Boring but profitable would be a reasonable assessment of Monaco. There was some interesting strategy to observe and rain briefly threatening to make it interesting, but otherwise it was mostly a procession.
However, I shall not complain of a green race, even if tipping was like trying to stab a ghost in the dark. It was better not to hedge, obviously, but overall this season it's still slightly more profitable to hedge.
The front row got off the line in formation, but Grosjean (yet again) hit someone (Schumacher). In fairness, it was a racing incident, but put Schumacher down to 8th. The German later suffered tremendously when, from an isolated 7th, he got passed repeatedly and then had to retire, entirely due to a reliability failure.
Alonso quickly got up to 4th, behind Hamilton, with Massa right behind his team mate in the early stages. Indeed, Massa looked rather quicker than Alonso, but this is where his advantage in being the team's number one told.
At the initial pit stops Alonso was able to leapfrog Hamilton to get into 3rd place, which he happily retained until the end.
As Mr. Nigel prophesied in the comments of the previous article both Vettel and Button put on the softs to try and gain an advantage with a late single stop. Button, who lacked pace in qualifying, seemed to have little oomph in the race. However, Vettel drove masterfully, maintaining his tyres for about 40 laps and putting in such quick times that he was able to pass Hamilton in the pit stops to come 4th.
Massa had a very strong race and came 6th, which is a great result for a man who really needed it.
Further down the field Raikkonen ran in 7th for a time, which enabled a long train of cars to build up behind him. His tyres were shot and he eventually ended up 9th, just ahead of Senna. Maldonado had time to look up the word 'karma' in a dictionary after crashing out very early on.
Force India also had a strong race, with di Resta 7th and Hulkenberg 8th.
Toro Rosso cocked it up a bit. Vergne had a good position, running in seventh, when the rain was falling lightly. The team gambled on intermediates, but they were 3s off the pace, he got lapped by the leaders and ended up with fewer points than Engelbert Humperdinck.
Sauber had a bad time of it. Kobayashi had to retire and Perez got a drive-through penalty and finished 11th.
Webber's victory means that he is equal second on points with his team mate (73) and Alonso leads on 76. It's also noteworthy that Button is now in a lowly 7th place with just 45 points.
It also means that we've had six different winners in the first six races, and Hamilton has yet to win. Canada's up next, which is essentially a collection of straight lines, so that might suit the McLaren and Mercedes.
I feel a bit relieved with the result today. Shame the race was tedious, though.
Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton are all roughly 4.2 to get the title, and Webber's around 12. Webber's odds are more tempting than Vettel's, I think. Not sure if I'll bet on them, but I might be able to be all green on the McLaren and Red Bull Drivers, and Alonso. I'm going to consider that, and maybe see what odds Ladbrokes offer (I imagine Vettel's will be shorter but Webber's might be the same or longer).
Anyway, 1 tip offered and it came good, which is nice.