A controversial collision between Maldonado and Hamilton cost Williams a double points finish.
|Rubens Barrichello||Pastor Maldonado|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’15.826 (+0.281)||1’15.545|
Williams drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Ran a long first stint on lap super-soft tyres and rose to fourth place. But he pitted on lap 32, shortly before the first safety car period, missing out on the lucky break that Adrian Sutil and Kamui Kobayashi benefitted from.
That left him 12th, which became 11th when Sebastien Buemi pitted. Vitaly Petrov’s crash promoted him into the points.
Maldonado’s exit left him ninth for the team’s first points since Nico Hulkenberg’s eighth place at Brazil last year.
Maldonado arrived in Monaco with a strong track record at the principality having won races there in World Series by Renault and GP2.
He delivered on his potential by reaching Q3 – and out-qualifying his team mate – for the second race in a row.
He gained a place at the expense of Michael Schumacher at the start to run eighth.
Sutil and Kobayashi got ahead of him through the safety car period. His second pit stop dropped him behind Vitaly Petrov with Lewis Hamilton on his tail.
The team switched him on to soft tyres during the race suspension, even though he should have had another set of super-softs left. McLaren fitted Hamilton with super-softs and he tried to use his superior grip to pass Maldonado at Sainte Devote on lap 73.
The pair made contact leaving an aggrieved Maldonado in the barrier:
“My pace was strong but after the re-start Hamilton tried a very ambitious manoeuvre at the first corner and that was the end of my race.
“I’m really disappointed not to come away with any points today.”
2011 Monaco Grand Prix
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