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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205 comments on Rosberg takes win and championship lead in Monaco

  1. Brian C (@bcracing) said on 25th May 2014, 15:14

    Does anyone really think Lewis had something in his eye? If you think Nico rigged qualifying you should be all over this conspiracy too.

    • Lari (@lari) said on 25th May 2014, 15:16

      Nico sprayed oil into his visor in an illegal manner, MUST CALL FOR INVESTIGATION! :)

      • tmax (@tmax) said on 25th May 2014, 15:23

        LOL !!!! @lari don’t give ideas to Lewis he will come up with a reason to whine and claim that he was a victim of Mercedes – Totto – Nikki grand Sabotage theory !!!!!

        BTW I don’t think those days might not be far when Lewis will start complaining that he is marginalized by the German team & German bosses favoring a German driver !!!!!

        • iFelix (@ifelix) said on 25th May 2014, 15:43

          Lol, although both Totto and Niki sind Austrians and Austrians are even less German fans than we Brits :)

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

            It’s funny how only the british always see some kind of national motivation behind everything. Nowhere else in the world there’s so much talk about how driver X is from country Y and is therefore getting a better car or strategies…

            Strange you guys can’t get over that. The teams and drivers certainly did.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 25th May 2014, 15:44

      Why would he lie about that? If he was having tyre issues the best thing he could do is let his team know so they can make suggestions.

    • Mclarengal (@mclarengal) said on 25th May 2014, 16:15

      Hair product?!

    • Dean Reynolds said on 26th May 2014, 13:15

      What is there to conspire against? He got something in his eye lost massive amounts of time and finished where he started…… whats the conspiracy? ??

    • Deb Luhi (@debeluhi) said on 27th May 2014, 11:09

      I’m sure he had something in his eye, it was tears. That’s why it cleared later.

  2. tmax (@tmax) said on 25th May 2014, 15:16

    Did Nico Rosberg do a Grand Chelem ?

    Who did the fastest lap of the race ?

  3. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 25th May 2014, 15:18

    Ricciardo showing that RB10 has the pace if not for the engine. Tough luck that Vettel got into problems. Really wish to see what can he do with the car.

  4. Roger said on 25th May 2014, 15:18

    Unfair not to disq, Bianchi . Caterham pushed really hard to close gap because they knew that he most take the punishment, then they ignored and just got 5sec ! scandal and robbed Caterham to score their first points !!

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 26th May 2014, 0:43

      ????

      • Roger said on 26th May 2014, 1:28

        Marussia ignored the last stop and go, thereby ruin any chanches for Caterham to get to point place, Caterham playing fair game, Bianchi/Marussia not playing fair game and FIA not taking correct action in the aftermatch, Bianch should have a bigger time reduced from his finishing time.!

  5. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 25th May 2014, 15:22

    Hamilton didn’t half have a race full of complaints, did he?

  6. AlexT (@alext) said on 25th May 2014, 15:27

    “Rosberg wins Monaco Grand Prix as Hamilton suffers from vision failure”

  7. Javier (@f1karting) said on 25th May 2014, 15:27

    Hamilton did have something in his eye: a huge tear for realizing Nico had fairly been faster all the race,
    What’s wrong with the guy? No congrats to Nico? He has to remember “have a steel fist in a silk glove”, it’s to sad to see this guy loose control of himself like that

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 25th May 2014, 15:42

      Did Rosberg congratulate Hamilton on the last race? I don’t think so …

    • “Hamilton did have something in his eye: a huge tear for realizing Nico had fairly been faster all the race”

      Easily the most horrendous comment of the weekend.

    • James Wynne (@heisenberg) said on 25th May 2014, 17:08

      Nico wasn’t faster all race. That’s an outlandish comment to make. They traded fastest times throughout, and Lewis’ were done running less than a second behind Nico in the turbulent air, which further proves that the two were pretty equally matched on race pace. That was obviously until lap 56 when Lewis got whatever it was in his eye and was hindered because of that.

      I agree that Lewis lacked composure during the podium ceremony, but you have to understand that he felt cheated out of pole position yesterday, which ultimately proved the most deciding factor in Rosberg’s win. And whilst it would have been nice to see him congratulate Rosberg, Rosberg not only failed to do so when the show was on the other foot in China and Spain.

  8. reiter (@reiter) said on 25th May 2014, 15:29

    I was going to give it an 8, but Bianchi’s result bumped it to 9. Congratulations to Marussia!

  9. Theo Parkinson (@theo-hrp) said on 25th May 2014, 15:30

    As much as it pains me to say it, good job to Rosberg. If he lost this one, I think the championship would effectively be over already ,but Rosberg has hit back hard with good drive. But the man of the moment, has to be Bianchi. His great race has pretty much destroyed Caterham, and possibly Sauber.

    • JeffreyJ said on 25th May 2014, 17:11

      Yes, I’m happy Nico won to keep the championship alive. Imagine if Lewis didn’t have a problem with his car and finsihed in Australia (1st or 2nd doesn’t matter) ánd got pole and the win here. The season would be dead boring.

      For me it’s clear Lewis is the better driver but a DNF here or there, inter teammate controversy and the epic faillure that is the 50 point final race should keep this close and interesting for us fans!

      • Mcquiz (@mcquiz) said on 25th May 2014, 19:56

        I’d have to disagree. Hamilton might be the more talented driver but overall Nico is better. Nico doesn’t get into all sorts of incidents when his personal relationships aren’t great. I don’t recall Nico having to retire in the pit lane either which Lewis managed to do twice China 2007 and Canada 2008 albeit Nico smacked his front wing off in the latter incident due to the carnage that Lewis caused.

        • Dan said on 25th May 2014, 20:46

          @mcquiz lol yeah 4wins to 2 and 4 poles to 2 sure means Ros is better what a silly silly comment.

        • Dean Reynolds said on 26th May 2014, 13:29

          Behave yourself! Lewis is, and will always be remembered as, one of the greats. Nico is decent but the last 5 races tell you everything about their respective abilities so please pull yourself together.

  10. Alex McFarlane said on 25th May 2014, 15:33

    Haha, Bianchi even swears on live TV, DOTW. Shame about the start position mistake, but ultimately I think things balaced out, can’t argue with a bit of luck for Marussia :-)

  11. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 25th May 2014, 15:36

    I’ll be honest here. I’ve secretly always rooted for Lewis since 2007 (never been biased though). For some reason, I really love the guy. Unfortunately today, I lost a bit of respect for the driver I’ve always secretly rooted. Yesterday, it was a very bad coincidence that happened and Lewis lost out a crucial lap. You’ve to give the benefit of doubt to Nico because, (a) The stewards cleared him (unlike Michael in 2006), (b) Nico doesn’t have a history of any wrongdoing in the past and (c) We haven’t seen everything what stewards saw.

    During the gridwalk, Niki Lauda said that Lewis used some power settings that he shouldn’t have in Spain in order to keep Nico behind and he later apologised. However this weekend, he just seemed very bitter.

    Yesterday I posted questioning Lewis’ mental attitude and most didn’t appreciated that but I still stick by it. This one incident has rattled him more than Nico getting rattled by Lewis in the last four races.

    Today, he didn’t even shook hands with the winner and just seemed bitter about the whole thing. He is playing a pivotal role in spoiling the Mercedes environment. I am utterly gutted at his attitude this weekend.

    • nj (@zigizigi26) said on 25th May 2014, 20:44

      You aren’t a true hamilton fan. I am fully convinced Rosberg cheated, why should he shake hands with a cheat. If Hamilton would have got pole in such circumstances, I know he would have made a big deal of apologising and wouldn’t have celebrated so visibly. As for the power settings, what a ridiculous excuse not to like Hamilton, when Rosberg did exactly the same thing in Bahrain. Saying he didn’t shake hands with the winner is also irrelevant because Rosberg didn’t want to shake his hand either.

      Hamilton to destroy Rosberg in his backyard in 2 weeks time. Make 3 into 4.

    • Dan said on 25th May 2014, 20:49

      @neelv27 Your a Ham fan you say? It don’t sound it what about Nico after Spain you miss that?. Or what about guaranteeing to win the Spain GP on the China podium?. But yes Lewis is bitter(rolls eyes)

    • Theo Parkinson (@theo-hrp) said on 25th May 2014, 23:47

      I agree. I’m a bit disappointed in Hamilton this weekend. But he’ll make me feel better by winning Canada! :)

  12. Palle (@palle) said on 25th May 2014, 15:36

    Hamilton didn’t show us that he was more hungry than Nico! If he had dived into the pits after Sutils crash to get a new set of tires even if none of them had been called into the pits, then he could maybe have won the race and proved a point about the hunger.
    I believe it was Herbert who said/asked that Mercedes would have fitted a new set of tires on Hamiltons car, had he dived into the pits not waiting for the call. Toto wiped the question of by stating that isnt the way the Mercedes team work, to let the driver decide when to pit. The driver is called into the pits! I bet they had worked frantically to find his next set of tyres and change them. With a bit of luck he would have come out on top. With bad luck it would have cost him a serious delay and the podium.

    • kpcart said on 25th May 2014, 16:25

      Hamilton can not have it both ways, in previous races he was called in first as he was infront of nico, now it was nicos turn to get called in first because he was infront of lewis. he should not be bagging the team for that.

  13. Dizzy said on 25th May 2014, 15:39

    Lewis is acting like a spoilt brat again.

    He had to use a more powerful engine setting in Spain, Against the instructions of the team & the engine people in order to stay ahead of Nico. He apologized to Nico & the team 7 his apologies were accepted.

    This weekend Nico apologized for causing the yellow yesterday yet apparently Lewis has since refused to speak to him, didn’t attend the post qualifying team debrief & did nothing but whine & cry about everything during the race & refused to acknowledge Nico afterwards.

    Its been the same with Lewis since 2007 when he whined about been told to hold back from Alonso at Monaco & went off crying to the media about how that wasn’t f1 & how he was considering quitting if he was put into that position again.
    Then you had the nonsence here in 2011 ‘maybe its because im black’ after he got a penalty for pulling a stupid move.

    Lewis always comes across as been very high maintenance & does nothing but whine & cry when he doesn’t get his own way.

    He should be a man, Accept Nico’s apologies & move on.

    • iFelix (@ifelix) said on 25th May 2014, 15:48

      Lewis is way too emotional and if he doesn’t resolve the issue and move on, his championship effort would unravel.

    • Ike E (@trublu) said on 25th May 2014, 15:50

      What are you going on about regarding Hamilton’s engine setting in Spain? Each driver can change their setting according to what their garage recommends.

      • Dizzy said on 25th May 2014, 15:53

        What are you going on about regarding Hamilton’s engine setting in Spain? Each driver can change their setting according to what their garage recommends.

        They have been saying on Sky today & Niki Lauda confirmed it on the grid when Brundle asked him that during the Spanish Gp Lewis put the car into an engine mode that he wasn’t supposed to put it in & was specifically told by the team not to use.

        • Ike E (@trublu) said on 25th May 2014, 16:05

          Can’t find any mention of that anywhere. I don’t see how engine mode is something to be apologized for if Nico could have just changed his. This sounds like a fishy story.

          • kpcart said on 25th May 2014, 16:21

            it was mentioned by martin brundle during commentary

          • PeterG said on 25th May 2014, 17:07

            Niki Lauda CONFIRMED the story to Martin Brunlde when asked about it during the gridwalk.

            Toto Wolff also confirmed the story to be true on Sky.

          • Jules Winfield (@jules-winfield) said on 25th May 2014, 17:08

            He was specifically told not to. There can’t be one rule for him and another for Rosberg. Hence he apologised.

            Or are you accusing Niki Lauda of lying?

          • Dean Reynolds said on 26th May 2014, 13:39

            As usual dont let the truth get in the way of a good dig at Lewis. Nico used the same setting in Bahrain. Only difference was Lewis used it successfully. …. nico didn’t.

    • Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 25th May 2014, 19:32

      I think he does set himself up for a fall sometimes. Saying he had “no excuse” to not get pole and that he would “take a leaf out of Senna’s book” is going to paint him into a corner if he doesn’t win.

  14. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 25th May 2014, 15:41

    At first I thought Hamilton had hallucinations because of the dehydratation and the starvation when he complained about something in his eye.

    I was thinking of Sutils comments about losing weight and got a bit psycho a suppose …

  15. Nome said on 25th May 2014, 15:46

    Lewis throwing toys out of the pram agai… all week he’s bee goig on about winning in Monaco as if it was already fait accompli, and his sour face on the podium does him no favours, is he ever going to grow up? and talk about emulating Senna, man was brilliant but could be a thug on the circuit. Luckily Rosberg doesn’t seem to be falling for LH’s mind games but we are probably only weeks away as previous poster remarked, from LH’s conspiracy hints, German manufactuer, chairman, team leader, driver… Well done to our Australian driver too, but hope that Canada will be more interesting.

    • kpcart said on 25th May 2014, 16:19

      he already let one go today, saying they wouldn’t have bought him in to pit when he wanted to.

      • Dean Reynolds said on 26th May 2014, 13:49

        Jesus! What is it with you people? Ignore the truth and select the juiciest gossip about lewis. Worse than a coffee morning at WI. Lewis explained his comments about pitting. Merc have 1 strategist for both drivers THATS why he said what he did.

    • Dean Reynolds said on 26th May 2014, 13:52

      Sour face? Show me a good looser and ill show you a looser.

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