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That caps our live text commentary of the Monaco Grand Prix - full reaction to the race to come on the F1 channel of the website
15:32
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Rosberg celebrates his success, but worth remembering that Red Bull have protested against Mercedes
15:26
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In the constructors, its Red Bull 164, Ferrari 123, Lotus 112, Mercedes 109, Force India 44, McLaren 37
15:26
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The standings now show: Vettel 107, Raikkonen 86, Alonso 78, Hamilton 62, Webber 57 and Rosberg 47 in the top six
15:22
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Raikkonen came from nowhere on the final lap to secure tenth spot
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Vettel and Webber join him on the podium with Hamilton, Sutil, Button, Alonso, Vergne, di Resta and Raikkonen!
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Rosberg exits the final corner to win in Monaco for the first time - 30 years after his father Keke won on the streets of Monte Carlo
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Fastest lap from Vettel but Rosberg is a lap from victory
15:19
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Raikkonen is running in 13th but it appears his run of points finishes is coming to an end
15:17
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Heading into the final three laps of the race and Rosberg is 4.4s clear of Vettel out front
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With Perez out of the way, Sutil is the quickest man on track
15:15
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So the order is now Rosberg, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Sutil, Button, Alonso, Vergne, di Resta, Hulkenberg
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Perez - complete with the damage to his nose - has a train of cars behind him and he pulls off exciting Rascasse
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Raikkonen now sets the fastest lap - over a second quicker than anyone else on track
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Gutierrez sets the fastest lap of the race on lap 71
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So Perez is now fifth but under pressure from Sutil and Button
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Lap 70 - Raikkonen pits with a left-rear puncture as Button gets ahead of Alonso
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Lap 69 - Raikkonen and Perez clash at the Chicane again. Perez is forced into the barriers.
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Hamilton reports heavy graining on the front left tyre
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Race resumes on lap 67 - Rosberg again keeps his advantage at the head of the pack
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Raikkonen is warned that his engine is running too hot and is losing water.
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Grosjean is out of the race and under investigation for the incident with Ricciardo.
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Grosjean returns to the pits and the engine on the Lotus is cut
14:59
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Gutierrez and Chilton both pit behind the Safety Car
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Grosjean was able to get back to the pits to get a new nose but its game over for Ricciardo
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A lot of debris on the circuit on the entrance to the Nouvelle Chicane after Grosjean ran into the rear of Ricciardo
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Safety Car deployed for a second time
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Lap 62 - Ricciardo and Grosjean have clashed exiting the tunnel
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Lap 61 - Rosberg continues to maintain his lead over Vettel. The gap now is just under 4s.
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Lap 59 - Jules Bianchi is off at St Devote
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Perez is warned over the radio to be aware of Sutil trying to make a move for position at the hairpin
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Rosberg continues to control the race from the front - the lead is now 2.8s
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Lap 57 - Sutil dives down the inside of Alonso for seventh at the hairpin
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Lap 54 - Rosberg leads by 2.0secs from Vette, Webber, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Perez, Alonso, Sutil, Button and Vergne
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Lap 53 - Perez launches an attack on Raikkonen exiting the tunnel. The Lotus man runs across the corner to avoid a collision.
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Lap 52 - Sutil gets ahead of Button at the Hairpin into eighth place
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Lap 50 - Hamilton again has a look at Rascasse but Webber defends
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Lap 49 - Alonso has a look at Perez into St Devote but there is no way through
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Max Chilton gets a drive-through for the incident with Maldonado
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Safety Car pits and the race resumes properly on lap 48
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Alonso meanwhile will give sixth to Perez behind the Safety Car
14:36
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Raikkonen, Hulkenberg are both on the softs - the others at the head of the pack on the supersoft as we resume behind the Safety Car
14:33
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We now wait to see what tyres people will be on for the run to the finish
14:30
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Restart is coming behind the Safety Car in around five minutes time
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Maldonado is reported to be okay after his incident - Ferrari reported that Felipe Massa is also okay after his own shunt and undergoing checks
14:26
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The incident between Maldonado and Chilton is under investigation
14:22
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Martin Whitmarsh says Alonso had been told to give sixth place to Perez after their incident
14:14
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So the field is now stopped on the grid
14:12
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Bianchi also picked up damage to his car after hitting the barrier that had appeared in front of him on track
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Maldonado is out of the car
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Chilton and Maldonado clashed into Tabac and the Williams is wrapped up by the barriers
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RED FLAG
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Perez radios in about Alonso cutting the chicane but the Spaniard says he has no option
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Lap 44 - Perez tries up the inside of Alonso into the Nouvelle Chicane, Alonso is forced to run over the corner
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Lap 42 - Button then loses position to Perez exiting the tunnel
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Lap 42- Alonso looks round the outside of Raikkonen at the hairpin and is tagged by Button
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Lap 40 - Hamilton gets up the inside into Rascasse but he can't make the move stick
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Lap 40 - Pressure from Alonso on Raikkonen for fifth spot while Hamilton is eager to find a way ahead of Webber for third ahead
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Lap 39 - Rosberg leads by 1.9s
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Safety Car in - Rosberg keeps his lead, no changes in the field
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Safety Car in this lap - so we resume on lap 39, the half-way point
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van der Garde unlaps himself while Bianchi pits. Van der Garde then stops for a third time before returning to the circuit.
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Ricciardo, Grosjean and Gutierrez are the only men now on the Supersoft tyres
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Lap 35 - Massa and Pic are the only two retirements as the Safety Car continues to go round
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Hamilton was the big loser with the Safety Car being deployed - the two Red Bull drivers were released early enough to get round and pass the pit exit before him
13:47
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Rosberg rejoins in the lead but both Vettel and Webber have jumped Hamilton
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The Safety Car picked up Vettel who had just pitted - Rosberg and Hamilton both now pit
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The Safety Car is deployed
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Massa's accident was the same as in practice
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Alonso rejoins behind Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus
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Lap 29 - Massa off at St Devote. Perez and Vergne both pit straightaway
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Alonso rejoins behind Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus
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Lap 28 - Rosberg sets the fastest lap as Alonso pits
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Another place made for di Resta as he gets ahead of Esteban Gutierrez
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Lap 27 - Hulkenberg is the next person to pit
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Massa is now running on the supersoft tyres
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They both rejoin behind Webber as Massa pits further back
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Lap 26 - Raikkonen and Button both pit
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di Resta charges past Massa into St Devote for 15th
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Webber leaves on the soft tyres and comes out in eleventh place behind Nico Hulkenberg's Sauber
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Lap 25 - Webber pits
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Rosberg and Hamilton are both told to pick up the pace from the pits
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Lap 24 - Webber sets the fastest lap in fourth place
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There are now gaps starting to appear in the field if the front-runners decide its time to pit
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Chilton has also come in
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Jules Bianchi has also pitted for Marussia
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The Australian had just reported issues with his rear tyres
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Lap 22 - Ricciardo pits for Toro Rosso
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Little in the way of overtaking - Perez being passed by Button is the only change in the top ten since the opening lap and that was a move instructed from the pits
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A charging di Resta is now putting pressure on Massa for 16th place
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Lap 19 - Rosberg leads by 2.1s from Hamilton, then its Vettel, Webber, Raikkonen, Alonso, Button, Perez, Sutil, Vergne in the top ten
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The leading drivers all started on the supersoft tyre - Ricciardo, Grosjean, Gutierrez and Massa chose the soft option and are together on track in 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th
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The pace of the leaders is improving - the lap times amongst the top ten are coming down
13:25
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With just 16 laps done - the race is already turning into one where strategy is key as drivers try and go for a one-stop race
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Those drivers to have pitted early continue to lap quicker than the leaders
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di Resta is the quickest man on track after his stop - running in P19
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Massa is now warned to save his soft compound tyres by Rob Smedley in the pits
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Lap 11 - Rosberg leads by 1.7s from Hamilton with Vettel the same margin behind the Briton
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Lap 11 - One change in the top ten is a swap of the McLaren men, Button now ahead of Perez
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Lap 10 - Pic's car is recovered without the need for a safety car
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Lap 9 - di Resta pits for Force India
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Lap 9 - Webber is told to look after his tyres already
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Lap 8 - Charles Pic is slow in the final sector and stops on pit entry
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Lap 8 - Raikkonen is closing onto the rear of Webber for fourth
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Lap 7 - Maldonado is again quicker than the leaders on a 1min 20.941
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Lap 7 - the top five are breaking away from Alonso in sixth. The Spaniard is 1.9s down on Raikkonen ahead.
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Giedo van der Garde is the fastest man on track for Caterham - but down in 22nd spot
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End of lap 5 and just ten seconds cover the top ten. Elsewhere, Grosjean and di Resta are 14th and 15th with Massa in 18th after their issues on Saturday.
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Maldonado posts the fastest lap having made his early stop
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Button reports back to the team that Perez has to 'stop cutting in on me'
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Lap 3 - Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Raikkonen, Alonso, Perez, Button, Sutil, Vergne is the top ten
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Sergio Perez in seventh is the fastest man on track however
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Lap 2 - Vettel all over Hamilton in the fight for second
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Maldonado pits at the end of the opening lap with a damaged wing. Van der Garde is also in after contact at the hairpin.
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The two Mercedes men go side-by-side into St Devote for the first time but Rosberg keeps the lead, with Vettel putting Hamilton under pressure for second
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The field is coming round to the grid - minus Jules Bianchi who has been pushed off the grid
12:45
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Pirelli's Paul Hembery on the grid: "We can ask teams to test for us - they don't know what they are testing".
12:43
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As per usual, plenty of celebrities are present on a packed grid ahead of a race regarded by many as the biggest on the F1 schedule - less than 20 minutes until the race gets underway
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Max Chilton starts at the back of the field thanks to a five place gearbox penalty
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1 Rosberg, 2 Hamilton, 3 Vettel, 4 Webber, 5 Raikkonen, 6 Alonso, 7 Perez, 8 Sutil, 9 Button, 10 Vergne, 11 Hulkenberg, 12 Ricciardo, 13 Grosjean, 14 Bottas, 15 van der Garde, 16 Maldonado, 17 di Resta, 18 Pic, 19 Gutierrez, 20 Bianchi, 21 Massa, 22 Chilton
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So how does the field line up for the race...
12:28
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Both Mercedes and Pirelli insist they did nothing wrong and that the FIA had said that the test could take place - but rival teams are clearly far from impressed at not being kept in the loop
12:26
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Mercedes are however at the centre of a major breaking story ahead of the race, with Red Bull having lodged a protest after it emerged that the team carried out a 1000km tyre test on behalf of Pirelli following the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona
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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will start on the front row of the grid for the race after Mercedes led the way in a dramatic qualifying session
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Crash.net's text commentary of the sixth round of the 2013 F1 season - the Monaco Grand Prix

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