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Monaco 2011 - Race highlights // Follow all the laps, crashes and penalties from the Monte Carlo event

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We pondered when the Safety Car would make it's first appearance this year, and of course, it had to be Monaco. We saw the cars not once, but twice, as drivers navigated their way round the principality. From a big crash between Hamilton and Massa, to a red flag period after Petrov met with the barriers, it was all go today.

There were penalties to be handed out, yellow and blue flags aplenty, and Williams picked up their first points of the year!

If you missed any of the action, get caught up with the Factbyte Factbox lap by lap coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix.

As it happened: 2011 Monaco - The Race

  • 12:03

    Hello and welcome to the Factbyte Factbox for the Monaco Grand Prix.

  • 12:04

    It's that time of year again - when we watch 20+ cars winding their way through the streets of Monaco, hoping to get to the end of the race unscathed.

  • 12:06

    The most important news, though, is that Pérez is doing well. A few updates have come in this morning, mostly positive.

  • 12:06

    TweetTweet from @NobleF1: Perez will remain in hospital for another night, and will undergo another brain scan on Monday. Recovery going well though

  • 12:07

    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

  • 12:07

    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

  • 12:09

    If you're following the action today, I recommend joining in the comments at Sidepodcast: https://sidepodcast.com/dashboard

  • 12:09

    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

  • 12:10

    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!

  • 12:12

    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.

  • 12:15
    Qualifying Position
    1Sebastian VettelRed Bull
    2Jenson ButtonMcLaren
    3Mark WebberRed Bull
    4Fernando AlonsoFerrari
    5Michael SchumacherMercedes
    6Felipe MassaFerrari
    7Nico RosbergMercedes
    8Pastor MaldonadoWilliams
    9Lewis HamiltonMcLaren
    10Sergio PérezSauber
  • 12:16

    Pérez won't be racing today, though.

  • 12:18

    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."

  • 12:18

    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."

  • 12:22

    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."

  • 12:24
    Circuit Data
    Circuit de Monaco
    Local timezone+0200 GMT
    First race1950
    Number of laps78
    Circuit length3.340km
    Race distance260.520km
    Start offset0.000km
  • 12:25

    There is some confusion over whether the grid from 11th down will move up because Pérez is not starting. The BBC say yes.

  • 12:27

    Timo pre-GPTimo Glock ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

  • 12:28

    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."

  • 12:31

    The pitlane has opened, engines are firing up throughout the garages.

  • 12:34

    TweetTweet 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..

  • 12:39

    Turn 6 - otherwise known as the hairpin.

    Braking Analysis
    Turn 6
    (forecast data from Brembo)
    Initial speed144km/h
    Final speed54km/h
    Stopping distance45m
    Braking time1.73s
    Maximum deceleration2.07g
    Maximum pedal load49kg
  • 12:41

    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."

  • 12:42

    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."

  • 12:42

    Lotus leave the garageLotus exit the pitlane towards the grid.

  • 12:43

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: The Monaco grid starts to come together. Good luck to both Paul and Adrian. It's hot out there!

  • 12:43

    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."

  • 12:48

    TweetTweet 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.

  • 12:49
    Lap Data
    (data from Williams F1)
    Fuel consumption21.8kg/lap
    Fuel laptime penalty0.2s/10kg
    Top speed293kph
    Average speed161kph
    Pit lane loss21s
    Pit lane length316m
  • 12:50

    Ten minutes to go, here are some links you may need. Live timing: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/

  • 12:51

    The Autosport live text is underway: http://live.autosport.com/commentary.php/id/354

  • 12:52

    You can also watch the BBC stream and text updates here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9499726.stm

  • 12:52

    There'll be live telemetry and the like from http://mclaren.com/formula1 and http://mercedes-gp.com as well.

  • 12:53

    TweetTweet 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

  • 12:55

    Live timing does confirm that the drivers have moved up with no gap for Pérez.

  • 12:56

    Weather

    23°C

    Track42°C
    Humidity62%
    Wind speed1.1mps
  • 12:57

    The grid is a lot emptier now, just engineers surrounding their cars, and marshals wandering up and down.

  • 12:57

    Race Control confirm that DRS is disabled for the start of the race.

  • 12:58

    QuoteComment from Alex Andronov: Lewis can start on any tyre he likes because his time was deleted

  • 12:58

    The poll is closed and 88% believe it is a dead cert there will be a safety car at some point today.

  • 13:00

    TweetTweet 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...

  • 13:00

    The grid clears and the formation lap is underway. All the cars get away safely.

  • 13:01

    All of the top ten starting on supersoft tyres, except for Lewis Hamilton who's going for the softs.

  • 13:02

    RadioTeam radio from Button: "The steering is really heavy for some reason, I don't know why."

  • 13:03

    The cars are lined up on the grid.

  • 13:03

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Clean start from all, Alonso had a great start up to third, Rosberg also a great start, up to fifth.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Vettel sprinted away from the grid, Alonso is chasing Button for second.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Michael Schumacher dropped to tenth, but passes Hamilton at the hairpin!

  • 13:04 Lap 2

    RadioTeam radio from Hamilton: "I've been hit by Schumacher, I have a flat right rear tyre."

  • 13:04 Lap 2

    They said they'd look into it, but he's still going at the moment.

  • 13:05 Lap 2
    Driver Positions
    PosDriver
    10Sebastian Vettel
    20Jenson Button
    31Fernando Alonso
    4-1Mark Webber
    52Nico Rosberg
  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Vettel continues to fly away at the front, he's already round the next corner as Button gets to the hairpin.

  • 13:06 Lap 3

    Race Control confirm DRS is now enabled.

  • 13:07 Lap 4

    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.

  • 13:07 Lap 4

    Replays of the start show Schumacher got away so slowly that Rosberg just nipped round him to move forward.

  • 13:08 Lap 4

    The contact between Hamilton and Schumacher happened at the first corner - it looks like Schumacher's front wing is damaged.

  • 13:09 Lap 5

    Further down the order, Kovalainen dropped backwards to 19th, with teammate Trulli and Alguersuari ahead of him.

  • 13:09 Lap 5

    For Renault, Petrov is up to eighth, having started tenth, whilst Heidfeld is down in 15th.

  • 13:10 Lap 6

    Already a sizeable gap for Vettel.

    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stVET1:19.537
    2ndBUT+4.6
    3rdALO+6.2
    4thWEB+7.7
  • 13:11 Lap 7

    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.

  • 13:13 Lap 8
    One to Watch
    Heidfeldvs.Buemi
    15th+0.4s16th
  • 13:13 Lap 8

    Hamilton is closing up behind Schumacher, and desperately looking for a way past.

  • 13:14 Lap 9

    Even through the DRS zone, it seems impossible for the McLaren to get past.

  • 13:14 Lap 9

    RadioTeam radio from Schumacher: "My rear tyres grained."

  • 13:16 Lap 10

    Hamilton makes the pass and is freed to chase down Petrov.

  • 13:16 Lap 11

    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.

  • 13:17 Lap 11
    Recent Lap Times
    J Button
    Lap 2
    1:21.034
    Lap 31:20.329
    Lap 41:20.113
    Lap 51:19.854
    Lap 6
    1:19.719
    Lap 71:19.580
    Lap 81:19.543
    Lap 91:19.403
    Lap 10
    1:19.630
  • 13:18 Lap 12

    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.

  • 13:19 Lap 12

    Rubens Barrichello has also passed Michael Schumacher, and now there's a Force India closing up to the Force India.

  • 13:19 Lap 13

    Barrichello made the pass ahead of the hairpin, with the slow corner stopping any kind of return from Schumacher.

  • 13:19 Lap 13

    Schumacher has dived into the pitlane - the first stop of the day.

  • 13:20 Lap 14

    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.

  • 13:20 Lap 14
    One to Watch
    Rosbergvs.Massa
    5th+0.1s6th
  • 13:21 Lap 14

    It looks like Massa made contact with Rosberg, and a piece of bodywork - endplate of the front wing - flew off.

  • 13:21 Lap 14

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 13:22 Lap 15

    Massa makes the pass on Rosberg, and as the Mercedes goes defensive, Maldonado gets through as well.

  • 13:23 Lap 16

    Jenson Button pits from second place, another set of supersoft tyres for the McLaren.

  • 13:23 Lap 16

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 13:24 Lap 16

    I'm assuming those yellows were for collecting debris, as there was no incident to be seen.

  • 13:24 Lap 16

    Nico Rosberg pits for his first stop.

  • 13:24 Lap 17

    Sebastian Vettel pits from the lead, it's a massively slow stop for Red Bull. He's bolted on soft tyres.

  • 13:25 Lap 17

    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?

  • 13:26 Lap 17

    Fernando Alonso pits from the lead of the race.

  • 13:26 Lap 18

    That gives Jenson Button the genuine lead of the race, Alonso returns to the track behind Vettel.

  • 13:27 Lap 18
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverJ Button
    TeamMcLaren
    Pit lane25.280s
    Stopped4.0s
  • 13:27 Lap 19

    Button's stopped time was 4 seconds dead, whilst Vettel's was 6.9. A crucial three second advantage for the McLaren.

  • 13:29 Lap 20
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    11Jenson Button1
    2-1Sebastian Vettel1
    31Fernando Alonso1
    42Felipe Massa
    53Pastor Maldonado
  • 13:30 Lap 21
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverM Webber
    TeamRed Bull
    Pit lane37.735s
    Stopped15.5s
  • 13:30 Lap 21

    Whilst the bungled pit stops ruined Vettel's lead, they screwed Webber more. 15 seconds stopped has left him down in 13th position.

  • 13:31 Lap 21

    It seems Red Bull reacted to Button's stop, bringing Vettel in early, when Webber was due to come in anyway.

  • 13:31 Lap 22

    Lewis Hamilton, down in 7th, is chasing Petrov for 6th place - neither having stopped yet.

  • 13:32 Lap 22

    Button is stretching out a lead for himself, almost 10 seconds up on Vettel already.

  • 13:33 Lap 23

    Lewis Hamilton pits, but the McLaren mechanics weren't ready for him and scramble with his tyres.

  • 13:34 Lap 23
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverL Hamilton
    TeamMcLaren
    Pit lane31.445s
    Stopped9.7s
  • 13:34 Lap 23

    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.

  • 13:34 Lap 24

    Glock has since pitted for new tyres.

  • 13:36 Lap 25
    Tyre Stint Comparison
    DriverCompoundLaps
    SchumacherSuper soft14
    ButtonSuper soft16
    VettelSuper soft16
    AlonsoSuper soft16
  • 13:37 Lap 26

    Paul di Resta makes a late dive into the hairpin to pass Alguersuari, and the pair collide, bits of Force India scattering the track.

  • 13:38 Lap 27

    He makes the place stick though, meaning:

    Inter-Team Battle
    Toro Rosso
    Sébastien Buemi10th
    Jaime Alguersuari16th
  • 13:38 Lap 27

    TweetTweet from @HispaniaRacing: After 25 laps, both our drivers are still in the race and are yet to come in for a pitstop #F1 #HispaniaRacing

  • 13:38 Lap 27

    Race Control: Incident involving Di Resta and Alguersuari under investigation by the stewards.

  • 13:39 Lap 27

    Felipe Massa has pitted for the first time, as has Karthikeyan (disregard that last tweet!)

  • 13:39 Lap 28

    Race Control: Paul di Resta gets a drive through penalty for an avoidable accident.

  • 13:40 Lap 28

    Button has the entire length of the start/finish straight to himself.

    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stBUT
    1:19.429
    2ndVET+14.9
    3rdALO+17.5
  • 13:40 Lap 29

    Paul di Resta pits for his drive through - getting it out the way as quick as possible.

  • 13:41 Lap 30

    Vitaly Petrov pits, releasing both Massa and Hamilton - Lewis chasing the Ferrari for 10th place.

  • 13:42 Lap 30

    Thirty laps complete, no safety car yet.

  • 13:42 Lap 30
    One to Watch
    Massavs.Hamilton
    10th+0.2s11th
  • 13:43 Lap 31

    Michael Schumacher passes teammate Nico Rosberg again at the hairpin, a carbon copy of his overtaking move earlier.

  • 13:43 Lap 31

    Jaime Alguersuari pits towards the back of the field.

  • 13:44 Lap 32

    There's a massive chain behind Buemi in 8th, Webber follows then Massa and Hamilton - all less than half a second from each other.

  • 13:45 Lap 32

    Buemi still has to stop, so when he pits for the first time, it should release them.

  • 13:45 Lap 32

    TweetTweet from @autosportlive: Kobayashi, Sutil, Heidfeld and Buemi are all looking at a one-stop plan and are yet to visit the pits.

  • 13:45 Lap 33

    Barrichello also may be favouring the one stop strategy.

  • 13:46 Lap 33

    TweetTweet from @Chrislee12: @factbytefactbox #buemibus?

  • 13:46 Lap 33

    Sebastian Vettel is starting to overturn Button's lead.

  • 13:46 Lap 33

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 13:47 Lap 33

    Timo Glock has pulled the Virgin car off to the side of the track in the vicinity of the swimming pool.

  • 13:47 Lap 33

    Button pits, as does Barrichello.

  • 13:47 Lap 34

    It's more supersoft tyres for Button - he still has the soft compound to use.

  • 13:48 Lap 34

    No safety car for the stricken Virgin Racing car, it's offline and Glock climbs from the car safely.

  • 13:48 Lap 34

    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.

  • 13:48 Lap 34

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 13:48 Lap 34

    SAFETY CAR!!!

  • 13:49 Lap 35

    Felipe Massa has stopped on track, his wheels hanging off, and he climbs from the car as the mechanics go to work.

  • 13:49 Lap 35

    Schumacher has also stopped on track.

  • 13:49 Lap 35

    Schumacher has stopped at Rascasse. I'm saying nothing.

  • 13:49 Lap 35

    The car is steaming, but the marshals are pushing him into the pitlane out of the way.

  • 13:50 Lap 35

    Replays show Schumacher just came to a halt after rounding the Rascasse corner, Fernando Alonso narrowly avoiding him to dive into the pitlane.

  • 13:50 Lap 35

    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.

  • 13:50 Lap 35

    No wonder there's a safety car!

  • 13:52 Lap 36

    RadioTeam 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."

  • 13:52 Lap 36

    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.

  • 13:53 Lap 37

    TweetTweet from @InsideFerrari: Felipe was heavily attacked by Hamilton who damaged his car and then he crashed

  • 13:53 Lap 37

    Always two sides to every story.

  • 13:53 Lap 37

    TedNews: Button's stop may have cost him the race, as Vettel has used all the compounds he needs to and JB has not.

  • 13:54 Lap 37

    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."

  • 13:54 Lap 37

    Monaco Tunnel crashIt's dark in there but you can see there's carnage happening.

  • 13:55 Lap 38

    Broken FerrariThe aftermath, a Ferrari with serious broken suspension.

  • 13:55 Lap 38

    Vettel is leading behind the Safety car, with three lapped cars - Heidfeld, Buemi and Barrichello - between he and second place Button.

  • 13:56 Lap 38

    Race Control: Safety Car in this lap.

  • 13:56 Lap 38

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 13:56 Lap 39

    Race Control: DRS disabled for the restart.

  • 13:57 Lap 39

    Button gets slightly held up trying to pass Barrichello, blue flags have the desired effect.

  • 13:59 Lap 40

    Race Control: Incident involving Hamilton and Massa under investigation by the stewards.

  • 13:59 Lap 40

    Race Control: DRS enabled.

  • 13:59 Lap 40

    The stewards, including Allan McNish, are doing a snappy job today, compared to yesterday's slow penalty handouts.

  • 14:01 Lap 42

    QuoteComment from Alex Andronov: Looks like the FBFB needs a Race Control Icon :)

  • 14:01 Lap 42

    Vettel, Button and Alonso have all passed the backmarkers now and have a nice clear circuit ahead of them.

  • 14:02 Lap 43

    Button has reduced Vettel's lead, and is now just half a second behind the Red Bull.

  • 14:03 Lap 43

    Race Control: Drive through penalty for Hamilton for causing a collision.

  • 14:04 Lap 44

    Button needs to make the best of this stint, as he still needs to put on the soft compound - the lesser of the two.

  • 14:04 Lap 45

    Hamilton stops to take his drive through penalty.

  • 14:05 Lap 45

    The top three, Vettel, Button, Alonso, have a massive gap ahead of third place Sutil - 17 seconds to third place.

  • 14:05 Lap 45

    RadioTeam radio to Hamilton: "You are P9, you have lost two positions."

  • 14:06 Lap 46

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 14:06 Lap 46

    Green flagTrack is clear. Not sure what that was for.

  • 14:07 Lap 47

    Replays show Paul di Resta hit the back of D'Ambrosio at the hairpin - a bit of bodywork flapping off the Force India.

  • 14:08 Lap 47

    RadioTeam 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."

  • 14:08 Lap 47
    Driver Analysis
    DriverK Kobayashi
    TeamSauber F1
    Position7
    Started13
    Stops1
    Last lap1:21.562
    Best lap1:21.172
  • 14:09 Lap 48

    Jarno Trulli pits from 14th place.

  • 14:09 Lap 48

    Everyone behind Lewis Hamilton in 9th has been lapped.

  • 14:10 Lap 49

    Jenson Button pits from second place, the mechanics have his soft tyres ready for him. Good stop from McLaren.

  • 14:12 Lap 50

    Lewis Hamilton pits from 9th place.

  • 14:12 Lap 50

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: Maldonado is still doing a fab job in the points, well done him :)

  • 14:13 Lap 51
    Tyre Stint Comparison
    DriverCompoundLaps
    ButtonSuper soft16
    ButtonSuper soft17
    ButtonSuper soft15
  • 14:14 Lap 52
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    10S Vettel1
    22F Alonso2
    3-1J Button3
    411A Sutil1
    58K Kobayashi1
    6-3M Webber1
    71P Maldonado1
    83V Petrov1
    90L Hamilton3
    106N Heidfeld1
  • 14:16 Lap 53

    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.

  • 14:17 Lap 54

    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.

  • 14:17 Lap 54

    Sebastian Vettel stopped on lap 16, if he is one-stopping, that's 38 laps on his current set of tyres.

  • 14:18 Lap 55

    Heikki Kovalainen pits from 18th place.

  • 14:18 Lap 55

    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.

  • 14:19 Lap 55

    Rosberg and Maldonado both stop, Pastor from 8th place.

  • 14:19 Lap 56

    TweetTweet 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

  • 14:20 Lap 56

    Mark Webber pits from 6th place - a tough race for the Australian. At least this pit stop is a bit quicker - 4.9 seconds.

  • 14:21 Lap 57
    Top Speeds
    Sector 1J Button204kph
    Sector 2J Button190kph
    Sector 3P Di Resta268kph
    Speed trapL Hamilton286kph
  • 14:22 Lap 57

    RadioTeam 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."

  • 14:22 Lap 58

    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."

  • 14:23 Lap 58

    Jaime Alguersuari pits from 13th place.

  • 14:23 Lap 59
    One to Watch
    Vettelvs.Alonso
    1st+0.4s2nd
  • 14:25 Lap 60
    Recent Lap Times
    S Vettel
    Lap 501:19.314
    Lap 511:19.471
    Lap 521:19.399
    Lap 531:19.587
    Lap 541:19.827
    Lap 551:19.508
    Lap 561:19.963
    Lap 571:19.345
    Lap 581:19.218
    Lap 591:19.071
  • 14:25 Lap 60

    Sebastian Vettel is picking up the pace again.

  • 14:27 Lap 62

    A moment of calm finally, as Alonso continues to chase Vettel at the front.

  • 14:28 Lap 62

    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.

  • 14:29 Lap 63
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stVET
    1:19.627
    2ndALO+0.3
    3rdBUT+0.7
  • 14:29 Lap 63

    The three are catching up to Paul di Resta - the next backmarker to clear. He moves out the way nicely.

  • 14:30 Lap 64

    Sébastien Buemi pits from 11th place.

  • 14:31 Lap 65

    The Red Bull has great traction out of the corners, each time they round the first corner, Vettel disappears into the distance.

  • 14:31 Lap 65

    However, his tyres are running out, and there are still 13 laps to go.

  • 14:33 Lap 66
    Retirements
    DriverReasonLap
    Timo GlockSuspension33
    Felipe MassaAccident
    34
    M SchumacherStopped on track
    34
  • 14:34 Lap 66

    Replays show Sutil and Kobayashi made a bit of contact, and Kobayashi has passed the Force India.

  • 14:34 Lap 67
    Championship Prediction
    PosDriverPts
    1Vettel143
    2Hamilton79
    3Button76
    4Webber73
    5Alonso69
  • 14:35 Lap 68

    Mark Webber has passed Adrian Sutil for fifth place - the Force India losing positions rapidly.

  • 14:36 Lap 68

    Ten laps to go and three cars fighting for the lead.

  • 14:36 Lap 68

    Fernando Alonso misses the chicane, he won't get a penalty for it, but it drops the Ferrari back from Vettel, towards Button.

  • 14:36 Lap 69

    TweetTweet from @JRobertsF1: TENSE!

  • 14:37 Lap 69

    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.

  • 14:37 Lap 69

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 14:38 Lap 70

    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...

  • 14:38 Lap 70

    Maldonado passed Sutil.

  • 14:38 Lap 70

    That sent Sutil offline and into the barrier, he lost the right rear, and went slowly.

  • 14:39 Lap 70

    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.

  • 14:39 Lap 70

    Button was lucky to avoid the rebounding Alguersuari. The top three all got through okay, though.

  • 14:40 Lap 70

    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.

  • 14:41 Lap 71

    Replays show the broken rear wing of Alguersuari did hit the back of Hamilton, but Lewis is still going at the moment.

  • 14:41 Lap 71

    That has definitely ruined the tense race at the front.

  • 14:42 Lap 72

    RadioTeam radio from Button: "I can't get close to Alonso because he can use DRS."

  • 14:42 Lap 72

    There's an ambulance on track, although it's not clear who for.

  • 14:43 Lap 72

    Red flagRace over?

  • 14:44

    It looks like Petrov is the one in need of the ambulance and that will be the reason for the red flag.

  • 14:44

    Lewis Hamilton is circulating with a broken rear wing.

  • 14:45

    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.

  • 14:46

    TweetTweet from @OfficialLRGP: Petrov hits barrier, safety car out, Nick changes to new set of supersofts, Vitaly is talking in the car."

  • 14:47

    Race Control: Race will be resumed when track is clear.

  • 14:47

    On the grid, Button sprays something into his eyes - all that concentration must be a strain on the eyeballs.

  • 14:48

    TedNews: They're going to try and fix Hamilton's rear wing on the grid, they've got spanners out and everything.

  • 14:49

    Ted reports that Petrov may have been knocked unconscious briefly. He's being extracted from the car now.

  • 14:50

    Fixing McLarenFixing Lewis' rear wing. It doesn't look safe!

  • 14:50

    The marshals are pushing the Renault off track now. Petrov is loaded into the ambulance.

  • 14:51

    TweetTweet from OfficialLRGP: Vitaly is talking to us, reporting pain, not getting out of car without medical assistance

  • 14:51

    TweetTweet from @MyTeamLotus: The boys are working hard to get everything back onto the grid. It looks like the race will be resumed

  • 14:53

    The marshals are sweeping the track clear and the ambulance is about to head off.

  • 14:54

    Race Control: Race will restart at 16:04 local time.

  • 14:54

    The ambulance moves away, as McLaren mechanics are running a new front wing to the grid.

  • 14:55

    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."

  • 15:00

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: Adrian will be in P8 for the restart and Paul in P13. Race will restart behind the safety car

  • 15:01

    Three minutes until the restart. Drivers getting their concentration faces on again.

  • 15:02

    TweetTweet from @autosportlive: A fresh rear wing is now in place on Hamilton's car, with the work supervised by FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer.

  • 15:04

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 15:04 Lap 73

    The Safety Car leads them away for one lap.

  • 15:05 Lap 73

    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.

  • 15:06 Lap 73

    The Safety Car pulls in as Vettel drops back to build himself a gap for speeding up.

  • 15:06 Lap 74

    He leads them away, with Alonso close behind. Button didn't get a great restart.

  • 15:06 Lap 74

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 15:07 Lap 74

    Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado come together, with the Williams crashing off into the barriers.

  • 15:07 Lap 75

    It looked like another aggressive overtaking move from Hamilton that went wrong.

  • 15:08 Lap 75

    Race Control: Incident involving Hamilton and Maldonado under investigation by the stewards.

  • 15:09 Lap 76

    Three laps to go, Vettel has 0.9 seconds on Alonso.

  • 15:09 Lap 76

    Further back, Mark Webber is chasing Kobayashi for 4th place. Lewis Hamilton is behind them, keen to get past as well.

  • 15:10 Lap 76

    Race Control: DRS enabled.

    I'd forgotten it had been disabled.

  • 15:10 Lap 77

    Two laps to go, Alonso isn't making any headway.

  • 15:11 Lap 78

    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.

  • 15:11 Lap 78

    The final lap.

  • 15:12 Lap 78

    Chequered flagSebastian Vettel wins the Monaco Grand Prix!

  • 15:13

    Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will join the German on the podium.

  • 15:14
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    10S Vettel1
    22F Alonso2
    3-1J Button3
    4-1M Webber2
    58K Kobayashi1
    63L Hamilton3
    78A Sutil2
    88N Heidfeld2
    93R Barrichello2
    107S Buemi2
  • 15:15
    Race Winner
    DriverSebastian Vettel
    TeamRed Bull
    Race time2:09:38.373
    Race distance260.520km
    Average speed120.574km/h
  • 15:15
    2011 Race Wins
    PosDriverTotal
    1Sebastian Vettel5
    2Lewis Hamilton1
  • 15:16

    It's a career best finish for Kobayashi, picking up a handful of points for Sauber in 5th place.

  • 15:16

    RadioTeam radio to Button: "We went for first, which was the most important thing. Great job."

  • 15:20

    The drivers have their trophies and are standing to attention for the National Anthems.

  • 15:20

    TweetTweet 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.

  • 15:23

    Monaco podiumThe Monaco podium.

  • 15:24

    Vettel sprays champagneVettel sprays champagne... right into the face of the nearby guard chap, who didn't even flinch.

  • 15:27

    TweetTweet from @OfficialLRGP: Update on Vitaly - Conscious. Talks. Complains about leg pain but no fracture. Goes to hospital. #F1

  • 15:28

    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."

  • 15:29
    Fastest Laps
    DriverLapTime
    Mark Webber781:16.234
    Sebastian Vettel781:16.267
    Fernando Alonso771:16.471
    Fernando Alonso761:16.931
  • 15:31

    Apologies for the crush, but even in just a few laps to the finish, the front three pulled out a sizeable gap.

    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stVET
    1:16.267
    2ndALO+1.1
    3rdBUT+2.3
    4thWEB+23.1
    5thKOB
    +26.9
  • 15:35

    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.

  • 15:35

    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.

  • 15:35

    Scrappy racing from those you expect to be better, and stylish moves from those who have yet to show class this year.

  • 15:37

    Great finish for Kobayashi, and for Barrichello, who finally gets some points on the board for Williams.

  • 15:37

    Hoping that Petrov is okay, although it all seems more precautionary than anything else.

  • 15:38

    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.

  • 15:38

    The next race is in Canada, two weeks from now. How will the new regulations fare around the circuit in Montreal?

  • 15:39

    I hope you'll join me back here for all the action from Canada. Have a fab fortnight, fact fans.

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