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2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sun: Red Bull, Merc, Ferrari, McLaren

Sunday 27th May 2012

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Sun: Red Bull, Merc, Ferrari, McLaren

Sun: Red Bull, Merc, Ferrari, McLaren

Mark Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix for the second time, finishing ahead of Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonos...

Red Bull:
Mark Webber: "An incredible day; this place gives you such amazing memories. There were different parts of the race where I had to be incredibly focused and make sure we really capitalised on the positioning we had. A good friend of mine sent me a text message this morning and said 'You're in charge, you're in front and in charge' and we were, but you can get bitten here very quickly. There were a few key stages around the stops that were interesting. Sebastian had his tyres very hot and was quick at that point and I couldn't get mine going, but once he pitted I reverted my attention back to Nico and just looked after the rears until the end of the race. Then the rain came, which around here is very, very tough. But we had composure and experience and great team work on the pit wall. It's a tough nut to crack this race, but we did it again. I had both hands on it today and I wasn't going to let go."

Sebastian Vettel: "It would have been nice to have been on the podium today. I think the speed was there, but in the end we had the same strategy as the leaders, just the other way round. It was quite difficult as we were on older tyres, but we had some good laps and we gained roughly around eight seconds, so that was strong. After that I was in traffic and it's difficult to pass in Monaco, as I showed last year and Mark showed this year. We were hoping some of the leaders would be forced to do two stops, but unfortunately Kimi made quite a big gap behind me, so the leaders had clean air after their first stop. That helped them and it made it more difficult for us, but we started ninth and considering it's hard to pass here, then to gain five places was a good day. It's definitely good for Mark to win here and also for the team to get their third Monaco win in a row - it's impressive."

Mercedes:
Nico Rosberg: "It's a fantastic feeling to be on the podium at my home race in Monaco today in front of all my family and friends. The team have done a really good job this weekend to get the car working so well. Although we thought this track would suit our car, it's been better than we expected. I had a clean start but Mark drove a very controlled race today. I could keep in touch with him but we all know how difficult it is to overtake around the streets here and there just wasn't a way past. Still I'm more than happy with second place, and it's great to get another podium for the boys here, and everyone back at Brackley and Brixworth. I can't wait to get to Canada now and keep the momentum going."

Michael Schumacher: "What can I say? It was simply a pity to end the race in this way. In any case, the fuel pressure problem had nothing to do with the incident at the start. But it made it doubly disappointing because I had secretly been hoping for a podium finish today. I will take the boost from the high points of this weekend with me to Canada. The track should suit us and I'm hoping to have a normal, clean race."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "I'm very happy with the way things have gone this weekend. We leave Monaco heading the Championship: if I'd been offered that after the Mugello test at the beginning of the month, I'd have signed for it there and then, but if I'd been told that after Melbourne, I would never have believed it! In Australia we started twelfth, then in the last two races we have jumped onto the podium and we are first in the classification. This result has to be further motivation to push even harder on the development of the F2012. We knew the start would be crucial. I got away very well and I almost got alongside Grosjean and Hamilton: the Frenchman and I touched and, for a moment, I was scared the car was damaged. On this track overtaking is almost impossible and being in someone's slipstream causes temperature problems, both for the engine and the tyres. So, you cannot always be on the attack of those ahead, trying instead to manage the situation and push flat out only at the moments that count, such as the pit stops and that's what I did. Could I have also got past Rosberg and Webber if I'd stayed out on track a bit longer? Maybe, but at that moment it was the right choice to make. I was definitely very quick with a clear track ahead of me. Towards the end, I was a bit worried about Vettel who was on the Supersoft, but luckily I could defend my position comfortably. Then I hoped the rain would come, because I think that could have given me a chance of winning, however, in the last five or six laps I thought it was over, partly because at every corner there might have been a surprise lying in wait. In Barcelona, a track with a lot of fast corners, we went well and this track is a law unto itself, so let's see what the situation is in Canada, but certainly we hope to be able to confirm at this track too the progress we have seen at the last two Grands Prix. Finally, I dedicate this podium to all the victims and their families of the earthquake that hit the Emilia region last week."

Felipe Massa: "It was a good race. I felt comfortable with the car right from the start of Thursday's free practice. I had the right feeling and it was much easier to drive than at the previous races. Maybe it depends on the nature of the track or the set-up and we definitely need to analyse everything carefully to see what we can learn from this weekend. All things considered, I could have brought home a better result, but I am happy nevertheless. It was a very difficult race and very close and I was able to match the pace of the leaders. I am only sorry I was unable to do a few laps with a clear track ahead of me when the tyres were still competitive. The start was very good and also the tyre degradation, especially on the Soft compound was minimal. A driver always wants to do the maximum so I can't be delighted with sixth place, however these are important points. I really hope my championship has turned around and that, from now on, I can always be in the fight for the top places, as was the case here in Monaco. Now we go to Montreal, which is a different type of track to this one, because you need a good top speed but, in fact it's not that different in terms of the set-up required."

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "I had a pretty poor start - I didn't understand why that happened - and I was lucky not to get caught up in the first-corner crash. During the race, I struggled in the low-speed corners and found looking after the rear tyres tough. To make them last as long as we did, while trying to keep up with the pace of the guys in front, was one of the trickiest things I've had to do in a race.

"I lost time at my pitstop and gave away a place to Fernando [Alonso], and then Sebastian [Vettel] was able to get past me after he made his own stop. After that, it was impossible to overtake. Today wasn't the best result for me - I really dislike going backwards in a race - but I think I got everything I could out of the car.

"We came away with some points, and there are many more races ahead, but we've definitely got some work to do because, race by race, we're struggling to keep up with the leaders. The other teams are picking up serious pace, too. We can't let them pull away from us - but we're a fantastic team, we'll knuckle down together, and we'll really push on now."

Jenson Button: "At the start, Kamui [Kobayashi] almost landed on top of me because he'd been launched off someone else. Then I almost got stuck at the exit of Sainte Dévote, but I just managed to squeeze through. After my stop, I got caught behind Heikki [Kovalainen] - we weren't really fighting, but if you position your car in the right place around here then it's impossible to overtake. That's quite frustrating when you're so much quicker than the guy in front.

"Finally, I had a look up the inside of Turn 15 [Swimming Pool exit], we touched, and I had a puncture. Game over. Today's result stems from a poor qualifying performance and being unlucky at the start. Also, when you start from the mid-grid, you're more prone to incidents. It wasn't my day today - but hopefully it will be sooner rather than later."

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