Mercedes AMG F1 Team driver Bird, who fared poorly in Monaco in last season’s GP2 Series race, dominated this time out to win ahead of Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) and Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham).
The win put him top of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship, and he put the credit squarely at the feet of his team-mates.
“Last year, in the GP2 Series, I didn’t have much success here,” Bird said. “This weekend, everything went like a dream. It’s an impressive thing to win in Monaco, so I’m a bit emotional.
“Huge credit must go to the ISR team, who have done a brilliant job.
“We’re top of the championship, but that’s not the most important part... there’s still such a long way to go in the championship.”
Bianchi was almost as pleased, hailing a superb peformance by Bird.
“It was a great race. I pushed from start to finish, even though I preserved my tyres for a few laps,” he said.
“Sam Bird didn’t make the slightest mistake. Congratulations to him and his team. We needed points so it’s a job well done.”
Rossi was similarly pleased – it was his team’s first-ever podium placing.
“For the Arden Caterham team, it’s a great satisfaction to record their first-ever podium finish in this discipline in Monaco,” he said.
“To be honest, we lacked the performance to keep up with the pace of Sam and Jules. So I defended my position.
“This result gives us a lot of hope for Spa-Francorchamps, which is my favourite circuit.”