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Rosberg Romps Home, Bianchi Makes Big Breakthrough



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016


Round 6 of 19


Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

Who was on Pole?

Nico Rosberg • Mercedes • 1:15.989 = 158.233 km/h
Rosberg’s sixth F1 pole – one better than his father Keke.
Sixth straight Mercedes pole of 2014 and second for Rosberg this year
Third Mercedes front row lock-out of the season

Who won?

Rosberg did for Mercedes: 1hr 49m 27.661s = 142.801 km/h
his second win of the season
his second successive win in Monaco
the sixth of his career (now one more than his father Keke)
his team’s sixth straight win of 2014

Who took all the points?

1st (25) Rosberg (Mercedes)
2nd (18) Hamilton (Mercedes)
3rd (15) Ricciardo (Red Bull Renault)
4th (12) Alonso (Ferrari)
5th (10) Hulkenberg (Force India Mercedes)
6th (8) Button (McLaren Mercedes)
7th (6) Massa (Williams)
8th (4) Grosjean (Lotus Renault)
9th (2) Bianchi (Marussia Ferrari) (after addition of 5s penalty)
10th (1) Magnussen (McLaren Mercedes)

Who got Fastest Lap:

Kimi Raikkonen • Ferrari • 1:18.479 = 153.212 km/h on lap 75

Race Highlights

Senna-Prost… Vettel-Webber… and now Hamilton-Rosberg: Monaco was dominated by goings-on between the two top drivers of the moment, who just happen to drive for the same team. Hamilton implied on Saturday that he had expected something of the sort when his Mercedes teammate locked up on his final qualifying run, brought out yellow flags and killed Hamilton’s own chances of pole – shades of Schumacher’s Ferrari fiasco at La Rascasse in 2006.

Exonerated by the stewards, Rosberg capitalized by getting away superbly from pole and never let his teammate come back at him. Hamilton complained about being made to pit immediately after Rosberg when the Safety Car was deployed for the second time following Sutil’s accident in the Sauber; he complained about his tyre temperatures; he complained of dirt in his eye late in the race; but he couldn’t get past a flawless Rosberg, who won comfortably in the end.

“It was important for me to break Lewis’ momentum of winning the last four races this weekend,” said Rosberg. “That worked out very well, but it was a tough weekend.” Hamilton meanwhile has said he will handle their relationship as Senna handled his with Prost, which is ominous. “I drove with all my heart and drove fairly all weekend,” said Hamilton, in a veiled reference to Rosberg’s lock-up at Mirabeau in qualifying.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified third but lost two places at the start, then took advantage of Red Bull teammate Vettel’s retirement (no boost) and Raikkonen’s unplanned extra stop after a puncture to finish third, gaining dramatically on Hamilton in the closing laps. “The race really came to life towards the end,” said the Australian. It was the first time in the whole race that I felt like I Was really driving the car and we caught Lewis. It was fun but I couldn’t get him, so I have to say the race finished better than it started.”

On a typically eventful Monaco day Vettel was out after eight laps… Sutil lost the Sauber on the downhill run to the harbor chicane after 25 laps, a mistake compounded by teammate Gutierrez’s after 62 (“probably the most painful mistake in my career”)… Jean-Eric Vergne’s splendid qualifying effort was ruined by a penalty fo unsafe release and then by exhaust failure on the Toro Rosso… and a bizarre incident between Raikkonen’s Ferrari and Magnussen’s McLaren saw both cars stop in the station hairpin (to be investigated by the stewards post-race).

Drive of the Day

Jules Bianchi: the Frenchman, who lives just along the road from Monaco, came through a grid penalty for a gearbox change, a penalty for taking up the wrong grid position and a final penalty for serving that penalty under the Safety Car to finish eighth on the road and ninth overall. “It was really stressful for me in the car,” said the 24-year-old Frenchman. “I guess it was for the team as well.” But it ended with Marussia’s first points since they entered the World Championship (as Virgin) in 2010!

Who’s leading?

1 Rosberg 122 points
2 Hamilton 118 points
3 Alonso 61 points
4 Ricciardo 54 points
5 Hulkenberg 47 points
6 Vettel 45 points

Mercedes have 240 points, Red Bull 99 points and Ferrari 78 points.

Quote of the weekend

“This was a typical Monaco Grand Prix – it was messy out there. People were making mistakes; there were cars all over the place; you had to stay focused; keep up with the pack; and look after the tyres, using them when necessary.” McLaren veteran Jenson Button sums up Monaco perfectly.

Where do we go next?

To Canada for Round 7 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, on June 8.

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