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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  25 May 2014   |  2:59 pm GMT  |  667 comments

Nico Rosberg took his second consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory with a controlled drive from pole, holding off team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who struggled with vision problems in the latter stages of the race. Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo was third.

Rosberg held his lead at the start, with Hamilton hard in pursuit. Behind them the order was changing. Third-on the-grid Daniel Ricciardo made a poor getaway and was passed by team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo then tried to fend off the hard-charging Fernando Alonso and that allowed Kimi Raikkonen, who had started sixth, to slip past both around the outside.

As the front-runners settled into the lap behind them Sergio Perez, who had started 10th, was clipped by McLaren’s Jenson Button and pitched into the barriers on the run down to the hairpin.

That triggered a brief safety car intervention and it left the order changed  again. This time it was Vettel on the move – though backwards. The champion reported a loss of power and slid rapidly back to 10th by the end of lap four. He pitted to permit his crew a diagnosis but within moments of them releasing him back into the fray, in last position, he reported that his RB10 was stuck in first gear. The myriad issues quickly saw him retire from the race.

The next man to exit the race was Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat. The Russian rookie had impressed all weekend on his first time out at Monaco but after a decent race start in which he settled into eighth position he began to drop back on lap 11, losing places to Button and Hulkenberg. Kvyat then steered his car back to the pit lane and retired.

At the front the tight battle between Rosberg and Hamilton continued. By lap 19 the German was just 1.7 seconds ahead of his team-mate and both were pushing hard to find any advantage. Behind them Raikkonen was now 9.7s behind Rosberg, with Ricciardo 2.4s behind the Finn. Alonso continued in fifth, nine seconds to the good over Kevin Magnussen, with Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne seventh.

The Safety Car appeared again on lap 25. Adrian Sutil lost control of his Sauber on the exit of the tunnel and smashed into the barriers scattering debris all across the run down to the Nouvelle  Chicane.

That was the cue for a flurry of stops as all the front runners visited the pits. The Mercedes came in one behind the other, with Hamilton momentarily delayed. Raikkonen, meanwhile, slotted back into third but was soon back in the pits, for another set of softs, the Finn being clipped by a lapped Marussia on his out lap. That promoted Ricciardo to third.

The order, when the safety car left the track on lap 30, was Rosberg, Hamilton, Ricciardo and Alonso, with Williams’ Felipe Massa fifth. The Brazilian had failed to pit during the safety car period, however, and was still circulating on his starting supersoft tyres.

Behind them, Vergne was handed a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release during the safety car period, the Frenchman having been sent dangerously into the path of Magnussen in the pit lane.

Vergne’s return to the pits on lap 37 shuffled the order in the lower half of the top 10. Hulkenberg was now sixth, ahead of Magnussen, Button, Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez.

Massa finally pitted on lap 45, dropping back to 11th. The order now was Rosberg, just 0.8s ahead of Hamilton, with Ricciardo third, 12s back. Alonso was fourth ahead of Hulkenberg, Magnussen and Button. Bottas was eighth, Gutierrez ninth and Raikkonen was back into the top 10.

Vergne’s race, meanwhile, went from bad to worse. Fighting with Jules Bianchi for P13 on lap 52, blue smoke suddenly appeared at the back of the Toro Rosso. By the time Vergne reached the swimming pool section it had turned into a plume and he arrowed into pit lane to bring to an end a frustrating afternoon for his Italian team.

A handful of laps later a second engine failure changed the order again. Bottas, in eighth, was defending hard as behind him Gutierrez, Raikkonen and Massa (on fresher tyres) pushed to get past. In the end none of the trio had to tussle too hard, as on lap 57 Bottas’ FW36 expired in a pall of smoke at the hairpin.

Gutierrez was the next man to exit the race. The Mexican clipped the barrier at Rascasse, sustained a puncture and spun close to the pit lane entrance.

That put Marussia’s Jules Bianchi in a points-scoring position. The Frenchman was due to take a five-second penalty at the end of the race for an earlier infringement but with a six-second advantage over Grosjean on track, it looked like the Frenchman was on the way to his first F1 points.

Hamilton, meanwhile, was in trouble, complaining that he had dirt in his left eye that was impairing his vision. The gap between him and Rosberg drifted to five seconds, with Riccardo now eight seconds behind Hamilton.

The Australian made a determined bid to reel in Hamilton and closed the gap on the Mercedes driver to three seconds by lap 72. Hamilton was soon embroiled in traffic and on lap 73 Ricciardo was running on the Briton’s gearbox.

In the traffic Button passed Magnussen across the start-finish line. Ricciardo and Hamilton wove their through the backmarkers and as they did so Raikkonen attempted to pass Magnussen.

Both got stuck at the hairpin and that allowed Bianchi to move up to eighth, meaning that regardless of his penalty he would retain a points position.

It was now all about the Ricciardo/Hamilton duel. Ricciardo threw everything at the challenge but the Red Bull driver could find no way past as Hamilton used his greater power in tunnel to prevent any move from Riccardo into the chicane.

Ahead, Rosberg crossed the line to take his second Monaco win and to seize back the championship lead. The German now has 122 points to his team-mate’s 118.

Hamilton held off Ricciardo to take second. Alonso was fourth behind the Australian, with Hulkenberg fifth. Button was sixth for McLaren, ahead of Massa. Grosjean was eighth with Bianchi ninth, but the Marussia driver was crucially nine seconds ahead of tenth-placed Magnussen, meaning that Marussia scored their first championship points and took a crucial advantage over Caterham, for whom Ericsson was 11th, in the Constructors’ Championship.

 

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1

Every race, before, after, during..all I hear is Lewis crying & whining. I was a big fan of Senna and any fancy Lewis has in comparing himself to Senna is really laughable. Stop crying Lewis, you are only embarrassing yourself. Or go ask Daniel Riccardo what he would do.

2

We’re you also a fan of Senna’s whining crying and tantrums and constant jibes about other drivers, along with his ruthless crashing other drivers off the track. Or was it ok for Senna, his moodiness and volatile nature is far beyond Lewis, by comparison Lewis is a saint. He likes Senna, he makes no comparison, others may do so, but that’s not his fault, in racing spirit and attitude he is like Senna.

3
German Samurai

Senna’s dead so we mythologize the man.

Had he lived the mention of Senna’s achievements would have been tarred by how he used his car as a potentially lethal weapon at Suzuka, his skullduggery, almost slanderous accusations against rivals, absence of grace in losing and pure narcissism.

4

I think you might be confusing Senna with Schumacher… The guy that twice crashed into opponents in title deciders like only a reckless cheat would, while lying about it till years later. The same guy with illegal traction controls on his car, the same guy who parked his car in Monaco… You get the idea. Senna had the one crash but warned about doing so beforehand at least.

5

Firstly I am a LH fan, big time.

Nico did make a mistake with a view to taking the action he did if it did not come off. I can therefore conclude that it was 6 of one and 6 of another. Nico is also playing the game very well. I have to confess that I did not even think he would stoop to that level of thought process, but then I am not a F! driver in a titanic struggle to win!!

Lewis does need to take stock of what is important here. He came a very good second and is only 3 points behind. Some of his best venues are coming up and should therefore be cool with the situation.

Come on Lewis this is your time grasp it and embrace it. Don,t let the situation take controll of you.

6

Lewis’ frustration is simple really – and I understand it completely, but his actions/reactions are a disappointment to me as his fan. Simply put, more often than not, the person who ultimately MAKES the mistake does not benefit from it. Nico made a mistake in China Q3, he did not reap pole because of it. Ultimately Lewis has already admitted it was his own fault for not having a faster banker lap. While their relationship will remain frosty through the end of the year, This will be out of his mind in Canada. There will be more crap from the two of these kids before its all decided.

7

In Spain and now in Monaco I was surprised about the amount of arguing between Lewis Hamilton and his engineer.

Is Spain Lewis was not comfortable with the strategy that the team choose for him in the final stages of the race. In Monaco, again, Lewis complained a lot with the team for not having called him as soon as the safety car was deployed.

It seems that Lewis don’t completely trusts the decisions that are made in the pit wall, and to me that is strange but at the same time can be revealing about the present atmosphere inside the team.

8

Lewis could have easily got pole in monaco had nico has not made the mistake.

Lewis is clearly entitled to feel cold, because nico scored a hollow pole in monaco and held the track position to win. Being in a team which have german base and german pilot alongside as teammate with some odd strategy calls,i can understand why lewis questions the team and have some doubts about the team.

Yet come montreal, lewis can win easily there and lead the WDC standings. Fair play to nico as well it is very much confirmed that nico made a mistake in quali and it was not error which has been made on purpose

9

So lewis is childish and unsportsmanlike but if Nico and the team knew from the data that lewis was up on his time and going faster which would have given him pole position before the yellow flags,then why didn’t the team and Nico do the honourable thing and let lewis take the lead on track. Since Nico got pole by bringing out the flags.

10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2nBODGy5Eo

Davidson and Herbert discuss and watch in slow motion Rosberg’s qualifying error.

I can see both their points of view, so Rosberg’s the only one who’ll be able to say what happened, and that’s not going to happen until he retires is it!

From my considerably lesser level of racing in karts you could definitely induce this on purpose, but also looking at where he braked and the bumps I can see it being a error purely on trying to push hard. No way the stewards could have penalised him for it due to lack of evidence. Although interesting they could have confirmed bottoming out on bumps, or rear lock up, but don’t suppose this is in the remit of their report. He definitely braked much later and on a different line, but the sawing at the wheel leaves some doubt for me as that’s unusual. Firmly on the fence then.

Lewis like a toddler I agree, but I’d actually prefer that to the PR drone that most come out with. At least he’s been honest about believing it was on purpose in public, and hasn’t shied away behind PR.

11

someone needs to tell Lewis about the big picture. he was always likely to finish 2nd here as its so hard to overtake. Over the season he should prevail.

12

Lewis needs to watch the post race interview with Helio Castroneves from yesterday’s Indy 500. Pure Class.

13
kenneth chapman

hamilton is at it again!!! veiled innuendo that he has ‘seen’ evidence that rosberg put the ‘fix’ in.

why doesn’t he come clean and simply state what he ‘saw’? where’s the evidence to support his analysis? surely the stewards also saw this ‘evidence’ as well and they thought differently.

this is why hamilton is being viewed as a tool. all talk and faux histrionics only serve to confirm this viewpoint.

i have always thought that rosberg had a glass jaw and for many years he was an ‘easybeat’ who lacked the mongrel spirit. he has changed and he is now fast becoming a top drawer driver. he played the part with a certain panache on sunday and put hamilton back into the shade. well done nico. [never thought that i’d say that]

14

Feel for Kimi he deserved a podium today after that great start. His bad luck continues which is very frustrating hope it disappears for the next race till the end of the season. I want to see him at his best again but Ferrari need to give him & Alonso a much better car as it’s currently an embarrassment being way behind the mercs & red bulls!

15

Nico for sure – he controlled the race and withstood the pressure for such a long time.

But he also had to put up with Hamilton’s offensive comments about their different upbringing (news flash Lewis, your hero Senna’s very privileged upbringing didn’t affect his motivation…), acting like a petulant child at press conferences (the way he responded to James’ questions on Satursday was appalling), refusing to shake hands with his teammate. I used to like Lewis, but he sounds like a childish brat! Glad to see Nico pull this one out of the bag.

16

Rosberg was certainly faster than Lewis for sure. And Lewis must stop sulking too much, but being an emotional chap I guess that’s how it is. For PR it’s not good as this could affect sponsorships which is already evident.

Overall the race was not too bad as I didn’t get that bored. There was quite a bit of action with safety cars deployed which did help. Too many cars retired though.

Gutted for Kimi after he was clipped and made an extra stop which pretty much screwed up his race. Then again, would Ric have caught him in normal situation?

Somehow Alonso managed fourth which is pretty good though. Now why didn’t Alonso pit at the last stint when his tires were shot, if he did he could’ve made a real quick dash for the finish line and even maybe pass Ric?

Oh dear, Rosberg been getting much slugging from quail incident. We will never know if he’s guilty or not guilty, one of those IFFY.

17

“For PR it’s not good as this could affect sponsorships which is already evident.”

Can you expand on that? or provide us with a link if you have it?

18

Well, Bernie should be happy at least – plenty of headlines and talking points despite Mercedes continuing to dominate.

The Nico/Lewis rivalry is starting to look a little melodramatic already. Lewis sounds paranoid, Nico looks a bit of a tool with his OTT pole celebration. Maybe they’re both considering a post-F1 career acting in soap operas…

The truth is that we’ll likely never know for sure what happened to Rosberg in Q3, but without direct evidence to the contrary, the likeliest explanation is that he simply made a driving error because he was pushing really hard. If it had been Vergne or Kvyat or KMag, or even Kimi who tossed it down the escape road, noone would even have blinked. Bad luck Lewis, move on.

Lewis’s broad hints that there is some kind of evidence of wrongdoing which he won’t/can’t reveal serves to fuel the outrage of his fans, but accomplishes little else.

It doesn’t help him move his own focus to the next race/rest of the season, it surely doesn’t endear him to the team, and it’s very unlikely to have much influence on Rosberg, even (especially) if he actually did deliberately hold Hamilton up.

Generally this season Hamilton has had a slight edge over Rosberg, and clearly Lewis believes himself the better driver, so that’s what he needs to concentrate on. “Mind games” aren’t going to win him the championship, particularly if he manages to alienate the team in the process.

19

I think Ham’s unsportsman like behaviour is very disappointing to see. His disrespect for his team & teammate set a bad example for the sport & the kids watching who look up to this guy. It’s very unprofessional. You don’t have to like or be best buddies with your teammate fight it out on the track play mind games in the media whatever but sportsmanship after the race is important as the world is watching it’s a team sport at the end of the day. I thought Ham grew up & matured but clearly that’s not the case it’s a real shame. Wondering how Lauda & Toto will address Ham’s bad wanna be bad boy attitude as if it was me I’d certainly wouldn’t accept his disrespect & would put a stop to it right away!

20

typical alonso, his cars always at fault which he then finishes in the points (usually 3rd or 4th) so everyone thinks hes the compelte package 😛

21

sorry, this reply was for Luis Pastilla

22

Great job, Nico. Too bad this has become the “asterisk” season. Mercedes has done a fabulous job bringing an absolutely dominant car to the grid. Pity that it is, in fact, the only one capable of winning. Whether the WDC goes to Nico or Lewis is irrelevant. The championship, according to those in power, will go down as the one championship with absolutely no meaning.

23

The straight line speed of the Mercedes definitely gave Hamilton second place over Ricciardo ,a bit more power please Renault.

Ricciardo drove very well in the race and out qualified his team again.

I note the sour look on Marko’s face and the forced smile on Horner’s face. They definitely would have prefered a different outcome.

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kenneth chapman

@johnH…yes, i noted that as well and i have already posted re horner’s decidely cool response in his race comments where he couldn’t even come to say anything at all positive about ricciardo’s superb drive. why?

i thought ricci held it all together in a cool and determined manner. he did all that was asked of him and a bit more. his car control was something to watch and marvel at, especially through the chicane after the tunnel exit.

25

Horner has spoken effusively about ricciardo all year.

But to be fair to Vettel, he had the ERS issue in qualifying without which he prob would have out qualified Ricciardo. And this being Monaco, once he had jumped up to third at the start, that is where he would probably have finished.

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kenneth chapman

@DanRic…..yes, he has and i am fully aware of that. what i was attempting to point out was that here we have ricciardo driving a great controlled race without any mistakes on what is the most difficult track of the season and horner does not say anything really positive!

i thought that ricciardo’s final ten/fifteen laps were an excellent exercise in wringing the neck of the red bull, taking it to the absolute limit.

vettel’s ‘possible’ hot lap in quali is about on a par with what ricciardo may have done without his small error in turn eight. vettel and ricciardo,taking the results to date are suggesting that ricci is doing well. they both have two races where they haven’t scored. i have been saying that vettel will come back hard for some time now. that would be expected of a 4 X WDC with far more top team experience than ricci who is in his first year.

the good thing here is that he is not intimidated or daunted by the other side of the garage. that can only lead to some spirited competition in the future.

27

Vettel was ahead of Dan when his car broke. Expect to see more of this in the near future. Sooner or later, VET will adjust to the car and Dan will have his hands full.

28

@ Edward

Vettel was ahead of Dan? Does not make any difference. Vettel has been out-qualified now 5-1 by Dan Ricciardo and daniel is simply faster than vettel. Ricciardo could have been easy 4X champion had he drove for RBR instead of mark webber.

Too many excuses here in favour of vettel and If a 4X WDC cannot adapt to the new rules right from the word go then he does not deserve to be a WDC winner at all

Vettel cannot do anything and Ricciardo will easily wipe the floor with vettel this season and as move forward from 2015 as well.

29

Only time can tell if Ricciardo can be a 4 wdc.

30

I take it you are joking?

31

There’s an “i” missing in Ricciardos name in the headline

32

James, can you tell us when and where in Monaco are drivers weighed after the race?

I noticed that Lewis drank from Monster bottle right out of the car, not to mention the champagne they might have after the trophy ceremony.

I know this year total weight of the cars is far less of a issue compared to past years but still, don’t they have protocol to follow which is pretty much the same for all races weight in first, everything else after.

Being on the subject of the weight (I asked before but never got the answer) when and how are cars checked for the 100 kg of fuel allowance.

Thanks for your time and answers.

33

With reference to your marbles comment – Brundle mentioned at the end of Monaco commentary the FIA are allowed to remove the marbles from the tyres when weighing the cars(although he has never heard of them doing this). So, in effect, the drivers are wasting their time picking up all that rubber at the end of a race.

Now back to the FFM. You are right there is a degree of inaccuracy, however it is not as bad as 2%. Gill claim 52% of its meters are with a 0.1% accuracy reading, with 92 % within 0.25%.

As for how the FFM works – as I understand it, each fuel supplier provides a sample to the FIA and Gill, which becomes the ‘fingerprint’ for that fuel. The weight of each molecule of fuel is now known. Now this is where it gets complicated – as the fuel passes through the meter, the molecules of fuel disrupt ultrasonic pules which are fired backwards and forwards inside the meter (2000/second if I remember correctly). The time the ultrasonic pulse normally takes to travel from one end of the meter to the other is known and the amount it is slowed by the fuel is used to calculate the density of fuel molecules, more fuel = more ultrasonic pulse disruption. Knowing the weight of a molecule of fuel, and the density of the fuel molecules, allows a calculation of total weight of fuel flow. Phew, I told you it was complicated 🙂

34

Thanks for your time C63. This insight really helps.

I’ve never heard of tire scrubbing after the race for the weighing purpose, but I do hear radio conversation (with victors at least) where they are constantly reminded time after time to pick up the marbles.

So I don’t think FIA are allowed (per regulation) to scrub tires, whatever Brundle says (I’m from Croatia, so I don’t get to see British broadcast of the races).

If they are allowed, they would do it, at the same time teams knowing they might do it, would never push the weight of the car to such extreme that they depend on kilo or so of marbles just to be safe. 🙂

Cheers, K.

35

when and how are cars checked for the 100 kg of fuel allowance….

Sorry, I am not James but I can help with one of your questions. The fuel allowance is not weighed on a set of scales (like the drivers) but is measured with the fuel flow meter, in real time during the race. You remember all the hooha at Australia with the Bulls exceeding maximum flow? Well that same meter measures not just flow, but total consumption as well (flowrate x time = consumption). The 100kg limit applies to the race only, not the out lap(s) to the grid, the warm up lap or the in lap at the end of the race + the 1 litre sample for scrutineering – therefore it’s not possible to weigh the fuel and just hand it to the teams at the start. Hope that helps.

36

Thanks, it does help.

I thought that might be a method, but they say FFM is less than 2% accurate so that could be more than 2 kg off, so one would think there’s a more accurate method especially at the sport where timing is down to 1/1000 of a sec.

Still being on the subject I don’t see why drivers are allowed to pick up marbles after the race and have the car weighed with it. Let say they collect 1 kg (probably even more) of marbles and the car is 0,5 kg over the minimum (with driver). That effectively mean that car/driver combo was breaching the rules during the race, even though the rule says that at no point they are allowed to do so.

Strange.

37

P.S. Does FIA knows exact weight of the each fuel mix driver can use during the race, per each team and/or fuel supplier, or they just assume that 1 lit of the fuel is let say 0,86 Kg?

I remember few years back reading article on Elf and Shell fuels and interview with their engineers that big talking point was to make fuel as light as possible maintaining it’s efficiency.

38

This is shaping up to be a beautiful rivalry.

39

Niki Lauda said before the race: “This thing we have with Lewis accusing the other of doing something stupid; I tried to fix this this morning with Lewis but I couldn’t. If they hit each other at the first corner then they have a problem with me.”

Says it all….

40

Be sure that the drivers will not dare to mess with Lauda, he’s a 3 time WC and a Ferrari legend, he’s no pushover like Horner for example. If one of the drivers starts to mess with Niki, Niki will show him the door, I have no doubt of this.

41

Lewis, Lewis, Lewis…

How disappointing… whatever grievances you have, you should keep it professional and internal to the team. What can I say? Peevish, childish, undignified, unprofessional, querulous, classless and spoilt are all words that come to mind.

For me Lewis’ behaviour was the low point of the entire weekend. Nico is showing maturity and professionalism – I don’t believe for one moment he sabotaged Lewis’ qualifying.

I was hoping that Lewis would take the championship this year but over the last two race weekends I have changed my mind. Either of the Nicos would do 🙂

Well done to Bianchi and Marussia. Well done to Ricciardo, once again a great race.

What must Nico Hulkenberg do to get a drive on a top team? what a race he had. DOTD for me.

42

All I have to say is that the world feed was total and utter rubbish. Constantly switching away from something interesting to something potentially interesting.

43

Hey James can we get an article on LH breaking the agreement on engine boost in Bahrain and Spain

44

That would be difficult as Lewis didn’t break any agreement in Bahrain. It was Nico that first used the ‘forbidden’ engine setting – at Bahrain! Lewis, not unreasonably, merely followed suit in Spain..

45

WWF1

It’s so obvious what is going on here.

-Most dominant F1 car ever – Mercedes. Pencil them in to win every race this year.

-Rules are so limiting that there is zero prospect of any team catching them this year.

-every chance the team will (deservedly) dominate the next couple seasons too, even tho they will be caught a bit they will still have the advantage.

-best buddies Lewis & Nico trading wins all season & slapping eachother on the back won’t be the slightest bit entertaining for the PR spin.

-manufacture a rivalry between the 2 drivers using dumb interviews & a qualifying drama.

-despite being in F1 for 7 years with nil personality, Lewis is gonna start behaving all ‘Senna’ all of a sudden cos that’s more cool.

GG Lah

46

Ha! Funny you thought of this scenario.

I was just thinking, what if this whole episode is created by Mercedes to distract everyone from noticing how much gap Mercedes really have over their rivals.

Now they have all the fans and media talking about the rivalry!

47

Agreed, this is all media hyperbole. People are getting dragged into to something quite artificial. I feel quite sorry for Lewis at the moment, kid is doing his best to win, acting the same on the podium as many of the other drivers and is getting torn apart for every little word or gesture by the media. Think folks should focus on the racing…

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