- May 16, 2010
The drive was not without it’s issues for him though. Four safety cars, as a fair few accidents caused his dominant lead to be cut each time.
Vettel took a decent, and well fought for second spot, with Kubica pushing him all the way to the end trying to get that spot, but eventually had to settle for third. That does mean though that it was a 1,2,3 for Renault engine cars.
Felipe Massa took fourth spot, with a controlled drive, and Lewis had to settle for fifth, after struggling with his front brake temperature for almost half of the race.
Michael Schumacher took a last corner lung to take sixth spot, as Fernando Alonso was not expecting it with it being the last corner, and the safety car just having released them.
The incidents started early, with Hulkenberg seeming to loose his car in the tunnel on lap one. Then whilst behind the safety car, Button’s Mercedes engine gave up on him after overheating on his lap out to the grid because one of the air intake bung’s was left in the car by accident.
Rubens Barrichello then had a big accident up the hill, when it seems that the rear left wheel or suspension assembly failed on him, causing a big accident at the top of the hill into Casino.
The third safety car was brought out when a member of the safety crew noticed a suspected storm drain had come loose. This seemed to not be the case, and the cars were released to race again.
The final safety car was caused on lap 70, when Jarno Trulli tried to overtake Karun Chandhok, and seemingly mounted the HRT-Cosworth causing both drivers to stop, and the race was almost finished under the safety car.
There is some discussion that the overtake Schumacher made on the last corner was illegal, so we will have to wait for the official results to check that. But for now the official timing screens show him finishing sixth.
A couple of weeks now till we go to North America, and Montreal where the racing is always interesting.
UPDATE – It seems that the overtake Schumacher did on Alonso was deemed illegal, and he has been given a 20 second penalty. This demotes the German 7 time world champion to 12th place, and moves all the other drivers up.
|2||5||Sebastian Vettel||RBR-Renault||78||+0.4 secs||3||18|
|3||11||Robert Kubica||Renault||78||+1.6 secs||2||15|
|4||7||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||78||+2.6 secs||4||12|
|5||2||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||78||+4.3 secs||5||10|
|6||8||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||78||+6.3 secs||24||8|
|7||4||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP||78||+6.6 secs||6||6|
|8||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||78||+6.9 secs||12||4|
|9||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||78||+7.3 secs||10||2|
|10||16||Sebastien Buemi||STR-Ferrari||78||+8.1 secs||13||1|
|11||17||Jaime Alguersuari||STR-Ferrari||78||+9.1 secs||17|
|12||3||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP||78||+5.7 secs||7|
|13||12||Vitaly Petrov||Renault||73||+5 Lap||14|
|Ret||21||Bruno Senna||HRT-Cosworth||58||+20 Laps||22|
|Ret||23||Kamui Kobayashi||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||26||Gearbox||16|
|Ret||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||25||Wheel problem||21|
|Ret||24||Timo Glock||Virgin-Cosworth||22||Rear suspension||20|
|Ret||22||Pedro de la Rosa||BMW Sauber-Ferrari||21||Hydraulics||15|