McLaren celebrate 150th win in style 27 May 2007
We could have gone quicker still, says team boss
Fernando Alonsos triumph in Sundays Monaco Grand Prix gave McLaren their 150th Formula One victory. It was also one of their most dominant, with Lewis Hamilton following Alonso home, their Ferrari opposition more than a minute down the road.
The two silver cars started from the front row and after safely retaining their positions into Turn 1, never looked like being troubled. Hamilton kept Alonso honest throughout their first two stints, before the world champion stamped his authority on proceedings in the last.
An outstanding result for the team, said boss Ron Dennis, after McLaren extended their constructors championship lead over Ferrari to 20 points. Both Fernando and Lewis drove so well and responded excellently to the teams wishes of bringing both cars home safely in what was a memorable one-two result and McLarens 14th victory in the Principality.
Their one-two finish puts Alonso and Hamilton level on points at the top of the driver standings, and while Alonso wasnt totally surprised to win, he was taken aback by McLarens margin of victory.
I have never had the experience of being more than one minute ahead of the competition, which probably makes this one of my best victories, commented the Spaniard. I didnt get off the line brilliantly from pole position, but as there is such a short run to the first corner I was pretty sure that I would be able to keep the lead. As I was able to save fuel in my first stint I was able to stay out for two more laps than originally planned. After that the race was pretty quiet.
And just to emphasis McLarens dominance, Dennis suggested afterwards that they could have gone even quicker, had the need arisen: Once the first round of pit stops had taken place we reverted Lewis from a one-stop-strategy to the faster two-stop-strategy and at the same time slowed both cars down to conserve the brakes.