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Monaco 2013 - Race highlights // The glorious chaos of Monte Carlo sees Mercedes take victory

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A busy first corner in Monaco
Credit: Sahara Force India

The rain held off over the Circuit de Monaco for a frantic race that offset periods of procession with safety cars, retirements, overtaking moves in unexpected places, teammate fights, repeat incidents, penalties, a red flag, and less concentration on the tyres.

Mercedes led from start to finish but that belies what was a challenging race from the moment the lights went out. If you missed any of the action or want to relive the glory that was the Monaco Grand Prix, this Factbyte Factbox replay is just the thing. This lap by lap coverage should guide you through all the action from the sixth round of the 2013 championship.

As it happened: Monaco 2013 - The race

Event Highlights

  • Charles Pic's Caterham halts on lap 9, with a fire in the rear of the car.
  • Felipe Massa suffers the exact same crash as yesterday, and the Safety Car comes out.
  • Race stopped after a huge crash for Maldonado that disrupts the barriers.
  • Race restarted behind Safety Car, which reappears when Grosjean crashes into the back of Ricciardo.
  • Rosberg wins, with the two Red Bull drivers on the podium, Vettel ahead of Webber.
  • 12:17

    Hello there! It's time for a little bit of Factbyte Factboxing for the brilliant Monaco Grand Prix!

  • 12:19

    It's been a dramatic weekend so far, and it looks like it is getting even more so ahead of the race. Red Bull have put in a protest about Mercedes, who did some Pirelli tyre testing in Barcelona.

  • 12:21

    It's a developing situation, but Mercedes say they did check with the FIA beforehand. So, we'll see.

  • 12:21

    Meanwhile, there's a race coming up and we need to concentrate on that!

  • 12:22

    Mercedes put on a storming performance in qualifying again, locking out the front row with Nico Rosberg on pole position.

  • 12:23

    You can relive the qualifying action with yesterday's FBFB here: https://sidepodcast.com/post/monaco-2013-qualifying-highlights or settle for a sixty second roundup here: https://sidepodcast.com/news/mercedes-lock-out-monaco-front-row-rosberg-pole

  • 12:24

    Pole and qualifying position is important in Monaco, but it's a chaotic race and anything can happen. This year there's one DRS zone down the home straight, but how useful it will be remains to be seen.

  • 12:25

    Soft and supersoft compoundsPirelli 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.

  • 12:28

    TweetTweet 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.

  • 12:33
    Circuit Data
    Circuit de Monaco
    Local timezone+02:00 GMT
    First race1950
    Number of laps78
    Circuit length3.340km
    Race distance260.520km
    Start offset0.000km
  • 12:35

    Last year's race was won by Mark Webber, with a fastest lap set by Sergio Pérez - 1:17.296.

  • 12:39
    2013 Race Wins
    PosDriverTotal
    1Sebastian Vettel2
    2Fernando Alonso2
    3Kimi Räikkönen1
  • 12:40

    Martin Brundle is attempting to do his gridwalk but there is an abundance of people out on track, he's not making much progress.

  • 12:43

    QuoteInterview 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."

  • 12:47

    Prince Albert takes out his earplugs for the national anthem, and it plays out over the bustling grid.

  • 12:50

    QuoteInterview 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."

  • 12:51

    Adrian Sutil lines up eighth on the grid, via @clubforce.

  • 12:52
    Grid Position
    1N RosbergMercedes
    2L HamiltonMercedes
    3S VettelRed Bull
    4M WebberRed Bull
    5K RäikkönenLotus
    6F AlonsoFerrari
    7S PérezMcLaren
    8A SutilForce India
    9J ButtonMcLaren
    10JE VergneToro Rosso
  • 12:53

    TweetTweet 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

  • 12:53

    The Lotus pair get a rather impressive bodyguard lineup, via @Lotus_F1Team.

  • 12:56

    Just five minutes to go now, settle down, buckle up, it's all about to kick off!

  • 12:57

    The drivers are in their cars, and the grid is starting to clear of unnecessary people. The not-very-calm before the storm.

  • 12:59

    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.

  • 13:00

    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.

  • 13:00

    The formation lap begins, Rosberg leading the pack away, with a slower Hamilton holding up the Red Bulls behind him.

  • 13:02

    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

  • 13:02

    Jules Bianchi didn't move off the grid, the mechanics have dashed back to retrieve the Marussia and push him out of the way.

  • 13:03

    The front runners are stopped on the grid, the backmarkers line up, and all eyes are on the lights.

  • 13:03

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    A reasonably clean first corner, two Mercedes drivers ahead, with Vettel looking closely at the back of Hamilton.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Contact going into Mirabeau between a Caterham and Williams.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    One of the McLaren drivers misses the apex of that tricky chicane, as the two teammates wrestle to avoid each other.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Rosberg is nipping out a good lead, as Webber is dropping back.

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Pastor Maldonado has come into the pits with a broken front wing.

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Giedo van der Garde is also into the pitlane, and replays show it was Van der Garde and Maldonado coming together at the hairpin.

  • 13:06 Lap 3

    Vettel is super close to Hamilton as the Brit desperately tries to keep the Red Bull behind him.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Yellow flagYellow flags for some debris on track.

  • 13:08 Lap 4

    So for a quick recap, Rosberg is leading comfortably. Vettel is still hustling Hamilton for second place. Webber and Räikkönen hold station.

  • 13:09 Lap 4

    Team radioTeam radio from Jenson Button: "He's got to stop turning in on me guys. I know we're teammates but he cut the chicane."

  • 13:09 Lap 4

    Button is tucked up behind Pérez in eighth place.

  • 13:09 Lap 5

    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.

  • 13:10 Lap 5

    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.

  • 13:11 Lap 5

    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."

  • 13:12 Lap 6

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: Positions stabilising after the very busy opening phases. Debris that was on track has been cleared, Adrian closing in on BUT #FeelTheForce

  • 13:14 Lap 8

    We have twenty cars that are only twenty seconds apart, as the field stays bunched up through these early laps.

  • 13:15 Lap 9

    Charles Pic has dropped to last place, and now he's pulled off track, the car is on fire!

  • 13:16 Lap 9

    Yellow flagYellow flags as thick black smoke plumes from the green car. Pic made a very hasty exit from the cockpit!

  • 13:16 Lap 9

    The fire extinguisher white stuff is wafting across the track now. That'll help visibility.

  • 13:17 Lap 10

    Paul di Resta has come into the pit lane, perhaps anticipating a safety car.

  • 13:18 Lap 11

    A barrage of orange-suited marshals are pushing the car out of the way, they are super-brave, super-efficient. Just super.

  • 13:18 Lap 11

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 13:18 Lap 11

    Button has got ahead of his teammate, he'll be a lot happier now in seventh, with Pérez eighth.

  • 13:20 Lap 12

    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.

  • 13:21 Lap 13

    TweetTweet 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"

  • 13:22 Lap 14

    Not much to see from the gapper yet.

    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stROS1:22.132
    2ndHAM+1.594
    3rdVET+3.980
    4thWEB+5.658
    5thRAI+6.484
  • 13:25 Lap 16

    Team radioTeam radio to Rosberg: "Your pace management is very good, we're happy with the gaps we're creating."

  • 13:26 Lap 17

    A couple of official messages suggest Van der Garde is constantly missing the apex of turn 10.

  • 13:27 Lap 18

    TweetTweet from @Marussia_F1Team: Max was 0.7s quicker than Massa that lap and is pushing hard with Jules doing the same right behind him

  • 13:30 Lap 20

    Rosberg leads his teammate gracefully around the hairpin, there's a nice gap between the top five and then Alonso in sixth.

  • 13:32 Lap 21

    Radio to the race leader suggests he needs to start upping the pace over the next couple of laps.

  • 13:34 Lap 23

    Daniel Ricciardo comes into the pitlanes after struggling with the rear tyres, Jules Bianchi follows him in.

  • 13:35 Lap 24

    Chilton comes in for his first stop of the day as well.

  • 13:36 Lap 24

    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.

  • 13:36 Lap 24

    Webber sets the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:19.750.

  • 13:37 Lap 25

    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.

  • 13:38 Lap 26

    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.

  • 13:38 Lap 26

    Webber rejoins the action in 11th place, behind Hülkenberg and ahead of Bottas.

  • 13:39 Lap 26

    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.

  • 13:39 Lap 27

    Räikkönen pits for his first stop of the day, soft tyres going on the Lotus. Button and Massa also pit.

  • 13:40 Lap 27

    Supersoft tyres go on the Ferrari, as Massa heads out the pit lane after a slow-ish stop of almost 4 seconds.

  • 13:41 Lap 28

    Nico Hülkenberg takes his stop, he comes out in 15th, which means Massa has already dropped back down to 19th.

  • 13:42 Lap 29

    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.

  • 13:43 Lap 30

    Yellow flagYellow flags as a big crash for Felipe Massa!

  • 13:44 Lap 30

    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.

  • 13:44 Lap 31

    Pérez, Vettel and Sutil have all pitted.

  • 13:45 Lap 31

    The Safety Car has been deployed and it has picked up Vettel.

  • 13:46 Lap 31

    Felipe Massa is sitting just off the crash site, the Doctor is there and a neck collar support is going on.

  • 13:46 Lap 31

    Similar crash to yesterday, Felipe Massa hits the barriers.

  • 13:46 Lap 32

    Both Mercedes cars have come into the pit lane, back to back stops with Rosberg in, followed by Hamilton in a super-quick turnaround.

  • 13:47 Lap 32

    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.

  • 13:49 Lap 33

    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!

  • 13:51 Lap 34

    And so, we have Rosberg, Vettel, Webber and Hamilton. The rest remain in a similar position to before the Safety Car.

  • 13:51 Lap 34

    Paul di Resta has moved up to 11th place, whilst Chilton has improved to 16th for now as well.

  • 13:53 Lap 35

    The Safety Car nips around the hairpin.

  • 13:53 Lap 35

    Race controlLapped cars may now overtake - Giedo van der Garde only.

  • 13:54 Lap 35

    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.

  • 13:54 Lap 35

    He's just passed the Safety Car and he's off!

  • 13:55 Lap 36

    Jules Bianchi dives into the pit lane for his second stop of the day.

  • 13:55 Lap 36

    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!

  • 13:57 Lap 36

    Team radioTeam radio to Hamilton: "Can you use higher gears? Just want to cool the cars but keep brake temperatures up."

  • 13:59 Lap 38

    Race controlSafety Car in this lap.

  • 14:00 Lap 38

    Rosberg has backed them up incredibly, and they're off as the Safety Car peels into the pit lane.

  • 14:00 Lap 39

    The green flags wave but the positions remain the same at the front. Surprisingly no challenge from Vettel on that one.

  • 14:01 Lap 39
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    10N Rosberg1
    21S Vettel1
    31M Webber1
    4-2L Hamilton1
    50K Räikkönen1
  • 14:01 Lap 39

    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.

  • 14:02 Lap 40

    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.

  • 14:03 Lap 40

    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.

  • 14:03 Lap 40

    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.

  • 14:04 Lap 41

    Great driving from both there to avoid contact.

  • 14:04 Lap 41

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 14:05 Lap 42

    Webber is pulling out a gap now, so the focus goes back to Alonso.

  • 14:06 Lap 42

    Pérez has passed Button at the end of the tunnel, this time it's a legitimate move for the McLaren teammates!

  • 14:06 Lap 43

    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.

  • 14:06 Lap 43

    Kimi locks up again, the tyres on that Lotus must be under serious pressure with this ongoing need for defense.

  • 14:09 Lap 44

    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.

  • 14:10 Lap 45

    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.

  • 14:11 Lap 46

    Red flagRace stopped.

  • 14:11

    A Marussia made a move on Pastor Maldonado, he moved back across in front of him which dropped the Williams front wing.

  • 14:12

    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.

  • 14:12

    Maldonado is out of the car and walking away, there's just chaos across the track with barriers wrapped around the car.

  • 14:13

    The cars are slowly making their way to the grid, where they will pause and wait for the potential restart.

  • 14:17

    The only remaining Williams in the race, via @WilliamsF1Team.

  • 14:18

    The trouble with this restart is it will be behind the Safety Car, and drivers will be allowed to change tyres before going again.

  • 14:20

    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.

  • 14:23

    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.

  • 14:23

    TweetTweet 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

  • 14:27

    Race controlIncident involving Maldonado and Chilton under investigation - causing a collision.

  • 14:27

    Race controlRace will be resumed at 15:35.

  • 14:30

    QuoteInterview 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."

  • 14:33

    QuoteInterview 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."

  • 14:34
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    10N Rosberg1
    21S Vettel1
    31M Webber1
    4-2L Hamilton1
    50K Räikkönen1
    60F Alonso1
    70S Pérez1
    81J Button1
    9-1A Sutil1
    100JE Vergne1
    116P Di Resta1
    12-1N Hülkenberg1
    13-1D Ricciardo1
    14-1R Grosjean1
    15-1V Bottas1
    163E Gutiérrez1
    175M Chilton1
    18-3G van der Garde3
    191J Bianchi3
  • 14:35

    Tyre blankets coming off the cars, the grid clearing and engines roaring.

  • 14:36 Lap 47

    Yellow flagThe Safety Car leads the pack away, and the race is back on... slowly.

  • 14:36 Lap 47

    Team radioTeam radio to Alonso: "We will give the position back behind the Safety Car."

  • 14:37 Lap 48

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 14:38 Lap 48

    Pastor watches at the back of the garage, via @WilliamsF1Team.

  • 14:38 Lap 48

    Rosberg leads the train away again, no major movement on the restart.

  • 14:38 Lap 48

    Race controlDrive through penalty for Max Chilton - causing a collision.

  • 14:39 Lap 49

    Bianchi rejoined the action from the pit exit, as his teammate dives into the pit lane for his drive through.

  • 14:39 Lap 49

    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.

  • 14:40 Lap 49

    Through the tunnel they go, and Alonso is fired up to get that position back from the Mexican ahead of him.

  • 14:40 Lap 50

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 14:42 Lap 51

    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.

  • 14:43 Lap 52

    The Mercedes dips and dives behind the Red Bull, but there's no way past Webber yet.

  • 14:45 Lap 53

    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.

  • 14:46 Lap 54

    Sergio Pérez scares another driver off track, with Kimi Räikkönen missing the chicane to stay ahead of the McLaren.

  • 14:46 Lap 54

    Replays show Pérez actually pushed Kimi totally off track, both of them missing the apex, and both rejoining in the same order.

  • 14:49 Lap 56

    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.

  • 14:50 Lap 57

    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.

  • 14:50 Lap 57

    Sutil DOES make the move around the hairpin on Alonso, he's up to seventh place!

  • 14:52 Lap 58

    Next in Sutil's sights will be Pérez... that could be fun.

  • 14:52 Lap 58

    Meanwhile, Alonso is dropping back into the clutches of Button.

  • 14:53 Lap 59

    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.

  • 14:54 Lap 60

    Meanwhile, at the front Rosberg has a three second lead over Vettel, who in turn has a second up on Webber.

  • 14:55 Lap 60

    Yellow flagYellow flags as Jules Bianchi is off into the barriers.

  • 14:55 Lap 60

    DRS is disabled.

  • 14:55 Lap 61

    Replays show he locked up and spun off, hitting the barriers sideways.

  • 14:56 Lap 61
    Field Spread
    PosDriverTime
    1stN Rosberg1:21.178
    18thM Chilton+27.295
  • 14:57 Lap 62

    Green flagTrack is clear and DRS enabled.

  • 14:58 Lap 62

    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.

  • 14:58 Lap 62

    Replays show Grosjean going into the back of a Toro Rosso, pushing Ricciardo up into the air.

  • 14:58 Lap 62

    Yellow flagYellow flags and the Safety Car is deployed.

  • 14:59 Lap 63

    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.

  • 15:00 Lap 64

    Gutiérrez and Chilton both pit for the second and third times respectively. Meanwhile, Rosberg has it all to do at the front again.

  • 15:02 Lap 65

    Grosjean has come into the pit lane, the team look set to retire Romain from the race.

  • 15:02 Lap 65

    Race controlIncident involving Ricciardo and Grosjean under investigation - causing a collision.

  • 15:04 Lap 66

    Team Radio to Kimi suggests a leak of some kind, which may be ominous.

  • 15:06 Lap 67

    Green flagThe 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.

  • 15:07 Lap 67

    Pérez is chasing down Kimi, who we know has an engine/water situation.

  • 15:07 Lap 68

    Ten laps to go!

  • 15:08 Lap 68

    Paul di Resta is looking at the back of Jean-Éric Vergne, hoping to make a move and scoop the final points position.

  • 15:08 Lap 69

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 15:09 Lap 69

    Räikkönen and Pérez both miss the apex at that tricksy chicane again.

  • 15:11 Lap 70

    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.

  • 15:11 Lap 71

    Räikkönen has a left rear puncture from the contact, he dives into the pitlane.

  • 15:11 Lap 71

    Jenson Button overtakes Alonso at the first corner, moving up to seventh place.

  • 15:12 Lap 71

    Räikkönen drops all the way down the order, rejoining 16th and last.

  • 15:13 Lap 72

    Rosberg has pulled out a 2.5 second gap on Vettel, who still has that one second on teammate Webber.

  • 15:15 Lap 73

    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.

  • 15:15 Lap 74

    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.

  • 15:16 Lap 74

    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.

  • 15:17 Lap 75

    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.

  • 15:17 Lap 75

    Three laps to go.

  • 15:20 Lap 77

    Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:16.577

  • 15:21 Lap 78

    Räikkönen has managed to haul himself back up into tenth place, which means his consecutive points finish record is still in tact. SOMEHOW.

  • 15:21 Lap 78

    He's dropped down to 11th again now.

  • 15:21

    Chequered flagNico Rosberg wins the Monaco Grand Prix!!

  • 15:22

    Räikkönen did manage to get tenth! He got past Hülkenberg on the final lap!

  • 15:23

    Big cheers in the Mercedes garage as Rosberg pumps his fist in the car.

  • 15:24
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    10N Rosberg1
    21S Vettel1
    31M Webber1
    4-2L Hamilton1
    53A Sutil1
    63J Button1
    7-1F Alonso1
    82JE Vergne1
    98P Di Resta1
    10-5K Räikkönen2
  • 15:25

    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.

  • 15:26
    Race Winner
    DriverN Rosberg
    TeamRed Bull
    Race time2:17:52.056
    Race distance260.520km
    Average speed113.378km/h
  • 15:26

    Mark Webber makes sure to shake hands with Rosberg straight away, Vettel stands alongside looking on.

  • 15:28

    Prince Albert hands Rosberg his trophy, Ross Brawn the Mercedes representative, and then it is time for the national anthem.

  • 15:30
    Retirements
    DriverReasonLap
    C PicFIRE!9
    F MassaCrash30
    P MaldonadoCrash46
    J BianchiCrash60
    D RicciardoCrashed into62
    R GrosjeanBroken floor65
    S PérezCar gave up73
  • 15:33
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1S Vettel107
    2K Räikkönen86
    3F Alonso78
    4L Hamilton62
    5M Webber57
  • 15:33
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1Red Bull164
    2Ferrari123
    3Lotus112
    4Mercedes109
    5Force India44
  • 15:34

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: Who says you can't overtake in Monaco? Adrian and Paul produced an amazing series of moves. Brilliant stuff

  • 15:39
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stROS1:18.432
    2ndVET+3.8
    3rdWEB+6.3
    4thHAM+13.8
    5thSUT+21.4
  • 15:40

    Well that was a manic race! We seem to have missed any podium interviews, and in reality, I am all typed out anyway!

  • 15:41

    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.

  • 15:41

    Grosjean has raised those question marks above his head once more, whilst Force India had a great showing from both their drivers.

  • 15:41

    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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