Monaco Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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Monaco Grand Prix 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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While the beauty and splendor of visiting the Circuit de Monaco is a vacation for most people, Team Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was all business Sunday, stealing the show and walking out of the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix with a momentous victory. 

Team Mercedes immediately tweeted about its momentous win:

Not only did Rosberg qualify first, he lead wire-to-wire on Sunday, winning his first Monaco Grand Prix over second-place finisher Team Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Auto racing insider Nick DeGroot breaks down just how impressive Rosberg’s victory really was:

Image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz on Instagram

All stats and standings via ESPNF1.com.

 

Full 2013 Monaco Grand Prix Results

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Pts

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

78

Winner

25

2

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

78

+3.8 secs

18

3

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

78

+6.3 secs

15

4

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

78

+13.8 secs

12

5

Adrian Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

78

+21.4 secs

10

6

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

78

+23.1 secs

8

7

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

78

+26.7 secs

6

8

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

78

+27.2 secs

4

9

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

78

+27.6 secs

2

10

Kimiikkönen

Lotus-Renault

78

+36.5 secs

1

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Sauber-Ferrari

78

+42.5 secs

 

12

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Renault

78

+42.6 secs

 

13

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

78

+43.2 secs

 

14

Max Chilton

Marussia-Cosworth

78

+49.8 secs

 

15

Giedo van der Garde

Caterham-Renault

78

+62.5 secs

 

16

Sergio Perez

McLaren-Mercedes

72

+6 Laps

 

Ret

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

63

+15 Laps

 

Ret

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

61

+17 Laps

 

Ret

Jules Bianchi

Marussia-Cosworth

58

+20 Laps

 

Ret

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

44

+34 Laps

 

Ret

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

28

+50 Laps

 

Ret

Charles Pic

Caterham-Renault

7

+71 Laps

 

 

With a field full of former world champions and Monaco winners, Rosberg's victory is made even more impressive with the incredible competition he faced Sunday. Not only was Rosberg the top qualifier (1:13.876), the son of a Monaco champion was able to hold off the hard-charging Vettel throughout the day.

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Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton started in second place, but after a poor pit decision, fell to fourth overall. It was there that Hamilton battled Team Red Bull's Mark Webber engaged in an amazing battle that was highlighted throughout the day.

Team Force India's Adrian Sutil rounded out the top five. After Sutil's finish, his team took to Twitter to congratulate their drivers on another stellar finish for the underdog team:

Add in the madness that was the way Team McLaren's Sergio Perez raced at Monaco (made enough heart-stopping passes to satisfy every racing fans), and this was an exciting edition of the prestigious race.

In one of the more brutal incidents of the race, Brazil’s Felipe Massa from Team Ferrari crashed almost identically to the way he did during Saturday’s practice, causing the safety car to hit the track and slow the field.

ESPN’s F1 Twitter account updated the fans on just how injured Massa was after the accident:

Photo via @MonteCarloSBM

That wasn’t the last crash of the race, though, as the red flag was brought out on Lap 46 when Max Chilton tried to pass Pastor Maldonado and ran him directly into the wall. The accident ripped the safety barrier away from the wall, forcing the track to red flag the action.

F1 insider Gary Hartstein talked about the safety of the track and the walls that allowed Maldonado to get out of his destroyed car unscathed.

There was another safety car period with just under 20 laps left in the race, and with the field bunched backed up, the remainder of the race was as intense as an Formula fan would have hoped.

With passes coming fast in furious throughout the field, this was an amazing Monaco Grand Prix.

 

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2013 F1 Championship Standings

1.

Sebastian Vettel

107

2.

Kimiikkönen

86

3.

Fernando Alonso

78

4.

Lewis Hamilton

62

5.

Mark Webber

57

6.

Nico Rosberg

47

7.

Felipe Massa

45

8.

Paul di Resta

28

9.

Romain Grosjean

26

10.

Jenson Button

25

11.

Adrian Sutil

16

12.

Sergio Perez

12

13.

Daniel Ricciardo

7

14.

Nico Hülkenberg

5

15.

Jean-Éric Vergne

5 

 

Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Sebastian Vettel and David Hasselhoff

After another wild race on the streets on Monaco, the beauty and historical importance of Sunday’s event proves once again just how special the Formula 1’s visit to this track is to the auto-racing world.

The F1 series is back to work in two weeks when the 2013 Grand Prix Du Canada—Sunday, June 9—comes live from Montreal in another exciting event.

With so much hype around the Monaco race, the excitement around the next race has hardcore and casual Formula 1 fans ready for the on-and-off track action.

 

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