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Monaco Grand Prix – Who was your Driver of the Day?
Posted By: James Allen  |  27 May 2013   |  12:10 am GMT  |  208 comments

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?

Nico Rosberg

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.

Sebastian Vettel

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.

Mark Webber

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.

Adrian Sutil

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.

So who was your Driver of the Day? Leave a comment at the bottom of this story.

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Nico – he deserves it after a difficult start to the year.

Other people are Kimi, for a spectacular end to the race, and Sutil and Di Resta, for their progress throughout the race.

Perez gets the naughty boy of the day award, for his moves on Alonso (cannot understand the FIA’s decision) and Kimi.


The idiot of the race was without doubt Sergio “Crash or Move” Perez.


Quite clearly Nico Rosberg for a faultless drive in a car that has repeatedly fallen away in the last few races. Perhaps the slower pace of Monaco suited the car, but nevertheless he did nothing wrong.



I thoroughly enjoyed your commentary at the weekend on BBC Radio5. Your enthusiasm is far beyond any other commentator in this or any other sport. I can’t wait for Montreal!




If Perez had simply settled for 6th after passing Alonso and Button he would be in the running for DOTD

Why oh why did he go hunting for someone else, he could have upped his stock massively by finishing 6th. I said at the time I hope he just calms down now


It has to be Sutil for me. He was the only one to really try to race all weekend and got his best result of the year. Di Resta a close second, following his poor qualifying position.


James, Can you please go over the rules for a safety car? I know of no other form of motor racing where the leader can pit from a safety car/pace car condition with the cars behind not pitting and stay in the front of the order. It seems very arbitrary as to how the cars get by the safety car when they do not pick up the leader. For example, the Red Bull cars got by Lewis but Kimi and Alonso were no where in sight as Lewis existed the pit whereas they were all together when the SC came out. Years ago during crash gate Alonso went from way down in the order to first during a SC period. Why so little change in the order at Monaco?


Check them out for yourself here – Get the most recent 2013 F1 Sporting Regulations


Nico, for his total annihilation of the hitherto anassailable supremos, Vettel and Alonso.

On another note. The sin-bin for both Kimi(succumbing to the red-mist) and Lewis (caught napping).


Many DOTD for me: Nico for winning, Sutil for great clean overtaking moves, Webber for fending off Hamilton, etc…

One big idiot of the day has to go to Perez though.


Dunce of the Day

Roman Grosjean. What a dill in practice and the race running in the back of Ricciardo.



Rosberg for me. Very professional all weekend, fantastic in practice & never looked in doubt in the race. This included the restarts.


Sutil edges it from Rosberg for me. It was an important result for Adrian because the results haven’t really come for him since Melbourne. Wasn’t always his fault admittedly but still it would have been uncomfortable for him seeing Paul di Resta (who incidentally also had a very good race!) capitalise.

Sebastian Vettel was almost anonymous this weekend but from all that this has been a pretty handy weekend for him, what with Alonso 7th and Raikkonen 10th. It could be that kind of consistency that nets him a fourth title. In the sister team, JEV had a solid weekend, qualifying 10th and finishing 8th.

John in San Diego

Rosberg for me, especially after preserving his position after each restart. Special shout outs for Sutil and Di Resta too. Shame that Di Resta’s qualifying was compromised.

Alistair McDonald

Rosberg deserves the title, but a special mention for Sutil, who was awesome.

If either of the Force India drivers do not move to a bigger team next year, the owners/managers/accountants of the bigger teams are stupid and shortsighted.


Not Sutil’s biggest fan, but have to say he edged Nico yesterday, flawless though Nico was (I’m sure he won’t be complaining that he didn’t have to pull off any Sutil style passes)


I find it funny how its only the same 3 drivers complaining about Perez all the time.

Button, Alonso & Raikonnen.

The part that should be bothering Alonso and Raikonnen most is not Perez’s driving but given the far superior cars the Ferrari and the Lotus are compared to the Mclaren, what are Alonso & Raikonnen doing in 5th and 6th place fighting Perez in the first place?

They should really be looking @ their own performances and given their superior cars not 2 mention they both world champions they should be making sure they far enough up the grid not to be racing ppl like Perez for 5th and 6th place in the first place.

Vettel has done exactly that hence thats why he is leading the championship.


Is that why Kimi second in Championship and Perez have more points than only Riccardo, Hulkenberg and Vergne?

Great conclusion there, selective deduction at it’s best. Your comparisons makes zero sense. Well, if you got one.

Tornillo Amarillo


Nobody saw Rosberg coming as a top driver until now, just few people… Nobody is seeing Perez neither! Checo is fighting with the big guns and the establishment do not like that.

Kimi was not correct on track nor off track, bad signal. Lotus should pay for his comments against other driver not matter who (“punch in the face”).


Perez needs to actually score points and finish races before he can be considered as anything. That is what team employ drivers to do.

Rosberg has always been able to do this, it looks highly unlikely that Perez ever will.


KIMI is my DOTD, at first it was SUTIL, nice two overtaking moves on the slowest corner…then in 5 laps Kimi was in 10th. But the tv director never even showed what Kimi did. ROSBERG too deserved the vote.

It was a bore fest if not for live timing and the incidents. That’s Monaco for you. But somehow we just cannot miss this race just like Singapore.

Canada will surely be good.


Kimi for his last push to 10th from the back of the grid


Dear James,

As part of your regular strategy report, is it possible that we compare the first 20 laps of Monaco 2013 with Monaco 2012.

Yesterday was not a race. It was a 78-lap drivers parade in Formula1 cars for a change.

I say first 20 laps, because the latter part of the race was littered with too many incidents, which could also be a result of the field being too close.

How true is Vettel’s claim that the Mercedes were buses on a cruise? How did the first 20 laps compare to say the Gp2 lap times?

Rosberg has won, I do like that, but the race was about as monotonous as there has ever been.




Im sure been world champions its hard for Jenson, Kimi & Fernando to accept been overtaken afew times this yr by a 22yr old “pay driver”

But the 3 of them really need to stop B**ching like 3 like little school girls.

U can only imagine the the 3 of them having a conversation together!

“Perez how dare he overtake us the little slut”

Whether Perez was wrong or right, Kimi should have thought of his own title but of course his pride came first and therefore he lost 5 places instead of 1 and and whole lot of points.

it really wasn’t very clever from Kimi.

Considering Vettel was already in second place it was a fight Kimi didnt need to pick.

But ofcourse his more interested in punching Perez in the face.


I dont get that logic, so Kimi is just suppose to yield because he has to think of a title? It is a race at the end of the day, drivers like Perez cant just drive around, make any move wants and expect others to meekly yield to him.



he was about the only person who bothered to actually go “racing” yesterday.

Nobody even attempted to beat Rosberg or win the race.

Anyone even Max Chilton or Jules Bianchi could have won from pole because no1 would have even challanged them.


I’m going with Sutil, quick with some good moves and didn’t put a foot wrong. Nico was good but Vettel didn’t even attempt a challenge so it’s hard to say how good.


Perez is exactly doing what the Mexican cartoon mouse, “Speedy Gonzales” used to do. Remember the signature catchphrase of Speedy? “¡Ándele! ¡Ándele! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! ¡Epa! Yeehaw!”. “Go on! Go on! Up! Up!” Speedy Perez…LOL!


I’m going to go Rosberg: Sure he started and led from pole (which is an achievement in itself) but through the whole race I don’t think he put a foot wrong – unspectacular does not equate to lack of skill 😉

Close seconds Sutil and Raikkonen, the latter mainly for his great recovery after his tangle with Perez, and speaking of Perez it wasn’t his best day, but it’s still good to see some fire in him.

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