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GP Week : Issue 118
Team-By-Team: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo Adrian Sutil was lucky to finish the Monaco Grand Prix, but had luck on his side as he took his second points finish of the year in seventh place. He had the mid-race safety car to thank for rising to fourth on his one-stop strategy, and despite intense pretty from Kamui Kobayashi behind, he held on until lap 65 before quickly dropping to sixth. He then picked up a puncture after hitting the barrier at Tabac, but swiftly pitted and took the flag in seventh. Di Resta two-stopped on his way to 12th, but had to serve a drive -through penalty on lap 27 after making contact with Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari. Sebastien Buemi continues to clock in the points for Toro Rosso after another largely anonymous race by the Swiss driver. He started a lowly 16th, but ran a long first stint on the soft tyres allowing him to climb as high as seventh. He pitted for another long stint on the softs before taking on a set of the super- softs at his final pitstop on lap 62. He dropped to 13th, but three retirements ahead allowed him to rise to tenth. One of those retirements was team-mate Alguersuari, who had also two- stopped and had overtaken Buemi just before retiring. Sergio Perez’s frightening accident in qualifying put a dampener on Sauber’s weekend in Monte Carlo, but Kamui Kobayashi’s impressive drive into the points on Sunday gave the Swiss team some cause for celebration with a solid fifth place at the flag, the team’s best finish since 2009. Kobayashi had started 12th, and rose steadily up the order on his one-stop strategy. He pitted during the first safety car period and rose to fourth on lap 65 but lost a place to Webber on the penultimate lap. HRT were delighted to score a double finish in the Monaco Grand Prix, after making it to the grid despite failing to set a time in qualifying. Stewards deemed their practice pace to have been quick enough and let them race, although they were unable to keep pace with Virgin ahead of them. Liuzzi was able to get ahead of Karthikeyan at the first round of stops after going longer on his first stint, and he pulled well clear in the second stint. Liuzzi and Karthikeyan went on to take the flag in 16th and 17th, 3 and 4 laps down respectively. Another strong race for Virgin saw them able to mix it with Lotus for the entire race, but had the final safety car fall at just the wrong time to lose sight of the yellow and green cars. Glock was the leading Virgin in the early stages of the race before an unexpected suspension failure stopped him in his tracks. D’Ambrosio was then able to re-establish contact with Lotus when the field bunched up during the first safety car period, and got ahead when they pitted, but fell behind again later in the race when he ran off-line to let a Renault through. He took the flag 15th. Team Lotus capped a successful week in court with their best finish of the year, as Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen finished the incident-strewn race in 13th and 14th. Trulli was delighted by his start which lifted him to 17th by the first corner, and managed to keep Alguersuari behind for all of his first stint. The emergence of the safety car hit his two-stop strategy hard as he lost the gap he had built up, but nevertheless finished ahead of Virgin, HRT and his team-mate. Kovalainen also two- stopped and finished half a second behind. Trulli. F1 MONACO >> 33