F1 Driver of the Day: Monaco Grand Prix


The Monaco Grand Prix isn't one famed for its action-packed races, but the 2013 edition of the biggest race on the F1 schedule was one full of drama with two Safety Car periods and red-flag stoppage failing to prevent Nico Rosberg from taking his first win of the campaign.

The German produced a fine drive from pole position to win in the principality 30 years after his father Keke won for Williams, making him the first son of a former Monaco winner to taste the victory champagne on the Monte Carlo streets.

Rosberg was in dominant form throughout the weekend on easily his best weekend of the season, with fellow German Sebastian Vettel emerging as his closest challenger although it was something of a quiet race for the defending champion, who made him his only overtaking move in the pit-stops and was unable to really challenge for victory.

Likewise, it was a quiet race for both Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton, although there were signs of an impending battle between the two at one stage before Webber was able to secure his place on the podium; Hamilton having been the big loser in the first round of stops.

Behind the top four, Adrian Sutil showed overtaking is possible in Monte Carlo with a series of moves at the hairpin, while there were points for Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Jean-Eric Vergne and Paul di Resta.

Kimi Raikkonen also scored after a storming run to the flag allowed him to recover from a late puncture to steal tenth on the final lap.

Aside from those to score, Sergio Perez showed his fighting spirit before a clash with Raikkonen put him out, while Caterham's Giedo van der Garde is worth a mention for his performance over the weekend as a whole – having broken into Q2 for the first time during a chaotic qualifying session on Saturday.

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