Webber Takes Grand Prix of Monaco
Formula One history was made when Mark Webber was crowned the winner on Sunday of the Grand Prix of Monaco. Webber, the pole position winner, became the sixth different winner in the first six races of this season, the first time that has happened in F1 history. Fernando Alonso is now the new leader for the driver’s championship.
Drivers started the race with a one-stop strategy for tires, on the championship’s most difficult track for overtaking, so Webber just needed to reach the first corner with the lead and then complete one clean stop in the pits.
The Australian defeated Nico Rosberg by just over half a second. Alonso finished third 0.9 of a second behind. It was Webber’s eighth career victory in Formula 1 and the second time he has won in Monaco in the past three years for Red Bull, his main sponsor.
Alonso is trying to win his third title and started the race tied for first with 61 points with Sebastian Vettel who is the defending champion. Alonso now is the overall championship leader over Webber and Vettel by just three points.
A number of drivers did not make it through the race, one of the most difficult circuits during the season. Two of the most well known not to complete the race were Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button.
Vettel ended the race in fourth after starting the race in ninth. Fifth place went to McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa for Ferrari was sixth.
Only the top six had a relatively calm race. Only seconds into the race, four drivers crashed and ended their day. Romain Grosjean had been a pre race favorite but that early crash ended his chances.