F1 2013 Monaco Grand Prix result: Hamilton fourth as Rosberg wins in Monte Carlo
PUBLISHED: 15:23 26 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:02 26 May 2013
FORMULA 1 star Lewis Hamilton failed to get on the podium in the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix as Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg claimed a controlled pole to flag victory following an incident-packed race.
2013 Monaco Grand Prix result
1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
3 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5 Adrian Sutil (Force India)
6 Jenson Button (McLaren)
7 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
8 Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
9 Paul Di Resta (Force India)
10 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
Mercedes driver Rosberg took the chequered flag in the Principality ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull, with Mark Webber claiming the third spot on the podium. Nico’s victory comes 30 years after his father Keke won in Monaco.
Hamilton crossed the finish line a frustrating fourth after an eventful grand prix in Monte Carlo that was red flagged at one point following a spectacular crash.
There were also a couple of length safety car periods, the first denting Hamilton’s hopes of a podium finish when he lost two places during a pitstop.
Adrian Sutil finished fifth for Force India, with McLaren’s Jenson Button sixth and Fernando Alonso seventh.
Despite suffering a puncture late on, Kimi Raikkonen managed to snatch the final championship point for Lotus in 10th place.
However, the race today (Sunday) has been overshadowed by the three-day Mercedes/Pirelli tyre test in Barcelona, with Red Bull and Ferrari lodging a protest. FIA stewards are currently investigating.
Starting second on the grid, Hamilton was soon on the defensive, having to fend off the attentions of a nippy Sebastian Vettel in the leading Red Bull.
With overtaking difficult around the barrier-lined streets of the glitzy Principality, Hamilton managed to hold on to second place in the opening laps, with the F1 world champion unable to pass.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg paced the race from the front after lining up on pole position, with the rest of the field backing up behind him.
Despite leading the grand prix, Rosberg was lapping two seconds slower than some of the backmarkers, as the Mercedes team strategically went into pace management and tyre protection mode. At one point, just 10 seconds covered the top 10.
With 18 laps gone, the top six drivers on the grid were in the same order – Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Raikkonen and then Alonso – with two-and-a-half seconds now separating the two Mercedes men.
On lap 22, Rosberg clocked 1m 21.085s after qualifying with 1m 13.876s.
With the field starting to stretch out, Red Bull star Webber entered the pits for new tyres, starting a chain reaction with Raikkonen also stopping.
However, Rosberg and Hamilton stayed out on their first set of tyres, Lewis responding with the fastest lap of the race at that stage.
Felipe Massa, meanwhile, crashed out of the race at Sainte Devote, in a carbon-copy of his third practice session smash into the barriers, forcing the safety car to come out after 31 laps.
As the safety car hadn’t picked up the leaders, both Mercedes men entered the pits for tyres one after another, Hamilton backing off ahead of the double stop.
But while it worked out beautifully for race leader Rosberg, it went badly for Hamilton. He lost two places to the Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber, who skipped past the Stevenage-born F1 racer as he pitted, dropping him down to fourth overall.
After a lengthy safety car period to clear debris off the track, Hamilton was soon all over the back of Webber’s car in the battle for third place.
He twice tried to overtake the Red Bull in Tabac before another attempt at Rascasse, without success.
The race was red flagged on lap 46 after a crash involving Pastor Maldonado’s Williams and Max Chilton at Tabac, with Bianchi’s car also collecting damage from the broken barriers. Chilton was handed a drive-through penalty for causing the collision.
The field lined up again on the starting grid while repairs were made to the barriers now lying across the circuit. While on the grid, tyre changes were allowed.
When an eventful race finally restarted at 2.35pm, Hamilton was soon swarming all over the back of Webber’s Red Bull, attacking again at Rascasse and Tabac.
However, he was told over the Mercedes radio to protect his tyres for the end of the race.
There was another safety car period from lap 63 after Romain Grosjean piled into the back of Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso on the run down to the Nouvelle chicane, resulting in lots of debris on the track.
A peerless Rosberg made another clean getaway when the race restarted and took the chequered flag for Mercedes ahead of the following Red Bulls.
Hamilton missed out on a podium – with that first pitstop under the safety car costing him dearly.
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