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Rosberg: Monaco win "feels amazing"

Nico Rosberg's Monaco Grand Prix weekend "went pretty much to plan" and he was in jubilant after a lights to flag victory
Sunday, May 26, 2013

May 26th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Nico Rosberg made history today by becoming the first son of a previous winner to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Nico's father, Keke, won the 1983 Monaco Grand Prix for Williams. 30 years later, it was Nico's turn to triumph on the streets of Monte Carlo.

After the race, Rosberg expressed his joy at winning on the streets of his home town, saying: "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."

Mercedes have been strong in qualifying all season, but have struggled to convert their Saturday pace into wins on Sunday. That all changed in Monaco, where Rosberg led every lap from pole position to take his second career victory. He paid tribute to the Mercedes team, thanking them for putting him in a position to fight for victory: "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."

Rosberg seemed to be in control throughout the weekend, topping the times in each practice session, taking pole, and then dictating the pace of the race. He expressed his satisfaction with the way the weekend progressed: "The whole weekend went pretty much to plan, even though qualifying was tough with the weather conditions. I didn't have the best start today which meant Lewis and Seb got pretty close but after the first corner, I was able to set my own pace. Then it was just a case of keeping a cool head through all the incidents and the team did a great job of keeping me in touch with what was happening."

It's still fairly early in the season, and Rosberg is still very much in the championship hunt, despite being 60 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg's immediate aim, however, is more race wins, and he is confident that he and his Mercedes team can triumph again this season. He said after the race, "Thank you to everyone here today and back at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth. I hope this win today is the first of many more to come for us."

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