May 29 (F1plus Team).- We can all agree that it was a fantastic full of drama race, or weekend should we say?
Sebastian Vettel won from the start, and -maybe- luckily fro him, the race was stopped just when Alonso and Button seemed to be able to overtake him.
At the end the German, after the race resumed and every driver had put new tyres, fixed things, regroup etc, was able to hold off the attack and come out as victorious.
In a different side of the track, Pastor Maldonado was running sixth, with Hamilton approaching dangerously, so much, that he touched the Venezuelan with just three laps to go, forcing him for a undeserved retirement.
No doubt, the Williams team looked better and more competitive, and Maldonado had a truly convincing performance.
In what was one of the most tense battles of the 2011 Championship so far, Rubens Barrichello took his best finishing position of the year and claimed AT&T Williams’ first points of the season with a ninth place finish.
The final result was not what we wanted but the rest of the race was good. My pace was strong but after the re-start Hamilton tried a very ambitious manoeuvre at the first corner and that was the end of my race. I’m really disappointed not to come away with any points today.
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
It was a good result to get some points on the board. It was close to being a lot more but that is the nature of Monte Carlo. Pastor has driven outstandingly all weekend, so it is a shame that his race ended in the barriers. The tyres were solid all afternoon but it became clear that it would be a two-stop race strategy for us. The safety cars both hurt us as well as we lost a lot of time with both drivers. On the positive side, we didn’t have any reliability issues and we’re looking to continue developing the car ahead of Canada.
With six laps to go, I thought tenth was the best result we were going to achieve today. I ended up ninth, but not in the way I would have liked to as it was at the expense of my teammate. We lost some really good points for the team so that is disappointing. I’m happy that I’ve broken my run of bad luck though. The safety car didn’t help us as our one-stop strategy would have worked well had I not just done my pitstop before it was deployed. There are positives and negatives to take from today, the positive being we scored some points.