Nico Rosberg was the class of the field during the Monaco Grand Prix at the weekend, when he led the season’s premier race from start to finish to score his second F1 victory, writes James Beckett.
On streets he calls home, the Mercedes racer was in a class of his own throughout the weekend as he drove calmly amid the chaos around him to claim the German manufacturer’s first victory in the principality since 1937.
Speaking afterwards, Rosberg said: “This is a very special feeling. I grew up here in Monaco, went to school here and now, 30 years after my Dad won the Monaco Grand Prix, I have won the biggest race of my career.
“The tyre issue was always going to be important here. I was careful with my tyres throughout the race as a pit stop outside of the planned schedule would have ended my chances of victory.”
Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, finished fourth in the other Brackley-based Mercedes car.
He said: “I couldn’t take the lead at the start and Nico gained the advantage. I was in heavy traffic and I had to be careful of my tyres and keep them in good shape for the race.
“I don’t believe we have sorted the tyre problems out and we will see in Canada under a normal race situation if we can continue with our winning ways.
“I would like to congratulate Nico on his win – it is a great reward for the team and the staff who are all working so hard.”
Points after round six: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 107; 2. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 86; 3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 78; 4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 62; 5. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 57; 6. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 47. Next race: Canada, June 9.