Mark Webber described his Monaco Grand Prix victory as among the greatest days of his life, after dominating from pole in Monte Carlo. The Red Bull driver was never headed in the race and shrugged off four safety car periods to win ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.
"Absolutely incredible and for sure one of the greatest days of my life today," said Webber. "To win here was very special, it started yesterday with qualifying when it went well but here it is such a test for two hours.
"I had a lot of work to do. The track changed a lot, backmarkers and lot of safety cars, getting restarts and tire pressures right – all the basics that could test were in front of you today. It is amazing...to join Ayrton Senna and those guys [as a winner] around here is great."
Webber escaped a last-minute scare when Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok collided spectacularly in front of him at Rascasse with three laps to go.
"[Engineer] Ciaron [Pilbeam] was on the radio saying you have Jarno and Chandhok in front," said Webber. "I was nursing the car and with backmarkers you can lose a lot of time.
"I saw Jarno doing a lunge down at Rascacsse and thought, 'What the hell is going on here?' They interlocked wheels and I hoped I would have some room to go. I worried if Karun was OK because it all looked like it was around his head."
The result puts Webber and Vettel into a joint championship lead, a position the Australian said Red Bull richly deserves.
"We will continue to work hard," he said. "We are not here because we've been slacking. The effort that has gone in from two and a half years, this has been a continuous effort of RB5 into RB6 – it is fantastic continuity in the team.
"We are optimistic for the future and we got the maximum we could do today, and we need to make that happen as often as possible."