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F1: Red Bull’s Vettel wins a crash-hit Monaco Grand Prix

AP and AFP, MONTE CARLO, MONACO

Sebastian Vettel profited from a stroke of fortune to win yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix, beating Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in a thrilling and incident-packed race that several drivers failed to finish.

Defending F1 champion Vettel has won five of the six races this season, with only Lewis Hamilton beating him in China.

The German gambled by staying out on the same set of soft tires, turning the last 15 laps into a battle of wits as both Alonso and Button were on his tail.

That gamble looked certain to backfire until a crash on lap 72 resulted in a red flag just as he was close to being caught.

When the race resumed, Vettel had changed his tires during the suspension, without the need for a pitstop, and the last few laps became a procession.

Before the race, a bomb disposal expert took several minutes to remove a suspect package, before signaling the all-clear.

The expert, dressed all in black protective clothing, a helmet and a visor cut away fencing in the paddock area to remove a bag wedged next to a pillar close to several busy bars and restaurants.

Meanwhile, Mexican driver Sergio Perez passed a comfortable night in hospital following his accident in Saturday’s qualifying.

“After having spent a good night at the Hospital Princesse Grace in Monaco, Sergio Pirez underwent some further medical examinations on Sunday,” a statement said.

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