We went to Monaco amid concerns about the durability of Pirelli's super soft rubber, which even the Italian company described as a qualifying tyre that would last only a few laps. Some feared the race could be a farce, but instead we were treated to a superb and utterly compelling contest that resulted in three drivers running nose-to-tail as the laps ticked away.
Having run one, two and three stop strategies respectively, they had ended up in the same place at the same time, but with tyres of widely varying age and thus potential performance. Then the red flag robbed of us of a proper conclusion to the race, and gave Sebastian Vettel a 'get out of jail free' card.
A stoppage had also turned qualifying on its head, generating a grid made up of times set by first Q3 runs, and leaving Lewis Hamilton stranded down the field. Had he started from his rightful position - which surely wouldn't have been any lower than second - we might have had an even more dramatic encounter.
Vettel loves his trophies, and there's no doubt that he'll enjoy making space for the distinctive track sculpture that the Automobile Club de Monaco presented him with.
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