Mark Webber secured victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, in a race which underlined just how close the field is this year.
The Australian, who celebrated his eighth win of his Formula One career found himself being hunted by a train of six cars, as the last ten laps of the race resembled a close proximity more akin to the opening stages of a Grand Prix, rather than it’s end.
Ultimately the victory belonged to Webber, who has won in the principality twice in the last three seasons, also ensuring that it is three seasons in a row that a Red Bull has finish on top spot.
Webber was joined on the podium by Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso, who now leads the drivers’ championship, despite being hindered in the early rounds with a difficult Ferrari.
While it was not a vintage race by any stretch of the imagination, it did shed light on just how close the front-running teams were, with less than eight seconds separating the first six finishers.
Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, who endured a tricky qualifying, managed to secure fourth place after an impressive performance on both the prime and option tyre compounds, while Lewis Hamilton had to settle for fifth spot, ahead of a much improved Felipe Massa.
Perhaps most telling though was Webber’s victory, which now means that for the first time in 62 years of Formula One racing the opening six races have been won by six different drivers.