Monaco Grand Prix: Live Report
Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo on May 26, 2013. Rosberg produced an impeccable performance to claim just the second win of his career.
In a chaotic race littered with accidents, red flags and two Safety Car interventions, the 27-year-old German, son of 1983 victor and original 'flying Finn' Keke Rosberg, produced an impeccable performance to claim the second win of his career.
After more than two hours and 20 minutes of stop-start action on the winding circuit, Rosberg came home well ahead of defending triple world champion Sebastian Vettel in second and his Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber.
Briton Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 champion and Rosberg's Mercedes team-mate, finished fourth after losing two positions due to the delayed introduction of the first Safety Car early in the race.
It was the first win by a Mercedes works team driver at the Monaco Grand Prix since Manfred Von Brauchitsch on August 8, 1937 and came 30 years on from his father's win. Keke Rosberg was watching from the paddock.
In the drivers' championship, Vettel second spot saw him stretch his position as leader with 107 points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen on 86 and Fernando Alonso on 78.
Read on to find out how all the action unfolded at the Circuit de Monaco:
1450 GMT: Sebastian Vettel seems a bit frustrated with how the race began talking at the post-race press conference: "It was a fantastic start but there no room [to overtake] the Mercedes.
"I was a bit surpised by the slow pace in the first few laps - normally there are two silver arrows but today there were two buses!" he says, looking across to Rosberg.
"I am extremely happy to win this race," Rosberg said. "Today the team just gave me a great car - I'm very impressed by the little improvements they've made to the car in such a short space of time and that's helped me to win it."
1440 GMT: The Canadian Grand Prix is next on the schedule, taking place in Montreal from June 7-9, and Vettel will be looking forward to it after stretching his lead in Monaco.
1433 GMT: The winner's trophy is presented to Nico Rosberg by Albert II, Prince of Monaco.
Sebastian Vettel receives the runners-up gong from Albert's wife Charlene - he has stretched his lead at the head of the championship to 21 points on Kimi Raikkonen after this race.
Mark Webber was third and picks up his trophy while Mercedes' team principal Ross Brawn takes the constructors' trophy.
The German national anthem is being played for Rosberg, who is clearly more German than Finnish.
1426 GMT: Rosberg, who has dual German and Finnish nationality, celebrates with his team in the pit lane as he puts on his winners' cap.
1422 GMT: Mercedes driver Rosberg has become the first son of a victorious former Monaco winner to triumph on the streets of the Mediterranean principality.
His father Keke Rosberg, watching the action from the paddock, won the race in 1983.
LAP 78/78: NICO ROSBERG GETS THE CHEQUERED FLAG TO WIN THE 2013 MONACO GRAND PRIX
LAP 75/78: Nico Rosberg is streaking away with this race now with a four and half second lead on Vettel. Just under three laps to go.
LAP 74/78: Perez slides wide on a corner and Adrian Sutil flies through into fifth place - Perez must have some problems after that clash with Raikkonen.
LAP 72/78: Raikkonen has slipped right down into 15th after that smash, which commentators say is likely to be classified as a "racing incident" as neither driver is clearly at fault.
LAP 71/78: Perez tries to nip past the inside of Raikkonen who cuts across him and there's contact - Raikkonen has a left-rear puncture and has to come into pit.
Perez lost most of his nose cone there.
LAP 70/78: AFTER 70 LAPS, ROSBERG STILL LEADS, 2.3 SECONDS AHEAD OF VETTEL IN SECOND, WEBBER IS THIRD, HAMILTON FOURTH AND RAIKKONEN FIFTH.
LAP 67/78: SAFETY CAR OFF - a sequence of yellow flags and we're racing again.
LAP 64/78: SAFETY CAR - it's out again after Romain Grosjean inexplicably slams into the back of Daniel Ricciardo, launching on the back of the car at the Nouvelle chicane and sending both drivers off.
Grosjean and Ricciardo are both confirmed out of the race.
LAP 60/78: DOUBLE YELLOW FLAG - Two yellows at St. Devote corner, which means cars must slow down and be prepared to stop - and it seems Jules Bianchi in his Marussia has locked his brakes and spun off.
LAP 57/78: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso drifts wide on the hairpin and Force India's Adrian Sutil is straight up the inside and into seventh spot.
Alonso seemed half asleep there.
AFTER 50 LAPS, ROSBERG LEADS, VETTEL IS SECOND, WEBBER THIRD, HAMILTON FOURTH AND RAIKKONEN FIFTH.
LAP 48/78: Mark Chilton must serve a drive-through penalty for causing that crash with Pastor Maldonado.
LAP 47/78: The cars are going back around the circuit behind the safety car - it pulls off and we're racing again.
1335 GMT: A reminder that this race is taking place under the shadow of an official protest by Red Bull against Mercedes over a secret tyre test after the Barcelona Grand Prix which may have contravened Formula One regulations..
Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull, confirms an official protest has been registered.
1332 GMT: Ferrari have been told by the FIA that Fernando Alonso has to give the position back at the restart to Sergio Perez after overtaking illegally under the red flag.
1330 GMT: The race is set to restart in five minutes at 1335 GMT.
Mark Chilton is under investigation for "for causing a collision" with Maldonado.
LAP 46/78: All the cars are waiting on the grid getting running repairs and new tyres as the barriers are rebuilt.
Hamilton is out of his car and wandering around looking quite relaxed while Vettel has decided to sit tight.
LAP 46/78: RED FLAG - Pastor Maldonado crashes spectacularly into the Armco barrier causing it to block part of the track after being squeezed out by Mark Chilton.
There's debris everywhere - Maldonado said over the intercom he was ok but he has been taken to hospital as a precaution.
The race will have to be restarted again behind the safety car.
LAP 42/78: Sergio Perez overtakes McLaren teammate Jenson Button on the Nouvelle chicane with a nifty bit of driving - the Briton won't be best pleased about that.
LAP 40/78: Hamilton has a shot at overtaking Mark Webber on Rascasse - the Briton deployed KERS there for a boost and seemed to have nipped ahead but the Australian slams the door on him.
Amazing there was no contact - great driving from both men.
LAP 39/78: Nico Rosberg leads the Monaco Grand Prix as the safety car disappears into the pit-lane and they get racing again.
LAP 38/78: SAFETY CAR COMING OFF THIS LAP
LAP 35/78: The safety car is a common sight on the perilous hairpins of Monaco -- but this is the first time we've seen one in a Formula One race this season.
Massa still getting some attention - his team and his father are going down to meet him at the medical centre.
The official reason coming up from Caterham for Charles Pic's engine fire and withdrawal was "a gearbox seizure".
LAP 33/78: Massa has a neck brace on and is being attended to at the side of the track.
The cars are all bunched up behind the safety car - Hamilton has slipped back to fourth after the chaos following that crash.
Top five now reads: Rosberg, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Raikkonen.
LAP 32/78: SAFETY CAR - Felipe Massa has crashed off in a shower of sparks - replays show his front left wheel locked up on the straight and he smashed straight into the barrier and spun into the wall, just as he did in a remarkably similar incident in practice.
Massa gets out and walks away but is being attended to by a doctor - that crash was at some speed.
Sergio Perez comes straight in for a change of tyres after the crash
LAP 27/78: Force India's Paul Di Resta spots an opening on the straight and goes past Felipe Massa and into 15th place - sharp driving on a circuit notoriously hard to overtake on.
LAP 23/78: Toro Rosso's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo comes into the pits for a tyre change
Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi clash on a chicane and some damage to Bianchi's front wing.
LAP 18/78: Mercedes Rosberg still leads with a 1.5 second gap on Hamilton in second, followed in this order by Vettel, Webber, Raikkonen, Alonso, Button, Perez, Sutil, Vergne, Hulkenburg, Bottas, Ricciardo, Grosjean, Gutierrez, Massa, Di Resta, Chilton, Bianchi, Maldonado, Van der Garde.
As Pic's car was near the pit lane the stewards rolled it off without the need of a safety car.
LAP 8/78: Engine fire at the back of Charles Pic's Caterham, with flames and white smoke billowing out of the back near the swimming pool section of the track near the pit lane.
LAP 6/78: Rosberg still leads after six laps of the winding circuit completed, followed by Hamillton, Vettel, Webber, Raikkonen, Alonso, Perez and Button.
They're tightly bunched with the gap between the top six is just five and a half seconds.
LAP 1/78: Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde, Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonando sustain damage to their front wings after a hectic start and contact in the hairpin as the field bunches.
Van der Garde slammed into the back of the Williams of Maldonado whileSutil breaks part of his front wing on the left rear of Jenson Button's McLaren.
1204 GMT: GO! GO! GO! They're away in Monaco.
1201 GMT: There was rain during qualifying on Saturday but the Monaco grid is basking in resplendent sunshine and the track is dry.
1159 GMT: Hamilton, who has been outpaced by Rosberg in all three practice sessions as well as qualifying, said yesterday: "I've been struggling all weekend and my pace has been slacking.
"I've struggled with the car and this is the first time that's happened since 2005. It's been a difficult weekend so I'm happy to have been able to lock out the front row for the team. It's been a massive improvement for me."
1155 GMT: Rosberg and Hamilton, Monaco neighbours, good friends and keen rivals, qualified first and second yesterday ahead of a clearly disappointed defending triple world champion Sebastian Vettel, who was third ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber.
1140 GMT: Here are the qualifying times from yesterday's third session:
1. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1:13.876, 2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:13.967, 3. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull-Renault 1:13.980, 4. Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull-Renault 1:14.181, 5. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus-Renault 1:14.822, 6. Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1:14.824, 7. Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.138, 8. Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India-Mercedes 1:15.383, 9. Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.647, 10. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:15.703
WELCOME TO AFP'S LIVE REPORT on the 71st Monaco Grand Prix, bringing you all the thrills and spills of Formula One's most glamorous race as it happens on the French Riviera.
Mercedes German driver Nico Rosberg secured pole position in qualifying on Saturday, while his teammate, Britain's Lewis Hamilton, will start from second on the grid.
If he can wrap up victory, Rosberg will make history as the first driver to follow his father to victory in the Mediterranean principality.
His father Keke Rosberg won the race 30 years ago in 1983.
Join us here for all the action ahead of the race's scheduled start at 1200 GMT.
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