Mark Webber held off a long queue of five drivers featuring him, Rosberg, Alonso, Vettlel and Hamilton to win the Monaco Grand Prix. This is Webber's first victory since Brazil 2011 and first at the Principality since 2010. This means that for the first time in history of Formula 1, 6 drivers have won in first 6 races.
As expected, something was gonna happen at the start and it was Romain Grosjean who started the drama. The French made a slow start and tangled with Michael Schumacher who started right behind him in 6th place. The former spun off the track and was forced to retire. Schumacher lost two places in the process and sustained minor damage as later Sergio Perez clipped the Lotus of Romain Grosjean going airbone. Further drama involving Spain winner Pastor Maldonado and HRT's Pedro de la Rosa brought out the Safety Car.
The action resumed when Safety Car went inside the pits at the end of lap 3. Webber held off Rosberg, Hamilton, and two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Vettel who also made a good start on prime tyres was running 6th place.
As the race progressed, teams decided to wait for rain, which eventually never happened. Drivers started to lose a lot of time around lap 20 on degraded tyres, but decided not to pit as rain was expected in next 10 laps. Nico Rosberg made a brave move to pit on lap 27, switching to soft tyres. Rest of the filed made their pit stops on lap 29 and 30 as chances of rain decreased.
Rosberg, however didn't gain any place but closed the gap to Webber which at the end of the race stood at just 0.6 seconds. Alonso also benefited from a quick stop overtaking Hamilton in the process. But all drivers didn't pit at this time, few drivers had gambled by starting the race on soft(prime) tyres, one of them was Sebastian Vettlel. He beautifully managed his tyres and came out ahead of Hamilton in 4th place after managing a stint of 45 laps on single set of tyres.
Di Resta also benefited from the same startegy, and finished in 7th place ahead of his team-mate in what turned out to be a positive weekend for the team after another average qualifying session. Button wasn't as lucky, he came out just behind the Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen and spent the latter part of the race behind the Finn and eventually retiring after making an unsuccessful move at the Swimming Pool chicane.
The action at the front intensified in the final 10 laps as top 5 runners were within 4 seconds of each other. However, there aren't many places where you can overtake in Monaco and the field stayed like that for the rest of the race. There was some drizzle at some part of the track, which did turn into rain but only when the race was over.
Behind the order, Felipe Massa finished in 6th place, his best finish of the season as he replied his critics in style. Force India's of Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg finished in 7th and 8th place followed by Kimi Raikkonen and Bruno Senna. The Finn lost a lot of time behind Marussia of Charles Pic and suffered from heavy tyre degradation at the end of the race.
Jean Eric Vergne was 11th for Toro Rosso's after running as high as 7th place but was forced to make a second stop on lap 70. Heikki Kovalainen had a good day for Caterham keeping Button at bay before the latter retired, however the Brit was classified as 16th having completed 75% of the race. Timo Glock and Narain Karthikeyan finished in 14th and 15th place as their team mates retired from the race.
It turned out to be another poor race for Schumacher, having qualified on pole position on saturday, he started the race from 6th after 5 place grid penalty, he further lost places coming in way of slow starter Romain Grosjean. He was then forced to retire on lap 63 following a mechanical issue, his third retirement of the season.
Fernando Alonso now leads the drivers championship with 76 points, 3 points ahead of Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber - both tied on 73 points. Hamilton is now further 10 points behind in 4th place with 63 points with Rosberg in 5th place with 59 points.
In the constructors standings, Red Bull have a clear lead over McLaren, 146 points as compared to 108. Ferrari and Lotus are tied in 3rd place with 86 points followed by Mercedes who have scored 61 points.