Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 MONACO GP: ROSBERG LUCKY, HAMILTON BOILING

Nico Rosberg took his third consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory as a certain victory for Lewis Hamilton was a wrecked by a late race strategic blunder that saw Mercedes pit the champion under a late-race safety car that dropped him to third place behind Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton had led the race without threat for 64 laps but then Max Verstappen collided with Romain Grosjean and the safety car was deployed. Mercedes bizarrely chose to pit Hamilton for new supersofts but when he emerged he found himself behind Rosberg and Vettel, who had opted to stay out.

When the safety car left the track with seven laps to go, Vettel defended hard and despite having new quicker tyres Hamilton could find no way past. Rosberg carved out a healthy lead and marched to his third consecutive Monaco win.

PosDriverCarLapsGap
1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG781h49:18.420
2Sebastian VettelFerrari78+  4.486
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG78+  6.053
4Daniil KvyatRed Bull78+ 11.965
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull78+ 13.608
6Kimi RaikkonenFerrari78+ 14.345
7Sergio PerezForce India78+ 15.013
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren78+ 16.063
9Felipe NasrSauber78+ 23.626
10Carlos SainzToro Rosso78+ 25.056
11Nico HulkenbergForce India78+ 26.232
12Romain GrosjeanLotus78+ 28.415
13Marcus EricssonSauber78+ 31.159
14Valtteri BottasWilliams78+ 45.789
15Felipe MassaWilliams77+   1 Lap
16Roberto MerhiManor76+  2 Laps
17Will StevensManor76+  2 Laps
DNFMax VerstappenToro Rosso62Collision
DNFFernando AlonsoMcLaren41Overheating
DNFPastor MaldonadoLotus5Brakes