Germany’s Nico Rosberg kept his cool during a crash-marred race to win the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
It was extra special for the Mercedes driver who replicated the feat of his father Keke in the principality he calls home. The victory also came one day after he watched his team Bayern Munich win the Champions League.
“It’s amazing. This is my home, I’ve grown up here all my life and it’s really special,” Rosberg said.
“The whole weekend went perfectly.
Red Bull also had a strong weekend with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finishing second and third respectively. Mercedes’ other driver Lewis Hamilton came home in fourth after losing two positions due to the delayed introduction of the first safety car early in the race.
On a circuit which is notoriously difficult to overtake on, Rosberg led from start to finish.
However, the Monaco GP was anything but a dull affair.In a chaotic race littered with accidents, red flags and two safety car interventions, the 27-year-old German, son of 1983 victor and original ‘flying Finn’ Keke Rosberg, produced an impeccable and flawless race to claim the second win of his career.
“Come on. I can’t believe it – the car has been awesome. Thank you – it’s been very special for me today“
– Mercedes winner Nico Rosberg
It was the first win by a Mercedes works team driver at the Monaco Grand Prix since Manfred Von Brauchitsch on August 8, 1937 and came 30 years on from his father’s win. Keke Rosberg was watching from the paddock.
Rosberg, blessed with the looks of a Hollywood star, showed a minor galaxy of celebrity guests how much concentration is required with his accomplished win as he dominated from start to finish.
“Yesssss!” he screamed on the team radio after crossing the line.
“Come on. I can’t believe it – the car has been awesome. Thank you – it’s been very special for me today.”
Rosberg had started from his third successive pole position, but this time managed to convert that advantage into a victory.
“Very well done, Nico,” said Mercedes team chief Ross Brawn
“A fantastic job. With all the incidents going on, you managed it perfectly.”
German Adrian Sutil finished a strong fifth for Force India ahead of Briton Jenson Button for McLaren, two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, who started 10th and finished eighth for Toro Rosso.
Briton Paul Di Resta started 14th and finished ninth in the second Force India with luckless Finn Kimi Raikkonen taking 10th for Lotus after being pushed out of fifth by a collision with aggressive Mexican Sergio Perez of McLaren. While 10th is not the result Raikkonen wanted, it was impressively the 23rd time the Finn has ended up in the points.
Brazilian Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari started from the back of the grid and crashed again in a replica of his big accident on Saturday morning, this collision causing a red-flag stoppage.
In the drivers’ championship, Vettel enhanced his position as leader with 107 points ahead of Raikkonen on 86 and Alonso on 78.
However, whether Mercedes will keep the victory is not guaranteed.
A little more than one hour before the race, Red Bull launched an official protest against Mercedes.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner demanded clarity as to why Mercedes was allowed to conduct in-season tire testing following the Spanish GP two weeks ago.
Any number of potential penalties are open to the stewards if they decide Mercedes have broken the rules, from exclusion from the world championship, down to a fine.