|Alonso and Button were magnificent in Monaco Credit: Nick J Webb/CC|
In the opening laps Vettel disappeared off like a scalded cat, building a gap of around four seconds in the blinking of an eye, which Button then clawed back a little. But then a botched Red Bull stop for Vettel, seemingly down to a breakdown in communication, put Button ahead of Vettel after the first round of stops. Button, still on option tyres, then appeared to have the race in the palm of his hand. He put often upwards of a second a lap on the chasing Vettel, who, mistakenly having had primes put on in the confusion of his stop, struggled to stay in touch. However, this tyre mistake ended up giving Vettel the win.