Pirelli have brought the soft and supersoft compounds this weekend. Yesterday, qualifying was damp and so the intermediate tyres were in use. Today looks dry, so they'll have more tyres to play with as the race unfolds.
Tweet from @OfficialSF1Team: most difficult race in terms of strategy. the big question mark is when will the SC be on track. out of the last 10 races we had it 8 times.
|Circuit de Monaco|
|Local timezone||+02:00 GMT|
|Number of laps||78|
Last year's race was won by Mark Webber, with a fastest lap set by Sergio Pérez - 1:17.296.
Martin Brundle is attempting to do his gridwalk but there is an abundance of people out on track, he's not making much progress.
Interview with Sebastian Vettel, who is not looking too comfortable on the busy grid right now: "It's too many people in the same place, but it's Monaco. Fortunately when we get back in the car and the lights go, there's no one else around. Right now you couldn't tell if you were P1 or last.
"The Mercedes are ahead of us, they have strong pace. It will be a long race, important to make calls on strategy, get past somehow. We'll see what happens."
Prince Albert takes out his earplugs for the national anthem, and it plays out over the bustling grid.
Interview with Giedo van der Garde after a strong qualifying and 15th grid slot: "Quite relaxed, I'm ready to rock and roll. I've had good results here in the past with GP2 and World Series, I quite like it. I think everybody is very positive and happy in the team, including me. It was a good day for us."
Adrian Sutil lines up eighth on the grid, via @clubforce.
|3||S Vettel||Red Bull|
|4||M Webber||Red Bull|
|8||A Sutil||Force India|
|10||JE Vergne||Toro Rosso|
Tweet from @virtualstatman: Vettel's 3rd on the grid is vital. He's never won from outside the top-3, and nobody has won Monaco from outside the top-3 since 1996
The Lotus pair get a rather impressive bodyguard lineup, via @Lotus_F1Team.
Just five minutes to go now, settle down, buckle up, it's all about to kick off!
The drivers are in their cars, and the grid is starting to clear of unnecessary people. The not-very-calm before the storm.
Things to watch out for - Vergne starting inside the top ten for the first time, Massa coming up through the field from the back of the grid, and of course, the Mercedes defensive driving skills on show.
The top 11 are starting on the supersoft tyres. Ricciardo on the softs back in 12th, as well as Grosjean, Gutiérrez and Massa. The rest are on the red sidewalls.
The formation lap begins, Rosberg leading the pack away, with a slower Hamilton holding up the Red Bulls behind him.
The polls are closed, and it's a tie for the win, with Nico Rosberg and Kimi Räikkönen predicted to be the victors. 67% say Rosberg will be favoured by Mercedes if necessary. And half of the voters believe Giedo van der Garde will end up nowhere significant. Full results: https://sidepodcast.com/post/predict-the-race-monaco-2013
Jules Bianchi didn't move off the grid, the mechanics have dashed back to retrieve the Marussia and push him out of the way.
The front runners are stopped on the grid, the backmarkers line up, and all eyes are on the lights.
A reasonably clean first corner, two Mercedes drivers ahead, with Vettel looking closely at the back of Hamilton.
Contact going into Mirabeau between a Caterham and Williams.
One of the McLaren drivers misses the apex of that tricky chicane, as the two teammates wrestle to avoid each other.
Rosberg is nipping out a good lead, as Webber is dropping back.
Pastor Maldonado has come into the pits with a broken front wing.
Track is clear.
Giedo van der Garde is also into the pitlane, and replays show it was Van der Garde and Maldonado coming together at the hairpin.
Vettel is super close to Hamilton as the Brit desperately tries to keep the Red Bull behind him.
Yellow flags for some debris on track.
So for a quick recap, Rosberg is leading comfortably. Vettel is still hustling Hamilton for second place. Webber and Räikkönen hold station.
Team radio from Jenson Button: "He's got to stop turning in on me guys. I know we're teammates but he cut the chicane."
Button is tucked up behind Pérez in eighth place.
Further down the order, Massa has made it up to 18th place, whilst Jules Bianchi managed to get going after his formation lap woes, and is ahead of the two pitters of Maldonado and Van der Garde.
Maldonado and Van der Garde are putting in some really quick laps, as they are in clear air. The rest are in the traditional Monaco train.
Radio to Max Chilton asks for a quicker lap time, and then subsequent radio to Bianchi informs him if his teammate doesn't speed up, they'll "do something about it."
Tweet from @clubforce: Positions stabilising after the very busy opening phases. Debris that was on track has been cleared, Adrian closing in on BUT #FeelTheForce
We have twenty cars that are only twenty seconds apart, as the field stays bunched up through these early laps.
Charles Pic has dropped to last place, and now he's pulled off track, the car is on fire!
Yellow flags as thick black smoke plumes from the green car. Pic made a very hasty exit from the cockpit!
The fire extinguisher white stuff is wafting across the track now. That'll help visibility.
Paul di Resta has come into the pit lane, perhaps anticipating a safety car.
A barrage of orange-suited marshals are pushing the car out of the way, they are super-brave, super-efficient. Just super.
Track is clear.
Button has got ahead of his teammate, he'll be a lot happier now in seventh, with Pérez eighth.
Massa is up to 16th now, but he's not making major progress as yet. Radio from the pit wall suggests they'll have to go longer than their original pit stop plan.
Tweet from @f1pitradio: "OK, Checo, FIA have told us to give the place back to Jenson, do it by turn 12, the field is still bunched up, still sticking to Plan A"
Not much to see from the gapper yet.
Team radio to Rosberg: "Your pace management is very good, we're happy with the gaps we're creating."
A couple of official messages suggest Van der Garde is constantly missing the apex of turn 10.
Tweet from @Marussia_F1Team: Max was 0.7s quicker than Massa that lap and is pushing hard with Jules doing the same right behind him
Rosberg leads his teammate gracefully around the hairpin, there's a nice gap between the top five and then Alonso in sixth.
Radio to the race leader suggests he needs to start upping the pace over the next couple of laps.
Daniel Ricciardo comes into the pitlanes after struggling with the rear tyres, Jules Bianchi follows him in.
Chilton comes in for his first stop of the day as well.
Replays show Bianchi and Maldonado colliding at the chicane at the end of the tunnel. A bit of carbon fibre went flying, it looks like it was from the Williams.
Webber sets the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:19.750.
The puppet-masters at Mercedes are upping the pace of the race, with both drivers getting messages about how specifically faster they need to go.
Giedo van der Garde takes his pit stop, and exits just as Mark Webber comes in. It's a smooth stop for the Red Bull team.
Webber rejoins the action in 11th place, behind Hülkenberg and ahead of Bottas.
Paul di Resta has snaked his way past Felipe Massa into turn one, going round the outside to pass the Ferrari and take 15th place.
Räikkönen pits for his first stop of the day, soft tyres going on the Lotus. Button and Massa also pit.
Supersoft tyres go on the Ferrari, as Massa heads out the pit lane after a slow-ish stop of almost 4 seconds.
Nico Hülkenberg takes his stop, he comes out in 15th, which means Massa has already dropped back down to 19th.
Fernando Alonso comes into the pitlane, a 3.1 stop and soft tyres going on the car. He rejoins behind Räikkönen and ahead of Button, just where he was before.
Yellow flags as a big crash for Felipe Massa!
There's carbon fibre everywhere, as the marshals move in to retrieve the car. Replays show it was an absolutely identical crash to what happened in practice. He's out of the car okay.
Pérez, Vettel and Sutil have all pitted.
The Safety Car has been deployed and it has picked up Vettel.
Felipe Massa is sitting just off the crash site, the Doctor is there and a neck collar support is going on.
Similar crash to yesterday, Felipe Massa hits the barriers.
Both Mercedes cars have come into the pit lane, back to back stops with Rosberg in, followed by Hamilton in a super-quick turnaround.
Confusion reigns as Grosjean is indicated to go past the Safety Car, it has to hang about for ages to pick up race leader Rosberg.
Hamilton is now sitting in fourth behind two Red Bulls, as they slowed Lewis up to double up on pitstops. That's not worked out too well!
And so, we have Rosberg, Vettel, Webber and Hamilton. The rest remain in a similar position to before the Safety Car.
Paul di Resta has moved up to 11th place, whilst Chilton has improved to 16th for now as well.
The Safety Car nips around the hairpin.
Lapped cars may now overtake - Giedo van der Garde only.
We now have to wait for the Caterham to move all the way through the field, past all the other cars, get ahead of the safety car and then zip off around the circuit.
He's just passed the Safety Car and he's off!
Jules Bianchi dives into the pit lane for his second stop of the day.
Giedo van der Garde has also dived into the pit lane, hopefully they're not waiting for him to arrive at the back of the pack, because he'll be a while!
Team radio to Hamilton: "Can you use higher gears? Just want to cool the cars but keep brake temperatures up."
Safety Car in this lap.
Rosberg has backed them up incredibly, and they're off as the Safety Car peels into the pit lane.
The green flags wave but the positions remain the same at the front. Surprisingly no challenge from Vettel on that one.
Alonso is closing up to Kimi Räikkönen through the tunnel, they're fighting for fifth place. Meanwhile, Hamilton is up and hustling Webber for third.
Word on Felipe Massa is that he's off to hospital for checks. He looked okay, but the same crash twice in a row is going to be tough on the neck.
Kimi locks up into the chicane with Alonso still directly behind him. There's just no way through in the narrow confines of the track.
Hamilton takes the inside line around Rascasse and they were alongside heading out of the corner, but Webber had the edge and kept the position. Hamilton had to settle behind for another go.
Great driving from both there to avoid contact.
Webber is pulling out a gap now, so the focus goes back to Alonso.
Pérez has passed Button at the end of the tunnel, this time it's a legitimate move for the McLaren teammates!
Previous to that, Alonso went wide around the hairpin, almost giving Button a chance to sneak in. The McLaren right front tapped the Ferrari's left rear but there was no damage.
Kimi locks up again, the tyres on that Lotus must be under serious pressure with this ongoing need for defense.
Pérez was pushing Alonso for position next, and the Ferrari was forced to cut the chicane to avoid contact. Could be a tricky move for the stewards to view.
Pérez has asked his team to clarify the chicane-cutting incident, and Alonso's radio claims avoiding a collision. Always two sides to every story.
A Marussia made a move on Pastor Maldonado, he moved back across in front of him which dropped the Williams front wing.
With no downforce, Maldonado couldn't slow his car down and crashed headlong into the barriers, drawing the barriers out onto the circuit, almost closing the entire track.
Maldonado is out of the car and walking away, there's just chaos across the track with barriers wrapped around the car.
The cars are slowly making their way to the grid, where they will pause and wait for the potential restart.
The only remaining Williams in the race, via @WilliamsF1Team.
The trouble with this restart is it will be behind the Safety Car, and drivers will be allowed to change tyres before going again.
Looks like it was Max Chilton who collided with Maldonado, but we've got Jules Bianchi in the pit lane having had a nose change. Bad five minutes for Marussia.
Martin Whitmarsh says McLaren were told over the radio by the FIA that Fernando Alonso would give the place back, but Ferrari are arguing their case. If he does have to give it back, there's confusion how that might happen with the restart.
Tweet from @pirellisport: Work on cars during a red flag period is allowed, including tyre changes. So all our strategy predictions are out of the window... #f1
Incident involving Maldonado and Chilton under investigation - causing a collision.
Race will be resumed at 15:35.
Interview with Claire Williams: "He's okay, he's a bit shaken up but he's alright. He's been checked in the medical centre, he's fine apart from some cuts and bruises.
"I think Chilton just came over, it took a bit of Pastor's front wing off, which he then launched over... not a nice accident but really pleased that Pastor's okay.
"It looks pretty mangled so the guys are going to have a tough job on their hands getting ready, but they always will. It's hard work at the moment."
Interview with Charles Pic: "I think it was a gearbox seizure, I'm not sure if it was coming from the engine or the gearbox. It's a shame because the start was good, running P15 and able to keep the pace of the Force India in front. It was looking good, but it's like that, it's racing."
|11||6||P Di Resta||1|
|18||-3||G van der Garde||3|
Tyre blankets coming off the cars, the grid clearing and engines roaring.
The Safety Car leads the pack away, and the race is back on... slowly.
Team radio to Alonso: "We will give the position back behind the Safety Car."
Track is clear.
Pastor watches at the back of the garage, via @WilliamsF1Team.
Rosberg leads the train away again, no major movement on the restart.
Drive through penalty for Max Chilton - causing a collision.
Bianchi rejoined the action from the pit exit, as his teammate dives into the pit lane for his drive through.
Alonso tried to make a move on Sergio Pérez, but it didn't work this time. The Ferrari close to the McLaren's rear wing.
Through the tunnel they go, and Alonso is fired up to get that position back from the Mexican ahead of him.
Hamilton is back hunting Webber for third place. He takes a look at Rascasse but there's nothing doing there. He looks again at the DRS zone after turn one, but Webber goes defensive and keeps his position.
The Mercedes dips and dives behind the Red Bull, but there's no way past Webber yet.
Replays show Sutil diving down the inside of the hairpin and undertaking Jenson Button, who had to avoid and almost lost another place to Vergne as well. Kept it ahead of the Toro Rosso, for 9th.
Sergio Pérez scares another driver off track, with Kimi Räikkönen missing the chicane to stay ahead of the McLaren.
Replays show Pérez actually pushed Kimi totally off track, both of them missing the apex, and both rejoining in the same order.
Sutil is hunting down Fernando Alonso now, the pair get close at the hairpin (Adrian's preferred overtaking spot!) but there's no move yet.
Ted News: Drivers starting to complain they may not make it to the end of the race on their tyres. Those hoping for a one-stop could be disappointed.
Sutil DOES make the move around the hairpin on Alonso, he's up to seventh place!
Next in Sutil's sights will be Pérez... that could be fun.
Meanwhile, Alonso is dropping back into the clutches of Button.
Pérez getting a warning radio message that Sutil has been making his moves at the hairpin, so to watch out for an incoming Force India.
Meanwhile, at the front Rosberg has a three second lead over Vettel, who in turn has a second up on Webber.
Yellow flags as Jules Bianchi is off into the barriers.
DRS is disabled.
Replays show he locked up and spun off, hitting the barriers sideways.
Track is clear and DRS enabled.
Romain Grosjean has gone down the escape road at the end of the tunnel, but he's popped out again and continues to circle - minus a front wing.
Replays show Grosjean going into the back of a Toro Rosso, pushing Ricciardo up into the air.
Yellow flags and the Safety Car is deployed.
Grosjean made it back to the pitlane, is patched up with another front wing and heads back out on track. That's just the fourth accident for Romain this weekend.
Gutiérrez and Chilton both pit for the second and third times respectively. Meanwhile, Rosberg has it all to do at the front again.
Grosjean has come into the pit lane, the team look set to retire Romain from the race.
Incident involving Ricciardo and Grosjean under investigation - causing a collision.
Team Radio to Kimi suggests a leak of some kind, which may be ominous.
The Safety Car comes in, and Rosberg leads them away again - this time he didn't back the pack up quite so much but he still gets the jump on Vettel.
Pérez is chasing down Kimi, who we know has an engine/water situation.
Ten laps to go!
Paul di Resta is looking at the back of Jean-Éric Vergne, hoping to make a move and scoop the final points position.
Räikkönen and Pérez both miss the apex at that tricksy chicane again.
Replays show Pérez tries to go on the inside at the corner before the chicane, the Lotus pushed the McLaren into the barriers and carbon fibre flew into the air.
Räikkönen has a left rear puncture from the contact, he dives into the pitlane.
Jenson Button overtakes Alonso at the first corner, moving up to seventh place.
Räikkönen drops all the way down the order, rejoining 16th and last.
Rosberg has pulled out a 2.5 second gap on Vettel, who still has that one second on teammate Webber.
Pérez is holding up a huge train of cars, the battle for fifth place with Sutil, Button, Alonso, Vergne and Di Resta less than half a second behind him.
It seems to be news to Pérez that there's a chicane at the end of the tunnel as he zips straight across and ignores it.
Going into Rascasse, Pérez slid wide and his car wasn't having any of it - he leaned to the left and an escape road. Out of the race.
There's talk of some debris having been stuck in Alonso's front wing, which would explain where all his pace disappeared. Ferrari believe the debris has gone now.
Three laps to go.
Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:16.577
Räikkönen has managed to haul himself back up into tenth place, which means his consecutive points finish record is still in tact. SOMEHOW.
He's dropped down to 11th again now.
Nico Rosberg wins the Monaco Grand Prix!!
Räikkönen did manage to get tenth! He got past Hülkenberg on the final lap!
Big cheers in the Mercedes garage as Rosberg pumps his fist in the car.
|9||8||P Di Resta||1|
Rosberg remains in the car as he takes off his gloves, his helmet, all his bits and pieces. He climbs from the car for smiles and hugs and bouncing with his mechanics in the crowd.
Mark Webber makes sure to shake hands with Rosberg straight away, Vettel stands alongside looking on.
Prince Albert hands Rosberg his trophy, Ross Brawn the Mercedes representative, and then it is time for the national anthem.
|D Ricciardo||Crashed into||62|
|R Grosjean||Broken floor||65|
|S Pérez||Car gave up||73|
Tweet from @clubforce: Who says you can't overtake in Monaco? Adrian and Paul produced an amazing series of moves. Brilliant stuff
Well that was a manic race! We seem to have missed any podium interviews, and in reality, I am all typed out anyway!
The racing wasn't spectacular, but it's Monaco and it delivered in different ways. Mercedes showed they could keep up in a race when it suits them, whilst Red Bull didn't have any oomph to make the difference.
Grosjean has raised those question marks above his head once more, whilst Force India had a great showing from both their drivers.
It's now two weeks until Canada, and that should be another fantastic event. I hope you'll join me back here for all the qualifying and race action. And, of course, until then stay tuned to http://f1minute.com and https://sidepodcast.com for all the news and views!
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