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Lights to flag victory for Rosberg in Monaco

After leading every session of the weekend, Rosberg has taken a well-deserved and dominant victory on the streets of Monte Carlo
Sunday, May 26, 2013

May 26th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Nico Rosberg has taken his second career victory and first for Mercedes in 2013 with a controlled performance around the tight and twisty streets of Monte Carlo. Rosberg took pole position yesterday and led every lap of today's race. The Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished second and third with Rosberg's Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, fourth.

It was a race of many incidents and saw two safety car appearances and a red flag. Felipe Massa replicated his Saturday practice crash in turn 1, destroying both ends of his Ferrari and taking a severe impact to his neck. In the flurry of pitstops that occurred during the ensuing safety car period, Lewis Hamilton lost second place, ending up behind the Red Bulls where he eventually finished.

The next major incident was caused when Pastor Maldonado had a run on Max Chilton on the outside on the approach to Tabac. Chilton moved across, forcing Maldonado into the barrier and lifting the front of his car off the ground. Maldonado went straight on into the barrier in Tabac, and left bits of the absorbant barrier strewn across the track. Race control had no choice but to bring out the red flag. When the race resumed, behind the safety car, Fernando Alonso was told to let Sergio Perez through. Alonso had skipped the Nouvelle chicane during a battle with Perez, and the stewards deemed that he had gained an advantage from the incident.

The final safety car came out when Romain Grosjean drove into the back of Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso, mounting the back of Ricciardo's car and ripping off its rear wing. Ricciardo retired immediately, but Grosjean attempted to carry on. Ultimately, he was unable to do so due to damage to his front suspension.

The race saw strong results for Adrian Sutil, who finished fifth for Force India, and Jean-Eric Vergne, who finished eighth for Toro Rosso. Fernando ALonso will be disappointed with his seventh place, after Ferrari had looked competitive throughout the weekend.

Full results:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 78 Winner 1 25
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 78 +3.8 secs 3 18
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 78 +6.3 secs 4 15
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 +13.8 secs 2 12
5 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 78 +21.4 secs 8 10
6 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 78 +23.1 secs 9 8
7 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 78 +26.7 secs 6 6
8 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 78 +27.2 secs 10 4
9 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 78 +27.6 secs 17 2
10 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 78 +36.5 secs 5 1
11 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 78 +42.5 secs 11
12 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 78 +42.6 secs 14
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 78 +43.2 secs 19
14 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 78 +49.8 secs 22
15 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 78 +62.5 secs 15
16 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 72 +6 Laps 7
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 63 +15 Laps 13
Ret 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 61 +17 Laps 12
Ret 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 58 +20 Laps 20
Ret 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 44 +34 Laps 16
Ret 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 28 +50 Laps 21
Ret 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 7 +71 Laps 18

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