Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber made history on the streets of Monte Carlo this afternoon by becoming the sixth driver in six races to win a grand prix in this unpredictable Formula One season.
The Australian started the Monaco Grand Prix on pole and crossed the line 0.6s ahead of Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-GP. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third to take solo ownership of the world championship lead, which he had shared with Webber's teammate Sebastian Vettel going into the weekend.
After a year of domination from Vettel last season, this year had provided enthralling viewing with unexpected results, wheel-to-wheel racing and overtaking aplenty, as well as maiden victories for Rosberg and Williams's Pastor Maldonado. Monaco, widely seen as the trickiest circuit on the calendar, however, failed to live up to its billing with a largely processional 78 laps.
Vettel finished fourth after leading for a period before being forced to change tyres, while lewis Hamilton, who had started the race in third, finished fifth. Rosberg's teammate Michael Schumacher, who topped the timesheets in qualifying, but started the race in sixth following a five-place grid penalty, was forced to retire in the 65th lap.