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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.[1][2] 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.[2]

Qualifying for the infamous street race would see Webber streak to pole position ahead of Robert Kubica in the factory Renault.[2] Sebastian Vettel would put the #5 Red Bull into third ahead of Felipe Massa, while Championship leader Jenson Button qualified in eighth.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Otherwise the start was clean, with the field getting away largely in grid order barring a charging Rubens Barrichello who barged through to sixth.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

The restart saw Webber sprint away once again, although this time Vettel would go with him having already overcome Kubica.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Fortunately the race would resume after the marshals deemed the cover safe, with another sprint from Webber seeing him establish a small lead.[2] That was effectively that for the race, until the fourth and final SC of the afternoon was triggered in the closing stages.[2]

That accident saw Jarno Trulli slam into the back of Karun Chandhok, just as Webber came to lap them at Rasscasse.[2] That incident was cleared before the final lap, although the race would officially restart in the final sector of the final lap.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

That overtake was the subject of much interpretation and speculation, for it had been completed at Anthony Noghes on the final lap.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
20 India Karun Chandhok Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Source:[4]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:15.035 3 1:14.462 1 1:13.826 1
2 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 3 1:15.045 5 1:14.549 2 1:14.120 2
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 4 1:15.110 6 1:14.549 3 1:14.227 3
4 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1 1:14.757 2 1:14.405 4 1:14.283 4
5 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:15.676 4 1:14.527 5 1:14.432 5
6 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 5 1:15.188 1 1:14.375 6 1:14.544 6
7 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 11 1:15.649 7 1:14.691 7 1:14.590 7
8 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 1:15.623 10 1:15.150 8 1:14.637 8
9 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 9 1:15.590 9 1:15.083 9 1:14.901 9
10 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 6 1:15.397 8 1:15.061 10 1:15.170 10
11 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 16 1:16.030 11 1:15.317 11
12 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 7 1:15.445 12 1:15.318 12
13 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 1:15.961 13 1:15.413 13
14 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 8 1:15.482 14 1:15.576 14
15 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 13 1:15.908 15 1:15.692 15
16 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 17 1:16.175 16 1:15.992 16
17 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 1:16.021 17 1:16.176 17
18 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 18 1:17.094 18
19 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 19 1:17.134 19
20 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 20 1:17.377 20
21 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 21 1:17.864 21
22 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 22 1:18.509 22
23 20 India Karun Chandhok Spain HRT-Cosworth 23 1:19.559 23
24* 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari NC PL*
Source:[5]
  • 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.[5]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Mark Webber
Robert Kubica ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Sebastian Vettel
Felipe Massa ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Michael Schumacher
Jenson Button ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Rubens Barrichello
Vitantonio Liuzzi ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 *
Adrian Sutil ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Sébastien Buemi
Vitaly Petrov ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Pedro de la Rosa
Kamui Kobayashi ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Jaime Alguersuari
Heikki Kovalainen ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jarno Trulli
Timo Glock ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Lucas di Grassi
Bruno Senna ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Karun Chandhok
Fernando Alonso ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Nico Hülkenberg*
______________
  • * Hülkenberg stalled on the formation lap and hence started at the back of the grid.[5]
  • Alonso would start the race from the pitlane.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 78 1:50:13.355 1 25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 78 +0.448s 3 18
3 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 78 +1.675s 2 15
4 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 78 +2.666s 4 12
5 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 78 +4.363s 5 10
6 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 78 +6.341s PL 8
7 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 78 +6.651s 6 6
8 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 78 +6.970s 12 4
9 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 78 +7.305s 10 2
10 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 78 +8.199s 13 1
11 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 78 +9.135s 17
12* 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 78 +25.712s 7
13 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 73 Brakes 14
14 20 India Karun Chandhok Spain HRT-Cosworth 70 Collision 23
15 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 70 Collision 19
Ret 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 58 Steering 18
Ret 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 58 Hydraulics 22
Ret 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 30 Accident 9
Ret 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 26 Gearbox 16
Ret 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 25 Wheel 21
Ret 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 22 Track rod 20
Ret 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 21 Hydraulics 15
Ret 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 Overheating 8
Ret 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 0 Accident 11
Source:[6]
  • * Schumacher was awarded a twenty second time penalty for overtaking under Safety Car conditions.[6]
  • Petrov, Chandhok and Trulli were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Australia Mark Webber 78 ▲3
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 78 ▲1
3 Spain Fernando Alonso 75 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Jenson Button 70 ▼3
5 Brazil Felipe Massa 61 ▲2
6 Poland Robert Kubica 59 ▲2
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 59 ▼1
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 56 ▼3
9 Germany Michael Schumacher 22
10 Germany Adrian Sutil 20
11 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 10
12 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 7
13 Russia Vitaly Petrov 6
14 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 3
15 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1 ▲1
16 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 156 ▲2
2 Italy Ferrari 136
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 129 ▼2
4 Germany Mercedes 78
5 France Renault 65
6 India Force India-Mercedes 30
7 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 8
8 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 4

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 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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  5. 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)
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