Lifestyle & Belief

Nico Rosberg wins Monaco GP, never trails in wire-to-wire victory


Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.


Mark Thompson

There are few drivers better suited than Nico Rosberg to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

Thirty years after his father Keke won the flagship Formula One on the shores of the French Riviera, Rosberg led from wire-to-wire and avoided cars crashing behind him.

While technically German, the 27-year-old Rosberg also holds a Finnish passport.

More crucial to his second career F1 victory on Sunday, though, was that he calls Monaco home.

"It's amazing," Rosberg told Reuters. "This is my home, I've grown up here all my life and it's really special. ... The whole weekend went perfectly."

"The car was really good, the tires held on and that was the key to the victory. I am ecstatic," he added. 

Rosberg, who won in China last year, also claimed a unique piece of history; the Rosbergs are the first father-and-son combination to win Monaco.

He needed patience to pull it off Sunday.

The race was delayed three times as crews handled crashes, first after Williams' driver Pastor Maldonado hit the wall from a nudge by Marussia's Max Chilton.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who hit Daniel Ricciardo, also brought out cautions.

Rosberg, whose win for Mercedes was the team's first this season, is now sixth in the standings.

"We should not get over-excited for the next couple of races," he told reporters. "We still have a bit of an issue with our race pace, and also with the development race, everyone is pushing forward. So I am definitely not thinking of the championship, I am today just thinking about Monaco."

Germany's Sebastian Vettel still leads the overall standings after finishing second for Team Red Bull on Sunday. His teammate, Mark Webber of Australia, was third.

"Overall I'm very happy and pleased with the result," said Vettel, who will look to add to his lead in Montreal next month. "We know that it's very difficult to overtake here."