Teamwork: How McLaren Dominated Monaco
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Teamwork: How McLaren Dominated Monaco

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The Monaco Grand Prix may become known as Kimi Raikkonen's greatest win, and the one that has done more to cement his claim to fame than any other performance before it. It could also be the turning point in the World Championship, if McLaren have their way. But the story behind the Monaco win is special in itself and sheds light on how a front running operation works in Formula One these days. Adam Cooper talked to technical director Adrian Newey, team manager Martin Whitmarsh, and team principal Ron Dennis, and he brings the full story behind McLaren's reign in Monaco

Over the past few weekends, Kimi Raikkonen has really given Fernando Alonso and Renault something to think about, with three dominant performances on three very different tracks. In Imola, a CV joint failure proved costly, but in Spain and Monaco, all went to plan, and slowly but surely, the points margin is being eroded.

However, his victory in the principality wasn't quite handed to him on a plate. On Thursday, the McLaren drivers were not entirely confident with their brakes, but that was clearly solved by Saturday when Raikkonen stormed to provisional pole. But he cut things a little fine on Sunday morning when he only just managed to stay ahead of Alonso with a race fuel load that was almost too optimistic.

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