How the Monaco Grand Prix was won

How the Monaco Grand Prix was won

The Monaco Grand Prix threw up a fascinating fight for victory between three world champions from three different teams - all on different strategies. Adam Cooper explains how the race unfolded

We went to Monaco amid concerns about the durability of Pirelli's super soft rubber, which even the Italian company described as a qualifying tyre that would last only a few laps. Some feared the race could be a farce, but instead we were treated to a superb and utterly compelling contest that resulted in three drivers running nose-to-tail as the laps ticked away.

Having run one, two and three stop strategies respectively, they had ended up in the same place at the same time, but with tyres of widely varying age and thus potential performance. Then the red flag robbed of us of a proper conclusion to the race, and gave Sebastian Vettel a 'get out of jail free' card.

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