After all the controversy of qualifying, the race finally took place with all 22 runners lining up on the grid (or in the pitlane for Schumacher). Alonso made a good start, as did Kimi Raikkonen who crept passed Webber going up the hill towards the casino corner on lap four. Christijan Albers forced his team mate Tiago Monteiro into the pit wall which resulted in a damaged nose for the Portuguese driver – I’m sure there will be words said to each other before the next race. Lap one saw Michael Schuamcher pass at least two cars in two consecutive corners as he started his long fight back towards the front of the pack.
From the start to middle distance, Rubens Barrichello became a mobile chicane with a queue of cars following behind, unable to pass. The only time when any of the tailing drivers attempted to do anything was when Fisichela capatilised on being lapped by team mate Alonso and nailed two moves up the inside of two drivers who probably thought they were letting the reigning world champion through. A great piece of driving that helped Fisichella recover from his penalised grid slot.
Other losers from the Monaco Grand Prix include
The big winner at monaco is undoubtedly Fernando Alonso and Renault. Not only did the ywin the race, but they also got their own way with regards to Michael Schumacher’s actions in qualifying. Whilst the day started off in a bad light, it ended with a fantastic