Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Webber Flies to Monaco Triumph; but No Protest Is Lodged over Red Bull Car

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Webber Flies to Monaco Triumph; but No Protest Is Lodged over Red Bull Car

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Byline: Ian Parkes

MARK Webber was crowned Formula One's king of Monaco for a second time in three seasons as a planned protest against Red Bull after the race failed to materialise.

The suggestion beforehand was the team's cars are running with an illegal floor, and that one of their big three rivals in McLaren, Ferrari or Mercedes would lodge a protest with the FIA.

When Mark Webber won the race by 0.643secs from Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes, the feeling at the time was that had increased the possibility of one of the teams taking a stand.

The clock, however, ticked past any deadline and the race result was allowed to stand, giving Webber the eighth win of his career and second around the streets of the principality.

Bar a handful of laps just beyond onethird distance of the 78 overall, the Australian led from pole to flag, that after failing to lead on any lap of the previous five races this season.

No wonder Webber declared himself to "feeling incredible" after his victory, Red Bull's third in succession in Monaco.

Webber added: "It's been an amazing day for the team and myself, so I'm really happy to have won here again. It's a great memory for me. Fantastic.

"We got the maximum out of this weekend, although we were very, very fortunate to get pole.

"But we knew this race was ours to lose. In the end it was a very special victory for us, with more to come hopefully."

It is the topsy-turvy nature of this season that we have now had six winners of the first six races for the first time in the sport's history.

In addition, Webber is just three points adrift of championship leader Fernando Alonso, who was third in his Ferrari, despite not stepping on the podium prior to yesterday.

Assessing the campaign, Webber said: "It's up and down in quali and the races are hard to predict. Even for us, judging how a grand prix is going to unfold is not particularly straightforward.

"That is sometimes frustrating for us because we'd like to push to the limit and get the most out of everything we have.

"But we have to leave margins, not only in strategy but also in driving and all that sort of stuff. …

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