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GP Week : Issue 155
While Formula One historians were busy celebrating the landmark six winners from the first six races, Red Bull had a milestone of their own to commemorate – the Milton Keynes- based racers, currently in their eighth season in F1, have now won the Monaco Grand Prix three years in a row. Mark Webber crossed the damp finish line on Sunday afternoon to claim his second win in the principality; the Australian first won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2010. Last year’s race was won by team-mate Sebastian Vettel, one of 11 victories the German driver claimed on his way to the 2011 drivers’ title. Early on in the weekend there had been concerns that the RB8 would struggle around the Monaco street circuit, and Webber’s post-session comments on Thursday afternoon betrayed a lack of confidence: “It was not easy for us, as for all the teams today, and we've got some work to do in the next 24 hours,” the eventual race winner said. “There are clearly some very quick cars and we need to see where we can improve.” The Red Bull crew were hard at work on the RB8 for the duration of the weekend, and by the time Saturday’s qualifying session was over and Webber had inherited Michael Schumacher’s pole position it was obvious the Australian was far happier with his equipment. “The guys did a really good job on the car,” Webber said on Saturday. “I felt comfortable, which is important, you need to go to the absolute limit everywhere to get the maximum out of the car and squeeze everything you can. It’s a great effort from the whole team; we had a lot to do on Thursday night, but the team reacted really well.” The last time a Formula One team had such a string of victories around the twisty streets of Monaco was 20 years ago, with McLaren taking the trophy home every year between 1988 and 1993. Red Bull join an impressive list of teams to have completed the Monaco hat-trick, a feat first pulled off by BRM between 1963 and 1966. Next to manage it was Lotus, who won in 1968, 1969, and 1970. Alain Prost then won the race for McLaren three times in a row, beginning with the infamous 1984 rain-soaked event. RED BULL JOIN THE MONACO HAT-TRICK CLUB 2010 2011 2012 23 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> MONACO