The Monaco Grand Prix is perhaps the most iconic race in the Formula One calendar. The Mercedes Petronas AMG team put in a special performance to make it a day to remember. Nico Rosberg qualified for the race in pole position, and he showed impressive composure to lead throughout and finish as the winner. Lewis Hamilton qualified in second place, and, despite slipping to fourth overall, still contributed to a huge points haul for Mercedes-Benz.
It is notoriously difficult to overtake in Monaco, and both Rosberg and Hamilton were aware of this – they each put in huge qualifying performances to ensure a one-two start in the main race. It was an eventful occasion, with two safety car periods and one red flag interruption. But Rosberg remained cool throughout and led from the start, recording his second career victory exactly thirty years after his father, Keke, achieved the same feat.
After his triumph, Rosberg commented: “Monaco is such a special place to win and it just feels amazing today. It was my childhood dream to win this race and to do it in a Silver Arrow on the streets where I have lived all of my life is fantastic.
“I can’t quite believe it has happened yet and it will probably take a while to sink in. Thank you to the team for the car that we had this weekend and it’s good to have been able to show the same level of performance on Sunday and convert our pole position,” he continued.
Hamilton made a promising start, after qualifying in second place, but he was disrupted by the safety car period. After finishing fourth, he congratulated his teammate: “It’s been a great weekend for the team and I’m really happy for everyone. Big congratulations to Nico, he’s been awesome all weekend here and really deserves that victory.”
The Mercedes Petronas AMG team recorded 37 points in total at the Monaco Grand Prix, consolidating its position of fourth in the overall points table. Just three points behind Lotus-Renault, the team will be confident of shooting into third place after the next race – the Canadian Grand Prix – on June 9.