Monaco F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction
Nico Rosberg led the field from start to finish, comfortably dispatching of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
Daniel Ricciardo came very close to passing the Englishman late in the Red Bull car, but once again, it was Mercedes who took spots one and two.
Fernando Alonso was nearly invisible for much of the race, finishing fourth, while Nico Hulkenberg and his Force India held off the rest of the pack for fifth.
Jules Bianchi finished ninth due to a five-second penalty, giving Team Marussia their very first points in Formula 1 history.
Rosberg had a perfect start, keeping team-mate Hamilton at bay going into the first corner. Kimi Raikkonen left the grid the fastest of any driver, moving up to fourth past Ricciardo.
Jenson Button bumped into Sergio Perez who went into the wall at Mirabeu, ending his race before it ever truly began.
World champion Sebastian Vettel ran into mechanical problems early, dropping down the field over the course of three laps before his car got stuck in first gear. The German has suffered through a frustrating campaign so far, and an exit after eight laps here in Monaco won't help his case.
The two Mercedes cars immediately started separating from the rest of the pack, with Rosberg and Hamilton the only two drivers consistently hitting the 1 minute, 19.00 seconds mark per lap.
Rosberg seemed to be the stronger of the two, as Hamilton complained about the state of his rear-tyres over the radio on multiple occasions. Blogging for the BBC, David Coulthard thought it curious the Englishman would emphasise his struggles in such a way, with his team-mate listening:
"Interesting that Lewis Hamilton has given that bit of information about his tyres to the world, to the other teams...and to his team-mate of course."
Raikkonen ran into mechanical issues, dropping him all the way to 13th place as Ricciardo moved the closest to the Mercedes duo. Felipe Massa meanwhile moved up all the way to fifth, a remarkable feat considering his starting position in the middle of the grid.
The drivers at the back continued to take risks in their attempts to overtake, something we don't often see on the narrow streets of Monaco. Raikkonen nearly collided with Japan's Kamui Kobayashi on one such occasion, the Finn desperate to make up space on the top five.
Alonso and Hulkenberg easily held on for spots four and five, respectively, with both drivers stuck in no-man's land for much of the race.
Rosberg's lead on Hamilton started to decrease as the Englishman seemed to be getting the better of his team-mate following their pit stops, and Hamilton's better use of fuel consumption looked like it could play a large part in pit strategy as the race drew to a close.
But with 13 laps still to go, he suddenly started losing ground fast. The pit crew figured something was wrong with the car, before Hamilton confirmed over the team's radio he had dirt in his left eye and could no longer see from it. Coulthard confirmed it is possible, though he wouldn't rule out mind-games:
"The dirt can get into the cockpit. If he's got a piece of debris in there, metal, dirt or oil...well he's dropped off the pace. I'm not suggesting he doesn't have something in his eye, but are mind-games involved here?"
Ricciardo set the fastest lap of the race until that point with 10 still to go, and thanks to Hamilton's struggles, the Red Bull driver suddenly had a chance to finally break the hegemony of the Mercedes cars.
Rosberg meanwhile seemed to be cruising to the win, leading Hamilton by six seconds with just 10 laps to go. Ricciardo could smell blood now, pushing the pace as the leaders faced traffic in the final few laps. Hamilton kept locking up the tyres, and the Australian moved ever closer.
Button moved into sixth with a pretty move on team-mate Kevin Magnussen with three laps to go, while Ricciardo and Hamilton got ready to lap the pair on the main straight.
Raikkonen was forced into the pit late due to a bump following an ill-advised move on Magnussen, effectively ending his chances of cashing in on his great start.
Ricciardo opened his assault on Hamilton but was hindered by traffic on multiple occasions, his Red Bull looking faster than one of the Mercedes cars for the first time all season.
Hamilton would hold on to his second place, however, as Mercedes once again took the double.
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Full results per Formula1.com:
|2||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+9.2 secs||2||18|
|3||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||+9.6 secs||3||15|
|4||14||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||+32.4 secs||5||12|
|5||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||+1 Lap||11||10|
|6||22||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||+1 Lap||12||8|
|7||19||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes||+1 Lap||16||6|
|8||17||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Ferrari||+1 Lap||21||4|
|9||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||+1 Lap||14||2|
|10||20||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Mercedes||+1 Lap||8||1|
|11||9||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault||+1 Lap||22|
|12||7||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||+1 Lap||6|
|13||10||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham-Renault||+3 Lap||20|
|14||4||Max Chilton||Marussia-Ferrari||+3 Lap||19|
|Ret||21||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||+19 Lap||17|
|Ret||77||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Mercedes||+23 Laps||13|
|Ret||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Renault||+28 Laps||7|
|Ret||99||Adrian Sutil||Sauber-Ferrari||+55 Laps||18|
|Ret||26||Daniil Kvyat||STR-Renault||+68 Laps||9|
|Ret||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||+73 Laps||4|
|Ret||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||+ secs||10|
|Ret||13||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault||+ secs||15|
Updated Driver Standings
Here's how the full standings look following the fifth race of the season, per Formula1.com:
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Australian||Red Bull Racing-Renault||54|
|5||Nico Hulkenberg||German||Force India-Mercedes||47|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||German||Red Bull Racing-Renault||45|
|10||Sergio Perez||Mexican||Force India-Mercedes||20|
Updated Team Standings
The updated standings in the constructors' championship following the Monaco Grand Prix, per Formula1.com:
Via BBC's coverage of the race, Sebastian Vettel spoke on his early exit from the Monaco Grand Prix:
It's obviously disappointing—after a good start we lost too much pressure from the turbo and we had to retire. I feel quite helpless in the car because I don't know what the problem is. I hoped they'd have an answer but they didn't this time. How do I escape from this? I don't have a boat here, but I'll try to get home as quickly as I can.
Nico Rosberg spoke to the cameras during the post-race ceremony, as he credited the battle with his team-mate for this phenomenal result:
It's another special day for me, for sure. Lewis drove well and pushed me massively hard. The pressure was on but I kept it cool and pulled a bit of a gap at the end because of the refreshed tyres. Thanks to the team for all their great work.
Lewis Hamilton was clearly frustrated with the result, but he kept his comments brief, congratulating the team and explaining what happened with his eye:
It was just something that came through the visor—it was nothing important. It was a good day for us—it's very important for the team to get another 1-2. I had great pace and I felt I was strong but it's incredibly difficult to overtake.
Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile was very excited with his third-place finish, though he did feel like he came close to doing even better:
It's really nice to be on the podium. The start was not great, it was frustrating. Sebastian had a problem and I got fourth, then Raikkonen had a puncture so we inherited third. At the end, we closed in on Lewis. We tried to put pressure on but third was best we could do.
Winners in Monaco
Nico Rosberg took over the lead in the hunt for the world title from Lewis Hamilton, making him an easy selection as the weekend's biggest winner. Hamilton's frustration was evident following the race, as he even refused to shake his team-mate's hand, and the Englishman's struggles in Monaco can only be good news for Rosberg.
Team Marussia finally won their very first F1 points, and while it may not seem like much, it will certainly be reason for celebration.
Daniel Ricciardo made life hard on Hamilton in the final three laps, as the Mercedes cars were troubled for the very first time in the 2014 campaign. A good result here could give the Australian wings as we head for Canada.
Losers in Monaco
Hamilton won't win over too many fans with his refusal to shake Rosberg's hand, and while he made all of the right comments in his post-race interview, the loss of the standings' top spot will hurt.
Vettel was forced to leave the race early following multiple technical malfunctions, and he will drop all the way to sixth place in the overall standings.
The Red Bull driver was supposed to challenge for another world title this season, and the failures of his car have made that near-impossible in 2014.
Mercedes enlarged their lead in the constructors' standings, but the feud between Hamilton and Rosberg is starting to get ugly. Healthy competition is one thing, but the team will have to get the situation under control before it starts affecting the results of their drivers.