Tweet from @NobleF1: Perez will remain in hospital for another night, and will undergo another brain scan on Monday. Recovery going well though
He was involved in a big accident yesterday. If you missed any of the action, I recommend catching up with the FBFB highlights from qualifying: https://sidepodcast.com/post/monaco-2011-qualifying-highlights
Whilst we're talking links, there's also a 60 second news catchup of qualifying: https://sidepodcast.com/news/sebastian-vettel-adds-pole-position-at-monaco-to-his-growing-collection
If you're following the action today, I recommend joining in the comments at Sidepodcast: https://sidepodcast.com/dashboard
The direct thread has a fabulous poll as well - do you think we'll see a safety car today? https://sidepodcast.com/post/live-monaco-2011-the-race
So far, the majority of people are voting yes, there is likely to be a safety car today. If there isn't one in Monaco, then Bernd may as well retire!
After qualifying yesterday, Lewis Hamilton had his one and only time deleted for cutting the chicane. It dropped him back to 9th on the grid.
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull|
|3||Mark Webber||Red Bull|
Pérez won't be racing today, though.
Interview with Monisha Kaltenborn on Pérez: "He's doing very well. He had a good night's stay at the hospital. We know that he has a concussion and a bruised thigh. He'll be kept another day in hospital for observation, that's fairly normal. But he's in good spirits which is important."
Monisha on whether he'll be back for Montreal: "It's too early to say that. We are confident but it's the FIA's decision."
Hamilton on his qualifying strategy: "I think we've been driving well all weekend. I had the pace for pole, I'm certain of that. Engineers advised that we should do one lap at the end of Q3, I didn't contest it."
|Circuit de Monaco|
|Local timezone||+0200 GMT|
|Number of laps||78|
There is some confusion over whether the grid from 11th down will move up because Pérez is not starting. The BBC say yes.
Timo Glock ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Mark Webber talks tyres: "The grip is lower this year. Over a longer run, we know the grip of the tyres is degrading more than we've had in the past... than ever, in any of our Formula One careers. People say why don't you just look after them? It's all understanding how the tyre works and getting more out of it."
The pitlane has opened, engines are firing up throughout the garages.
Tweet from @MyTeamLotus: Right... 30 minutes until lights out. The grid is starting to fill up and the stars are out in force in the pitlane. Time to go to work..
Turn 6 - otherwise known as the hairpin.
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|Maximum pedal load||49kg|
Mark Webber on the grid, talking track conditions and getting past Jenson Button: "The track is good, in good shape. Some junior categories here today, the track's always in good shape come Sunday. We'll know in the first two seconds if it's possible, depending how the launch goes. Long Grand Prix, 78 laps, gotta stay concentrated for the full two hours. He's pretty keen to stay where he is, we'll see what happens."
Sebastian Vettel on the grid: "We have to look ourselves but they will push very hard, so it's not a walk in the park for us."
Lotus exit the pitlane towards the grid.
Tweet from @clubforce: The Monaco grid starts to come together. Good luck to both Paul and Adrian. It's hot out there!
Paul Hembery of Pirelli: "We didn't know what we were going to come into, being a road circuit for the first time. The supersoft seems to be working well. We're looking at a one stop, two stop, I think."
Tweet from @gcreighton: An untimely SC deployment could ruin even the perfect strategy, so expect to see a dramatic rush for the pitlane if it does emerge today.
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|Fuel laptime penalty||0.2s/10kg|
|Pit lane loss||21s|
|Pit lane length||316m|
Ten minutes to go, here are some links you may need. Live timing: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/
The Autosport live text is underway: http://live.autosport.com/commentary.php/id/354
You can also watch the BBC stream and text updates here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9499726.stm
There'll be live telemetry and the like from http://mclaren.com/formula1 and http://mercedes-gp.com as well.
Tweet from @easonF1: A word for the absentees: Sergio Perez and Robert Kubica. Perez 1 more night in hospital while Kubica is watching from his Monaco apartment
Live timing does confirm that the drivers have moved up with no gap for Pérez.
The grid is a lot emptier now, just engineers surrounding their cars, and marshals wandering up and down.
Race Control confirm that DRS is disabled for the start of the race.
Comment from Alex Andronov: Lewis can start on any tyre he likes because his time was deleted
The poll is closed and 88% believe it is a dead cert there will be a safety car at some point today.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: So, it's all to do for us today. Vitaly starts from 10th on the grid, Nick from 15th. Overtaking's notoriously difficult here...
The grid clears and the formation lap is underway. All the cars get away safely.
All of the top ten starting on supersoft tyres, except for Lewis Hamilton who's going for the softs.
Team radio from Button: "The steering is really heavy for some reason, I don't know why."
The cars are lined up on the grid.
Clean start from all, Alonso had a great start up to third, Rosberg also a great start, up to fifth.
Vettel sprinted away from the grid, Alonso is chasing Button for second.
Michael Schumacher dropped to tenth, but passes Hamilton at the hairpin!
Team radio from Hamilton: "I've been hit by Schumacher, I have a flat right rear tyre."
They said they'd look into it, but he's still going at the moment.
Vettel continues to fly away at the front, he's already round the next corner as Button gets to the hairpin.
Race Control confirm DRS is now enabled.
TedNews: Everything is fine with Hamilton's tyres - no puncture. But he's already 12 seconds behind the lead, that's going to be crucial.
Replays of the start show Schumacher got away so slowly that Rosberg just nipped round him to move forward.
The contact between Hamilton and Schumacher happened at the first corner - it looks like Schumacher's front wing is damaged.
Further down the order, Kovalainen dropped backwards to 19th, with teammate Trulli and Alguersuari ahead of him.
For Renault, Petrov is up to eighth, having started tenth, whilst Heidfeld is down in 15th.
Already a sizeable gap for Vettel.
More replays of the Hamilton/Schumacher incidents show that it was likely the rear wing of the McLaren rather than the front wing of the Mercedes with damage.
Hamilton is closing up behind Schumacher, and desperately looking for a way past.
Even through the DRS zone, it seems impossible for the McLaren to get past.
Team radio from Schumacher: "My rear tyres grained."
Hamilton makes the pass and is freed to chase down Petrov.
Going down the main straight, Lewis had the DRS enabled, and had enough momentum to get past. Schumacher gave him enough room, although they were close to touching wheels.
Button's times were getting faster and faster, but for the first time since the start, he lost a bit of pace on lap 10.
Rubens Barrichello has also passed Michael Schumacher, and now there's a Force India closing up to the Force India.
Barrichello made the pass ahead of the hairpin, with the slow corner stopping any kind of return from Schumacher.
Schumacher has dived into the pitlane - the first stop of the day.
He's taking on a new front wing, and another set of supersoft tyres. The Mercedes mechanics seemed a little surprised at the early stop.
It looks like Massa made contact with Rosberg, and a piece of bodywork - endplate of the front wing - flew off.
Massa makes the pass on Rosberg, and as the Mercedes goes defensive, Maldonado gets through as well.
Jenson Button pits from second place, another set of supersoft tyres for the McLaren.
Track is clear.
I'm assuming those yellows were for collecting debris, as there was no incident to be seen.
Nico Rosberg pits for his first stop.
Sebastian Vettel pits from the lead, it's a massively slow stop for Red Bull. He's bolted on soft tyres.
Mark Webber follows his teammate into the pits - his is also a relatively slow stop. Were the mechanics confused about which car they were looking at?
Fernando Alonso pits from the lead of the race.
That gives Jenson Button the genuine lead of the race, Alonso returns to the track behind Vettel.
Button's stopped time was 4 seconds dead, whilst Vettel's was 6.9. A crucial three second advantage for the McLaren.
Whilst the bungled pit stops ruined Vettel's lead, they screwed Webber more. 15 seconds stopped has left him down in 13th position.
It seems Red Bull reacted to Button's stop, bringing Vettel in early, when Webber was due to come in anyway.
Lewis Hamilton, down in 7th, is chasing Petrov for 6th place - neither having stopped yet.
Button is stretching out a lead for himself, almost 10 seconds up on Vettel already.
Lewis Hamilton pits, but the McLaren mechanics weren't ready for him and scramble with his tyres.
Meanwhile, replays show Timo Glock missing the chicane, and behind Michael Schumacher slowing to avoid the Virgin, with teammate Rosberg narrowly missing colliding with the other Mercedes.
Glock has since pitted for new tyres.
Paul di Resta makes a late dive into the hairpin to pass Alguersuari, and the pair collide, bits of Force India scattering the track.
He makes the place stick though, meaning:
Tweet from @HispaniaRacing: After 25 laps, both our drivers are still in the race and are yet to come in for a pitstop #F1 #HispaniaRacing
Race Control: Incident involving Di Resta and Alguersuari under investigation by the stewards.
Felipe Massa has pitted for the first time, as has Karthikeyan (disregard that last tweet!)
Race Control: Paul di Resta gets a drive through penalty for an avoidable accident.
Button has the entire length of the start/finish straight to himself.
Paul di Resta pits for his drive through - getting it out the way as quick as possible.
Vitaly Petrov pits, releasing both Massa and Hamilton - Lewis chasing the Ferrari for 10th place.
Thirty laps complete, no safety car yet.
Michael Schumacher passes teammate Nico Rosberg again at the hairpin, a carbon copy of his overtaking move earlier.
Jaime Alguersuari pits towards the back of the field.
There's a massive chain behind Buemi in 8th, Webber follows then Massa and Hamilton - all less than half a second from each other.
Buemi still has to stop, so when he pits for the first time, it should release them.
Tweet from @autosportlive: Kobayashi, Sutil, Heidfeld and Buemi are all looking at a one-stop plan and are yet to visit the pits.
Barrichello also may be favouring the one stop strategy.
Sebastian Vettel is starting to overturn Button's lead.
Timo Glock has pulled the Virgin car off to the side of the track in the vicinity of the swimming pool.
Button pits, as does Barrichello.
It's more supersoft tyres for Button - he still has the soft compound to use.
No safety car for the stricken Virgin Racing car, it's offline and Glock climbs from the car safely.
Lewis Hamilton tries to do a Schumacher at the hairpin, but crashes into the side of Felipe Massa. There's bodywork from one of the cars.
Safety car deployed.
Felipe Massa has stopped on track, his wheels hanging off, and he climbs from the car as the mechanics go to work.
Schumacher has also stopped on track.
Schumacher has stopped at Rascasse. I'm saying nothing.
The car is steaming, but the marshals are pushing him into the pitlane out of the way.
Replays show Schumacher just came to a halt after rounding the Rascasse corner, Fernando Alonso narrowly avoiding him to dive into the pitlane.
More replays show that Massa and Hamilton were side by side through the tunnel, Massa got onto the marbles and ended up in the barrier.
No wonder there's a safety car!
Team radio to and from Hamilton: "Lewis, do you think your front wing is damage?"
"I think it's okay. I went on the inside and he turned in on me. That was on purpose."
I mean, he's entitled to his opinion, but he was going around the inside at the hairpin. It's a tricky move to justify.
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: Felipe was heavily attacked by Hamilton who damaged his car and then he crashed
Always two sides to every story.
TedNews: Button's stop may have cost him the race, as Vettel has used all the compounds he needs to and JB has not.
Interview with Timo Glock: "I just came into the chicane in the harbour and drove over the normal line over the kerb and suddenly the rear suspension collapsed and that was it."
It's dark in there but you can see there's carnage happening.
The aftermath, a Ferrari with serious broken suspension.
Vettel is leading behind the Safety car, with three lapped cars - Heidfeld, Buemi and Barrichello - between he and second place Button.
Race Control: Safety Car in this lap.
Track is clear.
Race Control: DRS disabled for the restart.
Button gets slightly held up trying to pass Barrichello, blue flags have the desired effect.
Race Control: Incident involving Hamilton and Massa under investigation by the stewards.
Race Control: DRS enabled.
The stewards, including Allan McNish, are doing a snappy job today, compared to yesterday's slow penalty handouts.
Comment from Alex Andronov: Looks like the FBFB needs a Race Control Icon :)
Vettel, Button and Alonso have all passed the backmarkers now and have a nice clear circuit ahead of them.
Button has reduced Vettel's lead, and is now just half a second behind the Red Bull.
Race Control: Drive through penalty for Hamilton for causing a collision.
Button needs to make the best of this stint, as he still needs to put on the soft compound - the lesser of the two.
Hamilton stops to take his drive through penalty.
The top three, Vettel, Button, Alonso, have a massive gap ahead of third place Sutil - 17 seconds to third place.
Team radio to Hamilton: "You are P9, you have lost two positions."
Track is clear. Not sure what that was for.
Replays show Paul di Resta hit the back of D'Ambrosio at the hairpin - a bit of bodywork flapping off the Force India.
Team radio to Button: "It looks like Vettel's going to stay out a few more laps. If we want to win this race, I'm afraid we're going to have to overtake him on track."
Jarno Trulli pits from 14th place.
Everyone behind Lewis Hamilton in 9th has been lapped.
Jenson Button pits from second place, the mechanics have his soft tyres ready for him. Good stop from McLaren.
Lewis Hamilton pits from 9th place.
Comment from Lukeh: Maldonado is still doing a fab job in the points, well done him :)
Sebastian Vettel still has not stopped yet, which seems slightly odd. If he's not stopping again, that's a massive distance on these tyres.
Jenson Button is able to get to the finish of the race, not sure about Alonso, but if Vettel stops again, he's likely to come out behind both of these.
Sebastian Vettel stopped on lap 16, if he is one-stopping, that's 38 laps on his current set of tyres.
Heikki Kovalainen pits from 18th place.
David Coulthard, on the BBC commentary, says if they pit Vettel now, he'll finish third. If they don't, he may be able to keep the lead by dint of track position - regardless of what his tyres do.
Rosberg and Maldonado both stop, Pastor from 8th place.
Tweet from @EliGP: Once again, I'm sad to report that the only thing I'm sure about at this point is that Heidfeld will not win
Mark Webber pits from 6th place - a tough race for the Australian. At least this pit stop is a bit quicker - 4.9 seconds.
|Sector 1||J Button||204kph|
|Sector 2||J Button||190kph|
|Sector 3||P Di Resta||268kph|
|Speed trap||L Hamilton||286kph|
Team radio between Button and pitwall: "Is he going to stay out?"
"We're honestly not sure, he may try. We're a lot quicker than him, we can still get him."
TedNews: "The fight for fourth and fifth, neither Sutil nor Kobayashi need to stop again. They both started on the soft, they're now running the supersoft. They're involved in a massive battle, they're racing together very hard. If it finishes like this, they'll secure fourth and fifth."
Jaime Alguersuari pits from 13th place.
Sebastian Vettel is picking up the pace again.
A moment of calm finally, as Alonso continues to chase Vettel at the front.
The gap between the top three and the rest is massive, over half a minute now. And still only the top nine are on the lead lap.
The three are catching up to Paul di Resta - the next backmarker to clear. He moves out the way nicely.
Sébastien Buemi pits from 11th place.
The Red Bull has great traction out of the corners, each time they round the first corner, Vettel disappears into the distance.
However, his tyres are running out, and there are still 13 laps to go.
|M Schumacher||Stopped on track||34|
Replays show Sutil and Kobayashi made a bit of contact, and Kobayashi has passed the Force India.
Mark Webber has passed Adrian Sutil for fifth place - the Force India losing positions rapidly.
Ten laps to go and three cars fighting for the lead.
Fernando Alonso misses the chicane, he won't get a penalty for it, but it drops the Ferrari back from Vettel, towards Button.
Tweet from @JRobertsF1: TENSE!
TedNews: McLaren say - In about two or three laps time, we think Vettel will hit the cliff and then he will be two to three seconds per lap slower than he is now.
Safety car deployed.
I don't know how to describe what just happened. The three made their way through a lot of backmarkers and it ended in carnage. Let's see...
Maldonado passed Sutil.
That sent Sutil offline and into the barrier, he lost the right rear, and went slowly.
Alguersuari jumped the kerb to avoid a slow Lewis Hamilton. He caught Petrov which sent them both into the wall. They are both out of the race.
Button was lucky to avoid the rebounding Alguersuari. The top three all got through okay, though.
Ooh, missed a bit. To clarify, Hamilton was going slow because Sutil was going slow. Also, Alguersuari just narrowly missed the back of the McLaren in his kerb-jumping.
Replays show the broken rear wing of Alguersuari did hit the back of Hamilton, but Lewis is still going at the moment.
That has definitely ruined the tense race at the front.
Team radio from Button: "I can't get close to Alonso because he can use DRS."
There's an ambulance on track, although it's not clear who for.
It looks like Petrov is the one in need of the ambulance and that will be the reason for the red flag.
Lewis Hamilton is circulating with a broken rear wing.
The race may not be over. All the mechanics are running to the grid for the cars to line up in case of a restart.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: Petrov hits barrier, safety car out, Nick changes to new set of supersofts, Vitaly is talking in the car."
Race Control: Race will be resumed when track is clear.
On the grid, Button sprays something into his eyes - all that concentration must be a strain on the eyeballs.
TedNews: They're going to try and fix Hamilton's rear wing on the grid, they've got spanners out and everything.
Ted reports that Petrov may have been knocked unconscious briefly. He's being extracted from the car now.
Fixing Lewis' rear wing. It doesn't look safe!
The marshals are pushing the Renault off track now. Petrov is loaded into the ambulance.
Tweet from OfficialLRGP: Vitaly is talking to us, reporting pain, not getting out of car without medical assistance
Tweet from @MyTeamLotus: The boys are working hard to get everything back onto the grid. It looks like the race will be resumed
The marshals are sweeping the track clear and the ambulance is about to head off.
Race Control: Race will restart at 16:04 local time.
The ambulance moves away, as McLaren mechanics are running a new front wing to the grid.
Eric Boullier: "He is okay, he is just complaining about leg injuries, which apparently the doctors told me it's not fractured or anything, just bruising. Because it's a leg injury it takes time to extract him from the car, and now he's going for observation."
Tweet from @clubforce: Adrian will be in P8 for the restart and Paul in P13. Race will restart behind the safety car
Three minutes until the restart. Drivers getting their concentration faces on again.
Tweet from @autosportlive: A fresh rear wing is now in place on Hamilton's car, with the work supervised by FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer.
Track is clear.
The Safety Car leads them away for one lap.
Teams have been allowed to change tyres, so Vettel's problems are solved. It's all about who can keep it clean for the final five laps.
The Safety Car pulls in as Vettel drops back to build himself a gap for speeding up.
He leads them away, with Alonso close behind. Button didn't get a great restart.
Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado come together, with the Williams crashing off into the barriers.
It looked like another aggressive overtaking move from Hamilton that went wrong.
Race Control: Incident involving Hamilton and Maldonado under investigation by the stewards.
Three laps to go, Vettel has 0.9 seconds on Alonso.
Further back, Mark Webber is chasing Kobayashi for 4th place. Lewis Hamilton is behind them, keen to get past as well.
Race Control: DRS enabled.
I'd forgotten it had been disabled.
Two laps to go, Alonso isn't making any headway.
Kobayashi misses the chicane, as Webber makes it, so the Sauber has to give the position to Webber. Red Bull now looking at a 1-4 finish.
The final lap.
Sebastian Vettel wins the Monaco Grand Prix!
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will join the German on the podium.
It's a career best finish for Kobayashi, picking up a handful of points for Sauber in 5th place.
Team radio to Button: "We went for first, which was the most important thing. Great job."
The drivers have their trophies and are standing to attention for the National Anthems.
Tweet from @antdavidson: Wow what a race. Big confusion there at the end with red flag. Shame they're allowed to work on the cars. Ruined a great scrap to the end.
The Monaco podium.
Vettel sprays champagne... right into the face of the nearby guard chap, who didn't even flinch.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: Update on Vitaly - Conscious. Talks. Complains about leg pain but no fracture. Goes to hospital. #F1
Mark Webber: "We didn't really go long enough on the first stint, that's pretty normal with me on those tyres. That compromised me, when I arrived at the pits they didn't have any tyres out. There was obviously a communication problem. They called me in, so when you wait around here, you lose track position, you have to wait behind people for the majority of the race. Not bad to get fourth from there."
Apologies for the crush, but even in just a few laps to the finish, the front three pulled out a sizeable gap.
The Monaco Grand Prix is over then, extended by a red flag period, but now complete. Sebastian Vettel adds the principality to his list of winning venues.
The change of tyres and the subsequent restart took away all of the tension at the end of the race, but until then it had been excellent.
Scrappy racing from those you expect to be better, and stylish moves from those who have yet to show class this year.
Great finish for Kobayashi, and for Barrichello, who finally gets some points on the board for Williams.
Hoping that Petrov is okay, although it all seems more precautionary than anything else.
The stewards are still investigating some of the incidents that occurred in those last ten laps, so keep your eyes on https://sidepodcast.com for any updates.
The next race is in Canada, two weeks from now. How will the new regulations fare around the circuit in Montreal?
I hope you'll join me back here for all the action from Canada. Have a fab fortnight, fact fans.
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