Hamilton hit by pit-lane debris as Webber wins Monaco GP

May 27, 2012

English driver unhappy at being struck on the helmet as he endures another frustrating race

MARK WEBBER became the sixth different driver to win a Grand Prix this season as he triumphed at Monaco for the second time in three years.

The Australian Red Bull driver started the race on pole position and was in control from the off, on a circuit where overtaking is extremely difficult. After leading the field into the first corner despite a crash behind him, Webber knew that as long as his pit stops went according to plan and his car did not misbehave then the race should be his, and so it proved.

The weather did threaten to liven things up, but although there was some intermittent rain in the closing stages it did not affect the drivers. The lack of passing opportunities was illustrated by the fact that the top six drove the last 10 laps in convoy without changing position and finished within six seconds of each other.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was the second man across the line and Fernando Alonso came third in his Ferrari. The Spaniard now leads the drivers championship with 76 points, three points clear of Webber and his Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth, who are tied on 73 points.

"Significantly, and for the first time in F1's 62 years, the season has now witnessed six different winners in the opening six races," noted The Guardian.

It was another frustrating afternoon for McLaren's Lewis Hamilton who was watched by Men in Black star Will Smith and girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. He started in third but lost places to finish fifth. He was clearly annoyed after a poor start and could be heard on the radio demanding to know what had gone wrong. His mood was not improved when he lost valuable time in the pits, and after the race the English driver claimed that people on the pit wall had dropped debris on his head.

"The guys hold the pit boards over the track and two or three slips fell out and hit me in the front of the helmet," he said, according to The Daily Telegraph. "I was like 'guys this is getting ridiculous' as they kept dropping them and dropping them.

"I really dislike going backwards, but we still go away with some points," he added. "My start was one of worst I've had in a long time. I don't understand why it happens when two guys next to me and those behind us got perfect starts."

However, at least he finished the race, unlike his teammate Jenson Button who spun out with eight laps remaining.

There was more tension at the circuit amid rumours that several of the teams were planning to protest about the design of the Red Bull car. The Sunday Times reported that they object to a hole in the floor of the car, although there has been no formal complaint.

After the race the Red Bull team insisted that their car was legal.

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