Red Bull driver Mark Webber welcomes timely victory in Monaco

 

Mark Webber hailed his Monaco Grand Prix victory as timely as he thrust himself firmly into contention for this year's Formula One world title.

Webber had not led a lap nor stepped on to the podium prior to yesterday's triumph, the eighth of his career and second around Monaco in three years.

As the sixth different winner of a grand prix this year, a new F1 record to start a campaign, Webber has hauled himself alongside Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, with the duo three points adrift of championship leader Fernando Alonso.

The Australian conceded his success was harder than in 2010, notably in the closing stages as drizzle fell in places, forcing Webber to play it safe which backed up the field.

Come the conclusion, Webber finished just 0.643secs ahead of Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes, with the top six covered by six seconds.

After a run of four fourth-placed finishes to start the season and failing to score in Spain a fortnight ago, Webber said: "This is timely off the back of a difficult weekend for us in Barcelona.

"A few small things we got wrong, and ultimately we paid for that with no points in Barcelona.

"Up until then, generally, we had got the maximum out of most weekends, and that was the case this weekend, and that's all we can keep doing.

"In Shanghai, Nico was untouchable; in Barcelona the Williams (of Pastor Maldonado) was quick.

"So we need to be scoring all the time, and then when days like this come along you just cannot let them go at all.

"You have to grab them with both hands and feet and hang on to them like hell. That was the plan, but consistency is nice.

"Of course, wins are what win championships, so you need to win and then keep consistent."

Alonso underlined that point as he has been the most consistent performer of the season, claiming third to grab the overall lead.

Reigning champion Vettel had to settle for fourth, followed by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who is 13 points adrift, and Felipe Massa in his Ferrari for his best result of the year.

Adopting another excellent strategy, Paul di Resta was seventh in his Force India, extending his run of consecutive finishes to 21.

But it was Red Bull who were again celebrating, notably as there was no protest against their cars supposedly running with illegal floors.

Team principal Christian Horner had suggested a protest "wouldn't be particularly sporting" given his supreme confidence his cars are legal, although the story may yet run.

That allowed Webber and Horner to enjoy the now traditional celebratory jump into the pool on top of their floating paddock home for Red Bull's third successive win in Monaco.

Horner said: "It's a fantastic result for the team. Mark drove an immaculate race, and after a very clean get away he controlled it from the front.

"All the races carry the same amount of points, but some are that little bit more special to win."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee