Nico Rosberg steered himself to victory in an eventful Monaco Grand Prix which included two major incidents. Nico Rosberg began in pole position and kept his lead throughout the whole race, managing to keep himself out of the crashes, which forced a safety-car period and a red-flag stoppage following an extremely dangerous collision with Pastor Maldonado. Mercedes had the top 2 places for much of the race with Rosberg leading and Lewis Hamilton in second, but the safety car allowed both Red Bull drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, to take second and third place respectively.
McLaren had a setback with 5 laps to go as Sergio Perez was forced to retire following a collision with Kimi Raikkonen, leaving the Finnish driver with punctured tyres, forcing him to stop for new ones. Perez’s teammate, Jenson Button, was in fifth place before Force India’s Adrian Sutil grabbed it from him leaving the Englishman to finish in 6th position. Despite Raikkonen being forced to change tyres, in the final lap he managed to go from 13th to 10th and grab himself the final point whilst Fernando Alonso finished in a disappointing 7th place.
Despite all of the chaos that went on around Nico Rosberg, he managed to keep calm and power to his second career victory. The German commented, “It’s amazing. This is my home, I’ve grown up here all my life and it’s really special. The whole weekend went perfectly. I had a terrible start and I was close with Sebastian and Lewis but after that I controlled the pace. The car was really good, the tyres held on okay and that was really the key, so a massive thanks to the team. I’m ecstatic.”
Sergio Perez’s crash with Kimi Raikkonen was the last of the crashes and happened due to Raikkonen not backing down when Perez came extremely close to him. The cars ended up touching and damaging Perez’s front wing, forcing him to retire, and puncturing Raikkonen’s right rear wheel. After the race, Raikkonen suggested “Maybe someone should punch him in the face.”
Top 10 finishers:
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 Räikkönen – Lotus +00:36.582
Author Daniel Foster.
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