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Sunday, 16 May 2010

Monaco Lap by Lap

Lap 7 and Alonso has moved from last to 15th already.

Webber has retained his lead from pole and is followed by Vettel Kubica and Massa.

Lap 14. Alonso is hassling Kobayashi hard. The Japanese wobbles and Alonso is into 14th.

Lap 16. Now Alonso is giving Kovalainen's Lotus grief. He slides past on lap 17! Who said you cannot overtake at Monaco?

Lap 18 and Hamilton pits. Who will he reenter behind? Alonso!
Lap 21. Alonso is now sitting in 10th. behind MSC.
Lap 23 Vettel and others pit leaving Alonso 8th.

Lap 25. Rosberg now finds himself behind the leader Webber. He has yet to stop for tyres.

Lap 31. Alonso moves up to 6th in front of Schumacher. Barrichello parks facing the traffic on lap 32 and another safety car is invoked.
Lap 33. The safety car moves off and racing resumes. Alonso now only has Hamilton between him and his team mate.
As we approach half distance, three Renault engines are still holding together and lead the pack. Vavavoom.
Lap 40: The Renaults are still shaking it. Massa can see all three ahead. Webber has pulled out a 2.6 second lead.
Lap 43: The Mercedes mobile ad is out again. It looks quite good from behind but the side view is a bit if a stretched limo. Why can't they use a
Lap 45: The safety car drivers go back for another coffee. The taxi rank has few takers today. Why are most Mercedes taxis?
Lap 47: Two energy drinks lead La Regie followed by a Fiat a mobile phone network and another Fiat. (sponsors-eye view).
Lap 49: Would it be more fun in one of those nice boats in the harbour?
Lap 52: If only the road was a bit wider. The no overtaking signs should have been taken down before the race. Good thing Alonso ignored them.
Lap 56: Is it still newsworthy to say Schumacher is leading his team mate? Probably never was.
Lap 58: 3/4 distance. Is Bruno Senna sponsored by a hormone replacement therapy company? We don't believe it. Strange name though for an F1 car.
Lap 62: I never had any trouble with my old Renault 4, 5 or 12, so a win looks likely for one of the three. My brother in law had the original 5 GT turbo which was frighteningly quick in his hands.
Lap 65: The circuit still looks strikingly like a car park access road. A driver could easily be mistaken. I think that is what Barrichello said to the interviewer anyway explaining why he retired.
Lap 70: 8 to go. Kubica is still in striking distance of the two leading Red Bulls. If Rossi gets a Ferrari seat next year rather than him, I am sure he would push harder and not settle for third.
Lap 75: Trulli's Lotus has vaulted an HRT and the Merc is out again to pick up a fare. Trulli certainly won't be driving back to his hotel. The Lotus is on fire.

With 2 laps now left this could be the end of the action.
No overtaking under a safety car. Just in case anyone was contemplating it.

So Webber wins his second race in a row and leaded the drivers' table.

Late news. Schumacher appeared to pass Alonso under the final safety car.

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