Australia's Mark Webber took his second Monaco Grand Prix victory on the streets of the Principality on Sunday for Red Bull after soaking up intense race-long pressure from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg. Late-race drizzle bunched the top six drivers up in the run to the flag, with just six seconds splitting Webber from Massa as they crossed the line.
Webber jumped into the lead from pole position and drove an error-free race to beat Rosberg to the finish after 100 minutes of nail-biting racing. With Pirelli's tyres lasting much longer than previously anticipated all top ten finishers needed to pit only once, meaning Webber was never truly challenged for the lead.
Rosberg was the first of the front-runners to pit on lap 27, followed two laps later by Webber who had held a 1.8 second lead. He re-emerged with his lead still intact, with the narrow Monte Carlo streets coming to his aide as Rosberg closed in the final laps.
Behind the top two, Fernando Alonso impressively jumped rival Lewis Hamilton in the pitstops to claim the final podium position, after pitting one lap later than the McLaren driver. That one lap in clear air allowed him to make up the 0.1 second deficit and secure his third podium finish of the season. The result also catapults the Spaniard into the lead of the championship by three points.
Hamilton also lost out to world champion Sebastian Vettel during the pitstops, with the German turning his ninth place grid position into fourth place thanks to a long first stint on the soft tyres. He made his super-softs last the 32-lap distance to the finish to beat Hamilton by 2.7 seconds.
Massa claimed his best finish of the season to date in sixth place, a further two seconds adrift, while Force India scored their second double points finish of the year with Paul di Resta and Nico Hülkenberg in seventh and eighth places respectively. Kimi Räikkönen and Bruno Senna rounded out the points-scorers in ninth and tenth.
In typical Monaco fashion, a total of nine drivers failed to make the finish. The first of those retirees as Lotus's Romain Grosjean who retired at the first corner after colliding with Michael Schumacher. The Frenchman was left with nowhere to go as the field made its way through Sainte Devote.
The others to retire were Pastor Maldonado, Pedro de la Rosa, Kamui Kobayashi, Vitaly Petrov, Michael Schumacher, Charles Pic, Daniel Ricciardo and Jenson Button.