|Date: 5/17/2010 6:35:01 PM|
Red Bull's Webber, Vettel in Monaco F1 1-2
By Walter Elliott
MONACO, Monte Carlo -- Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, by finishing one-two here in the FIA F1 GP of Monaco Sunday
afternoon, helped lift themselves and constructor Red Bull Racing-Renault atop the FIA World Drivers and Constructors'
While Webber led all 78 laps from the pole, he had to contend with four full course caution periods that kep erasing his lead over
Vettel. The now-four-time F1GP race winner, for example, saw Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth and Jarno Trulli's Lotus-Cosworth
collide before him on lap 71. Dodging the wreckage meant that his 30-second lead was erased by the resulting seven-lap caution.
Webber won his second straight F1 GP by .448 sec. over Vettel. The pair had finished one-two at the Spanish GP and Vettel
topped Webber in Maylasia earlier this season.
FIA officials broke the Webber-Vettel tie, at 78 points each after six rounds, by virtue of the former's two race victories. They
helped RBR-Renault ouste Ferrari from atop the constructors championship table.
Robert Kubica's Renault, Felipe Massa's Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton's McLaren-Mercedes, Michael Schumacher's Mercedes, Fernando
Alonso's Ferrari and Nico Rosberg's Mercedes all finished within seven seconds of Webber. While race stewards left the top five
finishers stand, they docked Schumacher 20 seconds - which demoted him to 12th place out of the points.
Scuderia Marlboro Ferrari protested that Schumacher had passed Alonso for fifth place when the safety pace car had pulled into pit
lane on the 78th and last lap.
Alonso, Force India-Mercedes teammates Adrian Sutil and Vitrantonio Liuzzi, last points-getter Sebastien Buemi's Toro Rosso-Ferrai
and teammate Jaime Alguersuari were all evelated over Schumacher.
The four caution periods, due to accidents and a suspected loose sewer cover, further hampered rare passing opportunities for the
24 starters on the 19-turn, 2.078-mile harborside street course.
A1GP champion Nico Hulkenberg had his Williams-Cosworth pitch him into the tunnel guardrails on lap one for the first full course
caution. Rubens Barrichello said that a rear suspension part let go, causing him to crash on lap 28. The safety car also came out for
the manhole cover check on lap 42.
Half of the starters finished.
FINISH (Running Unless Otherwise Noted): MARK WEBBER, Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando
Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Jaime Alguersuari, Michael Schumacher; (DNF_ Vitaly Pterov (lap73 -
powertrain), Karun Chandrok and Jarno Trulli (lap 71 - collision), Heikki Kovalainen (lap 59 - steering), Bruno Senna (lap 59 -
hydraulics), Rubens Barrichello (lap 28 - crash), Kamui Kobayashi (lap 27 - gearbox), Lucas di Grassi (right rear wheel), Timo Glock
(lap 23 - track rod), Pedro de la Rosa (lap 22 - hydraulics)), Jenson Button (lap 3 - engine), Nico Hulkenberg (lap 1 - crash).
DRIVERS POINTS: WEBBER and Vettel (tie)-78; Alonso-75; Button-70; Massa-61; Kubica and Hamilton (tie)-59; Rosberg-56;
BUILDER POINTS: RED BULL-RENAULT-156; Ferrari-136; McLaren Mercedes-129; Mercedes-78; Renault-65; Force India-Mercedes-
30; Williams-Cosworth-8; Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari-4.
NEXT GPs: May 30, Istanbul Park, Turkey; June 13, Circuit Gilles Villenuve, Montreal, Canada.
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