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Double delight for Red Bull in Monaco as Vettel extends championship lead

The Red Bull team did what they do best as Sebastian Vettel finished runner-up to Nico Rosberg in Monaco while Mark Webber was at his efficient best as the Aussie finished on the final step of the podium in 3rd place. The double podium finish was the icing on the cake as by virtue of the result the Red Bull team extends its lead atop the constructors’ standings whilst Vettel also leads Kimi Raikkonen by 22 points in the chase for the drivers’ championship.

The start of the race saw the Red Bull drivers holding onto their qualifying positions as Vettel was running in 3rd place whilst Webber was running in 4th place. With the Mercedes duo upfront dictating the pace of the race, the opening laps of the race were at best run at slow pace.

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Raikkonen salvages a point for Lotus in Monaco

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he Enstone based Lotus outfit endured a disappointing weekend in Monaco as Kimi Raikkonen was the lone driver to finish in the points in 10th place. The Iceman was running in the top 5 for the majority of the race but a late incident with the McLaren of Sergio Perez saw his hopes of a top 5 finish evaporate instantly. However, the former Champion made a late dash to the finish line to claim the final championship point.

Romain Grosjean was running outside the points scoring positions throughout the afternoon, but his race came to a premature end as the Franco Swiss driver collided with the rear-end of the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo under heavy braking for the chicane. This incident forced the Lotus team to wheel back his Lotus E21 safely back into the garage.

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Rosberg romps to victory at Monaco for Mercedes; Hamilton narrowly misses out on a podium finish

Nico Rosberg cruised to take victory on the legendary streets of Monaco to kick-start his season following a string of mediocre performances, where he finished outside the top 5 in previous events. The Mercedes driver, who achieved his first win of the season, dominated the race to repeat the victory of father Keke Rosberg 30 years ago.

Lewis Hamilton narrowly missed out on a podium finish as the British ace could not recover the positions he lost to the Red Bulls during the safety car period. The former champion had to settle for 4th place in a weekend where the Silver Arrows were the class of the field.

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Ferrari disappoint in Monaco with lackluster performance

The Scuderia Ferrari team endured a disappointing weekend in Monaco as Fernando Alonso was the lone Ferrari driver to finish in the points scoring positions in a lowly 7th place. Felipe Massa’s race was effectively ruined following his heavy shunt in Free Practice 3 on Saturday right before qualifying as the accident prevented his participation in qualifying. The Brazilian however wrecked his Ferrari at Sainte Devote for the second time this weekend which effectively ended his race.

The beginning of the race saw Alonso get off to a clean start but could not make up ground on the rest of the field as he continued to remain in 6th place. Massa could not make much headway up the field as the Brazilian was seen running in 16th place before the first round of pit-stops.

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Classy Rosberg strolls to victory in chaotic Monaco Grand Prix, Red Bulls complete the Podium

 

Nico Rosberg oozed class as he romped to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix to finally get the monkey off his back, as he converted his scintillating pole position into victory on the legendary streets. The victory meant Rosberg is now the only-second generation winner in the Principality, following his father Keke Rosberg’s victory during the 1983 season.

On a chaotic afternoon in the Principality, which began with the Red Bull team lodging a formal protest with the FIA against the Mercedes team for conducting a test in Spain after the race with tyre manufacturers Pirelli, an eventful race followed which was marked by two safety car periods and a brief halt owing to a red flag.

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Scintillating Rosberg leads Mercedes front-row lockout in Monaco

Nico Rosberg had sent an ominous warning to his rivals this weekend in Monaco by making a clean sweep of all the 3 Free Practice sessions, thereby threatening to claim a third successive pole position of the 2013 season.  The German was the man to beat over the course of a single lap after romping to pole in Bahrain and Spain, but the Mercedes driver lived up to pre-qualifying expectations, as he was in a class of his own, as he wrapped up a third consecutive pole position of the season for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton lines up right alongside his teammate in 2nd place as Rosberg’s pole position is Mercedes’ 4th consecutive pole position as a constructor. The second row is an all Red Bull row, as Vettel lines up in 3rd place ahead of his teammate Webber.

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Unstoppable Rosberg quickest in dramatic Final Practice session in Monaco

Nico Rosberg demonstrated his raw pace as the German driver after dominating Thursday’s running continued where he left off as he topped the final Practice session in Monte Carlo to complete a clean sweep of Free Practice sessions this weekend. The German’s best effort- a 1:14.378 effort was a massive 0.6s up over 2nd placed Lotus ace Romain Grosjean who continued his love affair with the barriers at Ste Devote as the Franco-Swiss driver drove right into the barriers with just seconds remaining in the session.

Sebastian Vettel rounded off the top 3 for Red Bull as race winner in Spain last time around, Fernando Alonso ended the session 4th fastest- nearly a second off Rosberg’s best effort. Lewis Hamilton rounded off the top 5 in his Mercedes ahead of fellow big-guns such as Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber.

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