30 May 2011

Vettel wins Monaco thriller, extends lead

5:59 am on 30 May 2011

The world motor racing champion Sebastian Vettel made it five wins from six races this year when victory in this morning's crash-hit Monaco Grand Prix.

With the safety car twice deployed and the race red-flagged with seven laps to go due to a pile-up, the 23-year-old German held on to win from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Jenson Button, with the top three separated by just 2.3 seconds.

Vettel now has a 58-point lead over McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who scrambled to sixth place despite a drive-through penalty and numerous scrapes that triggered another stewards' investigation.

Hamilton suggested after the race he was being victimised by race stewards because he's black, also claiming he's being punished because of his aggressive and entertaining driving style.