Nico Rosberg has gone lights-to-flag to win the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who managed to hold off Daniel Ricciardo in the final few stages of the race when the British driver struggled with his vision.
The German driver defended his Monaco crown, having won the race last year, and also matched his father’s tally of five grand prix victories in Formula 1.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo took third after chasing Hamilton nose-to-tail to the finish while quadruple world champion team mate Sebastian Vettel, in his 100th race for Red Bull, retired after eight laps with a power unit problem.
They opened up a sizeable gap between themselves and the rest of the field until twelve laps from the finish, when Hamilton reported that his vision was obscured due to grit in his left eye. Unsurprisingly, he fell further and further behind Rosberg, giving Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull a chance to close in on second place.
The power of the Mercedes saw Hamilton through, however, as managed to maintain a half-a-second advantage over the Australian rookie.
Hamilton’s displeasure at the entire weekend’s events was evident on the podium, with a handshake between the Mercedes pair noticeably absent.
He diplomatically commented in the post-race interviews: “It’s a good day for the team, to get a one-two.”
Still, he had a better experience of Monte Carlo than a significant proportion of the starters, with two spells under the auspices of the safety car. Retirees included Sebastian Vettel, suffering a power failure in his Red Bull, and Pastor Maldonado, whose disastrous season continued when he did not even get off the grid.
Perhaps the happiest team will be Marussia, who picked up their first points as Jules Bianchi finished eighth. That result may yet be amended; Bianchi failed to observe a five-second stop-go penalty correctly, and as such could have that time added on, bumping him down to ninth.
|GRAND PRIX DE MONACO Race Results|
|5||27||N. Hulkenberg||-1 Lap||10|
|6||22||J. Button||-1 Lap||8|
|7||19||F. Massa||-1 Lap||6|
|8||17||J. Bianchi||-1 Lap||4|
|9||8||R. Grojean||-1 Lap||2|
|10||20||K. Magnussen||-1 Lap||1|
|11||9||M. Ericsson||-1 Lap||0|
|12||7||K. Raikkonen||-1 Lap||0|
|13||10||K. Kobayashi||-3 Laps||0|
|14||4||M. Chilton||-3 Laps||0|
|Drivers Championship after Monaco|
|4||3||D. Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||54|
|5||27||N. Hulkenberg||Force india-Mercedes||47|
|6||1||S. Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||45|
|10||11||S. Perez||Force india-Mercedes||20|
|Constructors Championship after Monaco GP|
|2||Red Bull Racing-Renault||99|