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POST-RACE: Webber, Vettel and Kubica pull up on the main straight to commence the post-race formalities and podium celebrations.
The stewards have (unsurprisingly) confirmed that the Schumacher-Alonso passing move into the final corner will be investigated.
A great race and an exciting result. One wonders if Schumacher’s pass will be allowed to stand? If it doesn’t, then Buemi will be promoted into the points and Schumacher will be kicked down to 12th.
FINISH: Webber wins the Monaco Grand Prix in a Red Bull 1-2 and takes the joint lead of the championship.
It would seem that Schumacher has managed to pass Alonso into the last corner. Brilliant move, as he timed his move straight after the Safety Car control line. Nice move!
Vettel and Kubica complete the podium, followed by Massa, Hamilton, Schumacher (barring a successful protest from Ferrari), Alonso, Rosberg, Sutil and Liuzzi complete the points’ finishes. Buemi and Alguersuari are the only other circulating runners. Petrov, Chandhok and Trulli are classified finishers despite retiring.
Lap 78: The Safety Car will peel off at the end of the lap. Theoretically, overtaking can still occur into the final corner, will someone attempt anything risky?
Lap 77: The Safety Car is still out, and we could see a finish under yellow flags.
The marshals have been unable to clear the accident in time, and it will be a Safety Car finish. Mark Webber will win the Monaco GP unless he retires behind the Safety Car.
Lap 75: Safety Car deployed while the mess is cleared.
Petrov pits and retires with a suspected brake problem. Only twelve runners left.
Lap 74: Trulli and Chandhok have collided at La Rascasse, with the duo nearly blocking the track.
Replays show the Italian climbed over the top of the HRT and was lucky not to take Chandhok’s head off; not too dissimilar to Coulthard vs Wurz in Australia 2007.
Lap 73: Vettel has trimmed Webber’s lead to 4.2 seconds with some hot laps. Lotus confirmed that Heikki’s retirement was due to a steering joint failure.
Lap 69: Ten laps to go.
Lap 66: Vettel closes up on Webber by half a second as the Australian begins to back off.
Kovalainen retired with another gearbox problem.
Lap 65: Webber is cruising serenely in front. Radio message from his engineer to go easy on the brakes and bring the car home.
Lap 62: Kovalainen retires in the pit lane.
Lap 61: Kovalainen and Senna both pit; the Brazilian retires his HRT and the Finn has another slow Lotus stop. Their stops promote Chandhok and Trulli to 14th and 15th. Huge opportunity for HRT to finish in front of one of the other rookie team runners today, bug pressure on the Indian driver.
Lap 59: Kubica continues to stay glued to Vettel’s coat-tails.
Lap 57: Another fastest lap for Webber, a 1:15.906.
Schumacher is beginning to close on Alonso as the battle for 6th place heats up.
Lap 53: Fastest lap again for Webber, 1:15.999. He leads by 4 seconds.
Lap 52: Should the race stop now, Webber would jointly lead the championship with Vettel. Goes to show how quickly you can move up the classification under the current points system.
Lap 51: Another fastest lap for Webber: 1:16.310.
Lap 50: Webber leads by 3.1 second from Vettel.
Alonso is beginning to fade on worn tyres and has Schumacher right behind him and threatening to take 6th place from him.
Lap 49: As the grip improves and the fuel loads lighten, so the lap times keep tumbling down. Webber goes quickest with a 1:16.505.
Lap 48: The top-ten is covered by less than ten seconds on the race track. The running order is still: Webber leading Vettel followed by Kubica, Massa, Hamilton, Alonso, Schumacher, Rosberg, Sutil, Liuzzi, Buemi, Alguersuari, A lap behind are Petrov, Kovalainen, Senna, Chandhok, Trulli.
Lap 47: Massa gets out of shape under braking at the Nouvelle Chicane, and takes a shortcut.
Lap 46: The racing gets underway again. Webber leads again and has it all to do. Slow restart from Kubica, who has a train of cars following him.
Lap 45: The Safety Car will come in at the end of the lap. Seemingly the issue has been resolved or it was a false alarm.
Lap 43: Safety Car out again. A drain cover has come loose at Turn 3, Massenet.
Lap 41: Webber joins into the fastest lap battle with a 1:16.828!
Lap 40: Kubica responds and sets the fastest lap to close back onto Vettel.
Lap 39: Sutil starting to close on Rosberg for 8th place.
Contrastingly, his team-mate Liuzzi is struggling for pace and being swamped by the Toro Rossos for 10th.
Vettel sets the fastest lap.
Lap 37: The race is starting to settle down, with the top-five pulling away from Alonso, whose harder tyres he’s run since lap 2 are starting to wear.
Hamilton advised by his mechanics that he’s cooking his front brakes. Cue another petulant response from Hamilton.
Lap 35: Great drive from Alonso – admittedly Safety Car assisted – who has climbed 18 places so far.
Lap 34: We’re racing once again, and Webber tries to build a cushion over Vettel once again.
Lap 33: Vettel is now right behind Webber in the queue, followed by Kubica, Massa, Hamilton, Alonso, Schumacher, Rosberg, Sutil and Liuzzi.
The Safety Car is going to return to the pits this lap. Seventeen runners now remain on track.
Lap 32: Replays show a left-rear suspension failure for the Brazilian, pitching him backwards into the inside barriers. One wonders if Hulkenberg’s retirement was due to a similar issue?
Lap 31: Barrichello is facing back-to-front in Massenet, and the Safety Car is deployed. Webber’s 10-second lead evaporates as the field compresses.
Lap 30: Alguersuari outbrakes himself into Ste Devote. A quick spin-turn and he’s on his way in 14th. Petrov pits.
Lap 29: Di Grassi retires, a double retirement for Virgin Racing.
Kobayashi has also retired, making it a double-DNF for Sauber as well!
Lap 28: Rosberg pits and rejoins behind Schumacher.
Trulli pits and it’s a dreadful stop for Lotus with a sticking wheelnut.
Lap 27: Kobayashi is up to fifth after starting on the hard tyres. This is bad news for Massa, Hamilton and Alonso as they will struggle to clear the Sauber.
Di Grassi pits and it’s a slow pit stop.
Lap 25: Hamilton is now right on the tail of Massa and looking to make a move on the Ferrari.
Lap 24: The order now is Webber, Rosberg, Vettel, Kubica, Kobayashi, Massa, Hamilton, Alonso and Schumacher.
Rosberg’s gamble of running in clear air has been ruined by Webber emerging right in front of him. This could ruin his plans when he comes into pit.
Lap 23: Webber pits from the lead, and it’s a good stop. He keeps the lead ahead of Rosberg, who is taking a gamble by not stopping. De la Rosa is wheeled into the garages having never left the pits.
Glock’s Virgin is doing its best impression of a crab, shimmying sideways down the straight into Tabac. He pulls off and retires, one assumes he’s slapped the Armco somewhere.
Lap 22: Kubica pits and rejoins in 5th behind Sutil, who is yet to pit. Petrov and Alguersuari also pit.
Vettel also pits. De la Rosa pits, but it’s a slow stop for the Spaniard.
Lap 21: Hamilton and Alonso are now ahead of those runners who have stopped, with the exception of Massa. Buemi and Chandhok pit.
Lap 20: Massa pits. Barrichello, Schumacher, Liuzzi also pit. Massa appears to cross the pit exit line. Schumacher leapfrogs Barrichello in the pit stops.
Lap 17: Hamilton is the first of the front runners to pit for harder tyres, emerging in 15th ahead of Fernando Alonso. Both can effectively run to the end of the race.
Lap 16: Alonso has now caught up with Kovalainen and is now all over the Lotus driver. He passes Kovalainen on the outside line into the chicane.
Fastest lap for Webber, 1:17.784.
Lap 15: Webber’s lead is now some 5.3 seconds from Vettel.
Lap 14: Alonso now all over the back of Timo Glock, and he makes the move stick for 17th into the Nouvelle Chicane. Kovalainen is now his next victim.
Lap 12: Alonso’s next target is Timo Glock for 17th place.
Apparently Button’s retirement was down to a cover being left in the radiator by the McLaren mechanics, which caused the engine to cook itself. Epic fail by the team!
Lap 11: Trulli doesn’t make life difficult for Alonso, who moves past into 18th at the Nouvelle Chicane.
Webber’s lead is now 2.4 seconds over Vettel, with Kubica right behind.
Lap 10: Alonso passes di Grassi into the Nouvelle Chicane after the Brazilian got a little loose through the tunnel.
Lap 9: Webber further extends his lead while Barrichello drops away from the top-five.
Lap 8: Alonso tries a look to pass di Grassi for 19th place, but is held off by the Brazilian rookie. Shades of Coulthard and Bernoldi?
Lap 7: Alonso has passed Chandhok for 20th place. Webber leads from Vettel, Kubica, Massa, Hamilton.
Lap 6: Safety car in this lap.
Lap 5: Great start by Rubens Barrichello, who leaped from 9th to 6th off the line.
Lap 4: Hulkenberg’s Williams has been recovered from the tunnel, with the marshals wheeling his damaged car out of the tunnel.
Webber is complaining over the radio about debris from the Williams in the tunnel.
A message from our IndyCar correspondent Matt Lennon: “They deploy the Safety Car for everything these days. It’s just like IndyCars.”
Lap 3: Senna is seen exiting the pits after making a tyre stop.
Button retires! Engine failure in his McLaren.
Lap 2: Replays show Hulkenberg hit the outside wall at the Tunnel, sliding straight on the dust.
Up front, the order is Webber from Vettel, Kubica, Massa, Hamilton, Barrichello, Schumacher and Rosberg.
Lap 1: We’re go! Kubica crowded out at the start and leapfrogged by Vettel into Ste Devote. Webber leads.
Hulkenberg has crashed at the exit of the tunnel. Safety Car is out.
Alonso pits to get ride of his super soft tyres – maybe there was method in his madness!
10:00PM AEST: Parade lap is underway! Mark Webber leads the pack up the hill as the drivers try to warm their tyres and brakes in readiness for the start.
Alonsi is starting on the super soft tyres. Interesting decision… I expected he would start on the harder tyres to run longer…
9:58PM AEST: Weather looks decent and no rain forecast for the next 30 minutes at least.
9:57PM AEST: Just a few minutes to go under the parade lap gets underway! The drivers are all strapped into their cars.
9:48PM AEST: Apparently there are issues with Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes GP as it sits on the grid… Not the ideal place for this to be happening…
It’s madness on the grid with mechanics and VIPs everywhere.
9:45PM AEST: The pit lane has now closed and all drivers (bar Fernando Alonso) are now on the grid.
Celebrities galore spotted at Monaco, including the likes of Michael Douglas, Jennifer Lopez, Will.I.Am, Mick Jagger, Rachel Hunter, Liz Hurley.
9:35PM AEST: Tyres have also been the talking point on two fronts:
1. How long will the super soft tyres last on the streets of Monaco? All of the grid’s top-ten will be starting on these tyres, having set their quickest qualifying laps on the softer rubber available. Last year, only Jenson Button was really able to make the rubber work, while some (hello, Sebastian Vettel!) could only make the rubber last a handful of laps…
2. Who is going to be supplying the teams next season? Apparently the team bosses all sat down to meet this morning and run through the various proposals fro Michelin, Pirelli, Kumho and Avon… Let’s wait and find out who the winner, or winners, could be…
9:32PM AEST: The run to Ste Devote will be key to define the potential outcome of the race – let’s look at the front end of the grid…
Should Mark Webber lead into the first corner, then he has a great chance to build a solid lead, with Kubica possibly holding up others behind him in the early laps. Red Bull’s domination make it the clear title favourite and Webber will be very keen to add to his Spanish GP victory last weekend and build on his points’ foundation.
Should Kubica pull it all off and beat Webber into Ste Devote, then we could be in for a really interesting race – just like David Coulthard holding off the quicker cars behind him to win in 2002.
9:30PM AEST: Great news and perhaps an omen for later today: Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo won the Formula Renault 3.5 support race on the Monaco streets this morning. An Australian in a Red Bull-backed car winning at Monaco? Might we see a repeat this afternoon? Here’s hoping if you’re a Webber fan!
9:28PM AEST: One person who will have to contend with the slower cars will be Fernando Alonso, who will be starting from the pit lane after the repairs to his Ferrari F10.
9:25PM AEST: Today’s race will provide plenty of on-track action and intrigue, with the grid closely spread due to the slow nature of the circuit. For the first time, the two Lotus’ were lapping within 3 seconds of the frontrunners, completely embarrassing boastful theories from the leading teams that the backmarkers would be miles off the pace here. Far from it!
9:23PM AEST: Don’t forget to drop us your comments and feedback during the race event broadcast, wherever you may be – let us know where you’re writing from as well!
9:20PM AEST: With the weather forecast predicting showers for the weekend, it seems – judging by pictures trickling in from the web and the pre-race show broadcast in Australia – that we’re in for a bone dry 78-lap race.
9:15PM AEST: We had a thrilling qualifying session yesterday, and Mark Webber picked up back-to-back pole positions and maintained Red Bull’s clean sweep of locking out pole position.
Robert Kubica was superb in the Renault to take second, but the headlines were already buzzing with the non-appearance of Fernando Alonso, who crashed out in the morning practice session, damaging his Ferrari too badly to be able to take part.
9:10PM AEST: And what have I been up to? It’s been a busy week for me, not least getting the chance to chat to Australia’s last World Champion, Alan Jones. Our exclusive interview with him will be on the site tomorrow. It’s a cracker and you must check it out!
9:05PM AEST: Only a week after Mark Webber’s outstanding victory at the Circuit de Catalunya, the sport has travelled a little bit east to the Mediterranean coast’s jewel in the crown…
No, it’s not the Robin Hood premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but the 68th running of the Monaco Grand Prix!

9:00PM AEST:

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.