Monaco Belongs To Rosberg Again
MONACO – Any questions about Nico Rosberg’s ability to beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton were swiftly dispelled Sunday during the Monaco Grand Prix on the Circuit de Monaco.
Rosberg, a Monaco resident, started from the pole and led every lap on the historic circuit to become just the eighth driver in history to win the event in consecutive seasons.
Hamilton started second, snapping a four-race pole streak by the former World Champion. He chased Rosberg throughout the event, closing to less than a second behind Rosberg at times around the tight 2.075-mile circuit.
However, as the laps wound down Hamilton reported to his crew that he had something in one of his eyes that was impeding his vision. As a result Hamilton’s pace slowed dramatically, allowing the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo to quickly close the gap for second.
While Rosberg cruised out front, Hamilton found himself doing everything he could to hold off Ricciardo. The Australian did everything he could to find a way around Hamilton, but in the end the four-time race winner this season was able to hang on to second as Rosberg crossed the finish line for his second triumph of 2014.
Rosberg’s victory snapped a four-race winning streak by Hamilton and allowed Rosberg to reclaim the championship lead over his teammate by four points, 122 to 118.
Rounding out the top five at the finish was the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso and the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.
Jenson Button finished sixth for McLaren ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean for Lotus. Jules Bianchi made history for Marussia by finishing ninth, thus scoring the first championship points for the small independent team despite a five-second penalty added to his final time post-race. Kevin Magnussen completed the top 10 for McLaren.
Sebastian Vettel continued his dismal season with an early retirement on lap eight in his Red Bull after reporting a problem with the turbo in his Renault-powered machine. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix was the Germans 100th start in the Formula One World Championship.