Some figures to sum up the domination of Red Bull in the Monaco (and Spanish) Grands Prix:
• Sixth straight pole since the start of the season, tenth consecutive presence on the front row of the grid;
• First back-to-back win for Mark Webber;
• Mark Webber led all the laps both in Spain and in Monaco, for a total of 567 kms. This didn't happen since the 2005 season, when Kimi Raikkonen led the entire Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix, plus the first eighteen laps of the European Grand Prix (total 658 kms);
• For the first time in history both Red Bull and Mark Webber are in the lead of the championships. Curiously, Vettel has the same points as Webber, even if he counts one win less than the Australian. Another interesting coincidence is that the last time a driver from Australia led the championship was back in 1981, after the Brazilian Grand Prix, when Alan Jones had the same points as his team-mate Carlos Reutemann.
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That year Jones was in the position to win the Monaco Grand Prix, but lost to Gilles Villeneuve due to a fuel pressure problem. That was the first win for a turbo car in Monte Carlo.
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• Renault as an engine manufacturer placed three cars on the podium for the first time since the 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix (Nurburgring), when Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) won in front of Jean Alesi (Benetton) and Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Williams).
• Even if there were several doubles of engine manufacturers in Monaco -Renault took one in 1995 with Michael Schumacher (Benetton) and Damon Hill (Williams). To find the first occurrence of a "one-engined" podium in the principality, we have to go back exactly thirty years, when in 1980 the finishing order was Carlos Reutemann (Williams/Ford), Jacques Laffite (Ligier/Ford) and Nelson Piquet (Brabham/Ford).
• For the third time in the last four years the Monaco Grand Prix ended with a double after McLaren occupied the first two steps of the podium in 2007 and Brawn in 2009. This is the fourth double this year, the second by Red Bull;
• Vettel's second place was the 250th podium placement for a German driver;
• This was the 30th win for an Australian driver, the first one came in this same track, in 1959 by Jack Brabham;
• Six races into the season and Renault already scored more podiums than last year, when it climbed on the rostrum only in Singapore (Alonso, third);
• For the first time in its history, Force India put two cars in the points;
• The overheating problem for Jenson Button was his first terminal mechanical failure after 40 races, the last one being a blown engine in the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix. This also puts an end to Button's streak of ten races in the points;
• Barrichello failed to break Graham Hill's record of kilometers run in Monaco, retiring with a mechanical failure, his first one in the principality since 1998 when he broke a suspension. He had finished every Monaco Grand Prix since then;
• First double retirement from Williams since last year's Brazilian Grand Prix, the first one in Monaco after three straight years in the points;
• Prior to the Monaco Grand Prix, Williams was the only team which hadn't suffered mechanical failures this season. In Monte Carlo both cars retired for mechanical problems leading to nasty accidents.
• Fourth presence in the front row for Robert Kubica, who didn't start from the front since his maiden win in Canada two years ago;
• 294 thousandths of a second between Webber and Kubica, the highest margin between polesitter and second in grid in a dry session this year;
• Both Trulli and Schumacher were beaten by a their team-mates in qualifying in Monaco for the first time. For Schumacher the 2006 penalty is not considered, as his grid position was decided by a penalty;
• For the third straight year Nico Rosberg qualified sixth in Monaco;
• Fernando Alonso never experienced a start from such a low position in his career. Up to now he had never started lower than 22nd, in the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix. That year, his maiden one with Minardi, he recorded his only starts below the 20th grid spot: six times 21st;
• For the first time this year Vitantonio Liuzzi was able to outqualify his team-mate.
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