Nico Rosberg admitted he was delighted to open his victory account for the 2013 F1 season after a lights-to-flag win in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The German - who lives in the principality - had secured pole position for the sixth round of the campaign with a fine lap in the final seconds of qualifying, having also been the man to beat during free practice on the challenging street circuit.

Despite two Safety Car periods and a mid-race stoppage following Pastor Maldonado's accident at Tabac, Rosberg was never headed throughout the race as he controlled proceedings from the front to secure his second career win.

It also meant the Mercedes man became the first son of a Monaco GP winner to also win the event, 30 years after father Keke took his own victory.

"I'm extremely happy to win this race," he said. "We've had such a difficult time the last couple races and dropping back so much from pole. That was in the back of mind a bit, but it was okay. I actually had a terrible start with Sebastian and Lewis getting close, but after that I controlled the pace.

"Today, the team gave me a great car. It's really fantastic to see how much they have been able to improve in a short space of time. This track suited us as well. This place is my home and I've grown up here so it's really special to win. The weekend went perfectly, the car was really good and the tyres held on okay, which was the key. A massive thanks to the team - I'm ecstatic."

Team principal Ross Brawn was also quick to praise his driver for a controlled performance, although he was quick to point out that the unique nature of the Monaco circuit meant that the Brackley-based squad couldn't afford to relax ahead of the next event in Canada.

"Congratulations to Nico today," he said. "He did not put a foot wrong all weekend, topping every session and driving a very poised and controlled race. He richly deserves this second win of his career.

"The team did a fantastic job all weekend in a challenging qualifying session and a difficult race. But we are all aware, Monaco is not a completely representative circuit. We will take the time this evening to enjoy our success but know that we need to keep pushing to understand how to extract the maximum from our car at every circuit and keep improving further."


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