The 68e Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, otherwise known as the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix, was the sixth round of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 16 May 2010. The race would see Mark Webber claim his second straight victory for Red Bull-Renault, as a late Safety Car caused some controversy for Michael Schumacher.
Qualifying for the infamous street race would see Webber streak to pole position ahead of Robert Kubica in the factory Renault. Sebastian Vettel would put the #5 Red Bull into third ahead of Felipe Massa, while Championship leader Jenson Button qualified in eighth.
Furthermore, there would be no stopping Webber at the start of the race, with the Australian racer instantly sprinting clear at the head of the field. Behind, Kubica lunged to the inside of the circuit to block Vettel, only for the German racer to out-brake him into Sainte Devote and secure second.
Otherwise the start was clean, with the field getting away largely in grid order barring a charging Rubens Barrichello who barged through to sixth. However, the race would not remain a clean one, as Nico Hülkenberg suffered a wing failure in the sister Williams-Cosworth going through the tunnel, sending him into the barriers and triggering the first safety car of the afternoon.
Fernando Alonso gambled at the end of the opening lap, diving into the pits to swap his super-soft Bridgestones for the primes, hoping that the tyres would last 77 laps. The rest of the field stayed out, although Button's race came to a premature end as his engine overheated, due to a bung having been left in a radiator.
The restart saw Webber sprint away once again, although this time Vettel would go with him having already overcome Kubica. The order at the head of the field then remained stable, as Alonso began to cause headaches for the leaders by carving his way up the order on the medium Bridgestones.
The progress of the #8 Ferrari triggered an early pit-phase for the leaders, with Nico Rosberg the only one to stick to his original race plan. That backfired as he failed to build enough of a gap to Alonso, with the Spaniard leaping up to sixth as the stops came to a conclusion.
The second SC of the afternoon came soon after, as Barrichello's race came to an end with a suspension failure, which pitched him into the barriers at Beau Rivage. The restart came and went with out issue, although it was not long before another SC was required, this time to allow a drain cover to be inspected.
Fortunately the race would resume after the marshals deemed the cover safe, with another sprint from Webber seeing him establish a small lead. That was effectively that for the race, until the fourth and final SC of the afternoon was triggered in the closing stages.
That accident saw Jarno Trulli slam into the back of Karun Chandhok, just as Webber came to lap them at Rasscasse. That incident was cleared before the final lap, although the race would officially restart in the final sector of the final lap.
With that Webber was away, easing across the line to claim victory, while Vettel ensured it was a second successive one-two for Red Bull by claiming second. Kubica completed the podium ahead of Massa and Lewis Hamilton, before the order became blurred after a late overtake by Schumacher at the final restart put him ahead of Alonso.
That overtake was the subject of much interpretation and speculation, for it had been completed at Anthony Noghes on the final lap. Ferrari appealed the result and the stewards, which included Schumacher's early rival Damon Hill, would slap the German with a drive-through penalty, converted to a twenty second time penalty, which dumped him out of the points. Mercedes appealed against the ruling but were forced to withdraw, although the FIA did agree to discuss last lap SC restarts with the teams at a later date.
Jenson Button would remain at the head of the Championship hunt after the opening European round of the season, although his advantage had been reduced. Indeed, Spanish ace Fernando Alonso had reduced the gap to just three points at his home race as he shot to second, and moved seven ahead of Sebastian Vettel in third. Race winner Mark Webber was next ahead of Nico Rosberg as the last of those over 50 points for the campaign, with Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa a point behind.
In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had retained their lead at the head of the field, although their advantage had been cut to just three points. Indeed, Ferrari had smashed through the 100 point barrier as they closed on their Anglo-German rivals, with Red Bull-Renault just three further behind in third. Mercedes were next up on 72 points, while Renault rounded out the top five.
The full entry list for the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix is shown below:
The full qualifying results for the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||2||1:15.035||3||1:14.462||1||1:13.826||1|
|3||5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||4||1:15.110||6||1:14.549||3||1:14.227||3|
|10||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||6||1:15.397||8||1:15.061||10||1:15.170||10|
|12||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||7||1:15.445||12||1:15.318||12|
|13||16||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||14||1:15.961||13||1:15.413||13|
|15||22||Pedro de la Rosa||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||13||1:15.908||15||1:15.692||15|
|16||23||Kamui Kobayashi||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||17||1:16.175||16||1:15.992||16|
|17||17||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||15||1:16.021||17||1:16.176||17|
|21||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||21||1:17.864||21|
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
- Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
- * Alonso would elect to start the race from the pitlane after failing to set a time in Q1.
|16||Pedro de la Rosa|
|22||Lucas di Grassi|
- * Hülkenberg stalled on the formation lap and hence started at the back of the grid.
- † Alonso would start the race from the pitlane.
The full results for the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
- * Schumacher was awarded a twenty second time penalty for overtaking under Safety Car conditions.
- † Petrov, Chandhok and Trulli were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.
- 50th Grand Prix start for Vitantonio Liuzzi.
- Mark Webber secured his fourth career victory.
- Red Bull claimed their ninth career win as a constructor.
- Sebastian Vettel secured the 25th podium for Red Bull as a constructor.
- This was also the 125th win for Renault as an engine supplier.
Mark Webber moved to the top of the Championship after his second straight win, moving onto 78 points for the campaign. Sebastian Vettel was level with his teammate on 78 points, although his one win to the Australian's two meant he was behind. Fernando Alonso was next after his post-race promotion, three off the lead, while Jenson Button and Felipe Massa completed the top five.
In the Constructors Championship Red Bull-Renault had emerged at the head of the pack after their second successive one-two, leaving Monte Carlo on 156 points. That translated to a twenty point lead over Ferrari, while the Italian squad had a seven point advantage over McLaren-Mercedes. Mercedes were next ahead of Renault, with four teams still yet to score in 2010, including all three of the new constructors.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 '6. Monaco 2010', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/monaco.aspx, (Accessed 26/03/2020)
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 Matt Salisbury, 'Dominant Webber rules on Monaco streets', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 16/10/2010), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/159793/1/dominant-webber-rules-in-monaco, (Accessed 26/03/2020)
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- ↑ 'Monaco 2010: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/monaco/engages.aspx, (Accessed 26/03/2020)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 'FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2010 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2010/races/865/monaco/qualifying.html, (Accessed 26/03/2020)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Monaco 2010: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2010/monaco/classement.aspx, (Accessed 24/03/2020)
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