MONACO — Nico Rosberg kept his cool amid the chaos to win the crash-marred Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, joining his father, Keke, as a champion in Formula One's most prestigious race.
The younger Rosberg played down the emotional significance of matching his father, who won at Monaco in 1983.
"It's special, but honestly that's not what I was thinking of when I was crossing the finish line," Rosberg said.
Still, the 27-year-old German enjoyed the fact that his second career Grand Prix victory came in the place where he spent much of his childhood.
"This is the most special race for me to win, it was incredible, unreal. That is what is special about the sport," Rosberg said. "When I was quite young watching this race, my first memory was Ayrton Senna with the yellow helmet in the red and white (car)."
Rosberg delivered Mercedes its first victory of the season, finishing ahead of Vettel and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.
The red flag came out with about 30 laps to go when Williams driver Pastor Maldonado was nudged into the wall by Marussia's Max Chilton. The safety car came out two other times because of crashes, one involving Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
East Bay Raceway: Keith Nosbisch won the 25-lap Late Model feature late Saturday in Gibsonton.