At the third time of asking in 2013, Nico Rosberg turned a pole position into victory as he scored his second career Grand Prix win in Monaco.
Rosberg’s success comes 30 years after his father won the same race for Williams.
“It is special to hear that, yes, but honestly, that’s not what I was thinking about when I was crossing the finishing line, definitely not,” he said. “I’m just extremely happy to win this race. Also, we’ve had again such a difficult time behind us — in the last couple of races pole position and dropping back so much.
“There was always that a little bit in the back of my mind today in the race, ‘I hope that it’s going to last and I’ll be able to pull it off today and not drop back again,’ because it’s not nice when you’re starting in front and dropping back.
“And then today the team gave me a great car. It’s really fantastic to see how they’ve been able to improve in such a short space of time. Little improvement here and there, but this track suited us, anyway, and so it was enough to make it happen.”
Rosberg admitted that the safety cars and red flags did not help him.
“No, definitely not,” the German said. “It wasn’t very nice, because I was in a great rhythm on those prime tires, trying to nurse them towards the end and then all of a sudden a race stoppage. It’s never nice to get out of that rhythm, because especially around Monaco, it’s so easy to have aquick concentration error and then you’re in the tire barrier and it’s the end of the race.
“So, it was really important today to remain concentrated, and that didn’t make it easy, all those safety cars and the red flag and everything – but fortunately in the end it all worked out.”