2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books

As always, the Grand Prix of Monaco provided a fairly spectacular showing, likely one of the few in this year’s F1 series. As most would expect, Circuit de Monaco lap-time record holder and five-time winner, Michael Schumacher took the pole position, but officials forced him back five grid positions after he caused a collision during qualifying. With the technical nature of Monaco, that pole position is very important and Schumacher’s penalty was an ominous sign that this would not be a good race, as he retired due to fuel issues 63 laps in.

Schumacher’s penalty propelled Red Bull’s Mark Webber into the pole position. Webber held onto that pole position, despite a lead change during a pit stop, and took home the checkered flag on a rain-coated Circuit de Monaco. As we said in our preview of the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco , this race had some serious overall points influence, as the leaders were only separated by a few points each.

This victory for Webber places propels him up to a second place tie with Sebastian Vettel at 73 points and puts Fernando Alonso, who finished third, in the points lead at 76. An impressive run by Nico Rosberg placed him in second, just behind Webber, proving that his wide margin of victory in China was not just a one-time deal. This superb finish by Rosberg jumps him up two slots to fifth place overall.

From the looks of it, this season is shaping up to be a rather close points race with a few new faces near the top. Unfortunately, the leader board, for the most part, looks identical to the 2011 and 2010 seasons. The lack of parody in F1 has really been its Achilles heel in recent history. An overall points victory by Nico Rosberg would certainly be a push in the right direction for F1, so we’ll keep a close eye on his performance.

Click past the jump to see the complete placement board for the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco and the overall points standings.

2012 Grand Prix of Monaco Results:

2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books
Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
12Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault781:46:06.557125
28Nico RosbergMercedes78+0.6 secs218
35Fernando AlonsoFerrari78+0.9 secs515
41Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault78+1.3 secs912
54Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes78+4.1 secs310
66Felipe MassaFerrari78+6.1 secs78
711Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes78+41.5 secs146
812Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes78+42.5 secs104
99Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault78+44.0 secs82
1019Bruno SennaWilliams-Renault78+44.5 secs131
1115Sergio PerezSauber-Ferrari77+1 Lap230
1217Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Ferrari77+1 Lap160
1320Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault77+1 Lap170
1424Timo GlockMarussia-Cosworth77+1 Lap190
1523Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth76+2 Laps220
163Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes70accident damage120
Ret16Daniel RicciardoSTR-Ferrari65Steering damage150
Ret25Charles PicMarussia-Cosworth64Electrical210
Ret7Michael SchumacherMercedes63Fuel pressure60
Ret21Vitaly PetrovCaterham-Renault15Electrical180
Ret14Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari5Accident damage110
Ret22Pedro de la RosaHRT-Cosworth0Accident damage200
Ret18Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault0Accident240
Ret10Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault0Accident40

Overall Points 2012:

2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books
Pos Driver Nationality Team Position Change
1Fernando AlonsoSpanishFerrari76+1
2Sebastian VettelGermanRed Bull Racing-Renault73-1
3Mark WebberAustralianRed Bull Racing-Renault73+2
4Lewis HamiltonBritishMcLaren-Mercedes63-1
5Nico RosbergGermanMercedes59+2
6Kimi RäikkönenFinnishLotus-Renault51-2
7Jenson ButtonBritishMcLaren-Mercedes45-2
8Romain GrosjeanFrenchLotus-Renault350
9Pastor MaldonadoVenezuelanWilliams-Renault290
10Sergio PerezMexicanSauber-Ferrari220
11Paul di RestaBritishForce India-Mercedes21+1
12Kamui KobayashiJapaneseSauber-Ferrari19-1
13Bruno SennaBrazilianWilliams-Renault150
14Felipe MassaBrazilianFerrari10+3
15Nico HulkenbergGermanForce India-Mercedes70
16Jean-Eric VergneFrenchSTR-Ferrari4-3
17Daniel RicciardoAustralianSTR-Ferrari2-1
18Michael SchumacherGermanMercedes20
19Heikki KovalainenFinnishCaterham-Renault0+3
20Timo GlockGermanMarussia-Cosworth0-1
21Charles PicFrenchMarussia-Cosworth0-1
22Narain KarthikeyanIndianHRT-Cosworth0+2
23Vitaly PetrovRussianCaterham-Renault0-2
24Pedro de la RosaSpanishHRT-Cosworth0-1

Biggest position increases:

Felipe Massa

2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books

Felipe finished sixth overall, rebounding from his 15th place finish in Spain. This netted him a much needed eight points and helped him go from 17th overall the 14th overall in the F1 standings.

Heikki Kovalainen

2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books

Heikki’s 13th place finish in Monaco did not earn him any points, but it did give him a placement advantage over the remaining 0-point drivers this year. This helped him jump three places from 22nd to 19th place in the overall 2012 standings.

Biggest position decreases:

Jean-Eric Vergne

2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books

Jean-Eric tumbled a total of three positions in the 2012 overall standings, going from 13th place to 16th place. This tumble comes following back-to-back 12th place finishes in Spain and Monaco.


Wow they will have it again on Monaco? I thought they were going to have the 2012 Grand Prix on Thailand.

This is the most anticipated event in the world where top F1 racers meet to prove their best. This is really a great event.

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