Mark Webber became the sixth winner in as many races when he triumphed in the Monaco Grand Prix on the streets of Monte Carlo. But there were strong performances from several drivers in a challenging race. So who was your driver of the day?
Looked solid in practice but came alive in qualifying and only a small mistake on his final flying lap meant he missed out on pole with the second fastest time. However, Michael Schumacher’s penalty meant he started on pole for the second time in two years. Made a good getaway and kept Nico Rosberg behind him to lead into the first corner. From then on, he controlled the race and kept his cool when the rain started to fall during to secure his second Monaco GP win and eighth victory of his career.
The Mercedes struggled with tyres on the streets of Monaco last year, but those problems appeared to be in the past as Schumacher secured pole and Nico Rosberg took third. That became second when Schumacher got demoted. Got a clean getaway but couldn’t find a way past Webber in to Turn One. From then on, the German kept the pressure on the Australian all race long. Tried the undercut, but Red Bull covered it off and though he got close as the rain fell, he had to settle for second.
Finished fastest in first practice to underline the car’s improved pace and qualified a strong sixth, which turned into fifth after Schumacher’s penalty. Emerged unscathed from the carnage at the start to run fourth early on ahead of his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa. Jumped Lewis Hamilton at the stops to rise up to third and then pushed Rosberg hard in the closing stages. Secured his second successive podium of the season and third overall to take the outright lead in the drivers’ championship.
Outpaced by team-mate Mark Webber early in the weekend and looked out of sorts in qualifying. Made it into Q3, but decided not to run and instead save a set of tyres. Started ninth, after Pastor Maldonado’s penalty and made a good start, avoiding the first corner carnage to run sixth early on. Running on the more durable soft tyre, unlike his main rivals, the German was able to run deep into the race, and even lead at one point. That helped him jump Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa to run fourth. Closed on Alonso but could not find a way past.
Looked more comfortable and confident with the car in practice and made it into Q3 for the first time this season, qualifying seventh. Made a good start, avoiding the carnage and even put pressure on his Ferrari team-mate Alonso. Showed strong pace throughout the race and was right with the leaders at the end, but couldn’t find a way past Lewis Hamilton and had to settle for sixth place, his best result of the season.
Paul di Resta
Struggled for performance and looked disappointed after qualifying 14th, three places behind his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg. Made a great start, avoiding the carnage at the start to run just outside of the top 10. Used an aggressive strategy, managed the tyres well and put the hammer down when running in clean air. That allowed him to leapfrog his team-mate and several others to rise into the top 10 and finish seventh, his fourth points finish of the season.
Qualified 18th as the fastest of the new teams and made a good start, avoiding the first corner chaos to get ahead of Jenson Button and run 13th. Drove brilliantly to defend his position from the faster McLaren driver and was lucky to avoid damage when Button crashed into him in the Swimming Pool complex. Clashed with Sergio Perez, too, which damage his wing, but got back out of the pits to finish 13th and help Caterham move up to 10th in the constructors’ championship.