MONACO — Nico Rosberg kept his cool amid the chaos to win the crash-marred Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and give Mercedes its first victory of the season.
The German driver began from the pole position for the third consecutive GP, but he had to re-start three times after the race was held up by a safety car, a red flag and the safety car again.
“Today the team gave me a great car and it’s fantastic to see how we’ve managed to improve in a short space of time,” Rosberg said after winning the race 20 years after his father won it. “Massive thanks to the team, we’ve really improved from Barcelona.”
Rosberg finished ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after starting second.
FINSHING THE RACE: Dozens of runners unable to complete the Boston Marathon because of the bombings last month finally finished their runs over the famed yard of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The runners were honored at the Indianapolis 500 by having the opportunity to run down the front stretch moments before to the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Thousands of people, including some crew members of the race teams, cheered them on as they ran down pit road.
Jennifer Black, a 61-year-old from Loveland, Ohio, said she ran to the finish line with tears in her eyes after she saw her husband waving to her from the track’s fourth turn.
“I was crying while I was running and blowing kisses to the crowd,” she said.
The group crossed the finish line flanked by firefighters and police officers, breaking the tape less than 10 minutes before the command was given to start the engines.
CHILLY INDY: Race fans attending Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 sported jackets to stay warm during what proved to be the chilliest race at the track in a decade.
The air temperature at the track was 62 degrees at the start of the race and reached 65 degrees by its end, making it the coldest race day since 2003. The coldest race day on record was 1992’s high of just 58 degrees.
PROPOSAL: Ana Beatriz, the driver for Dale Coyne Racing, was standing near pit road before the start of the Indy 500 when her boyfriend of about five months, Daniel Sousa, got down on a knee and proposed.
Beatriz played coy with her response, saying “after the race I’ll decide.”
She added: “But if I win, then yes.”
She finished 15th.