Mark Webber was left to rue his second row starting slot after finishing third in the latest round of the F1 season on the streets of Monaco.

The Australian qualified in fourth spot, which left him with work to do when the lights went out at the start, with the short run to the opening corner at St Devote preventing him from making the most of a strong getaway.

Retaining his position through to the opening stops, Webber then jumped ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes and stayed in third spot for the remainder of the race despite the best efforts of the Briton to find a way back ahead.

"First of all congratulations to Nico," the Australian reflected afterwards. "It's a very special place to win here and he had a seamless weekend; that's what you need to do here. Even though he started in the lead, you still have to pull it off so well done to him.

"For us, we knew we were a little bit against it starting on the second row, but I got an absolutely incredible start and it's sod's law that it's the shortest run into the first corner here! Seb and I had nowhere to go, so we were lifting while Nico and Lewis looked like they had tricky ones. We will save some of those starts for future reference!

"After that it was basically about saving the tyres and making the one-stop work for us. It was predictable that if the race was going to stack up, then the two-stop was not really an option as you could have come back into traffic. We had to go pretty long and all the drivers were nursing the tyres - it was nice to get Lewis on the stops."

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