Nico Rosberg has joined an elite club by winning the illustrious Monaco Grand Prix. It's the second race-win of his career, but it doesn't come as a surprise considering that Rosberg is a Monaco resident and is thus familiar with the track and the surroundings. Furthermore, he accomplished a unique feat in Formula 1, as he became the first son to win a race which was also won by his father. Keke Rosberg won the Monaco GP exactly 30 years ago.
Monaco is always a bit different to any other race in the season. It's a highlight for drivers and fans, but at the same time the racing on the track always has a certain predictable feel to it. There was very little overtaking, apart from a few drivers who risked more than others. One of these was young Mexican Sergio Perez (McLaren) and in the end his bold overtaking moves cost him his race after a collision with Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen. The fact that overtaking isn't as easy in Monaco as it is on other tracks is well documented. Nevertheless, it shouldn't take away from the skill that's still required to manoeuvre your F1 car through the narrow streets of the Mediterranean city at 200+ km/h.
There was no shortage of action either. The race was packed with incidents that resulted in the safety car being deployed twice and a red flag stoppage after Pastor Maldonado's incident involving Max Chilton resulted in damaged road barriers that had to be fixed before the race could restart.
For many, Monaco was a welcome change in terms of the tyre degradation that had recently sparked so many discussions. Here, it didn't seem to be a major issue. Rosberg was even able to pull a gap on Sebastian Vettel in second place. Mercedes had been the team with the most tyre problems this season but in Monaco they weren't experiencing such issues. Perhaps this is due to the track, but others believe that Mercedes might have gained an illegal advantage after the Barcelona Grand Prix when it was revealed they conducted tyre tests together with tyre manufacturer Pirelli. Both Red Bull and Ferrari have issued complaints to the FIA and Mercedes will now face an investigation by Formula 1's governing body.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had an uncharacteristically poor race and only finished in seventh. Raikkonen's crash with Perez meant he was forced to take an extra pit-stop and thus he saw the chequered flag back in tenth place. A second-placed finish for Sebastian Vettel sees him pull away once again in the drivers ranking.
1. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes 2:17:52.056
2. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull +00:03.888
3. Mark Webber - Red Bull +00:06.314
4. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes +00:13.894
5. Adrian Sutil - Force India +00:21.477
6. Jenson Button - McLaren +00:23.103
7. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari +00:26.734
8. Jean-Eric Vergne - Toro Rosso +00:27.223
9. Paul di Resta - Force India +00:27.608
10. Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus +00:36.582