing. I really dislike going backwards, but we still go away with some points. There are many races ahead of us and we still need to keep pushing. My start was one of worst starts I’ve had in a long time. I don’t understand why it happens when two guys next to be and those behind us got perfect starts. I was fortunate not to get caught up in the crash. We do thousands of starts, it shouldn’t be a problem.”

2012 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix Final Results

1 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari
7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
10 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari
12 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari
13 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault
14 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth
15 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth
16 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari
18 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth
19 Michael Schumacher Mercedes
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault
21 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth
23 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault
24 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault

2012 F1 DRIVERS’ STANDINGS after Monaco Grand Prix

1 Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 76
2 Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 73
3 Mark Webber – Red Bull – 73
4 Lewis Hamilton – McLaren – 63
5 Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 59
6 Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus – 51
7 Jenson Button – McLaren – 45
8 Romain Grosjean – Lotus – 35

2012 F1 CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS after Monaco Grand Prix

1 Red Bull – 146
2 McLaren – 108
3 Ferrari – 86
4 Lotus – 86
5 Mercedes – 61
6 Williams – 44
7 Sauber – 41
8 Force India – 28
9 Toro Rosso – 6

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