Nico Rosberg from Mercedes AMG secured a third victory in a row for his team at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix thanks to a mistake made by his own team which cost Lewis Hamilton and his teammates the top prize. It all came down when Hamilton was called in for the pit stop for fresh tires under a late safety car despite the gap between him and the next-in-line two drivers not being sufficient enough to secure a first place victory for the man.
Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff said after the race.“In simple terms, we got our numbers wrong,” “We thought we had the gap for Lewis to take fresh tires and come back out in the lead behind the safety car, ahead of Nico and covering off any risk of another competitor taking fresh tires, but the calculation was incorrect and he came out in third place.”
Sebastian Vettel split the difference between the two Mercedes AMG drivers by finishing in just under five seconds behind Nico Rosberg, while Luis Hamilton finished six seconds in which places him in third making him the second pole-sitter in the last decade to not go on and win in Monaco. The last time something like this happened was back in 2008 when Hamilton actually won, coming through from third on the grid to cross the line first in a very wet race.
Infiniti’s Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat finished in fifth and fourth, respectively. The team was happy with the result since Ricciardo ended the race with the fastest lap overall and a great move to pass Kimi Räikkönen from Ferrari which finished in sixth during the Monaco.
Seventh place wen to Sergio Perez from Force India while McLaren’s Jenson Button dwindled in the eighth place securing the British bred McLaren its first points of the season. Fernando Alonso wasn’t as lucky however, he managed to have an early collision with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg early in the race while also suffering from gearbox issue which forced him to retire after 41 laps.
McLaren’s Jenson Button managed to finish eighth yesterday to secure the British team its first points of the season. Sadly for teammate Fernando Alonso, gearbox trouble after 41 laps meant the Spaniard had to retire. He also suffered a collision with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg earlier in the race.
In ninth came in Brazilian Felipe Nasr driving for Sauber’s while Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sains scored a tenth finish.
With a great race, these are the results of the Monaco Grand Prix – Hamilton leading the 2015 Drivers Championship with a total of 126 points, Rosberg in seconds with 116 points while Vettel moves in third with 98 points.In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes leads with 242 points followed by Ferrari with 158 points and Williams with 81 points.
Below are the full results of the 2015 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix:
1) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG
2) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG
4) Daniil Kvyat, Infiniti Red Bull Racing
5) Daniel Ricciardo, Infiniti Red Bull Racing
6) Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari
7) Sergio Perez, Force India
8) Jenson Button, McLaren
9) Felipe Nasr, Sauber
10) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso
11) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India
12) Romain Grosjean, Lotus
13) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber
14) Valtteri Bottas, Williams
15) Felipe Massa, Williams
16) Roberto Merhi, Marussia
17) Will Stevens, Marussia
Ret) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso
Ret) Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Ret) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus