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Rosberg Wins Incident-packed Monaco GP

26 May 2013

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Nico Rosberg controlled a crash-strewn Monaco Grand Prix to take his first win of 2013 ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

The Mercedes driver led throughout as the race was interrupted by a safety-car period and a red-flag stoppage following two heavy accidents, reports the BBC.

Rosberg's team-mate Lewis Hamilton dropped from second to fourth after losing out through the safety car.

Force India's Adrian Sutil took fifth from McLaren's Jenson Button.

The Englishman's team-mate Sergio Perez was running fifth but retired with five laps to go following damage caused in a collision with Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen, which gave the Finn a puncture and forced him to stop for fresh tyres.

In a chaotic final lap, Raikkonen moved up to 10th from 13th to take the final point.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was seventh after a poor afternoon in which he lost places in a series of passing moves by Perez, Sutil and Button.

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne was eighth from Force India's Paul di Resta.

The difficulties for Raikkonen and Alonso were a boost to Vettel's lead at the head of the championship, which is now 21 points from Raikkonen and 31 over Alonso.

The race featured two safety car periods and a red flag stoppage following a series of crashes and collisions precipitated by the bunching of the field, caused by drivers measuring their pace to ensure their tyres lasted sufficiently to allow them to the optimum strategy.

Rosberg kept his head throughout all the chaos to pace himself to the second win of his career.

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