Lewis Hamilton WINS his first race of the 2016 season with a sensational drive

CjoURj7WEAE30L3The Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco started behind the safety car in wet conditions, but was run mainly in glorious sunshine with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton narrowly defeating Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo after an epic battle around the streets of Monte Carlo.

Strategy – and a bungled pit stop from Red Bull – proved decisive. As the early rain eased, polesitter Ricciardo pitted first for intermediate tyres, while Hamilton chose to stay out until conditions improved enough for slick rubber.

Ricciardo had enough time in hand to make a further stop and regain his lead, but when he arrived at his garage, a miscommunication meant Red Bull had no tyres ready for him and the Australian was stationary for a very costly 13.6s. He rejoined just behind the world champion, a position on which he was never able to improve.

Sergio Perez took his sixth career podium with third place, after an inspired decision from Force India to switch him early to the hardest of the dry tyres. That allowed the Mexican to finish just ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Fernando Alonso secured McLaren’s best result of 2016 to date with a distant fifth place, while a very cautious Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg lost sixth place on the final straight to Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, with his championship lead over Hamilton reduced by 19 points as a result.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, McLaren’s Jenson Button and Williams’ Felipe Massa completed the top ten.

With rain heavy ahead of lights-out, racing finally began on lap eight, with Ricciardo making an excellent start to pull clear of the two Mercedes. Behind him, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer was the first victim of the tricky conditions, losing his Renault over the white lines on the start-finish straight, spearing into the wall and coming to a halt in the Ste Devote run-off.

Next to go was Kimi Raikkonen, who slid straight into the barriers coming into the hairpin on lap 11, immediately after the virtual safety car prompted by Palmer’s shunt had been with withdrawn. The Finn broke off his front wing and dragged it under his Ferrari all the way to the chicane before pulling off. In the process he almost forced Haas’s Romain Grosjean into the wall – the stewards will investigate post-race.

Daniil Kvyat’s race started with power issues on his Toro Rosso that put him a lap down before the safety car pulled in, but ended in the wall at Rascasse on Lap 21 after a bungled passing attempt on Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, with whom he had already tangled through the swimming pool section. Again, stewards are investigating. Magnussen retired a few laps later after taking his front wing off against the barriers at Mirabeau.

Max Verstappen went from Spain hero to Monaco zero with his third crash of the weekend, putting his Red Bull into the wall at Massenet on lap 35.

Felipe Nasr retired with smoke inside his Sauber on lap 52, shortly after he and team mate Marcus Ericsson had needlessly collided at Rascasse, the Swede making a late dive for the inside shortly after the Brazilian had been ordered to let him by. Ericsson also ended his race in the pits a few laps later. Stewards are investigating the intra-team incident.

Monaco Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 78 Leader Running 25
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo 78 -7.252 Running 18
3 11 Sergio Perez 78 -13.825 Running 15
4 5 Sebastian Vettel 78 -15.846 Running 12
5 14 Fernando Alonso 78 -1:25.076 Running 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg 78 -1:32.999 Running 8
7 6 Nico Roseberg 78 -1:33.290 Running 6
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 77 -1 Lap Running 4
9 22 Jenson Button 77 -1 Lap Running 2
10 19 Felipe Massa 77 -1 Lap Running 1
11 77 Valtteri Bottas 77 -1 Lap Running 0
12 21 Esteban Gutierrez 77 -1 Lap Running 0
13 8 Romain Grosjean 76 -2 Laps Running 0
14 94 Pascal Wehrlein 76 -2 Laps Running 0
15 88 Rio Haryanto 74 -4 Laps Running 0
16 9 Marcus Ericsson 51 -27 Laps Retired 0
17 12 Felipe Nasr 48 -30 Laps Retired 0
18 33 Max Verstappen 34 -44 Laps Retired 0
19 20 Kevin Magnussen 32 -46 Laps Retired 0
20 26 Daniil Kvyat 18 -60 Laps Retired 0
21 7 Kimi Raikkonen 10 -68 Laps Retired 0
22 30 Jolyon Palmer 7 -71 Laps Retired 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 6 of the 2016 season at Monaco Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind Gap
1 6 Nico Roseberg Mercedes 4 106 Leader Leader
2 44 Lewis Hamiton Mercedes 1 82 -24 -24
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 0 66 -40 -16
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0 61 -45 -5
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0 60 -46 -1
6 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1 38 -68 -22
7 19 Felipe Massa William-Mercedes 0 37 -69 -1
8 77 Valtteri Bottas William-Mercedes 0 29 -77 -8
9 11 Sergio Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 23 -83 -6
10 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 22 -84 -1
11 8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 0 22 -84 0
12 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 18 -88 -4
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 16 -90 -2
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 14 -92 -2
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 0 6 -100 -8
16 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 0 5 -101 -1
17 47 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 0 1 -105 -4
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari 0 0 -106 -1
19 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 0 0 -106 0
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 -106 0
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 0 0 -106 0
22 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 -106 0
23 88 Rio Haryanto MRT-Mercedes 0 0 -106 0

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 6 of the 2016 season at Monaco Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind Gap
1 Mercedes 5 188 Leader Leader
2 Ferrari 0 121 -67 -67
3 Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1 112 -76 -9
4 Williams-Mercedes 0 66 -122 -46
8 Haas-Ferrari 0 37 -151 -29
6 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 30 -158 -7
7 McLaren-Honda 0 24 -164 -6
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 22 -166 -2
9 Renault 0 6 -182 -16
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0 0 -188 -6
11 Manor-Mercedes 0 0 -188 0

 

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