German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth race of the 2013 Formula One season, on a day when Spaniard Fernando Alonso, driving for Ferrari, couldn't call up enough luck to finish higher than seventh.

Rosberg led the pack for the entire 78 laps on the 3.34-kilometer Circuit de Monaco, a total of 260.520 kilometers, besting his countryman, Sebastian Vettel, and Australian Mark Webber, both of whom drive for Red Bull and who came in second and third.

The 27-year-old Mercedes driver - who crossed the finish line with a time of 2:17:52.056 - made history by repeating on the Monaco circuit the triumph of his father, the legendary Keke Rosberg, 30 years ago.

Rosberg had been able to snag his third consecutive pole position for this race and clearly bested his rivals on a treacherous raceway which saw numerous crashes and incidents, one safety-car period and a red flag stoppage on the 46th lap, causing a temporary paralysis in the contest.

A spectacular crash involving Venezuela's Pastor Maldonado, driving for Williams, and British Marussia driver Max Chilton - although both walked away unhurt - forced the race managers to display the red flag while dozens of workers cleared the track and removed the crack-up debris.

Also, McLaren's Sergio Perez was in fifth place but had to withdraw with just five laps to go after a collision with Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen, after which the Finn had to be outfitted with fresh tires, although he did finish the race. EFE