After clinching pole position on Saturday, Nico Rosberg finally realised the potential of the 2013 Mercedes to take victory around the streets of Monte Carlo ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.  Rosberg has always performed well around the principality, scoring podiums in cars that weren’t meant to and after some strong qualifying performances in 2013 a solid race performance was needed for the Mercedes team.

While other cars banged wheels, barriers or failed to finish, Nico calmly drove from start to finish, never losing the lead.

Photo: OctanePhotos.co.uk
Rosberg leads from the start – Photo: OctanePhotos.co.uk

With two safety car periods and a red flag following some nasty incidents, it was a far from simple victory, but 78 laps without error, maintaining his tyres and keeping Sebastian Vettel at bay with 3 restarts, Nico made it look easy as he took the chequered flag 30yrs after his father Keke Rosberg did the same.  Well done Nico.

Rosberg celebrates his fine victory - Photo: OctanePhotos.co.uk
Rosberg celebrates his fine victory – Photo: OctanePhotos.co.uk

Full Results:

PosDriverTeamGap
1Nico RosbergMercedes
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull/Renault3.888
3Mark WebberRed Bull/Renault6.314
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes13.894
5Adrian SutilForce India/Mercedes21.477
6Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Mercedes23.103
7Fernando AlonsoFerrari26.734
8Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso/Ferrari27.223
9Paul Di RestaForce India/Mercedes27.608
10Kimi RaikkonenLotus/Renault36.582
11Nico HulkenbergSauber/Ferrari42.572
12Valtteri BottasWilliams/Renault42.691
13E.GuteiŽrrezSauber/Ferrari43.212
14Max ChiltonMarussia/Cosworth49.885
15G.van der GardeCaterham/Renault1'02.590
16Sergio PerezMcLaren/MercedesBrakes
17Romain GrosjeanLotus/RenaultCollision
18Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso/FerrariCollision
19Jules BianchiMarussia/CosworthBrakes
20Pastor MaldonadoWilliams/RenaultCollision
21Felipe MassaFerrariSpun off
22Charles PicCaterham/RenaultGearbox