Nico Rosberg wins at Monaco, 30 years after father

May 27, 2013, 03:08 IST | Agencies

Nico Rosberg led from lights to flag to take victory in the Monaco Grand Prix 30 years after his father Keke emerged triumphant around the streets of the principality.

Rosberg survived two safety-car periods and a red-flag incident that forced a 25-minute delay to claim the second victory of his Formula One career, both with Mercedes.

Nico Rosberg
Like father, like son: Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. PIC/AFP

The 27-year-old becomes the first son of a former Monaco GP winner to finish on the top step of the podium of F1’s blue-riband event. But there was no Mercedes one-two as Lewis Hamilton lost out in the first safety-car spell, finishing fourth behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Through it all Rosberg kept his composure, and whilst other incidents unfolded behind him.  After the race, Rosberg said: “It’s special to win here.
“(His father’s win) was not what I was thinking of when I crossed the line. It’s just special to win this race.

“Today the team gave me a great car. It’s fantastic to see how they have been able to improve.”  Vettel, content enough with second, could not help but have a dig at Mercedes given their lack of pace on the opening laps. “Overall I’m happy and pleased,” said Vettel.

“We know it’s very difficult to overtake here, but well done to Nico, he drove a controlled race. But I was bit surprised by the slow pace at the start. You expect two Silver Arrows, but they were two buses going for a cruise.”

Sutil finishes fifth
Meanwhile, Force India driver Adrian Sutil drove a superb race to come home in fifth position, thereby bagging himself and his team 10 points. Teammate Paul di Resta, who started in 17th, finished ninth to bag two points, bringing home a total of twelve points for Force India.

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