Rosberg’s pole confirmed as stewards take no action

2014 Monaco Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014Nico Rosberg will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position as the stewards chose to take no action over the incident at Mirabeau.

Rosberg’s second pole position in Monaco had been under threat after the stewards announced they were investigating why he stopped at Mirabeau on his final lap.

The Mercedes driver appeared to lose control of his car at the corner and came to a stop in the run-off area. As that brought the yellow flags out his team mate Lewis Hamilton was unable to improve his time.

But after examining video and telemetry evidence the stewards ruled “no offence was committed by the driver of car number six [Rosberg] as they “could find no evidence of any offence related to the turn five incident”.

The two Mercedes drivers will therefore start tomorrow’s race from the front row of the grid.

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206 comments on Rosberg’s pole confirmed as stewards take no action

  1. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 24th May 2014, 18:44

    Well, the stewards have onboard videos, videos from various angles, telemetry info feeding them back every single change in brake power, steering etc, and I must say, they are in the best position. They concluded that Schumacher was to blame in 2006, they (though not the same set of people exactly) concluded that Rosberg was innocent. My opinion is simple: it’s difficult to choreograph a heavy lock-up at a heavy braking corner.

  2. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 24th May 2014, 18:56

    On with the race tomorrow. The investigation was the right thing to do, to protect the integrity of the sport. As the investigation has found that all was in order time to forget about it and move on.

  3. James Wynne (@heisenberg) said on 24th May 2014, 19:04

    We all have our opinions, and regardless of the stewards being better placed and better equipped to make judgements on situations like this, they’re not always unequivocally correct in the decisions they make, and can sometimes reach downright ridiculous verdicts. I’m of the opinion that Rosberg’s lock-up began as a mistake, but evolved into a conscious effort to bring out the yellow flags. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s how I see it.

    That being said, the lack of a penalty should make for a far more interesting race that having one Mercedes at the front just cruise off into the distance whilst the other struggles in traffic. With tensions as they are now, I’m hoping to see Hamilton and Rosberg go at it hammer and tongs, and around Monaco that should make for one hell of a racing spectacle, assuming they don’t just pile into one another off the start.

  4. Lancer033 (@lancer033) said on 24th May 2014, 19:05

    I have a bad feeling that the 2 Mercs are going to end up taking each other out tomorrow. Lewis is going to be ready from blood and Nico is desperate.

    • Let’s hope for no deliberate crash. Deliberate crash (in Monaco no less) in this day and age won’t fly as it did in the 90s. I wouldn’t want either of the Merc drivers banned for the season.

  5. lucho19 (@lucho19) said on 24th May 2014, 19:41

    Ha ha ! Perfect ! Let the drama and controversy begin!
    This will be really fun. This is F1 guys.
    And Lewis, please stop whining and race. Race hard.

  6. kingchaos (@kingchaos) said on 24th May 2014, 19:42

    Probably the right decision from the stewards – it’s not too easy to look inside Nico’s head and prove whether the move was deliberate or not.

    Still, it feels a little strange (if not unfair) when a driver is rewarded, not punished for a driving error (deliberate or not). But that’s a loophole in the rules – not fixed after 2006…

  7. Coco (@coco46) said on 24th May 2014, 19:43

    I am quite amused by some of the comments. To all that call Nico a cheat I find it highly comical given that among the main recipe for success by teams is to try and exploit every possible loop hole. We have seen it through double diffusers, F-ducts, blown diffusers, etc., why should it be different to drivers. I won’t go into past history of hamilton and rosberg and I don’t want to discuss it if it was deliberate or not the error from rosberg. Fact of the matter is, in my opinion, he wanted to absolutely make a point: “I am hungrier than you, and will do everything it takes to beat you!” (legal or barely). Fact of the matter is after the poor mind games started by Hamilton and the upbringing, I think Nico did answer rather well. He made sure that his teammate starts at the second place, as that is a place nico knows full well is a more vulnerable place and potentially race destructive. More so than pole for sure. And furthermore he got Lewis angry. And an angry lewis is hardly the determined concentrated error free robotic drive of the likes of schumacher or vettel. Nico knew he needs to stop the momentum of lewis in any way he possibly can, and he did do that. For him how doesn’t matter. Lets hope we do have a race tomorrow to an otherwise quite boring season.

    • Guy (@sudd) said on 25th May 2014, 0:39

      Sorry but if it is proven to be deliberate and not a honest mistake, that is “unsportsmanlike conduct.” Very different from exploiting loopholes to gain a competitive advantage. We’ll see what a angry LH can do. What we do know is Hamilton excels at dog fights. Nico still has the “soft” label attached to him. The qualifying incident, honest mistake or intentional, does not help his case. Either he fumbled the pole lap when the pressure was on, or he resulted to “unsportsmanlike tactics” to beat his opponent. Its most likely impossible to prove he did it deliberately so most people including myself give him the benefit of the doubt. But still we are still suspicious. What we will not excuse is his exuberant celebrations considering the circumstances. That’s inexcusable.

    • Alex Ward said on 25th May 2014, 8:24

      Very good comment

  8. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 24th May 2014, 19:44

    Anthony Davidson and Johnny Herbert discussing the incident. Interesting points.

  9. Guy (@sudd) said on 24th May 2014, 19:53

    Well played Nico. But you’ve just angered the beast. To get a hollow pole and then pump your fists in the air right next to the guy you just screwed over is pretty lame. See you on Sunday! Come on Lewis!

  10. ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 24th May 2014, 20:08

    Nico has always seemed to be a class act to me, so I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt here. Lewis was visibly rattled after the session, and I wonder if he has the mental strength to ultimately win the championship this year. It’s certainly going to be fun to watch.

    • Paul Ogbeiwi (@) said on 24th May 2014, 20:47

      I wonder if Nico has the mental strength too. He keeps messing up his q3 laps.

  11. J-Dubya said on 24th May 2014, 20:10

    I am not the most obsessive F1 fan, but my impression is that Nico’s reputation is pretty solid. I can only vaguely remember an incident of Rosberg running Hamilton wide a couple of years ago. He obeyed team orders to stay behind Hamilton in China 2013 when he could have attacked. I am inclined to give Nico the benefit of the doubt. Difficult to tell from a fans perspective, but he has always seemed to an honorable sportsman and a gentleman, not a win at any cost kind of guy.

  12. dutchtreat (@dutchtreat) said on 24th May 2014, 20:16

    Lewis is quicker than Nico in my opinion. Today Lewis has proven himself weaker mentally. The hungry remarks and being a bit of an immature loser at qualy.

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 24th May 2014, 20:40

      Racing isn’t about being strong mentally, you have to be the quickest. That’s why Hamilton is still my favourite for the WDC.

    • “Today Lewis has proven himself weaker mentally”

      You can say that after Rosberg messed up his final hotlap while Lewis was going quicker? lol

      …you people.

  13. SPIDERman said on 24th May 2014, 20:24

    Hamilton should just keep his cool and get an almighty start tomorrow and then if he gets ahead of Roseburg .. he should use the pitstop window to improve his lead if any and make sure he uses the same tactic as Roseburg TO go counter in the tyre strategy

  14. People need to ask themselves, what might the outcome have been, if the second car (Lewis) was another car like a Redbull, and 2 teams where arguing in the stewards meeting?

    As it was, there would have just been Merc personel in their arguing their point using the telemtry. There wouldnt have been anyone in there from Hamiltons side pointing out contrary points about this or that being odd and abnormal. Had someone from Redbull been in that meeting for example, they’d had made the case to the stewards that this didnt look right, that did look right, this isnt normal behaviour, that isnt normal behaviour, etc.

    Because this was an inter-team battle, the stewards have just heard Mercs engineers side of the story and thought let them just deal with it internally.

    • Guy (@sudd) said on 25th May 2014, 0:45

      I think you make a great point. Sucks for LH’s side of the garage. We basically have a rift between the drivers now. Surely relations between the two garages is going to kick into rivalry mode. No more free intel/data lol! Both ways.

  15. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 24th May 2014, 21:08

    I am not fully sure, but I want to give Nicole the benefit of doubt. He could have been a bit more classy with celebrating his mistake, but I can also understand the relief after quite a few sessions and races where Lewis ultimately managed to keep him behind, again and again.

    Only now watched press conference, don’t agree with people calling Hamilton petulant either; as Ricciardo said ‘all of use have reasons not to be entirety satisfied (with themselves )’

    Still a bit miffed with Rosberg for making that mistake and giving us the drama instead of a tight sessions with a closely fought pole. Oh well thats F1 too. I hope for a good close race without a first lap clash.

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