After an incredible win in Spain, expectations were running high in the Williams camp coming into Monaco. However, a disastrous Saturday for Pastor Maldonado, where the Venezuelan had a silly run-in with Sergio Perez in the morning practice session earned him a 10 place grid penalty. Maldonado's weekend was to get worse as his grid penalty and a change in gear box forced the Williams driver to start today's race from 24th and last place on the grid. This effectively ruined the race for Maldonado on a track where overtaking is near impossible.
The race brought no change in luck for the Williams team as their drivers struggled to impose themselves on the daunting streets. A quicker Williams from the last row on the grid promised action with the back-markers present in front of it on the starting grid. Maldonado though turned from, hero to zero in the space of a race weekend as he hit Pedro De La Rosa at the hairpin on the very first lap. The race ended early for the driver with his car having to be lifted off the track.