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Webber captures Monaco

Associated Press / May 17, 2010

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Mark Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position yesterday to lead Red Bull to a 1-2 finish at the famous street race.

Webber’s fourth career win moved him atop the Formula One standings ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel, who overtook Robert Kubica of Renault at the start to finish 0.4 seconds behind. Both Red Bull drivers have 78 points after six races, but Webber leads with two race victories.

“To win here is a very, very special day,’’ said Webber, the second Australian driver — after Jack Brabham — to win the iconic seaside race. “This place is such a test for two hours. Absolutely incredible, and for sure the greatest day of my life today.’’

Kubica held on for third, while Felipe Massa of Ferrari was fourth ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. Five-time race winner Michael Schumacher dropped out of the points — from sixth place to 12th — after receiving a 20-second penalty for illegally overtaking Fernando Alonso at the last corner.

Defending F1 and Monaco champion Jenson Button’s day ended on the second lap when his McLaren’s Mercedes engine overheated after his mechanics forgot to remove a part before the start. Massa’s 71 points put him one up on Button, while Hamilton and Kubica each have 59.

IRL — Former points champion Dan Wheldon crashed during practice yesterday for the Indianapolis 500.

The 2005 race winner’s ride spun coming out of the fourth turn, then he locked up his brakes to avoid another car and hit the outside wall in the front straightaway. The English native climbed out of the car and did not appear to be seriously hurt.

Pole qualifying for the May 30 race is scheduled for Saturday.