Monaco GP round-up: Schumacher, Vettel and more have their say

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In this weekend's round-up, Michael Schumacher is lost for words, Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes had the fastest car and Romain Grosjean rues a miserable home grand prix.

Schumacher demonstrated that he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level by scoring pole position, and although it was taken away because of a five-place grid penalty carried over from the Spanish GP, the German was confident of a good race.

Unfortunately, his race was compromised at the start when Romain Grosjean squeezed him against the barriers - the duo also clashed at the start of the Malaysian GP - which dropped him down the field.

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He fought back to run seventh, but a fuel pressure problem forced him into retirement for the fourth time this season.

"What can I say? It was simply a pity to end the race in this way," said Schumacher. "In any case, the fuel pressure problem had nothing to do with the incident at the start.

"But it made it doubly disappointing because I had secretly been hoping for a podium finish today.

"I will take the boost from the high points of this weekend with me to Canada. The track should suit us and I'm hoping to have a normal, clean race."

His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg had a contrasting race, pushing race winner Mark Webber all the way until the chequered flag to finish second.

"Mark did a great job but I think I had the best car today," said Rosberg. "It's nice to see how we're managing to progress. The next few races could be really good for us.

"We've been the most consistent. I've scored the most points in the last four races, just had two bad races to start with."

Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel was off the pace in qualifying, but a shrewd strategy - which saw the German start on the more durable soft tyre from ninth, while everyone in front of him started on the super-soft - helped him climb up the field to finish fifth.

"I think the speed was there, but in the end we had the same strategy as the leaders, just the other way round," said Vettel.

"We were hoping some of the leaders would be forced to do two stops, but unfortunately Kimi made quite a big gap behind me, so the leaders had clean air after their first stop.

"That helped them and it made it more difficult for us, but we started ninth and considering it's hard to pass here, then to gain five places was a good day."

After qualifying an encouraging fourth, Grosjean had a bad start and then made contact with Schumacher which pitched him into a spin with broken left-rear suspension.

"We struggled to get off the line and it looked like Lewis [Hamilton] in front didn't have the best start either," said Grosjean.

"Fernando [Alonso] pulled alongside him so I was then on the outside of both cars, and unfortunately Michael [Schumacher] was on the outside of me as well.

"There just wasn't enough room and next thing I'm facing all the traffic after just one hundred metres, which wasn't a nice feeling."

Someone else in the wars at the start was Kamui Kobayashi who was a passenger as Grosjean's out of control car pitched his Sauber up into the air and broke the suspension.

"First Romain went on the inside, but suddenly he came back on the outside," said Kobayashi. "I tried to avoid him, but he didn't brake, hit my rear tyres and damaged my suspension.

"Maybe if I had had two wheels and not four I would have been fine! It was too dangerous to continue to drive."

Paul Di Resta was unhappy with his Force India car in qualifying but found some pace in the race to finish seventh after starting 14th.

"A great result today and I'm very happy to make up so much ground on my starting position," said Di Resta.

"We went aggressive with the strategy and I have to say the team really optimised it. The secret was managing the tyres and trying to find clean air when we could.

"The car felt really good, much stronger than on Saturday, and that allowed me to push when we needed to."

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