Webber's Winning Ways In Monte Carlo

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From lights to flag, Mark Webber was never going to let anyone threaten his second Monaco win. He’s the first Australian to celebrate victory twice here and it was accomplished through a combination of hard work and team work.

And it was also these attributes and another great drive which pushed Sebastian Vettel up from ninth on the grid to a fourth-place finish. It meant another poolside celebration after a long week’s work here in the Principality.

That Aussie grit Webber has become famous for was on show in force, and it was backed up by some similar determination in the garage and pitlane. Mark said: “We had composure and experience and great team work on the pit wall. It’s a tough nut to crack this race, but we did it again. I had both hands on it today and I wasn’t going to let go.”

For Sebastian it was incredibly close to a podium place, but, on this occasion not to be. He was sanguine about the afternoon, but aware that he’d gotten the best out of the grid. He said: “It would have been nice to have been on the podium today. I think the speed was there, but in the end we had the same strategy as the leaders, just the other way round, but we started ninth and considering it’s hard to pass here, then to gain five places was a good day. It’s definitely good for Mark to win here and also for the team to get their third Monaco win in a row – it’s impressive.”

Less fortunate was Schumacher whose weekend appeared to get even worse from the first corner. His collision with Grosjean forced the retirement of the French driver, while Maldonado had a dreadful afternoon, retiring before the end of the first lap. No Spanish repetition here for the Williams driver.

Other than a fairly eventful first few laps things were relatively calm. Well, as calm as Formula One racing around the streets and tunnels of Monte Carlo can get. Michael’s weekend went from bad to worse. After conceding pole to Mark, then colliding with Grosjean and then retiring on lap 64, he didn’t have a Monaco he’ll want to remember.

This is the third year running a Red Bull Racing car has crossed the finishing line first at Monaco, and the Energy Station poolside celebrations may appear now to be habit, but they’re not. They’re the result of long days, weeks and months both here trackside and back in Milton Keynes. Next up, Montreal…

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