Rosberg takes win and championship lead in Monaco

2014 Monaco Grand Prix summary

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014Nico Rosberg secured his second consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory and retook the lead of the Drivers’ Championship after leading every lap around Monte Carlo ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton.

In a dramatic and incident filled race, Hamilton only just held off Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo after suffering from apparent vision issues in the closing stages. But the most remarkable result was Jules Bianchi finishing ninth to secure the first ever world championship points for Marussia.

At the start, Rosberg successfully reached Sainte Devote ahead of team mate Hamilton as a great start by Kimi Raikkonen saw him jump into fourth while Daniel Ricciardo fell to fifth. Contact between Sergio Perez and Jenson Button at Mirabeau left the Force India stranded and saw the Safety Car deployed before the end of the first lap.

When the race resumed at the start of Lap Four, Sebastian Vettel was passed by Raikkonen for third before slowing with an apparent gearbox problem that left him cruising back to the pits. The reigning champion resumed in last a lap down, but immediately complained of being stuck in first gear. He was later told to retire the car.

As expected, the Mercedes immediately began to pull away from Raikkonen’s Ferrari with Hamilton remaining within a second of his team mate before dropping back to around 1.5 seconds after complaining of rear tyre wear.

By Lap 24, the Mercedes had caught traffic, allowing Hamilton to close up the gap to his team mate ahead. But then the Safety Car was deployed for the second time when Adrian Sutil lost control under braking for the Harbour Chicane, crashing into the inside barrier and sliding to a stop along the escape road.

The leaders were immediately called into the pits, with Hamilton forced to queue behind Rosberg but able to rejoin in second. Despite pitting under the Safety Car, Raikkonen was brought into the pits for two consecutive laps, dropping him from third to 13th and promoting Ricciardo back up to third.

The race resumed on Lap 31, with Hamilton told that he would not be required to stop again for the remainder of the race and that tyre degradation would be the key. Kevin Magnussen appeared to pass Jean-Eric Vergne before the Safety Car line at Rascasse at the restart, before being passed himself by Nico Hulkenberg with a superb move into Portier.

Once again, the Mercedes disappeared into the distance leaving Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso to circulate behind them. Rosberg was informed that he would need to use longer gears to avoid his fuel level becoming critical by the end of the race.

Jean-Eric Vergne suffered an apparent engine failure from 13th place, putting him out on Lap 53, while in the lead, Rosberg was told he was now back on target with his fuel usage. Valtteri Bottas then fell victim to an engine failure of his own, stopping at the Hairpin. The Williams was cleared without the need for a third Safety Car.

On Lap 62, Esteban Gutierrez spun exiting the Rascasse, taking him out of the race and promoting Jules Bianchi’s Marussia into tenth place. However, the Frenchman was under investigation for taking a five-second penalty under the Safety Car and would receive an additional five second penalty added to his race time.

With just over ten laps remaining, Hamilton began to drop back significantly from Rosberg ahead before complaining to his team over the radio that he was suffering with vision problems due to not being able to see out of one eye. This allowed Daniel Ricciardo to close up the margin to Hamilton dramatically with the Mercedes almost two seconds off the pace.

With the tension mounting, there was yet more drama when Kimi Raikkonen dived down the inside of Kevin Magnussen into the Hairpin, putting both cars into the tyres and forcing them both out of the points. This elevated Bianchi up to eighth with Magnussen too far behind to make up the gap.

Despite catching the second Mercedes, Ricciardo was unable to pass Hamilton and was forced to settle for third. Alonso finished fourth, with Nico Hulkenberg fifth in the sole remaining Force India ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren.

Although he recieved an additional penalty, Jules Bianchi was classified ninth, officially securing Marussia’s first ever points finish in their 84 race history.

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  1. Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 25th May 2014, 15:02

    salute to Bianchi and Marussia

  2. erix said on 25th May 2014, 15:04

    Chilton deserves a punch in the face!

  3. Bianchi is a stud, hope this performance palpably contributes to his potential future with Ferrari.

  4. JCost (@jcost) said on 25th May 2014, 15:05

    Oh, Lewis didn’t want to know about Daniel but he almost passed him. That Red Bull really comes alive towards the end. Keep pushing Red Bull (and Renault) we need more people mixing with Mercedes.

    • dennis (@dennis) said on 25th May 2014, 15:22

      I found Lewis’ reaction on the radio incredibly vile…
      Pretty much on the same level with Vettel’s cucumber comparison a few years ago.

      • Albert said on 25th May 2014, 15:26

        I’ve always been curious about why people make such a big deal about the cucumber comment.

        It definitely wasn’t the nicest thing to say, but “vile”? Kinda overreacting a bit, don’t you think?

        • dennis (@dennis) said on 25th May 2014, 15:31

          I don’t think one should comment on the performance of other cars in such a way. He had all the right to be annoyed by Karthikeyan’s move, depending on your view of the situation, but in that moment at least, he was basically saying the slower cars aren’t worth being in the same race, pretty much. At least that’s what I heard out of it.

      • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 25th May 2014, 15:28

        Yeah his reaction was weird but if you’ve something stuck in your eye and you’re driving around Monaco, I don’t think you can think clearly anymore.

      • dennis (@dennis) said on 25th May 2014, 15:34

        Yes, it was under the couch. Thanks for the helpful comment.

      • curmudgeon (@curmudgeon) said on 25th May 2014, 15:38

        @dennis Lewis has been vile continuously on the radio the past two races, not to mention his evil comments about taking a page out of Senna’s book. It doesn’t compare with calling a poor F1 driver a cucumber, which was rude but understandable. I wish we had a transcript for the Spain GP.

      • chris (@9chris9) said on 25th May 2014, 15:41

        Do you expect him to be all cool and calm, whilst driving his heart out around a twisting circuit at breakneck speed. & being told the wrong info? he did say please.
        I suspect some people think everything that comes out if his mouth is vile, no matter what the context.

        • dennis (@dennis) said on 25th May 2014, 16:30

          If Ricciardo managed to overtake Lewis, he would have lost some more much needed points on Rosberg. I don’t see at all how that info was wrong. Especially given Lewis’ record on complaining about how nobody told him certain things before they happened…

      • Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 25th May 2014, 15:43

        You thought his comment was vile? Ridiculous. Of course Lewis is more concerned with the gap to Nico, he’s the only real threat he has in the championship at the moment.

        • dennis (@dennis) said on 25th May 2014, 16:30

          You need to keep everything around you in mind. Not only the guy ahead. He would have lost way more points on Rosberg if Ricciardo did a surprise attack and managed to get by.

      • +1,

        what i find vile is how much people jump all over Hamilton after every possible comment, i think its shows your inner, vile, motivations.

      • JCost (@jcost) said on 25th May 2014, 16:32

        @dennis I wouldn’t call it vile. Alonso sometimes responds to gap calls yelling “I don’t want to know”… Seb’s comment was in a different context.

      • Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 25th May 2014, 16:34

        Schumacher used to swear at Brawn over the radio. I recall a couple of times. Hamilton’s polite compared to that.

        Get over it.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 25th May 2014, 17:58

      @jcost Lewis as always being so annoying on the radio… nothing they tell him is good for him…

      He’s a beast of a driver, but drawing a comparision with JB. Jenson strategic mind always amaizes me, he’s always the first one to dive into the pits when a SC is out, on difficult conditions he raises ahead of the rest, and his chat with his engineers is always calm and relevant. With Lewis, it’s always “tell me about the gap, man!”, “tell me about the tyres, man!”, “I’m trying man!”… so annoying !

      • JeffreyJ said on 25th May 2014, 19:17

        Well, even if Lewis wanted to dive in, Toto Wolf said that he would not have been served by the team. Wolf said the drivers aren’t allowed to make their own calls.

        • Bazza Spock (@bazza-spock) said on 26th May 2014, 8:30

          And that’s rubbish. Through the whole last part of the race I kept thinking what if: Lewis had got on the radio and said, “Listen to me I’m coming in. Get the tyres ready”. If he’s fast enough to think of it or willing to make the gamble then he should be allowed to. MB have already won the constructors.

          I’d like to see the pit crew _not_ service the car if it came in. That would not look good at all.

          • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 26th May 2014, 17:24

            @bazza-spock That’s why this is a team sport . Like it or not , MB have rules and they go by rules . Same goes for any team .They spend the money , they build the car , they pay the driver . All these stunts may look great to watch on TV but will hurt the morale.

          • Bazza Spock (@bazza-spock) said on 26th May 2014, 21:58

            @Hamilfan Yeah I’m not really mad it didn’t happen but it was insteresting to think about for a bit. I did kind of come to the same conslusion – that even though the drives put out this hugely individualistic vibe about it all, even when they think they have what it takes to win, it still depends on what the team says.

            Due to Monaco being so hard to pass, the win was basically decided at the end of qualifying.

            (PS. I couldn’t reply to you directly because there was no reply button there. weird.

          • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 27th May 2014, 3:38

            @bazza-spock Yeah , the win was decided in Q3 and sealed during that SC .

  5. Nick (@npf1) said on 25th May 2014, 15:06

    What a race, at Monaco no less.. I need to calm down a little!

    As I said in the live chat, this could well be the best Monaco GP I’ve seen since starting in 1998.

    • ME4ME (@me4me) said on 25th May 2014, 15:11

      Really? I thought it was rather boring. Overtaking is so hard in an F1 car here, it was really a non-battle between ROS and HAM, and later RIC. Kudos to Marrusia though.

    • Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 25th May 2014, 15:12

      2004 (crash everywhere), 2005 (Alonso’s problem with tyre), and 2008 (rain, action packed, Kubica performance, Sutil’s heartbreak) is great though, not sure that this one is better than them.

      but good race indeed

    • avl0 said on 25th May 2014, 15:43

      It was dull and as with last year the only interesting part of it (the pitstops) was nullified by a safety car. Monaco is only interesting when it rains, everyone knows this, otherwise they just finish in starting order barring crashes/reliability.

    • Nick said on 25th May 2014, 20:23

      The 2011 race was miles better than today’s race!

  6. Daniel shows us again he is the hungrier Bull on the GRID!

    • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 25th May 2014, 15:12

      Yes, he must be really proud of beating a teammate with terminal mechanical issues while he was free of such gremlins; from that it’s indisputable that Ricciardo is by far the superior driver #sarcasm

      No don’t get me wrong, I respect his skills and I acknowledge he will make Vettel sweat but he is not miles ahead.

      • I meant in respect of the race.. He pulled out some great lap times on those same tyres in the end.

        • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 25th May 2014, 15:22

          @manohar
          Yeah OK but since Vettel wasn’t there to say anything about it, there really isn’t any basis for comparison to claim he’s ‘hungrier’… given that Vettel was actually ahead of him before his car went kaput, I’m not especially impressed unlike his performance in Bahrain or Shanghai.

          • right…but i also knew thats how most of the people gonna look at it anyway as they see the stats so officially you can call him that.. and officially his quali stats speaks the same too. in the contrary i support vettel :)

        • matt90 (@matt90) said on 25th May 2014, 15:41

          If he was hungrier late in the race that’s only because Vettel had probably had a snack when he got out of the car. Or do you mean that if Vettel had been hungry enough he could have got his car working just by willing it?

          • i put it how its gonna look according to the stats ;)

          • aka_robyn said on 25th May 2014, 15:45

            LOL. It does seem to be what some people are suggesting. I mean, Ricciardo in his massive hunger never would have let that happen to his engine!

          • matt90 (@matt90) said on 26th May 2014, 11:55

            Stats factor in retirements if you look at them properly.

          • you gotta appreciate the guy putting faster lap times than mercedes in laps 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73 and 78. yes u can say he was the only bull but that will still justify the statement wouldnt it? just to make clear i didnt mean that vettel is not hungry enough or not capable, he is my fav guy on grid as you can see my pic.

      • JCost (@jcost) said on 25th May 2014, 16:36

        Maybe those conspiracy theories of Red Bull sabotaging Mark Webber’s car will be revised due to successive failures experienced by Vettel. That’s the definition of “tough luck”…

    • Albert said on 25th May 2014, 15:12

      Did he? He had a somewhat disappointing performance. Had Raikkonen and Vettel not have issues, he would have finished 5th. Not bad, but after starting 3rd is a little weak.

    • TMF (@tmf42) said on 25th May 2014, 15:12

      @manohar well he was the only bull on track – wasn’t he?

    • Brian C (@bcracing) said on 25th May 2014, 15:16

      How? his teammates car broke down, what race did you watch?

      • watched him putting fastest lap on lap 70 ..dont tell me you left your chair after the SC.

        • JS (@js) said on 25th May 2014, 15:34

          Hum… fastest lap went to K. Raikkonnen on alp circa 75… Don’t tell me you followed only one car :-)
          Glad you enjoy the race; have a good evening.

          • yea after getting new tyres.. daniel went fastest on same tyres than leading mercedes.. you gotta give him credits for that.

          • JS (@js) said on 25th May 2014, 15:41

            Well, I don’t give good points or bad points: new tyres is a fact, but that’s the race. I mean: RIC had a reason to try and go fast at the end of the race (i.e. when the cars have less fuel, hence are faster). Maybe, e.g., ROS had no reason to push at lap 70. Does that mean that RIC’s quickest lap on 70 was not good? Surely not you’d say. Just because some drivers are not pushing at the end because they have nothing to gain shouldn’t be taken into account.

            So same the other way: New tyres ok, but that’s race. Similar: ROS & HAM for instance were pushing at the beginning but the car was full of fuel…

        • Lari (@lari) said on 25th May 2014, 15:40

          @manohar well no sh#t sherlock, that’s usually what happens and fastest lap only is recorded. You can praise it yourself all you want, but won’t be in any statistics when we later look back.

          • i didnt say he was fastest in race.. he was fastest on same tyres and on same league, why bother bringing kimi with top battle.. he had terrible day, all i said is daniel did awesome job matching mercedes’s time.. he went faster than them again on lap 75..so i gotta clap for him there.

          • that was lap 73*

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 25th May 2014, 15:21

      Vettel got him at the start, and I don’t doubt he may have been able to hold him off had his car not failed on him yet again.

  7. NickF12013 (@nickf12013) said on 25th May 2014, 15:07

    I was screaming out of joy when Mag and Kimi crashed !!!

    • Lari (@lari) said on 25th May 2014, 15:13

      Because? You do that with all crashes?

      • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 25th May 2014, 15:15

        @lari
        Bianchi. Marussia. Points.

        Those 3 words should be enough to explain why :P

        • JeffreyJ said on 25th May 2014, 16:50

          I actually felt really bad for Kimi. He had a great start and first half of the race, on pace to outperform Alonso, but then he got a puncture thanks to a Marussia and now Marrussia got a puncture thanks to Kimi…. Ironic. Almost as ironic as Nico getting rewarded with pole while making a mistake under pressure! ;)

      • NickF12013 (@nickf12013) said on 25th May 2014, 15:17

        Only with the ones that favour the underdogs :D

    • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 25th May 2014, 15:14

      So was I :) I’m a big RoGro fan but even I was hoping he would somehow finish behind Bianchi and I was bummed when I heard about his penalty… gotta thank Raikkonen and Magnussen for making it possible for Marussia to score their first points.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 26th May 2014, 0:39

      I was also laughing because the crash looked quite comical, especially the first time one could see it.

  8. kobe leigh said on 25th May 2014, 15:07

    The spectacle was compromised for me on Saturday. Before the infinitely wise inform me my opinion does not affect the points…I am aware. Respect to Bianchi, always thought he was unfortunate to be in a Marussia. Had hoped Sutil would have continued his run of overtakes. Ricciardo gets love as well.

  9. Alan said on 25th May 2014, 15:07

    Bianchi for driver of the weekend

  10. Valhyre (@ausuma) said on 25th May 2014, 15:08

    Congratulations Rosberg! Well done! Amazing!
    Also kudos for Marussia!

  11. Jason (@jason12) said on 25th May 2014, 15:09

    Yeah well……

  12. ivz (@ivz) said on 25th May 2014, 15:09

    Nothing worse than those post race interviews, far out.

  13. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 25th May 2014, 15:09

    Am I the only one who bursted in laughter when I saw Raikkonen and Magnussen get stuck in the hairpin?

  14. sam said on 25th May 2014, 15:10

    Cant use dirty tactics all year, nico hasnt been faster legitimately all year and he wont be 2 weeks on arguably Hamilton s best track. Cant wait

    • Dizzy said on 25th May 2014, 15:16

      nico hasnt been faster legitimately all year

      Except for Bahrain & Spain you mean?

      And in Spain it look Lewis to run a more powerful engine setting against the instructions of the team to be able to stay ahead.

      • Dizzy said on 25th May 2014, 15:17

        And qualifying this weekend for that matter.

        The people who still believe Nico went off intentionally obviously know more than the stewards who have seen all of the data from Nico’s car.

        • sam said on 25th May 2014, 15:20

          I watched his hands it was obvious, though not enough to give a penalty. Im glad he didnt get one to be honest but it was very unsporting

          • Albert said on 25th May 2014, 15:29

            So, you, by “watching his hands”, know more than the stewards that actually have access to the telemetry? Come on

          • Jules Winfield (@jules-winfield) said on 25th May 2014, 17:06

            You should apply for a job with the FIA. You’re obviously more competent than the hugely experienced stewards and former racing drivers who currently have that role.

            Were you watching Rosberg’s hands when Lewis got dirt in his eyes? There could well be a connection there as well, and someone of your intellect is perfectly equipped to figure it out.

          • JackJ said on 26th May 2014, 8:24

            Oh no! You watched his hands. We no longer need stewards.
            Please.

        • avl0 said on 25th May 2014, 15:46

          lol just because the stewards cant prove something doesn’t mean he didnt do it, it just means he is good at cheating, all he had to do was take too much speed into the corner knowing that he’d either make it and get a quicker time or lock up take the run off and cause a yellow flag.

          • Albert said on 25th May 2014, 16:01

            So he was a able to fake that on the narrowest track, so precisely that he didn’t crash, and so convincingly that the stewards didn’t notice it?

            Damn, Rosberg must be the best driver of the past 20 years!

          • I think the stewards and The BBC & NBC commentators miss Martin Brundle’s telling point that he (Rosberg) was guilty of reversing back on the track.

          • uan (@uan) said on 25th May 2014, 19:40

            Martin’s point was to further the intrigue of the story. He actually said that if Rosberg parked the car further down the run off, the yellow flags “may” have been taken down.

            “May”. Probably not. You can’t leave a car in a run off area, especially one that was as short the one at Mirabeau, which Brundle also brought up several times. Race Control isn’t going to let cars go full blast down to the Mirabeau with a car parked in the run off.

            The fastest way to clear a car is for it to back out, otherwise, you need to have a crane come in and pull it out, or even Marshall’s roll it out through an opening, and that’s not going to be done under green.

        • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 25th May 2014, 16:27

          People need to stop this crap of “you know more than the stewards”, the stewards looked many times ridiculous with their decisions, as one of the guys mentioned it yesterday, how long did it took the stewards to figure out that Nelson Piquet JR crashed intentionally in Singapoor 2008 ? Despite the fact that his telemetry data shows that the crash was done in purpose.
          Today it happened to Roseberg to lose the breaking point and to lock the tyres at Maribeau corner but instead he forced the car into the corner something he didn’t do yesterday

          • JCost (@jcost) said on 25th May 2014, 16:51

            @tifoso1989

            Today it happened to Roseberg to lose the breaking point and to lock the tyres at Maribeau corner but instead he forced the car into the corner something he didn’t do yesterday

            When I saw it, I was like “Oh, Nico has just learned how correct at that corner!” :)

          • tomotayo said on 25th May 2014, 17:18

            The stewards did not even see the deliberate crash of Nelson Piquet in Singapore 2008 to help Alonso. Rosberg can choose to carry the speed and lock up to pack his car where he did in a way that looked unintentional with the stewards not able to prove anything…..not saying thats what he did.

      • sam said on 25th May 2014, 15:19

        Who won?

      • uan (@uan) said on 25th May 2014, 19:34

        I just heard about that when Brundle mentioned it. In a very real sense, that is exactly the same thing that happened between Vettel and Webber in Malaysia. But no vilification of Hamilton?

      • Dan said on 25th May 2014, 20:40

        Huh how was he faster in Spain and Bahrain, i suppose Ham was faster today then before he got stuff in his eye? I mean surely 1 second in monaco is as quick as guy in front. Ros had a circuit to try and pass and could not were as LH had zero chance to pass.

      • Dean Reynolds said on 26th May 2014, 13:03

        And in Bahrain nico used the same setting plus drs AND softer tyres and FAILED to get past. At least lewis used the setting successfully

    • Lari (@lari) said on 25th May 2014, 15:20

      Get over yourself.

    • AlokIn (@) said on 25th May 2014, 15:39

      +1

    • Boring guy, go kiss your Hamilton poster above your bed and leave your hollow speculations at home

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 25th May 2014, 16:43

      Like it or not, if Nico fails to beat Lewis fair and square in one of the coming races (preferably Canada or Austria) voices saying he can beat his teammate under normal conditions will get even louder. Nico needs back-to-back wins to regain momentum, he cannot afford another Lewis hack-trick in the next few races.

      • JeffreyJ said on 25th May 2014, 17:03

        To be fair, the only reason Nico is up 4 points in the standings now, is that Lewis failed to finish in Australia. If Hamilton would have finished 1st or 2nd there he’d be up 15 to 20 points on Rosberg. In the races Lewis did finish, he beat Rosberg fair and square except today, where Nico beat him fair and square (in the race, not talking about quali)

  15. Ricardo Ferreira (@yes-master) said on 25th May 2014, 15:10

    I have to say, I laughed when Lewis “Blind” Ham appeared. With one eye only he finished second in Monaco!! He has to be the DOTW! Ahahahahah…so funny that guy…
    Congrats to Nico, Ricciardo and ofc Bianchi. Again, though luck fot Vettel.

    • Lari (@lari) said on 25th May 2014, 15:15

      “I don’t care about Daniel, I only care about Nico” -LH

      He might have come to other thoughts a few laps later and respect his engineer more.

      • Frans said on 25th May 2014, 15:25

        That was a bit arrogant of him. The engineer clearly saw that Ham was slower than Ric, so when asked about the gap, of course they would told him the gap to Ric. If I was the engineer, I would told him that you’re much slower than Ric.

        • Lari (@lari) said on 25th May 2014, 15:34

          Exactly, it’s as if Hamilton didn’t believe his engineer it was significant to know the gap to RIC. I’m sure his engineer wouldn’t say it if it’s not important. If I was the engineer, I’d responded “Forget Nico, you have no chance against him anymore. Now, again, RIC is closing the gap, you need to focus on him.”

    • SImon999 said on 25th May 2014, 15:18

      I don’t understand. What’s funny about it? Unless you’re trying to imply that he was pretending?

      But that would quite a silly thing to suggest, so I’m sure you wouldn’t. :)

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