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Monaco analysis - Mercedes finally hit the jackpot 27 May 2013

Race winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 and the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing on the grid with Guillaume Rocquelin (FRA) Red Bull Racing Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138 leads Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 The damaged car of Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138 who crashed in the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21 with broken front wing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35 crashed out of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Giedo van der Garde (NDL) Caterham CT03 with broken front wing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013

For just under two hours and 18 minutes on Sunday afternoon talk of protests and ‘secret’ tyre tests was forgotten, as the Monaco Grand Prix did what it does best - serve up drama, excitement, tension and emotion. And no one was more emotional at the end of it all than race winner and Monte Carlo resident Nico Rosberg, as Mercedes finally converted their supreme qualifying speed into unbeatable race pace. We take a team-by-team look at the form book in the Principality…

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, P1
Lewis Hamilton, P4

Rosberg never put a wheel wrong, and withstood attack from Hamilton initially, then Vettel and Webber, not to mention two safety-car interventions and a red flag. This victory, which emulated father Keke’s 30 years ago, made them the only father-son duo in history to win at Monaco, and it was a stylish victory that confirmed the young German’s claim to be a top-line driver.

Hamilton admitted that he didn’t get it right when he was told how close he needed to be to Rosberg when the circumstance of the lap 30 safety-car deployment because of Massa’s accident obliged Mercedes to pit both drivers at once. That crucially dropped him from second to fourth.

It remains to be seen whether Mercedes have truly got on top of their tyre degradation, or whether their participation in a post-Spanish Grand Prix test with Pirelli may yet come back to bite them.

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P2
Mark Webber, P3

Both Red Bull drivers made great starts, only to find themselves with nowhere to go by Ste Devote. They were thus condemned to chase the Mercedes until Hamilton’s snafu handed them each a place, but there was no way this day for them to beat Rosberg and Mercedes. Vettel, however, stretched his points lead even more, as did Red Bull in the constructors’ stakes.

Force India
Adrian Sutil, P5
Paul di Resta, P9

Sutil drove an excellent race that yet again confirmed the Force India as a car that works everywhere it goes. His feisty attacks on Button and Alonso showed he has lost none of his spark, and fifth place was a great reward. Di Resta ran an aggressive two-stop strategy that got spoiled by all the interruptions, but they also helped to an extent, as did another really stylish drive from the Scot which took him from 17th to ninth place. And another 12 points kept the team in fifth place overall. An excellent afternoon’s work, which could have been better still but for the team keeping Di Resta out too long on worn intermediates in qualifying.

McLaren
Jenson Button, P6
Sergio Perez, Retired lap 73, brakes

McLaren looked more like their old self in Monte Carlo, and their race pace was better. Button clipped the back of Alonso’s car early on, and had a fairly frenetic dice with his team mate, each passing the other in the chicane. In the end Perez moved ahead and stayed there until his attempt to pass Raikkonen at the chicane came unstuck and led to his eventual retirement with overheated brakes. Button couldn’t hold off Sutil, but slipped ahead of Alonso in traffic at Rascasse to claim sixth.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, P7
Felipe Massa, Retired lap 29, accident

Ferrari had their worst race of the year. The F138 lacked pace from the start and front wing damage from part of Perez’s car hampered Alonso later on, too. The best he could manage was seventh, as the gap to Vettel grew. Massa started from the back, then crashed heavily again at Ste Devote. This time the team believe that something went wrong at the front of the car. The Brazilian was badly banged about, but was later released from hospital after routine checks, complaining of nothing worse than a sore neck.

Toro Rosso
Jean-Eric Vergne, P8
Daniel Ricciardo, Retired lap 62, accident with Grosjean

Vergne drove a beautiful race to bring his Toro Rosso home eighth, sandwiched right between Alonso and Di Resta, but Ricciardo’s race was ruined when Grosjean ran into the back of him exiting the chicane on the 62nd lap.

Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen, P10
Romain Grosjean, Retired lap 63, accident damage

Raikkonen was a strong contender for fifth place until he was struck by Perez in the chicane on the 69th lap. The Lotus came off worst, necessitating a pit stop, from which the angry Finn recovered to an eventual 10th place. Grosjean was fighting for 12th place when he ran into the back of Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso. Both cars retired, and the Frenchman was given a 10-place grid penalty for Canada.

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg, P11
Esteban Gutierrez, P13

Neither Sauber driver was happy with his car’s performance. The C32 lacked speed, and Hulkenberg pointed out that they hadn’t been able to make the top 10 in qualifying, and that they also failed in the race.

Williams
Valtterri Bottas, P12
Pastor Maldonado, Retired lap 45, accident with Chilton

Bottas struggled to 12th in a car that lacked pace. Maldonado clashed with Van der Garde on the opening lap and had to stop for repairs, then had a major shunt with Chilton on the 45th lap which brought out the red flag. He was lucky to escape unharmed.

Marussia
Max Chilton, P14
Jules Bianchi, Retired lap 59, brake disc failure

Marussia’s race got off to a bad start when Bianchi’s car refused to select gear because of an electronic problem, but he got going from the pit lane and was able to catch up until he was the unwitting victim of team mate Chilton’s clash with Maldonado. The Frenchman hit the air wall where Maldonado had dislodged it, necessitating a pit stop for a new nose, and soon afterwards retired with a shattered brake disc. Chilton, meanwhile, had a drive-through penalty for the accident, but a subsequent pit stop for fresh rubber enabled him to catch and pass Van der Garde’s Caterham for 14th at the end.

Caterham
Giedo van der Garde, P15
Charles Pic, Retired lap 7, gearbox failure/fire

Caterham’s hopes disappeared on the first lap when Maldonado took off Van der Garde’s nose at the hairpin. He had to stop for a new nose, set two fastest laps on his recovery, and fought back up, but towards the end his tyres were too worn for him to be able to hold off Chilton. Pic’s race lasted only seven laps before he ground to a halt on the pit lane entry with gearbox failure which led to a brief fire.

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