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:

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Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 78 1:46:06.557 1 25
2 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 78 +0.6 secs 2 18
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 78 +0.9 secs 5 15
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 78 +1.3 secs 9 12
5 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 78 +4.1 secs 3 10
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 78 +6.1 secs 7 8
7 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 78 +41.5 secs 14 6
8 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 78 +42.5 secs 10 4
9 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 78 +44.0 secs 8 2
10 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 78 +44.5 secs 13 1
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 23 0
12 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 16 0
13 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 77 +1 Lap 17 0
14 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 77 +1 Lap 19 0
15 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 76 +2 Laps 22 0
16 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 70 accident damage 12 0
Ret 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 65 Steering damage 15 0
Ret 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 64 Electrical 21 0
Ret 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 63 Fuel pressure 6 0
Ret 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 15 Electrical 18 0
Ret 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 5 Accident damage 11 0
Ret 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 0 Accident damage 20 0
Ret 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 0 Accident 24 0
Ret 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 0 Accident 4 0

Overall Points 2012:

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Pos Driver Nationality Team Position Change
1 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 76 +1
2 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 73 -1
3 Mark Webber Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 73 +2
4 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 63 -1
5 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 59 +2
6 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Lotus-Renault 51 -2
7 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 45 -2
8 Romain Grosjean French Lotus-Renault 35 0
9 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Renault 29 0
10 Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 22 0
11 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 21 +1
12 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari 19 -1
13 Bruno Senna Brazilian Williams-Renault 15 0
14 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 10 +3
15 Nico Hulkenberg German Force India-Mercedes 7 0
16 Jean-Eric Vergne French STR-Ferrari 4 -3
17 Daniel Ricciardo Australian STR-Ferrari 2 -1
18 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes 2 0
19 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Caterham-Renault 0 +3
20 Timo Glock German Marussia-Cosworth 0 -1
21 Charles Pic French Marussia-Cosworth 0 -1
22 Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth 0 +2
23 Vitaly Petrov Russian Caterham-Renault 0 -2
24 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish HRT-Cosworth 0 -1

Biggest position increases:

Felipe Massa

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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

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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

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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.

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2 comments:

  (248) posted on 08.22.2012

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

  (201) posted on 08.21.2012

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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