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Rosberg takes lights to flag victory in Monaco

Jules Bianchi picked up his and the team's first point.
Sunday, May 25, 2014

25th May, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in a lights-out to chequered flag victory.

The German driver led every lap of last years Monaco Grand Prix and did exactly the same thing again this year.

At points it looked close between Rosberg and Hamilton but the Briton began to drop back and came under pressure from Ricciardo after suffering with his vision when he told the team he had something in his eye.

Hamilton seemed particularly frustrated with Mercedes for not pitting him the lap before the safety car came out to collect Adrian Sutil’s car.

Ricciardo didn’t have a strong start, dropping a place on the opening lap. Towards the end of the race the Australian driver began hunting Hamilton down but was unable to pass him and finished 0.4 seconds behind him.

Fernando Alonso had a quiet race and finished fourth, 22 seconds behind Ricciardo.

Nico Hulkenberg picked up a handful of points for Force India after finishing fifth place. The German driver pulled off a great pass on Kevin Magnussen at Portier.

McLaren driver Jenson Button had a strong performance and crossed the line sixth.

After making his first pit stop on lap 46 it looked like points might have been out of the question for Felipe Massa. The Brazilian driver made his way back through traffic to finish seventh.

Romain Grosjean had a tough first half of the race, spending most of it amongst the backmarkers after an early pit stop due after being hit from behind on the opening lap. In the second half of the race he was able to pull himself back into the points.

Jules Bianchi picked up his and Marussia’s first points after finishing ninth in Monaco.

He was handed a five second stop and go penalty for being out of position on the grid, he then picked up another one for serving that first penalty under the safety car. Bianchi crossed the line eighth but his five second penalty means he finishes ninth.

The final point was scored by Magnussen, who dropped down the order towards the end of the race after contact with Kimi Raikkonen.

Marcus Ericsson finished just outside the points in 11th with Raikkonen in 12th. Raikkonen fell out of the points after he and Magnussen made contact and came to a halt momentarily at the Loews Hairpin.

Rounding out the finishers were Kamui Kobayashi who finished 13th and Max Chilton in 14th, who also picked up a five place stop and go penalty for being out of position on the grid.

Sergio Perez was the first retiree of the afternoon, bringing the safety car out on the opening lap after making contact with Button at Mirabeau.

Pastor Maldonado retired with the team citing a potential fuel-system issue as the cause of the problem.

Sebastian Vettel first came into the pits complaining that he had no drive on lap 4. After a long stop he returned to the track and said he was stuck in first gear. The world champion made his way back to the pits to retire the car.

Toro Rosso had a bad day at the office with a double retirement. Daniil Kvyat retired on lap 12 and Jean-Eric Vergne retired on lap 52 after smoke was seen pouring out the back of his car.

Sutil brought out the second safety car of the day after losing control coming out of the tunnel, hitting the barriers and coming to a stop in the run-off area.

Valtteri Bottas’ car had to be removed from the Loews Hairpin after he stopped after smoke was seen coming out of his car.

Esteban Gutierrez was the final retiree of the day when he hit the barrier and spun at Rascasse.

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