Nico Rosberg has taken MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team to its first victory of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship, winning the Monaco Grand Prix.
In a dominant weekend, Rosberg topped each of the three practice sessions, claimed pole position and led all 78 laps of the race. Rosberg’s second Formula One victory came exactly 30 years after his father, World Champion Keke Rosberg, claimed the second win of his career at Monaco in 1983.
Sharing the front row with team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg controlled the race, despite two safety car periods and a red flag delay due to accidents.
He greeted the chequered flag 3.888s ahead of Sebastian Vettel, adding to his 2012 Chinese Grand Prix victory and moving up to sixth in the 2013 standings.
“Monaco is such a special place to win and it just feels amazing today,” the 27-year-old beamed. “It was my childhood dream to win this race and to do it in a Silver Arrow on the streets where I have lived all of my life is fantastic.
“Thank you to the team for the car that we had this weekend and it’s good to have been able to show the same level of performance on Sunday and convert our pole position. The whole weekend went pretty much to plan, even though qualifying was tough with the weather conditions.
“I didn’t have the best start today which meant Lewis and Seb got pretty close but after the first corner, I was able to set my own pace. Then it was just a case of keeping a cool head through all the incidents and the team did a great job of keeping me in touch with what was happening.
“Thank you to everyone here today and back at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth. I hope this win today is the first of many more to come for us.”
Hamilton occupied second place behind Rosberg, however lost time in the pitstop sequence during the first safety car period and finished fourth. He leaves the weekend fourth in the standings.
“It’s been a great weekend for the team and I’m really happy for everyone,” Hamilton said. “Big congratulations to Nico, he’s been awesome all weekend here and really deserves that victory.
“From my side, this weekend hasn’t really been the best and we didn’t make the most of the opportunity for a one-two finish today. When the safety car came out, I needed to maintain a gap so we didn’t get delayed with the double pit stop but unfortunately the gap was too big and we lost out to the two Red Bulls.
“That’s motor racing and these things happen sometimes. It’s the tightest track in the world here and virtually impossible to overtake unless you are much quicker than the car in front so there was nothing I could do to improve my position.”
The 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship continues with the Canadian Grand Prix on 7-9 June.