The streets of Monte Carlo delivered an exciting Monaco GP from start to finish but who do you think deserves the accolade of Driver of the Day?
Delivered the goods in qualifying to secure pole position and made a great getaway at the start. A wheel problem caused a delay during his second stop and he lost the lead to Button. The team decided not to pit him again for the rest of race to ensure he got ahead of Button, meaning he had to do 61 laps on one set of tyres. Managed to hold off a charging Alonso and Button late on, with the help of the safety car and red flag, to win his first Monaco GP and fifth race of the season.
Made another lightening start, muscling past Webber at the first corner to run third. Chased second-placed Button and leapfrogged the McLaren driver by doing one less stop. Caught race leader Vettel in the latter stages and was unlucky that the red flag came out with six laps to go to cancel out his advantage. Still, second place was his best result of the season.
Reported that his steering was feeling ‘heavy’ on the formation lap, but the team sorted the problem and he was able to getaway cleanly to maintain second. Jumped Vettel in the pitstops, when the German had a problem, to take the lead. However, three stops was risky on a street track with safety cars likely and ultimately he ended up third.
Starting 13th, the Japanese driver made a solid start, rising into the top 10 when the first safety car came out. Once again showed the Sauber was kind on its tyres and he only pitted once,under the safety car which pushed him up to fifth. He ran as high as fourth after a brave move on Sutil. Lost out to Webber in the dying stages to finish fifth – his best result of the season and fifth consecutive points finish.
Showed good pace all weekend and qualified a strong eighth. During the race, he kept pace with Massa’s Ferrari and pulled off an opportunistic move on Rosberg, rising as high as fifth at one point. He dropped down the order as a result of the safety car coming out, but looked on course for sixth – his first points finish of the season – before he collided with Hamilton with six laps to go.
Arrived in Monaco with a legal complaint clouding his preparations. Qualified 15th, behind team-mate di Resta, but bided his time and kept out of trouble to run as high as fourth with a one-stop strategy. Clipped the wall late on, picking up a puncture but held onto seventh – his second points scoring finish of 2011.