Vettel wins crash hit Monaco GP

Monaco. Defending World champion Sebastian Vettel won his first ever Monaco F1 Grand Prix on Sunday, taking his overall driver’s championship points tally to 143, 58 points clear of Lewis Hemilton who is on 85. The 23 year old Red Bull driver has won 5 out of 6 races in this season and looks all set to clinch the driver’s championship before half of the season’s races are done.

The street race at Monaco provided all the action and the drama an F1 fan would long for. It was marred with crashes, safety cars, drive-through penalties and even overtaking manoeuvres. Vettel, on old tyres, was leading the race at lap 58 with Alonso and Button breathing on his neck. It was sure that both of them, on relatively new rubber would get past him.

But suddenly all hell broke loose at Monaco and due to a crash in which Renault driver Petrov had to be rescued by medical staff and taken to hospital, the race was suspended for 20 minutes and the safety car was out. Crashes forced four drivers – Alguersuari, Massa, Petrov and Maldonado – out of action while Michael Schumacher and Timo Glock were forced to retire.

This break gave Vettel the much needed breather and when the race resumed, Vettel, on new tyres, was simply uncatchable in the final six laps. Alonso finished second and Jenson Button in his McLaren came third. A drive thru penalty and a post race time penalty were imposed on Lewis Hemilton by race officials for causing two “avoidable collisions”.

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