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Posted By:   |  26 May 2013   |  4:18 pm GMT  |  403 comments

It was thirty years ago that Keke Rosberg claimed his second career win around his hometown of Monaco. And today for the first time in Formula One history a son was able to emulate his father and he too collected his second career win around the streets on which he spent his childhood.

Nico Rosberg delivered a masterclass in poise in a race full of chaos and incident to win a heavily disrupted Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

The race saw two safety car periods and a red flag stoppage due to three heavy incidents, causing the loss of Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado, Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean.

With a race that was split in to four separate stages by the respective incident’s Rosberg made a trio of perfect restarts and won the Grand Prix in the most calm and collected way. He has made a step up in class this weekend, dominating the Formula One Blue Riband event and each one of its sessions from Thursday morning and taking a popular victory.

It had looked to be a one-two for Mercedes during the opening phase of the race as Hamilton followed his team mate with the pair opening a gap on the Red Bull duo. However, leaving their pit stops late came back to bite the team as a safety car for Massa’s crash and bringing both cars in together allowed Vettel and Webber to jump past Hamilton.

The crash for Massa was a carbon copy of the one he suffered on Saturday morning and the Brazilian needed some medical assistance as he stepped out his car complaining of a sore neck.

Following the lengthy safety car period Rosberg set about reinstating his gap to second place and he was able to pull out a three second lead over Vettel in the ensuing laps. The Mercedes showed impressive pace all day and Hamilton was keen on making amends for his position loss as he pressured Webber for the final podium place.

However, as the race pulled itself back in to some sort of routine, a heavy crash between Pastor Maldonado and Max Chilton necessitated a red flag as the safety barriers at Tabac had been scattered across the track.

Chilton had made a mistake at the chicane and on the run down to Tabac the Briton moved across on the Williams driver and forced him in to the barrier.

The twenty-minute red flag stoppage allows for the teams to change the tyres on the car and barring Kimi Raikkonen the rest of the top ten took the opportunity to switch to a new set of super soft tyres for the final thirty laps.

The need for conserving tyres over the lengthy stint was aided by a third crash between Ricciardo and Grosjean, the Frenchman missing his braking point in to the chicane and driving in to the back of the Toro Rosso driver. The final safety car of the day left just eleven laps remaining and Rosberg extended his lead once again to take Mercedes’ first race win since China 2012.

The result sees Vettel extend his Championship lead over Raikkonen to 21 points, with Alonso a further 8 adrift. Red Bull also now lead Ferrari by 41 points in the Constructor’s Championship.

Aside from the race winner and expensive bedlam there was a very interesting race in the remaining points positions.

Hamilton had pressured Webber for much of the middle phase of the race but dropped off slightly as he chose not to make any desperate moves around the twisty street circuit. He came home in fourth place ahead of a great midfield battle.

Adrian Sutil was the best of that group, having a strong race as he passed Alonso and then gained two positions from a collision between Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez.

Perez, being his aggressive self, made some good moves in to the chicane; including one on Jenson Button. However when he tried the same move on Raikkonen the Finn closed the door and forced Perez in to the barriers, both sustaining damage in the process. Raikkonen pitted due to a puncture whilst Perez tried to nurse his damaged car around before giving up the ghost and parking his car at the final turn in the closing laps.

This released the cars behind, headed by Sutil and the positions remained unchanged until the race end.

Button took sixth place in an encouraging race for McLaren, ahead of Fernando Alonso. Alonso was off the pace for much of the afternoon, especially the opening twenty laps, and could not put a smile on the teams face following Massa’s two crashes.

Behind Alonso, Jean-Eric Vergne had a very good drive as he drove a quiet race to collect some points for Toro Rosso.

Closing out the top ten was Paul Di Resta and Kimi Raikkonen. Di Resta made up for a poor qualifying to give Force India a very satisfying number of points. Whilst Raikkonen lost ground due to his stop for a third set of tyres.

 

MONACO GRAND PRIX, Monte Carlo, Race

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 78 laps 2hr 17m 52.056s
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull+00m 03.8s
3. Mark Webber Red Bull +00m 06.3s
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +00m 13.8s
5. Adrian Sutil Force India +00m 21.4s
6. Jenson Button McLaren +00m 23.1s
7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +00m 26.7s
8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso +00m 27.2s
9. Paul di Resta Force India +00m 27.6s
10. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus +00m 36.5s
11. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber +00m 42.5s
12. Valtteri Bottas Williams +00m 42.6s
13. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber +00m 43.2s
14. Max Chilton Marussia +00m 49.8s
15. Giedo van der Garde Caterham +01m 02.5s

Rtd. Sergio Perez McLaren
Rtd Romain Grosjean Lotus
Rtd. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
Rtd. Jules Bianchi Marussia
Rtd. Pastor Maldonado Williams
Rtd. Felipe Massa Ferrari
Rtd. Charles Pic Caterham

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1

The title should use the term “undisputed” instead of “disrupted.” It seems no one felt the urge to compete for the win.

Was it Rosberg’s birthday? It honestly felt like the F1 circus decided to pitch in and gift Rosberg a race win.

This started days ago when Vettel and Alonso both concluded that Rosberg would win the race. Then Hamilton – and others – decided not to do their final, available qualifying lap.

In the race, Hamilton decided from lap 1 that he would not challenge his teammate in the same machine for position? He concluded, “I could not be as quick as Rosberg around the streets of Monaco, so I will help him win.”? And upon each restart when the field was bunched up, Vettel – the king of numbers, the three times world champion, the kid that will defy team orders and attack his own teammate – decided that second place was a fine place to settle, with no need to attack or even scare Rosberg? Vettel was keen to show that he had much additional speed in pocket (fast lap), yet chose not to use that for an advantage?

It is a shame, because I have always like Rosberg; but at this race he did not get one cheer or smile from me. It seems he was merely handed a predetermined win. And conversely, I am not a Vettel fan, but this race found me eager for Vettel to attack!

I feel like I’ve understood and accepted the tire situation… I’ve understood the double diffusers, blown diffusers, F-ducts… I’ve accepted the politics and the domination of a “drinks company”… but this was truly the first race where I’ve thought to myself, “What is happening?” Very confusing and frustrating, and frankly, boring. Just awful.

2

That race was awful!

The cheating ways of the sport, are draining its credibility.

The manipulations by Mercedes are not acceptable.

They’re building another German-speaking gang at Mercedes, and it ain’t pretty.

If Mercedes don’t get penalized and have their win taken, and probably disqualification for at least several races, then we can all rest assured that the whole thing is a crock.

Normally I love Checo’s racing, but not this time.

3

Hello James,

Seems something seems not quite right with the site. In this article, all the comments are italicised, making them quite difficult to read, whilst on other articles, they appear to be bolded, with a different font – not any easier to read either. Is this by design?

4

Well done Nico.

A slightly more entertaining race than usual for Monaco. But let’s face it, only crashes liven up Monaco (as a race spectacle).

Regarding the Pirelli tyre test. From what I’ve read, Pirelli haven’t managed to get the teams to agree on a test car that they can use. If they are going to change the rubber mid-season, then they need to test it. With what?

If they are looking to make the tyres more durable, it makes sense to use the team that is harshest on its tyres. But, they should then also use the team that treats the tyres well (Lotus, etc).

BUT………for fairness, and rather than give two teams a free test, they should over the same to all of the teams.

BUT……..would Pirelli and the teams all want the cost and hassle of doing this?

This seems to have come about because the teams wouldn’t help Pirelli sort out a 2013 test car. As is always the case with F1, they drag their feet, drag their feet, and then complain when something has to be done.

5

The book needs to be thrown at Merc so hard for the testing infraction – they won the next race and suddenly the worst car on tyres is the best? The sport is in disrepute to anyone with knowledge of this story.

6

Judge, jury and executioner. The evidence has not even been presented to the FIA and you have already found them guilty.

I am not saying you are wrong, by the way, just that it might be prudent to wait until the facts are known before leaping to conclusions.

7

Knowledge? How can you make a comment like that when no-one outside a few people knows the facts.

One Team that does the most complaining is Red Bull, Christian Horner is one of the first to find the cameras if he sees an opportunity, but when the flexi-wing & the holes in the floor were brought up last year he said “What,moi?” & was mortified that the FIA should want to check their car. Stationary load tests were to prove nothing, but changes were made by RedBull.

It will be interesting to see the result of the Pirelli tests, which were offered to RedBull & they turned down.

He who shouts loudest…….

9

Congrats to Nico.

Every race since last season proved that the new boys have got to learn a lot from the established ones. Alonso, Raikkonen and Button may appear like some overcautious drivers, but they are WDCs precisely for a reason – they can judge which move can be done and which cannot. The newbies like Grosjean, Perez, Maldonado are not only naive (polite term) but also refuse to learn. If those WDCs retire, we will have only Vettel + all these crash-addicts. It will be one hell of a boring season.

10

I feel that young drivers are being ‘fast-tracked’ into F1 too soon. There was a huge pile-up just after the start of the GP2 race because drivers will not respect others & leave room.

Is it better to win a race to the first corner, or take a little care so that you stand a chance of finihing? A few of the young drivers have not had sufficient time in lower formulae so that they can hone their racecraft.

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Lachlan Mackinnon

James, your view on Perez’s driving lately please. Plenty of passion about this topic which is good to see! I fully support drivers entertaining us with bold passes and putting a car in places we think aren’t possible. However, I feel he is pushing a little too hard at the moment. He got away with the move on Alonso as he was slightly off his game in this race for whatever reason. His first attempt on Raikkonen should have told him it was unlikely and his final attempt saw Raikkonen close the door before he even had his front wheels alongside Raikkonen’s back wheels. Yes a driver should leave space when a driver is along side a car……but not making a lunge from 10m back. It must be frustrating for a contender to be 4 points shy of the championship lead and in the blink of an eye be nearly a full race win behind! A frustrating day for Lotus 🙁

12

Mmmm. Right on the edge, for sure.

Others like Sutil and Button showed it is possible to pass without risking everything for you and your rival

13

Interesting that the consensus view on JA on F1 is that Perez was out of line with regard to the Raikkonen incident. I tend to think that this website has the most informed and, for the most part, equitable readership out there…wonder if anything will happen to Perez retrospectively.

14

Well done to Rosberg, drove a perfect race.

Special mention to Sutil also – some great overtakes, but without the carnage 🙂

15

Agree with the sentiments that Monaco just doesn’t cut it as a track anymore. No genuine overtaking occurs or what little does is a vastly superior car/tyres vs inferior (see Raik in last laps) or brandished as foolish/daredevil (see Perez).

Perez (and Sutil to a lesser degree) provided the only interesting racing of the day. Inexperience and greed cost him ultimately but aside the collision with Raik he was my driver of the day.

I’m happy my man got to 2nd and in terms of the WDC it was a good day but generally the top 4 were very boring to watch.

16

What is with these gimmick trophies that have crept in over the last few years. As much as I love Monaco, a trophy in the shape of the circuit is truly hideous. Can’t we go back to the traditional trophies that don’t look like they have been purchased at a cheap souvenir stand.

17

+1

Even worse are the Santander Trophies – they look like some kind of Mr Whippy ice cream.

18

Disraceful that Mercedes got a secret 3 day tyre test with Pirelli with the current car. I wonder why their tyre problems are sorted….?

19

They were driving well off the pace for the entire race; they just happened to be at the front.

Until some of the other teams finally got some clean air, the Caterhams and Murrisias were the fastest cars on the track.

I’d say their problems are far from sorted….

20

Regardless, all other teams should be credited 1000km of tyre testing.

21

Congrats to Nico. Well done!

As for Perez….really? Alonzo is forced off the track by Crasherez Perez, (unfortunately he was rewarded for this silly move) then he figures this kind of ill-advised move will be rewarded again so he has a go at Kimi. Kimi avoids Crasherez as he sails by the corner over the curbs, then Kimi rightfully decides he’s had enough and shuts the door thinking Crasherez has enough brains to react……NOPE. Sergio Crasherez. This is his new name. Grosjean was up to his old tricks as well. They should just line these two guys up together at every track so they take themselves out.

22

Monaco was a terrible race, boring and completely amateur driving out there today.

Perez deserved a penalty. First he tries to overtake Alonso by pushing him off the track and gets rewarded for it, and then he crashes with Kimi because he again tries to push someone of the track. This type of behavior should not be tolerated. Perez is being rewarded for the wrong behavior. Next time it will be a bigger crash.

23

I don’t see what purpose it serves to let everyone chamge tyres at a red flag, or for that matter drive to a lap delta under the safety car. Dumb

24

I agree with you regarding the tyre changes, but the lap delta is apparently a safety issue. They don’t want cars running at race speeds when there is a hazard of some kind on the track – at least that’s what Martin Brundle said in commentary today.

25

One of the best Monaco GPs I’ve seen.

Perez got bit too greedy after his few successes, but without his retirement he’d be a DoD contender (with Sutil & Rosberg).

Also…What happened in last few laps? Räikkönen exited the pits on P13 but ended up in P10. I completely missed what happened in the back.

26

I really like the double standards. Yes, Perez was a bit agressive today, but let’s face it, he was quick, fought hard and with good tyre management. In Monaco the only way to pass is to divebomb at the chicane, late dive in the fist corner or if someone makes a mistake in the hairpin.

If Alonso / Kimi / Hamilton tried and did the moves like Perez everyone would say they are calculated and awesome. Also, if Perez finishes 6th / 7th / 8th it’s a big failure but if any of Alonso/Vettel/Kimi does the same it’s a strong, mature and calculated drive.

I, for one, enjoyed today’s race. Perez, Sutil and DiResta made it really enjoyable. Kudos to them for trying and showing some balls.

We are quite a fickle bunch (the F1 fans), we complain when drivers do not race, we complain when they race. :))

27
Tornillo Amarillo

+1

Perez got a big sponsor, he got a seat in a top team and now he beat his teammate on track, who is whining on the radio and he beat him again.

The losing points in Monaco are not important, it’s the same for McLaren to end the season P5 or P6… a big failure from the management.

Meanwhile Perez is battling the big guns, I don’t think Alonso was better in Monaco just because he got some points.

28

Nothing wrong with going for overtaking moves – it’s just that Perez overstepped the mark in how he went about them. His pass on Button was very good indeed – got alongside, drove to the next apex, job done. After that, however, his tendency to straight-line the chicane said it all really – a “win or bin” mentality should be left behind at GP2 level, if not before then. Ultimately, he threw away 8 points because of that.

29

Well said Trespasser. Agree with you all the way

30

“he was quick, fought hard and with good tyre management”

and where your hero ended ? he may be faster than JB but because of the lack of BRAIN he will always finish behind him.

This is the difference between Perez and Grosjean on one and JB, Alo, Kimi, Vettel on the other side..

31

To set the record straight Perez is a menace and how he did not get the same punishment as RG is a mystery?? MW should take the mexican to one side and have a word.He is doing the team no favours with his on track antics. Got to feel a bit sorry for LH today, the safety car sinario could so easily have gone his way but as he said….. thats motor racing!

32

I can understand people criticism concerning Perez.

Raikkonen was by far the best guy on track and Perez, who was dreaming of being a Senna(AH AH AH)dancing in Monte Carlo streets, destroyed Kimi’s great job.

I never appreciated Kimi’s style as an F1 driver, and still don´t, but I recognise that now and then he delivers in style. Monaco 2013 was a great race by Kimi. Bad luck…

33

James,

Are people going to reassess Schumacher’s performance last year now that we know how good Rosberg is? It hit home how good a job he must have been doing to beat Nico in a number of races last year.

34

Adrian Sutil showed how clean racing and overtaking is done, DotD!!!!

35

Sad turn of events by the “secret” Mercedes Pirelli test. I suspect it will have significant affect to the championship. The sporting rules are clear, no testing with current spec car.

36

I wouldn’t even be surprised if Pirelli is out after this season.

38

Bogus victory from Mercedes. The testing rules were clearly broken. Both Rosberg and Hamilton should be removed from the results.

39

James, the Five Live commentary today was terrible. Nothing to do with you, but why the constant interruptions during the action for tedious repetitions of rugby stories? I was following on RTL along side you and we missed several radio messages among other things.

Tim.

40

WELL! An extremely controversial race, which I have a lot to say about!

Firstly, great drive by Rosberg, who completely deserved the victory, and he got all 3 safety car starts correct, and built up a decent lead after each one!

A shame for Massa, don’t really understand how that happened.

Now, Perez. Not impressed by his driving at all. In the opening stages he was maybe being a bit too aggressive with Button (although the chicane cutting was Button’s fault in my view). But he made a fair overtake on Button. But what happened with Alonso was pure ridiculous. It was 100% CLEAR that Alonso was avoiding an idiotic Perez, but the stewards still forced him to give up the position. What else was Alonso supposed to do!? And then the collision with Raikkonen was way too far. It was clear that Perez was going into a closing gap, and in the process, nearly destroyed Kimi’s point’s streak (which, by the way, Kimi did an amazing job at coming back into the points!!).

As for Sutil, brilliant driving – very opportunistic at the hairpin! (Same can’t be said for Button, who tapped Alonso (but no big deal there)). Alonso, however, was going nowhere sadly. But Grosjean – well, it was pure clumsy what he did to Ricciardo, and if I were the stewards I would ensure a very large penalty going into Canada. It was horrendous.

Di Resta did very well getting into the points from so far back, so well done to him.

If I were the stewards I would have had none of Perez’s driving right from the first near-miss with Alonso, and probably a stop-go for Chilton.

I feel sorry for Maldonado, because, for once, what happened wasn’t his fault.

41

I’d like to add:

It’s also a shame that Bianchi got involved in the accident with his team-mate and Maldonado.

Also, I know some people will be saying that Alonso should have made the corner with Perez, but you have to remember that these drivers have fractions of a second to make extremely crucial decisions, so Alonso was simply playing the safe game, not taking any chances of a collision, so it is unfair that he got penalised for Perez’s dangerous driving.

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