Report – Nico Rosberg reclaimed the lead of the Formula 1 world championship from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by beating him to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo smelled blood and closed Hamilton down, but fell short of beating the Brit to second place by just 0.4 seconds. The Australian thus had to be content with his second consecutive third placed finish. He had earlier made a slow start from third on the grid, but regained the lost ground thanks to problems for his team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
World champion Vettel ran third initially after a strong start from the second row, but reported a loss of power shortly after the first restart. Red Bull replaced parts of his Energy Recovery System unit before the race, following the ERS issue that hampered Vettel in qualifying, and the German complained of a loss of boost pressure from his Renault engine in the race. A frustrated Vettel rejoined the action after some adjustments in the pits, but was told by the team to retire his car.
Raikkonen thus looked as though he might claim his first podium since returning to Ferrari, having got up to fourth by passing his team-mate Fernando Alonso at the start and driving around the outside of Ricciardo’s Red Bull on the first run through Ste Devote. But the Finn’s race was undone by contact with Max Chilton’s Marussia during the second safety car period. Chilton was trying to un-lap himself, and the resulting collision forced Raikkonen into a second stop to repair some minor damage to his F14 T.
This condemned the 2007 world champion to a recovery drive through the field, while Alonso maintained his third position in the world championship by finishing a lonely fourth. Raikkonen ultimately ended up pointless after a botched pass on Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren at Lowes with a handful of laps remaining.
Magnussen had just been passed by team-mate Jenson Button as Hamilton and Ricciardo lapped a battle for fifth between Hulkenberg’s Force India, the two McLarens, and Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Raikkonen spotted a chance to dive down the inside at the hairpin, but ran out of road, meaning both drivers lost ground.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h49m27.661s 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +9.210s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +9.614s 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +32.452s 5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes -1 lap 6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes -1 lap 7. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes -1 lap 8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault -1 lap 9. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap 10. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes -1 lap 11. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault -1 lap 12. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari -1 lap 13. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -3 laps 14. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -3 laps Retirements: Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 59 laps Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 55 laps Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 50 laps Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 23 laps Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 10 laps Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 5 laps Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 0 laps Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 0 laps
Drivers' championship: Pos Driver Points 1. Nico Rosberg 122 2. Lewis Hamilton 118 3. Fernando Alonso 61 4. Daniel Ricciardo 54 5. Nico Hulkenberg 47 6. Sebastian Vettel 45 7. Valtteri Bottas 34 8. Jenson Button 31 9. Kevin Magnussen 21 10. Sergio Perez 20 11. Felipe Massa 18 12. Kimi Raikkonen 17 13. Romain Grosjean 8 14. Jean-Eric Vergne 4 15. Daniil Kvyat 4 16. Jules Bianchi 2 Constructors' championship: Pos Team Points 1. Mercedes 240 2. Red Bull-Renault 99 3. Ferrari 78 4. Force India-Mercedes 67 5. McLaren-Mercedes 52 6. Williams-Mercedes 52 7. Lotus-Renault 8 8. Toro Rosso-Renault 8 9. Marussia-Ferrari 2 10. Sauber-Ferrari 0 11. Caterham-Renault 0
Kimi Raikkonen: “This was a very unlucky day for me, a real shame after getting a good start and managing to move up to third place. The car was handling well and had a good pace. Unfortunately, in a Safety Car period, my car was hit by Chilton’s Marussia and I had to make an unscheduled stop as my right rear tyre was damaged and that meant the end of any chance of getting a good result. I am sorry I still haven’t managed to get a good result because we are working very hard. We know there is a lot to do as our rivals are still a long way ahead, but I am sure that if we continue down this path the results will come, maybe with a bit more luck.”
Pat Fry: “Today in Monaco, luck was not on our side, especially in Kimi’s case. Mercedes and Red Bull showed they have a greater potential than we do, but thanks to a really good start, I think that Kimi, who was third at the first corner, could have finished on the podium. Unfortunately, during the Safety Car period, his F14 T was hit by a Marussia and that meant he had to make two stops in the space of two laps, effectively ruining his race. Fernando also got away well, but a few moments later and for all of the first sector, his car suffered a temporary drop in power. Fortunately, he managed not to lose too many places and after that, he ran a rather solitary race. We start work again tomorrow in Maranello, looking at our weak points: we are sure we can improve and now we must prove those words with facts.”
Raikkonen reprimanded for Magnussen clash: Raikkonen had been running third until hit by Max Chilton’s Marussia during the second safety car period. He had to pit for repairs and fell to 14th. He admitted that after that delay he had been willing to make very aggressive moves.
“I tried to overtake on the inside kerb and couldn’t make the corner,” Raikkonen said of the Magnussen incident. “He moved a little bit to the left and I went over the kerb and was pretty close to the turn, but the wall was too close and I had to reverse. I never hit him until I reversed, because obviously he was behind me. But I didn’t really care at that point – a few points for eighth place, or 10th place or 11th place, it makes no difference for me.”
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Max Chilton has been given a reprimand for colliding with Kimi Raikkonen during the race #F1
— Connor (@cmckinleyF1) May 25, 2014
Onboard race start with Kimi
Post-race interview with MTV3 (Translation in subtitles)