Monaco Grand Prix as it happened

Text and video highlights of the Monaco Grand Prix from Monte Carlo, where Mercedes' Nico Rosberg has won.

26 May 2013 Last updated at 17:37

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As it happened

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    Nico Rosberg

    But today belongs to one man - Nico Rosberg, winner of the Monaco Grand Prix. It was his second career success and first of the season.

    Will the German have a car capable of competing for the championship? Have Mercedes started to overcome their tyre issues? Will Lewis Hamilton bounce back after being convincingly beaten by his team-mate? You'll have to join me in a couple of week's time.

    I'll be back at 1430 BST on Friday 7 June to bring you live coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a track that Hamilton secured his first F1 win at. Until then, it's good afternoon from me. See ya.

  2. 1630: 

    Before I go, I've just heard an interview by Suzi Perry with Jenson Button where the McLaren driver said he "had no problem" with his team-mate Sergio Perez's overtaking move.

  3. 1626: 

    We'll also have the highlights on BBC One at 1735 BST plus all the best video interviews and incidents online.

  4. 1622: 

    There are a fair few decisions to come out of the stewards' office this evening, including the result of Ferrari and Red Bull's protest of Mercedes' tyre test, so do keep an eye out on the F1 pages for all the latest.

  5. 1618: 

    Well that's just about it from me. All in all, I think we were treated to a rather good motor race on the streets of Monte Carlo. Thanks for your company and contributions, as always - you've been wonderful.


    Williams development driver and wife of Mercedes motorsport director Susie Wolff: A tough weekend for us at Williams but I'm a very very proud wife.

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    And here's the top six in the constructors' championship:

    1. Red Bull 164

    2. Ferrari 123

    3. Lotus 112

    4. Mercedes 109

    5. Force India 44

    6. McLaren 37

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    Here's how the top 10 looks in the drivers' standings:

    1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 107

    2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 86

    3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 78

    4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 62

    5. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 57

    6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 47

    7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 45

    8. Paul di Resta (Britain) Force India 28

    9. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 26

    10. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 25

  9. 1602: 

    Well that was a pretty incident-packed race, wasn't it? Here's Andrew Benson's race report which sums it up nicely. I also highly recommend tuning into BBC One at 1735 BST to watch our highlights show with Suzi Perry in the team.

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    Bit of news to bring you away from the race. Red Bull's sister team Toro Rosso will switch from Ferrari to Renault engines from next season. It's a three-year deal and brings them in line with Red Bull who also use Renault power.

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    Kimi Raikkonen needs to go and see the stewards because he set a time below the minimum time required when the safety car is out.

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    1) Rosberg 2) Vettel 3) Webber 4) Hamilton 5) Sutil 6) Button 7) Alonso 8)Vergne 9) Di Resta 10) Raikkonen

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Bottas 13) Gutierrez 14) Chilton 15) Van der Garde 16) Perez

    Not classified:

    Grosjean, Ricciardo, Bianchi, Maldonado, Massa and Pic.


    Stephen Dixon: Best race of the year so far.

    Nico Rosberg

    The final word from Mercedes' driver Nico Rosberg: "I'm extremely happy to win this race. We've had such a difficult time the last couple races and droppig back so much. That was a little bit in back of mind but it was OK. I hope this is going to last. Today, the team gave me a great car. It's really fantastic to see how much they have been able to improve in a short space of time. This track suited us anyway."


    Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who finished third: "Congratulations to Nico, it's a special place to win. It was a seamless weekend. For us we knew it was a bit against us but we got a good start. It was sod's law that it was a short first corner. After that it was about saving the tyres. It was completely predictable. It was nice to get past Lewis and we will take that position. It was difficult at the restart but in general it was just driving around and saving the tyres."


    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who finished second: "Overall I'm happy and pleased with the result, we know it's difficult to overtake here. Congratulations to Nico, he had the pace and the tyres. We had a fantastic start but there was no room to overtake and I had to lift. I was surprised by the slow pace of the opening laps. you expect two silver arrows in front of you and we had two buses in front going for a slow cruise. They had a strategy but we did well to get past Lewis. I think we can be happy with the result. It was a good job by the team."


    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who finished first: "It's amazing. This is my home, I've grown up here all my life and it's really special. The whole weekend went perfectly. I had a terrible start and I was close with Sebastian and Lewis but after that I controlled the pace. The car was really good, the tyres held on OK and that was really the key, so a massive thanks to the team. I'm ecstatic."

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    Time to hear from the top three drivers...

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    Sebastian Vettel may not have won the race, but he did extend his lead over Kimi Raikkonen to 21 points in the drivers' standings. Fernando Alonso is a further eight points adrift. Red Bull have moved further clear at the top of the constructors' too. They now hold a 41-point lead over Ferrari.

  20. 1538: 

    I mentioned that Kimi Raikkonen's remarkable job to rescue 10th place and a single point. Well that extends his run in the points to 23 races, one behind Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 24.

  21. 1535: 

    Nico Rosberg has become the first son of a former Monaco GP winner to finish on the top step of the podium of F1's blue-riband event.


    Force India: Who says you can't overtake in Monaco? Adrian and Paul produced an amazing series of moves. Brilliant stuff, guys!


    Mercedes: YES YES YES!! Great race from the boys, Nico wins his "Grand Prix at home"! Good job from Lewis, P4 in the end, sadly missing the podium.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It's a wonderful feeling, it's one of the best feelings of the season if you can win this Grand Prix."

  25. 1530: 

    Let the celebrations begin as Nico Rosberg sprays his team with champagne and then takes a swig of the bubbly stuff.

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    The stars align as Nico Rosberg wins the Monaco Grand Prix 30 years after his father Keke did exactly that in a Williams.

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    Nico Rosberg receives his trophy - which is a bronze layout of the Monaco Grand Prix - raising it aloft in slow motion. I reckon that'll have pride of place on the mantelpiece.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lotus are under threat from Mercedes. It's been a fantastic day for Nico. Isn't the podium here in Monaco so special with everyone there to celebrate with the driver?"

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    Jenson Button takes sixth, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, Paul di Resta and remarkably Kimi Raikkonen, who makes up three positions on the last lap. How vital could that point be in the drivers' championship? It also maintain's the Finn's sensational run of points finishes.

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    Sebastian Vettel takes second ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton is fourth with Adrian Sutil fifth for Force India's best ever finish in Monaco.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Great, great drive from Nico. He's been supreme all weekend."


    Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn: "Very well done Nico, a fantastic job. With all the incidents going on, you judged it perfectly."


    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg on the team radio: "Yesssss! Come on! I can't believe it. The car has been awesome. Thank you, it's been very special for me today."

    Monaco GP 2013

    Nico Rosberg wins the Monaco Grand Prix.

    LAP 78

    Sebastian Vettel's race engineer tells him to be careful after he sets that fastest lap, adding that he doesn't get any points for doing so. Vettel replies: "Just satisfaction". Meanwhile, race leader Nico Rosberg starts his final lap.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I'm going to say something I will probably regret: this is rubbish."

    LAP 77

    Sebastian Vettel clocks the fastest lap of the race - a 1:16.577 - which is two seconds quicker than the previous fastest lap.

    LAP 76

    Kimi Raikkonen is up to 13th, and is just one second away from 10th - but it's going to be tough to make up three places and rescue a point with just two laps remaining.


    Ed Stockton: "Everyone is too afraid to attack/overtake due to tyre degradation. Not what F1 is about."

    Dave Morgan: "How many times do Grosjean & Maldonado have to cause & be involved in accidents before it becomes serious enough to take action?"

    Shivansh Kariwala: Vettel's championship situation gets better and better.

    LAP 75

    So Nico Rosberg leads by 4.4 seconds from Sebastian Vettel, with Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil completing the top five.

    LAP 73

    Sergio Perez clearly has damage. He's so slow out of the penultimate corner and Adrian Sutil takes advantage, climbing up to fifth. Perez tries to enter the pits, but he can't because team-mate Jenson Button puts a pass on him, blocking his path. The Mexican therefore has no choice but to park the car in the escape road on at the final corner.

    LAP 72

    Sergio Perez is really holding the field up as he laps two seconds slower than the leaders. We've got quite a train of cars forming here.

    LAP 71

    Jenson Button passes Fernando Alonso on the penultimate corner for seventh as the field gets bunched up by Sergio Perez who is struggling with damage in fifth place.

    LAP 70

    Kimi Raikkonen pits and takes on new tyres - it could be that he picked up a puncture. And because the field is so bunched up, the Finn rejoins 16th and last. Bad news for his championship challenge. Before this race, he was just four points behind leader Vettel.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It would be interesting to see the stewards' view of that. Will they need to review it after the race?

    LAP 69

    Sergio Perez tries an ambitious move down at the hairpin, but there's not enough space and Kimi Raikkonen closes the door. Perez hits the barrier and then Raikkonen, which rips bits of bodywork off the Lotus. That's massively disappointing for Raikkonen whose run of points finishes could be about to come to an end.

    LAP 68

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton reports that his left front is graining heavily. That's bad news for the Brit with 10 laps still remaining.

    LAP 67

    It's another electric start from Nico Rosberg who scurries off into the distance with Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton around a second behind already.

    LAP 66

    The lights on the safety car have gone out which means we're about to get back under way in Monaco.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Adrian Sutil has been fantastic. You need to have confidence with the steering lock on the hairpin. The majority of overtaking manoeuvres have gone to Force India so well done to them."


    Kimi Raikkonen's race engineer on the team radio: "We're losing water from the engine as it is too hot."

    LAP 65

    Romain Grosjean comes into the pits to retire his Lotus car. Meanwhile, we hear that the incident between Grosjean and Daniel Ricciardo is under investigation.

    LAP 65

    Nico Rosberg sees his advantage disappear as the safety car backs up the field. The marshals are once again doing a super job of clearing up the circuit and we should be back under way shortly.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Once again a close race will become even closer."

    LAP 64

    The safety car is out to deal with the debris on the exit of the tunnel. Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo is well off track on an escape road.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Grosjean was looking good but has now had four crashes this weekend. It just goes to show speed is not enough, you need to be able to finish the races you are not in. He's done a lot of damage and I don't think Lotus are flush with money. They don't expect four crashes."

    LAP 63

    Romain Grosjean has his fourth crash of the weekend as he smashes into the back of Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo coming out of the tunnel. The Frenchman is doing himself no favours.

    LAP 62

    Nico Rosberg has extended his lead over the rest of the field to four seconds. Could the German be on his way to his second career victory? Sixteen laps remaining.

    LAP 60

    Jules Bianchi is in the barriers in at Sainte Devote after locking his front wheels. It's not as big an impact as Felipe Massa earlier on, but the Frenchman is still out of the race.

    LAP 58

    Sergio Perez is made aware by his team that Adrian Sutil has passed two two cars into Loews hairpin so he should be wary of the German attempting a similar move on him.

    LAP 57

    Fernando Alonso leaves the door wide open at the hairpin and Adrian Sutil says thank you very much. It's P7 for Sutil now, with Alonso demoted to eighth. It's very strange that Alonso appeared not to defend the position.

    LAP 56

    Nico Rosberg has increased his lead to 3.1 seconds over Sebastian Vettel in second, with Mark Webber just 0.7 seconds behind.


    Williams driver Pastor Maldonado, who retired: "I'm OK, just some concussion, it was a big impact. I'm disappointed as the race is still going. I was surprised that Max Chilton crossed me, he crossed my way."

    LAP 55

    Adrian Sutil is looking racey, trying a move around the outside of Fernando Alonso at the hairpin, but the Spaniard is wise to the move and keeps the inside line to maintain position.


    Sergio Perez's race engineer on the team radio: "This level of time management is really good, let's keep this going till the end."

    LAP 53

    Sergio Perez has a go at Kimi Raikkonen at the chicane. Brave stuff from the Mexican, however both drivers are forced to cut the chicane and keep position.

    LAP 52

    Adrian Sutil sticks his Force India down the inside of Jenson Button's McLaren at the hairpin for eighth place. Decent move from the German.

    LAP 50

    Lewis Hamilton keeps having a look at Mark Webber, but the Australian is a pro and has the lines well covered. Meanwhile up front, Nico Rosberg is running nicely at the front, leading Sebastian Vettel by 1.4 seconds.

    Monaco GP 2013

    Here's what the race suspension was all about. The barrier became detached after Maldonado's Williams piled into it. The Venezuelan said afterwards: "I feel OK, it was scary - Chilton crossed my line. It was very dangerous."


    Ali Juma: Monaco is my favourite Grand Prix but the red flags ruins the flow.

    Jamie Fewery: It's hard to maintain any interest in a tyre saving competition. Akin to footballers not running to protect their studs.

    Andrew Priestley: The marshals at Monaco are absolutely brilliant. They turn absolute carnage back to normality in a matter of minutes. Hats off lads.

    LAP 49

    Fernando Alonso tries a move around the outside of Sergio Perez at the first corner, but he can't make it stick. Meanwhile up front, Lewis Hamilton is really hustling Mark Webber in the battle for third place.

    LAP 48

    Max Chilton has been given a drive-through penalty for causing the collision with Pastor Maldonado.

    LAP 48

    The deed has been done as Fernando Alonso lets Sergio Perez through for sixth place. Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, backs up the field beautifully and then gets back on the power to lead the field across the line with a decent gap to Sebastian Vettel. Everyone gets through Turn One unharmed.


    Fernando Alonso's race engineer on the team radio: "We will give the position back after the safety car."

    LAP 47

    We're back under way in Monaco, with the safety car leading the field away. We're also hearing that Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg have started on the super-soft tyres, while everyone else has gone for the more durable soft tyres.

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    The grid is starting to clear and off come the tyre blankets. Rosberg, Vettel and Webber have gone for the super-soft tyres.


    Ferrari: Chicane cut to avoid a collision, but Alonso will have to give back a position to Perez after he tried overtaking at the tunnel exit.

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    McLaren's Jenson Button asks his team what his rivals are doing in terms of strategy to which his race engineer replies: "Checo is on options, and we think everybody else will do the same."

  79. 1430: 

    The race will restart at 1435 BST.

    Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 chief analyst

    "No-one really gave Nico Rosberg a chance to win this but what he has done so far has been spectacular. There's a lot of people who want to see him win this race. He is a very cool customer, he has grown up in this world. He comes from a family that understands motor racing. He has survived years with Michael Schumacher as well!"


    McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh: "It's clear that Fernando will have to give his place up when the race gets going. From what I understand it the FIA have given him that message he will have to give the place back."

    On whether he will ask his two drivers to calm it down: "No, they're racing and I don't want Checo to be any calmer around Fernando or anyone else - if he's in the mood, let him have a go at Kimi and the others."

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    Sergio Perez is told over team radio that Ferrari have been told that Fernando Alonso needs to give the position back. Over at Ferrari, radio conversations suggest the team and the FIA are discussing how they will go about giving the position to Perez.

    They are referring to an earlier incident when Fernando Alonso cut teh chicane to avoid making contact when Sergio Perez tried a move down the inside. BBC co-commentator David Coulthard thinks the decision is "harsh".


    Jack: It speaks volumes of the safety within F1, that Maldonado was able to jump out of that wreck and walk away.

    Steven Hall: Red flag in the F1. I love this sport but hate it when this happens. Glad everyone is safe!

    Andrew Simmonds: FIA should not let teams change tyres on a red flag.

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    Lots of activity on the grid at the moment, with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in deep conversation with their respective engineers as they plot the restart. Meanwhile, the marshals are doing a great job at clearing up the debris over at Tabac.


    Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: "The red flag will help everyone at the front. The wear has been the limiting factor. Some people were looking for a one stop when they set out but now the safety car and red flag means they will all be on the same strategy. I think the top three will finish as they are now."


    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It's like a high speed train at the moment. Can we win this race? We'll give it a good go. Everyone is trying to protect the tyres. This stoppage will neutralise the race."

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    The cars have all lined up on the grid in the positions they were in when the red flag came out. That leaves Nico Rosberg in P1 ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Teams are allowed to change tyres so there will be calculations being made now to see if they can get to the end of the race - so 33 laps - on one set of tyres.


    Race stopped following crash with Maldonado, Chilton and Bianchi. Cars line up on grid as barrier is repaired. Rosberg leads from Vettel. Hamilton down to fourth following the safety car from Felipe Massa's heavy shunt. Mercedes tyres holding out. Button complains about McLaren team-mate Perez's driving. Charles Pic retires his Caterham following an engine fire. 1 Rosberg 2 Vettel 3 Webber 4 Hamilton 5 Raikkonen 6 Alonso 7 Perez 8 Button 9 Sutil 10 Vergne

    LAP 46

    Pastor Maldonado is out of the car and looks OK as he begins the walk back to the pits. Chilton managed to continue while Bianchi headed to the pits with a damaged nose.

    LAP 46

    We've got a red flag, as the impact of the crash has spat the barrier out onto the track, and created a blockage. Replays show that Max Chilton moves across on Pastor Maldonado sending the Williams smashing into the barriers. Jules Bianchi got caught up in the incident, too, damaging his nose in hitting an out of control Maldonado.

    LAP 46

    Monster crash down at Turn 16 involving Pastor Maldonado and Max Chilton.

    LAP 44

    Crikey, Sergio Perez is really on it at the moment. The Mexican tries a move on Fernando Alonso at the chicane. It's a bit late and to avoid contact, Alonso cuts the chicane and we're as you were.


    Jenson Button over team radio: "Is everything OK with the nose? I stabbed Fernando at the hairpin."


    Jacques: Will this race be finished within the two hour time limit?

    David Phillips: I want to see a car race not a game of chess!

    Coldfusion: How is Lewis Hamilton always so unlucky with things like "safety cars"? Gone from second to fourth :-(

    LAP 42

    It's all kicking off down at the hairpin again. Fernando Alonso tries a move around the outside of Kimi Raikkonen for fifth, but that leaves the door open for Jenson Button. The McLaren tries a move, but taps the back of Alonso. Both hold position, but Button loses momentum and that allows team-mate Sergio Perez to put a bold move on him at the chicane. Brilliant move from the Mexican there for P7. I'd love to hear Button's radio after that incident.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was beautiful driving by both drivers. Hamilton at his best and nearly caught Webber napping. If he had pulled that off we would say that is something we would never have seen before."

    LAP 41

    Lewis Hamilton tries a move on Mark Webber down at Rascasse in the battle for third. Webber gives him space, but then squeezes him out into the final corner and we're as you were. Great driving from both.

    LAP 40

    Sebastian Vettel's race engineer tells him to maintain position, adding that Mercedes are not marginal on tyre-wear. What a turnaround, eh?

    LAP 39

    It's a textbook restart from Nico Rosberg who blasts away at the front, leaving Sebastian Vettel in his wake. Good stuff from the German. Lewis Hamilton has a look at Mark Webber for third, while Fernando Alonso tries his luck against Kimi Raikkonen - but they can't make it happen.

    LAP 38

    Nico Rosberg backs the field up and then puts the hammer down to get this motor race back under way.

    LAP 38

    Hold onto your hats, folks. The safety car is coming in this lap.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "The winners following that safety car are Vettel and Webber. Lewis is the loser, but it was dictated by the safety car just coming out at the wrong time for Mercedes."

    LAP 36

    The safety car stays out for another lap. Felipe Massa's Ferrari has been moved behind the barriers, but the medical car is still down there as they attend to Massa.

    LAP 35

    The safety car is still out and we're now waiting for Giedo van der Garde in the Caterham to weave his way through the field so he can rejoin at the back.

    LAP 34

    You'd have to say that this race is back on now, with Nico Rosberg no longer having the luxury of Lewis Hamilton as his wingman in second. Sebastian Vettel will fancy his chances of victory here.

    Meanwhile, Rosberg's race engineer reminds him that he will control the pace when the safety car's lights go out - so he basically needs to back the field up and then put the hammer down to try and build a gap early on.

    LAP 33

    The safety car's lights are still on, which means it won't be pulling in at the end of this lap. Nico Rosberg heads Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "There's a lot of medical staff around Massa. I spoke to him yesterday after his accident and he said he was very sore then. He'll be even more sore now."

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "It's Groundhog Day - it's exactly the same accident he had during practice. He's got a collar around his neck, now, which nobody wants to see."

    LAP 32

    Nico Rosberg pits the next lap around, but have they left it too late? The German gets out just ahead of Sebastian Vettel, but Lewis Hamilton isn't so lucky and he rejoins fourth, behind Vettel and Mark Webber.


    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "Massa said after free practice there was a bump and he was taken off the ground. He had a very stiff neck and could not turn it this morning so that's why they are taking precautions."

    LAP 31

    It's our first sight of the safety car this season, as the marshals work to clear the track. Felipe Massa, meanwhile, is attended to by the medical team and Sebastian Vettel dives into the pits.

    LAP 30

    Huge impact for Felipe Massa down at Turn One. The Ferrari driver crashes heavily in a carbon copy of his accident in third practice.

    LAP 29

    Fernando Alonso pits and rejoins just behind the Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "It looks like Mercedes are on a one stop. They just have to look at the lap times. Every lap they can do now is one less on the new tyres."

    LAP 28

    Paul di Resta is flying, the Scot passing Esteban Gutierrez around the outside at Turn One, just like he did to Felipe Massa. That's P14 for the Scot.

    LAP 27

    Kimi Raikkonen pits for a new set of boots, which promotes Fernando Alonso to fourth. Felipe Massa is in for new tyres, too.


    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "Mark Webber, when he pitted last year on 29 laps, said he had to nurse his tyres for 72. I think it's a two stopper."

    LAP 26

    Beautiful move from Paul di Resta who uses DRS to boldly pass Felipe Massa around the outside at Turn One for 15th.

    LAP 25

    In comes Mark Webber from fourth place. That's quite early for a one stop strategy. Is he going for a two stopper then? The good news for the Australian is that he's come out in clear air.

    LAP 24

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are told they can up the pace by 0.5 and 0.6 seconds respectively to respond to the pace of their rivals.

    LAP 23

    It looks likes Fernando Alonso has been saving his tyres, which accounts for his early slow pace, because he's now right on the back of Kimi Raikkonen in fifth and just eight seconds behind leader Nico Rosberg.


    Josh Cobb: "Pace management" a phrase always welcome during an F1 race. Said no one ever.

    Ash Summerfield: I think my econometrics revision is more exciting than the Monaco F1 right now.

    Matt Greenwood: You can't expect Perez to act like a second driver, he's at McLaren because he is a quick driver. Not as Jenson's No.2.

    LAP 22

    In comes Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo for a new set of boots. He started on the harder compound tyres, so it looks like he's doing a two-stopper if he's come in this early.

    LAP 21

    Nico Rosberg is told that he needs to start upping the pace to build a bit of a gap before the first run of pit stops for the race leaders. The Mercedes drivers are lapping in the low 1m21s now, so the pace is about a second quicker than it has been so far.

    LAP 20

    Paul di Resta is making some progress at the back, the Force India driver passing both Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton to rise up into 17th, 1.3 seconds behind the Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

    LAP 18

    Race leader Nico Rosberg has extended his advantage to two seconds over Lewis Hamilton, with Sebastian Vettel a further 2.3 seconds behind. We've just seen Rosberg go through the tunnel flat but braking very early for chicane to protect the tyres.


    Sahara Force India: Paul overtakes Bianchi for P18, quite possibly the first overtaking move we have seen all afternoon.

    Monaco GP 2013

    Remarkably, everyone got through Turn One at the start without any incident.


    Mike Lawrence: All we're hearing on race radio is "save the tyres". It's not good when every driver is more concerned about tyres than overtaking.

    Kris Georgiev: If Vettel doesn't pick this up and take the lead I will be very very disappointed ! We can't have Hamilton winning this!

    Alex Ampaabeng: All going well for Mercedes but I think for a win, they need one driver to hold the pack. Hope they don't throw away such a chance.

    LAP 16

    The top five - Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber and Raikkonen, are split by just seven seconds with Alonso 4.2 seconds further back. The Spaniard looks to be heading a bit of a 'Trulli-train' here. Jarno Trulli infamously used to hold up the field in his Toyota during the mid-noughties following his blistering qualifying pace.


    Rosberg leads team-mate Hamilton by 1.5 seconds. Button complains about McLaren team-mate Perez's driving. Charles Pic retires his Caterham following an engine fire. 1 Rosberg 2 Hamilton 3 Vettel 4 Webber 5 Raikkonen 6 Alonso 7 Button 8 Perez 9 Sutil 10 Vergne

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Could this by one of the slowest starts ever to a Monaco Grand Prix?"

    LAP 15

    The field is remarkably closely bunched at the moment, with the top 16 cars covered by less than 20 seconds. It's not often you can say that after 15 laps of a grand prix.

    LAP 13

    Nico Rosberg is not pulling away at the front, the German leading by just 1.6 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with Sebastian Vettel a further 2.3 seconds adrift.


    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "The reason Bianchi stalled on the grid was because he found the wrong gear."

    LAP 12

    Ferrari's Felipe Massa is told to look after his tyres as he's going to have to run longer than anticipated in this stint. The Brazilian is 16th, stuck behind the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez.


    Jenson Button's race engineer on team radio: "Alonso's pace is not very good, let's put him under some pressure."

    LAP 10

    In comes Paul di Resta for a set of soft tyres so it looks like a two-stop strategy for the Force India driver. Meanwhile, Jenson Button is ahead of McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez. Did the Mexican concede the position after twice cutting the chicane in defence of his position?


    Bibhash Dash: Van Der Garde! What a drive. Comes back from a broken wing to set fastest lap so far. Fair play son, fair play.

    Dev Lad: It's an absolute madness from the McLaren lads racing each other wheels to wheels. Perez has to start acting more like a second driver.

    Arthur Moore: Who's going to jump in the pit first? Decision time.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That incident is near the pit lane, we should not need a safety car."


    Caterham's Charles Pic's race is over as he rolls to a stop at the exit of the pit lane. He makes a sharp exit as the rear of the car catches on fire, creating a plume of smoke at the final sequence of corners.


    Britain's Paul di Resta had a decent start, making up two places on his grid position to run 15th, 0.5 seconds behind the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Jenson Button, meanwhile, is having to work super hard to hold off Adrian Sutil in the Force India.


    Giedo van der Garde sets the fastest lap of the race in the Caterham, but he's already 46 seconds behind race leader Nico Rosberg. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel has dropped back a bit from Lewis Hamilton in the battle for second while Sergio Perez has built a gap on McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.


    Jenson Button over team radio complaining about team-mate Sergio Perez: "He cut the chicane. He's got to stop turning in on me guys."


    Behind the front three, Mark Webber is fourth, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez. Valtteri Bottas is running well in the Williams in 12th, while further back, Felipe Massa isn't making much progress in the Ferrari. He's 18th and stuck behind the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez.


    Sebastian Vettel is all over the back of Lewis Hamilton in the battle of second place, but Hamilton is doing a very good job in defence. That allows Nico Rosberg to run comfortably up front and nurse his tyres. The German is playing the long game here.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg is trying to be really careful with his tyres and getting the maximum amount he can out of them."


    Pastor Maldonado and Giedo van der Garde are in the pits for repairs. While out on track, Sergio Perez outbrakes himself and cuts the chicane. The Mexican is running seventh, and has just set the fastest lap, behind Fernando Alonso but ahead of his team-mate Jenson Button.


    It's all kicked off the hairpin, as the field bunch up to negotiate the corner. Giedo van der Garde clatters into the back of the Williams of Pastor Maldonado while Adrian Sutil breaks part of his front wing on the left rear of Jenson Button's McLaren.


    The light go out and we're away in Monte Carlo! It's a brilliant start from Nico Rosberg who gets clean away at the start. Sebastian Vettel has a stab at Lewis Hamilton, but the Mercedes driver has it covered and they maintain position.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Anything can happen with the safety car, but you cannot go into the race banking on it. You have to be alive to it when it happens."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This has to be Mercedes' best chance. Rosberg must rely on his team-mate, I have to believe Mercedes will rely on team orders."

  153. 1300: 

    It's almost time, folks. Nico Rosberg leads the field away from the grid to start the formation lap. It's bad news for Jules Bianchi, though, as he fails to get away. Out come the Marussia boys to push him through a gap in the pit wall so they can try and get him ready to start from the pit lane.

  154. 1255: 

    We may have had rain during qualifying on Saturday, but there's not a single cloud in the sky as the grid basks in glorious sunshine.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Watch out for Lotus's Romain Grosjean making progress from his 13th place on the grid. The Frenchman has looked super-quick all weekend, although he has crashed three times - twice at Sainte Devote and once at the chicane. If he can avoid the walls, and strategy plays out well, he could well get into the top six at least. He is likely to start on the soft tyres, bide his time and then go flat out for as long as possible once the front-runner start to pit."

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The secret is to keep it off the barriers."

  157. 1253: 
    Jeremy Clarkson (left to right), Eddie Irvine and Rachel Hunter

    More celebs for you. Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson in position for the race alongside 1999 World Championship contender Eddie Irvine.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "The tight and twisty Monaco track, and the close proximity of the walls, always means there is a high chance of a safety car. Depending on the timing of the crash, and the size of it, teams will be making calls on whether they should come in or not. As Kimi Raikkonen puts it: 'Things happen here often very quickly and change the whole race. It is good to have as it is something different.'"


    Kimi Raikkonen's race engineer on team radio: "Please be aware tyre pressures on the first lap will be pretty low, lower than you've experienced this week."

  160. 1250: 

    The beautiful people on the grid have been given their marching orders as we approach the start. This is your 10-minute warning, folks. Lewis Hamilton looked relaxed as he pulls on his balaclava and helmet and heads over to the cockpit which will be office for the next 90 minutes or so.

  161. 1248: 

    Prince Albert II waves to the crowd after the national anthem rings out. He's got his earplugs in place in readiness for the start. Smart move.

  162. 1246: 
    Amanda Holden and David Hasslehoff

    The Hoff is in the house, too, picture here with Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden.


    Matt Tomlinson: Merc would be smart to use Lewis to back the pack up and let Nico get some breathing space for when the inevitable tyre woes strike.

    Jonathan Dixon: Hamilton to win from Alonso and Rosberg and two safety cars during the race.

    Alex Smith: Daft Punk just walked Raikkonen to his car like security, two of the coolest guys about!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso start fifth and sixth, not uncommon starting positions for them. What was a surprise, though, was the margin between them and the two Mercedes and Red Bulls ahead of them. Raikkonen and Alonso were separated by just 0.002 seconds but were a second off Rosberg's pole time, with Hamilton, Vettel and Webber all within a couple of tenths. Alonso had no explanation for his lack of pace, especially after looking competitive on Thursday. But the suspicion it was down to the car, which is light on its tyres, not generating enough tyre temperature. Last year, Alonso got on to the podium from fifth on the grid by running slightly longer than the drivers in front of him - and if he'd stayed out a lap or two longer might even have won. Will Ferrari try the same approach again."

  165. 1241: 

    2012: Mark Webber

    2011: Sebastian Vettel

    2010: Mark Webber

    2009: Jenson Button

    2008: Lewis Hamilton

  166. 1239: 
    Fernando ALonso

    If Fernando Alonso wins for Ferrari this year he will be the first driver in F1 history to win with three different teams. His first victory was with Renault and his second with McLaren. However, the double world champion will have his work cut out starting down in sixth. Victory would also give Ferrari their first triumph in Monaco since Michael Schumacher climbed the velvet red steps to the royal box to receive his winning trophy.

  167. 1237: 

    The cars have made their way round the grid which is swarming with people. It's absolutely heaving down there with an array of drivers, mechanics, beautiful people and celebrities. This is the place to be. Just spotted Eddie Jordan in the mix - and he's wearing a quirky baby blue blazer. You'll get to see that in our highlights show at 1735 BST.


    Zaki Mangalji: My top 3 prediction is :Hamilton, Vettel and Raikkonen.

    Phill Lawrence: Sneaky feeling there will be carnage at St.Devote but Nico to receive payback from earlier in '13.

    Matt Claypole: It's going to be a titanic scrap, but I'd say that Mercedes can deliver that illusive 1-2 result in a race of high attrition.

  169. 1235: 

    Just spotted nine-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi soaking up the atmosphere on the grid, while elsewhere Nico Rosberg's dad and 1982 world champion Keke is having a chat with ex-Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Ferrari and Red Bull have launched an official protest against rivals Mercedes, accusing them of doing illegal testing. Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli used Mercedes to do a tyre test between the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. In-season testing in F1 is forbidden. Pirelli says it has a contract with the FIA allowing limited testing. But Red Bull and Ferrari say this must only be with a car at least two years old. Mercedes used their 2013 car."

  171. 1233: 

    We've yet to see a safety car called into action this year, but the Monaco Grand Prix has an 80 per cent risk of one making an appearance. There has been a total of 14 safety car periods in Monte Carlo in the past 10 years.

  172. 1230: 

    1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Mark Webber 5) Kimi Raikkonen 6) Fernando Alonso 7) Sergio Perez 8) Adrian Sutil 9) Jenson Button 10) Jean-Eric Vergne 11) Nico Hulkenberg

    12) Daniel Ricciardo 13) Romain Grosjean 14) Valtteri Bottas 15) Giedo van der Garde 16) Pastor Maldonado 17) Paul di Resta 18) Charles Pic 19) Esteban Gutierrez 20) Jules Bianchi 21) Felipe Massa 22) Max Chilton*

    *Max Chilton dropped from 20th to the back of the grid after changing his gearbox.


    McLaren's Jenson Button: It was looking so good....! Great effort by the team in Q1 & Q2. Fuel pump issue started at the start of Q3 so no chance to set a good time. It's tough starting down in P9 as I felt there was so much more in the car. Still think we can do something with strategy though :)

  174. 1227: 
    Monaco Grand Prix

    Venue: Monte Carlos Laps: 78 Circuit length: 3.340km Race distance: 260.520km Number of corners: 19 (8 left and 11 right) Average lap speed: 160kph Full throttle per lap: 53% Lap record: 1:14.439 (Michael Schumacher, 2004).


    Daryl Phillips: Six car pile up and Perez to inherit the lead. Yes please.

    Matthew: If the FIA have allowed Mercedes to test, I'm not sure what Red Bull can do about it?

    Andrew Priestly: I've seen the road races of the NW 200 1st hand & thought that you have to be crazy to do that. Racing the Monaco GP is no different.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Lined up in third place directly behind the Mercedes, the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber look ominous. Vettel felt he could have had pole but now realises that even from such a lofty starting position he is likely to have to bide his time and hope his strategists can pull something off. As Webber puts it: 'At Monza or somewhere like that you can make up places at the first couple of chicanes but here you get to the apex of Ste Devote and that's pretty much it.' Vettel said: 'On track it will be difficult but, yeah, if all goes well hopefully the Mercedes will struggle and we'll sail past in the pit stop. I think we can't rely on that. Tyre wear for will for sure play a role but we need to look after ourselves first and then we'll see what happens and hopefully we make the right calls at the right time."

  177. 1224: 

    While a win in Monaco is certainly something to shout about, let's not forget the bigger picture - the World Championship. Sebastian Vettel leads the way on 89 points, four ahead of Kimi Raikkonen with Fernando Alonso a further 13 behind.

  178. 1222: 

    Every 25 metres squared of luxury real estate - the size of a small studio apartment - is worth a cool million pounds in Monaco. The city-state also has the highest GDP per person in the world - at £142,322.

    To transform the Mediterranean idyll into a race track, you need nearly 200 construction workers working flat out to build 1,100 tonnes of temporary grandstands and a whopping 33km of Armco barriers.

    That's the magic of Monaco - and there's plenty more where that came from. Check out our feature on the F1 pages.

  179. 1219: 
    Cameron Diaz

    And things have stepped up a notch on Sunday, with There's Something About Mary and The Mask actress Cameron Diaz gracing the paddock hospitality. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is there, too, as is movie director Ron Howard, who is the man behind the James Hunt biopic Rush which comes out later this year.

  180. 1217: 
    Michael Douglas

    The stars were out in force in Monaco on Saturday, with Wall Street actor Michael Douglas the pick of the bunch. Star Wars creator George Lucas enjoyed a chat with Lewis Hamilton and his other half Nicole Scherzinger while British cyclist and Tour de France hopeful Chris Froome was also in attendance. Over on the Red Bull floating motorhome, spaceman Feliz Baumgartner and Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden took in the rays while the cars pounded round the track.

  181. 1214: 

    Right then, I need all your predictions, Monaco GP lunch menus and celeb stories today. I know you must have loads and we've got plenty of time before kick-off so there's really no excuse. Simply tweet me using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to add your name to those messages.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Nico Rosberg starts on pole position ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and the big question is whether the Mercedes can look after their tyres well enough to make work the one-stop strategy for which all the leading runners will be aiming. So far this season, the Mercedes has had far heavier tyre usage than its rivals, but in the race-simulation runs on Thursday they appeared to be among the best. There has been talk that Mercedes might make whoever is second into the first corner back up the rest of the field so that the other might make their escape, but team principal Ross Brawn says not. 'That requires a tortoise and a hare,' he said. 'Nether of our guys is a tortoise and we'll let the race run.' Red Bull's Mark Webber, fourth on the grid, says that if Mercedes do employ that strategy, the win would be guaranteed. But he adds: 'You'll have one upset driver and one happy one.'"


    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton: It's my dream to be here, this is my life's blessing! Today's the day we should show our appreciation…

  184. 1211: 

    Nico Rosberg has been like a man possessed this weekend, topping the times in first, second and third practice before making it four out of four in qualifying. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton starts in P2 with the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber lurking on row two. Title contenders Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are fifth and sixth.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Thirty years ago, Keke Rosberg mastered the streets of Monaco in his Williams to dominate on the way to the second grand prix victory of his career. Today, his son starts from pole position with his sights firmly set on achieving the same thing. Rosberg has German nationality and speaks five languages, but he is effectively Monegasque. "I've grown up here," he said. "Lived here all my life. Gone to school here. The way through the tunnel is my way to school and now I'm driving through there with a Silver Arrow." Can he complete the symmetry and convert pole to what would undoubtedly be for him a dream win?"

  186. 1209: 

    This is the race that every driver wants to win. it's got everything from fast cars and a mega track to a harbour packed full of beautiful yachts and equally beautiful people with a huge dollop of history and tradition to boot. I firmly believe that it doesn't get any bigger than the Monaco Grand Prix, which this year hosts round six of the Formula 1 World Championship.

  187. 1207: 

    But let's get back to business of racing. Welcome to the land of the rich and famous, welcome to paradise, welcome to the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix. I've got a good feeling about this one so let's get this show on the road.

  188. 1205: 

    And according to Andrew, Red Bull have now launched an official protest against Mercedes with regards the testing row. More soon.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Monaco:

    "Formula 1 is notorious for its political and technical rows but so far this season had been pretty quiet on that front. But that all changed on Sunday morning in Monaco, when it emerged that Mercedes had done a three-day tyre test in Barcelona following the Spanish Grand Prix. Rivals are up in arms about it, as in-season testing is forbidden, but it seems there is an agreement that Pirelli can ask any team it wants to do limited tyre testing and that the test did fall within the parameters of that agreement."

  190. 1203: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Morning all. We've got a potential protest on our hands, folks. Yep, Mercedes are at the centre of a technical row after doing a three-day tyre test between the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. Here's more from our man Andrew Benson who is on the ground in Monaco...

  191. 1200: 

    We've got glitz, we've got glamour and we've got some beautifully crafted fast cars in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. A recipe for success one might think, but this is Formula 1 - a sport which is never afraid to throw a spanner in the works...

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham