Mark Webber admitted it was an incredible feeling to secure his second victory on the streets of Monaco as the Red Bull man become the sixth winner in as many races this season.
The Australian started the race from pole position after Michael Schumacher's penalty and made a strong start to lead the field into St Devote for the first time.
Despite being pushed hard by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg throughout, and with Mercedes electing to pit the German early to try and get ahead, Webber was able to stay out front and when team-mate Sebastian Vettel pitted – having run a longer first stint on the soft compound tyre – Webber was back at the head of the pack.
Despite a late rain shower, the Australian saw off the challenge of the chasing pack to take his first victory of the year and he admitted it was special to once again be on top of the podium in the principality.
“I feel incredible,” he said. “It was straightforward at the start, getting the gap and managing it with Nico. We were getting away and then it was case of getting back into a gap after the stop, and there was the question of the weather as well as we came up to the stops.
“Nico went for the undercut and we had to react so the next phase was strange as it was hard to get the harder tyre warmed up and Seb has his in already and he came back into it with his strategu. I had low front grip and had to manage that and manage Nico while Seb was pushing out front. I managed to sort that out so I could focus on Nico and get to the end but then there was the rain towards the end as well.
“It's an amazing day for me and the team and I'm really happy to have won again here.”
Webber's victory was based largely on a strong start and the Australian said he was hopeful that more wins will now follow.
“The getaway was good and I knew it was enough to get to turn one in good shape,” he said. “The next thing was the pit stop and when Nico went aggressive, I hoped he would struggle to get the tyres in. I had confidence in the guys doing the strategy and then it was about concentrating to the maximum.
“We were fortunate to get pole but we knew it was our race and we absolutely got the maximum from it. Hopefully there are now more to come.”