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Nico Rosberg wins in Monaco

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Nico Rosberg became the second member of his family to win the Monaco Grand Prix, 30 years after his father Keke managed it. The Mercedes driver prevailed in a stop-start race marred by several crashes.

Rosberg had only won one grand prix before, in China, but tactical astuteness and careful driving won the day in a chaotic race, Rosberg holding the lead from start to finish. The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber took the other podium places.

A couple of serious crashes brought out the safety car, but Rosberg and team-mate Lewis Hamilton stayed out of trouble. "Very well done Nico, a fantastic job," Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn told the driver. "With all the incidents going on, you judged it perfectly."

"This is the most special race for me to win," Rosberg said. "It was incredible, unreal. That is what is special about the sport, all these emotions make up for the difficult moments. It is amazing. When I was quite young watching this race, my first memory was Ayrton Senna with the yellow helmet in the red and white."

Rosberg's victory will gain him a valuable advantage in the team pecking order ahead of Hamilton whose supporters have claimed he is the fastest driver in the sport, but who failed to follow the precise team instructions in Monaco and finished fourth. "Big congrats to Nico," Hamilton said. "I don't put it down to bad luck. I just wasn't good enough this weekend. I apologised to the team. I lost so many points."

Vettel's second place increased his advantage over his rivals, notably Fernando Alonso, who struggled to assert himself on the Monaco track. As is becoming customary, there was a tiresome technical dispute rumbling in the background, with Red Bull and Ferrari complaining that the Mercedes drivers had profited from extra tyre testing time with Pirelli in Barcelona.

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