Race morning and the celebrities start to arrive - former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell joins F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone at the Red Bull Energy Station
Jake Humphrey, Martin Brundle, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan - and the rest of the BBC F1 production team - celebrate with the Bafta they won for their coverage of the championship-deciding 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"Say 'cheese'!" Sir Richard Branson causes a stir with a number of fans as he arrives at the crowded paddock swipe gates before the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday
Princess Beatrice walks in the Monaco pit-lane with her boyfriend, Dave Clark, as anticipation builds ahead of the 2011 season's sixth race - the traditional jewel in Formula 1's ever-growing crown
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali arrives on race day. His drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, will start from fourth and sixth respectively as they bid to land a spot on the podium
Playing the host in Monte Carlo, Formula 1 supremo Ecclestone is seen with his daughters Petra (left) and Tamara (right) in the French principality - where Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position
Former double world champion Finnish driver Mika Hakkinen arrives in the paddock with a friend as the unique atmosphere of the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo gets into full swing
Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel makes a clean getaway from pole position to lead as the race gets under way in the searing Mediterranean sun...
But behind him, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso gets past Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber to take third position with McLaren's Jenson Button stalking the German leader from second
Watched at every available vantage point in the wealthy principality, McLaren's Button takes the lead of the Monaco Grand Prix after a lengthy pit stop for Red Bull's German driver Vettel
Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher wanted to land a podium for Mercedes, but was out of touch with the leaders - and passed by McLaren's Hamilton in fine fashion early on
Packed stands at the Monaco Grand Prix see Vettel retake the lead from Englishman Button, who won the 2009 world championship, with the safety car coming out during an exciting race
The safety car came out after Ferrari's Felipe Massa crashed into the barriers following an incident with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who struggled to make an impression from ninth despite some fine driving
The Toro Rosso car of Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari is lifted off of the track in front of the packed stands after a crash ensured his premature exit from an exciting Monaco Grand Prix
Sunbathers catch any glimpse they can of Formula 1's famous blue riband event in Monaco, which boasts a tight and twisty track unlike any other in the sport
McLaren's 2008 world champion Hamilton, who had blamed his team for a disappointing qualifying session on Saturday, received a drive-through penalty for the incident with Massa
Meanwhile, Button closes on Vettel - before Ferrari's Alonso gets in between the pair as a grandstand finish builds with the three cars chasing each other towards the closing laps separated by almost nothing. Until...
...Renault's Vitaly Petrov crashes into barriers, causing the Monaco Grand Prix to be red-flagged with less than 10 laps remaining. The race eventually resumes but its edge is diminished as Vettel glides to victory
Ferrari's Alonso finishes second in a dramatic race with McLaren's Button just behimd him in third place, but Vettel is the happiest man in Monaco as he takes in the strains of the German national anthem on the podium
And defending world champion Vettel cuts loose by jumping in a swimming pool at the Red Bull Energy station, after which half the euphoric team - the reigning constructors' champions - join him for a dip