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autoviva2015-05-25 11:52:58

Team error steals victory from Hamilton in Monaco

Rosberg win leaves bitter taste on the Brit at the Monaco GP

 
 
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Nico Rosberg won his second consecutive grand prix of season

It was a glaring error that ended up stealing an almost certain victory from Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco Grand Prix. Still Mercedes conquered a bittersweet victory by the hand of Nico Rosberg.

Everything was going swimmingly for Lewis Hamilton, with an immaculate race, until Toro RossoToro RossoToro RossoItaly, 2006 > present10 models
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's Max Verstappen caused an accident when he hit into the right rear wheel of Romain Grosjean's LotusLotusLotusUnited Kingdom, 1952 > present68 models
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, which eventually lead to a turnaround at the front pack.

With no need at all, and after the first use of the "virtual safety car", Mercedes brought Hamilton into the pits for a final change to super soft tires. The calculations were poorly made and the 21 seconds advantage from the British driver evaporated and when he returned to the track he had fallen behind Rosberg and Vettel. Hamilton tried to overtake Vettel in the closing laps, but that would eventually prove to be an impossible task. The FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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driver didn't even bother trying to catch Rosberg.

It was a bittersweet feeling for MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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in Monaco since a team mistake cost Hamilton's fourth win of the season but handed the second one to Rosberg.

The race started frantically as usual in the streets of the principality and Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg got involved in an accident. The McLarenMcLarenMcLarenUnited Kingdom, 1963 > present92 models
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Spaniard pushed the German of Force IndiaForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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against a barrier at Mirabeau and was eventually penalized later with a five-second stop after the stewards confirmed his fault in the accident.

Due to its pace, the stop turned out to have no effect on the standings and shortly after a change of tires Alonso retired with problems in the gearbox.

Behind the leading trio, Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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had its best performance of the season by putting the two drivers in the top 5. Daniil Kvyat achieved his best result ever in Formula 1 with a fourth place, while Ricciardo finished the race in fifth. The team ordered Kvyat to let pass Daniel Ricciardo, but once it became clear that the Australian was unable to reach Hamilton, the cars exchanged positions once again.

Kimi Raikkonen finished the Monaco Grand Prix in sixth place while in his Force India Sergio Perez cut the finish line in seventh place. McLaren achieved the first points of the season thanks to Jenson Button who finished in eighth place.

Felipe Nasr of SauberSauberSauberSwitzerland, 1970 > present21 models
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and Carlos Sainz Jr from Toro Rosso completed the top 10 in Monaco.

Now check the Drivers' and Manufacturers' standings.

Results Monaco Grand Prix
Pos. Driver Country Team Time Points
1 Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes 1:49:18.420 25
2 Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari 4.486 18
3 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 6.053 15
4 Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull 11.965 12
5 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 13.608 10
6 Kimi Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 14.345 8
7 Sergio Perez MEX Force India 15.013 6
8 Jenson Button GBR McLaren 16.063 4
9 Felipe Nasr BRA Sauber 23.626 2
10 Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso 25.056 1
11 Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India 26.232 0
12 Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus 28.415 0
13 Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber 31.159 0
14 Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams 45.789 0
15 Felipe Massa BRA Williams 1 lap 0
16 Roberto Merhi ESP Marussia 2 laps 0
17 Will Stevens GBR Marussia 2 laps 0
RT Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso DNF 0
RT Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren DNF 0
RT Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus DNF 0

 

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