Nico Rosberg wins his third Monaco GP in a row as Mercedes costs Hamilton victory

CFxpTupW0AAF-_TNico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Sunday, after a late strategy error demoted Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton from first to third behind the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Starting from pole, Hamilton had dominated proceedings up until lap 64, when the safety car was deployed following a heavy shunt for Max Verstappen at Ste Devote. With the world champion leading by around 20s, Mercedes decided there was enough time for a precautionary extra pit stop.

They were wrong. Hamilton emerged from the pit lane marginally behind Vettel, with Rosberg already heading the queue behind the safety car. When racing resumed, Rosberg cleared off into the distance, while Hamilton could do nothing to overhaul the Ferrari, despite his fresher tyres.

Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth and fifth respectively for Red Bull’s best result of the season, followed by the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and the Force India of Sergio Perez.

Eighth place went to Jenson Button, securing the first points of McLaren’s revived Honda partnership, with Sauber’s Felipe Nasr ninth and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz – who started from the pit lane – completing the top ten.

Verstappen escaped serious injury in his accident, triggered when he misjudged an attempted pass on Romain Grosjean and hit the rear of the Lotus before plunging into the Turn 1 barriers. Max Verstappen handed 5-place grid penalty for CanadianGP. Deemed responsible in Grosjean collision.

Monaco Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 6 Nico Roseberg 78 Leader Running 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 78 -4.4 Running 18
3 44 Lewis Hamiton 78 -6.0 Running 15
4 26 Daniil Kvyat 78 -11.9 Running 12
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 78 -13.6 Running 10
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen 78 -14.3 Running 8
7 11 Sergio Perez 78 -15.0 Running 6
8 22 Jenson Button 78 -16.0 Running 4
9 12 Felipe Nasr 78 -23.6 Running 2
10 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 78 -25.0 Running 1
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg 78 -26.2 Running 0
12 8 Romain Grojean 78 -28.4 Running 0
13 9 Marcus Ericsson 78 -31.1 Running 0
14 77 Valtteri Bottas 78 -45.7 Running 0
15 19 Felipe Massa 77 -1 Lap Running 0
16 98 Roberto Merhi 76 -2 Laps Running 0
17 28 Will Stevens 76 -2 Laps Running 0
18 33 Max Verstappen 62 -16 Laps Retired 0
19 14 Fernando Alonso 41 -37 Laps Retired 0
20 13 Pastor Maldonado 5 -73 Laps Retired 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 6 of the 2015 season at Monaco Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 3 126 Leader
2 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 2 116 -10
3 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 1 98 -28
4 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 60 -66
5 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 42 -84
6 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 39 -87
7 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 35 -91
8 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 17 -109
9 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 16 -110
10 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 16 -110
11 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 11 -115
12 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 9 -117
13 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 6 -120
14 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 6 -120
15 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 5 -121
16 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 4 -122
17 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 0 -126
18 98 R. Merhi Marussis-Ferrari 0 0 -126
19 28 W. Stevens Marussis-Ferrari 0 0 -126
20 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 0 -126
21 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 0 -126

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 6 of the 2015 season at Monaco Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 5 242 Leader
2 Ferrari 1 158 -84
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 81 -161
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 52 -190
5 Sauber-Ferrari 0 21 -221
6 Force India-Mercedes 0 17 -225
7 Lotus-Renault 0 16 -226
8 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 15 -227
9 McLaren-Honda 0 4 -238
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -242

 

 

 

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