Motorsport Wrap for Monday 17th May 2010


The last time an Australian won the Monaco Grand Prix, man was still ten years off going to the moon.

It was Jack Brabham who won the race in 1959 on his way to the first of his three World Championships.

Now Australia has a new championship hopeful, with Mark Webber's dominant performance in the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix - pole position and a start-to-finish win - elevating him to equal first in the 2010 title standings.

Webber Pole Monaco 2010

The Red Bull driver started on the softer of Bridgestone's Potenza rubber compounds but even a stop for fresh tyres couldn't shift him from the lead. There were no fewer than four safety car periods due to numerous race incidents, but Webber was serene, taking the victory ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel for another Red Bull one-two.

"It's a special day, the greatest day of my life I suppose," Webber said.

"As a Formula One driver, you really hope that you win races and if you have a choice then this event is very, very special for any driver. To join Ayrton Senna and the likes round here is a very special thing."

Robert Kubica took a fine third place for Renault, while Fernando Alonso managed to make it all the way up to sixth despite starting from pit lane.

"I am proud to say that both compounds of Bridgestone Potenzas performed very well and a variety of strategies were possible," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone's Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.

"The medium compound was so strong. It provided good lap times right up to the end of the race, even when it had been used for 77 laps as in the case of Fernando Alonso, who achieved a good result after starting from the pit lane."

Webber will be looking to make it three wins in succession as the teams head to Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix on 28-30 May.


 1.Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 78 points 
 2.Sebastien Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 78 
 3.Fernando Alonso (Sp) Ferrari 75 
 4.Jenson Button (GB) McLaren 70 


The V8 Supercar Championship looks set to go down to the wire with Ford's James Courtney winning both races at the weekend's round at Winton in Victoria to snatch the lead in the title race.

Courtney had a near perfect weekend, winning both races, while defending champion Jamie Whincup crashed out in his Commodore in Sunday's second race to cough up the lead in the championship for the first time this year.

Garth Tander - driving a Bridgestone-backed Holden Racing Team Commodore - lies fifth in the championship after a disappointing weekend when he could only manage 17th and 8th in the two races.

The V8 Supercars now move to Darwin from June 18 to 20 as part of a championship chase which looks set to go down to the wire.


 1. James Courtney Jim Beam 1467 
 2.Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 1353 
 3.Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 1245 
 4.Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers 1164 
 5.Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 1116