The jewel in the crown that is the Monaco Grand Prix was once again filled with the usual nail biting, wheel to wheel racing that has always been part of Formula 1’s most glamorous race.
The standard events that transpire in a Monaco Grand Prix would be considered pandemonium on any other race day. But by now we have all become accustomed to the disorder that ensures on race day in one of Formula 1’s oldest races and the 2013 edition did not disappoint people’s expectations.
The race was plagued by accidents and near misses that not only caused you to sit on the edge of your seat, but also caused the deployment of two Safety Cars and one red flag.
A midst the chaos, one man was intent on taking the chequered flag ahead of all his rivals. Managing to hold his position from pole into the first corner of the opening lap, Nico Rosberg never looked back and on no occasion was his Silver Arrow in any danger of being overtaken.
Mercedes had once again showed their pace over one lap the day before in qualifying by locking out the front row grid spots. However, you would be mistaken if you believed that this would bestow a sense of confidence in the team. This weekend marked Rosberg’s third consecutive pole position, yet his cars race pace in the two previous races was almost non-existent.
Fearing that the same issues that tormented their car in past races were going to arise once again, Mercedes were not confident of a race win.
However, a race win is exactly what they achieved, Rosberg also succeeding in repeating history along the way. Thirty years ago, his father Keke Rosberg also managed to snag a victory at Monaco, Keke and Nico now becoming the first father and son to win at the Monaco Grand Prix.
This was Rosberg’s second win of his career and he managed to win it flawlessly.
Though it would be hard to say that any Formula 1 driver would be happier at this moment, Rosberg’s fellow countryman, Sebastian Vettel would come close.
Fernando Alonso was unable to do too much throughout the race and only managed to finish in sixth place. Likewise, Kimi Raikkonen, who was racing in fifth until a collision with Sergio Perez in the closing laps of the race forced the Fin into the pits, finished the race crossing the line in tenth.
Alonso and Raikkonen are no doubt Vettel’s biggest rivals so far this year, and the current world champion will be happy to have extended the gap between himself and his rivals in the world championship points by finishing second on the podium.