Rosberg wins again in Monaco after controversial Hamilton pit call

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg claimed an unlikely victory at the Monaco Grand Prix after a controversial late pit stop for Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton dominated proceedings until the remaining 15 laps, when the Safety Car was called due to an accident for Max Verstappen.

Mercedes decided to pit Hamilton – who had a substantial lead – and he emerged back in third place, unable to get by on Sebastian Vettel.

It meant Rosberg was able to take his third successive victory in the Principality, despite Hamilton’s erstwhile domination.

At the start Hamilton retained his lead into Sainte Devote while Rosberg defended second position; the only change inside the top 10 came as the Red Bull drivers swapped positions, while Fernando Alonso was handed a five second time penalty after nudging Nico Hülkenberg into the wall at Mirabeau.

Hamilton duly extended his lead over Rosberg across the opening part of the race, building a gap of three seconds, with Vettel remaining within reach of his compatriot.

Hamilton dealt with the majority of lapped traffic better than Rosberg, with the gap ballooning to eight seconds, as the lead trio pulled significantly clear of the Red Bulls.

Vettel was the first of the frontrunners to pit as he stopped on lap 35 for fresh Primes; Rosberg duly reacted a lap later and maintained his position.

Hamilton came in a lap later for his stop and emerged with an 8.2s lead as Vettel closed the gap to Rosberg to under a second before the Mercedes driver reacted with a sequence of quick laps.

Hamilton extended his lead to 19 seconds until the Safety Car was deployed when Verstappen – recovering from a slow stop – slammed into the back of Romain Grosjean and suffered a heavy impact into the wall at Sainte Devote.

Mercedes opted to pit Hamilton for fresh Options, dropping him behind Rosberg and Vettel.

The Briton was unable to get by on Vettel, enabling Rosberg to win the race, ahead of Ferrari’s Vettel and long-time leader Hamilton.

Daniil Kvyat secured his best Red Bull result with fourth, ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Kimi Räikkönen was sixth for Ferrari, while Sergio Pérez maintained seventh place for Force India.

Jenson Button claimed McLaren’s first points of the year with eighth while Felipe Nasr and Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top 10.

Maldonado retired early on while Alonso pulled the McLaren off the circuit at Sainte Devote shortly after mid-distance, while running inside the points.

1Nico RosbergMercedes1:49:18.42025
2Sebastian VettelFerrari4.48618
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes6.05315
4Daniil KvyatRed Bull11.96512
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull13.60810
6Kimi RäikkönenFerrari14.3458
7Sergio PerezForce India15.0136
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren16.0634
9Felipe NasrSauber23.6262
10Carlos SainzToro Rosso25.0561
11Nico HulkenbergForce India26.2320
12Romain GrosjeanLotus28.4150
13Marcus EricssonSauber31.1590
14Valtteri BottasWilliams45.7890
15Felipe MassaWilliams1 lap0
16Roberto MerhiMarussia2 laps0
17Will StevensMarussia2 laps0
RTMax VerstappenToro RossoDNF0
RTFernando AlonsoMcLarenDNF0
RTPastor MaldonadoLotusDNF0

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