Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes their first win of the season with victory in a chaotic Monaco Grand Prix, 30 years after his father Keke triumphed on the streets of Monte Carlo.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel drove a sensible race to take second and increase his championship lead while his team-mate Mark Webber took his second podium of the season with third.
Force India’s Adrian Sutil proved overtaking is possible in Monaco by battling to fifth and his team-mate Paul di Resta produced a strong recovery drive to rise from 17th to ninth, but who was your Driver of the Day?
Dominated the weekend from start to finish to take his second career victory. Starting on pole, having topped first, second and third practice, Rosberg made a good getaway from pole. Held off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at Turn 1 to lead. Nursed his tyres while maintaining a gap to Sebastian Vettel in second place. Kept his head after the safety car restarts, making sure he had a good gap to the rest of the field each time. Crossed the line to take his first win of the season and triumph 30 years after his father Keke Rosberg won the same race.
Drove a controlled race to extend his championship lead. Made an electric start from third but didn’t have any room on Monaco’s narrow circuit to pass either Mercedes into Turn 1. Maintained position until the pit stops when he managed to jump Hamilton and climb up into second. Looked after his tyres to cruise home and extend his lead over second-placed Kimi Raikkonen, who scored just one point in Monaco, in the drivers’ championship to 21 points.
Looked strong all weekend to score his second podium of the season. Made a good getaway from fourth on the grid but like his team-mate Vettel, he couldn’t make use of it. Jumped Hamilton during the stops and then defended well when Hamilton began hustling him. Stayed close to team-mate Vettel all race while maintaining a good gap behind to take third, his second podium of the season and fifth points-scoring finish.
Secured his best finish in Monaco with some bold overtaking moves. Struggled to make inroads at the start, having started eighth, but bided his time and found some pace after the red flag stoppage. Passed Jenson Button at the hairpin and then put the same move on Fernando Alonso to move up to fifth place for his best result of the season and first points finish since the opening race in Australia.
Paul di Resta
Recovered from a poor qualifying session to score points. Started 17th after getting knocked out in Q1 and made slow progress at the start because of traffic. Put a good move around the outside of Felipe Massa at Turn 1 and then did the same thing on Esteban Gutierrez a few laps later. Benefitted from other people’s misfortunes in the closing stages to rise up to ninth for his fourth consecutive points-scoring finish.
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