The big story of the race was the fantastic performance from Mercedes and, the race winner, Nico Rosberg. I have spoken about the very poor race pace of the Mercedes cars and also hinted at the fact that Nico and Lewis might have had the chance to hold the others behind them, around the tight streets of Monte Carlo. Far from that, they showed some very good pace, with Nico finishing the race a good distance ahead of the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton may have come in behind Rosberg, but for his poor luck during the first safety car period. He pitted with his team mate, on lap 30, after Massa had a massive smash on the first corner and the safety car was deployed. Nico Rosberg was able to leave the pits in to first place again, whilst Lewis Hamilton was released in to fourth, the two Mercedes cars split by the Red Bulls.
As to that drama at the front, things remained pretty much the same for the rest of the race. It was further back that things really got messy. It was back around fifth and then down the order that drivers were dicing and taking wild lunges at their rivals. Amazingly, one of the drivers in the limelight was Sergio Perez. I say amazingly because most of his crazy passing attempts were down in to the Nouvelle chicane, where a few years ago he had a huge crash in a Sauber. He had run ins with Button, Alonso and eventually came to grief when he went a step to far against Kimi Raikonnen and caused fatal damage to his own car.
Adrian Sutil flew the flag for Force India this weekend, taking similar risks to Perez, but ultimately being more successful. He managed to finish fifth and continues Force India's great season. Di Resta didn't fair too badly either, finishing in ninth place, just behind the battling pack that Sutil led over the line. Overall, it was a race of cagey and tightly strung processions, pock marked with short periods of high action and high risk. Plenty of incident, plenty of great racing and, thankfully, no rain; a thoroughly enjoyable Monaco Grand Prix.
Full Race result:
|2.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||+3.800|
|3.||Mark Webber||Red Bull||+6.300|
|5.||Adrian Sutil||Force India||+21.400|
|8.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||+27.200|
|9.||Paul di Resta||Force India||+27.600|
|15.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham||+1:02.500|
|Did not finish|
|16.||Sergio Perez||McLaren||+6 Laps|
|17.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus||+15 Laps|
|18.||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||+17 Laps|
|19.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia||+20 Laps|
|20.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams||+34 Laps|
|21.||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||+50 Laps|
|22.||Charles Pic||Caterham||+71 Laps|