May 26th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Red Bull may not have won the Monaco Grand Prix, but they got the next best thing - an increased lead in both championships. Sebastian Vettel is now 21 points clear of Kimi Raikkonen in the Drivers's Championship, and Red Bull are 41 points clear of Ferrari in Constructors' Championship.
Lewis Hamilton more or less gifted the double podium to Red Bull when he stayed just a little bit too far back from leader Nico Rosberg in the first round of pitstops under the safety car. Hamilton emerged from the pits fourth, behind Vettel and Webber, and that is how the order stayed until the end of the race.
Sebastian Vettel is not normally satisfied with second place, but he expressed satisfaction with his Monaco result: “Overall I’m happy and pleased with the result, we know that it’s very difficult to overtake here. Congratulations to Nico, he did a very good job and had a very controlled race; I think he had the pace and the tyres to respond whenever we tried to get a little bit closer to him. I had a fantastic start, but there was no room! I think I could have gone past both Mercedes, but there was no space and I had to lift. Then Mark came and it was very tight into the first corner. I was a bit surprised by the slow pace of the opening laps – usually you expect two Silver Arrows in front of you, but they were more like buses today going for a cruise on the first couple of laps. But, the strategy for them was clear and they did a very good job. It was a good strategy from our team to get past Lewis. It was hard with the restarts, but we can be happy with the result. It was a good achievement by the team; we seem to like this place. Congratulations to everyone and thanks to all our partners – two cars on the podium is very good.”
Mark Webber made an uncharacteristically good start, but did not have the space to make it count. He was nonetheless pleased with his finishing position, and commented: “First of all congratulations to Nico, it’s a very special place to win here and he had a seamless weekend; that’s what you need to do here. Even though he started in the lead, you still have to pull it off so well done to him. For us, we knew we were a little bit against it
starting on the second row, but I got an absolutely incredible start and it’s sod’s law that it’s the shortest run into the first corner here. Seb and I had nowhere to go, so we were lifting while Nico and Lewis looked like they had tricky ones. We will save some of those starts for future reference! Then after that it was basically about saving the tyres and making the onestop work for us. It was predictable that if the race was going to stack up, then the two-stop was not really an option as you could have come back into traffic. We had to go pretty long and all the drivers were nursing the tyres – it was nice to get Lewis on the stops.”