Formula1 FanCast’s Manish Patel and Scratch Radio’s Paul Hadsley reflect on a thrilling 2011 Monaco Grand Prix.

The Monaco Grand Prix: The one Grand Prix every single Formula One driver dreams of winning. Sebastian Vettel celebrated his first victory at Monaco but he was given yet another stern test by his rivals.

All the luck appears to be with Vettel and Red Bull. Vettel’s one stop strategy did work in the end but he was under severe pressure in the latter part of the race from Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. It was only when the race was red flagged that enabled Vettel to change his tyres and pull away from both Alonso and Button.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button put in stunning performances to finish the race in 2nd and 3rd. Mark Webber came home in 4th and after Sergio Perez’s horrific crash in qualifying, Sauber had something to cheer about come the end of the weekend with Kamui Kobayashi finishing 5th.

Lewis Hamilton had a troublesome weekend and could only manage a 6th place finish. Lewis qualified 7th but was moved down to 9th after he cut a chicane in his only qualifying lap in Q3. Hamilton’s weekend got worse as he was given a drive through for colliding with Felipe Massa, he then had to have his rear wing repaired after Jaime Alguersuari went into the back of his McLaren. And then to make matters worse, 20 seconds was added to Hamilton’s time after the Brit caused a collision at Sainte Devote with Pastor Maldonado.

Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Williams’ Rubens Barrichello scored welcome points and Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Buemi picked up the final point.

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You can also read about Manish’s views on every Grand Prix weekend by visiting his blog: https://mannyi.wordpress.com/

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