Rosberg retakes points lead with Monaco win

Rosberg retakes points lead with Monaco win

25 May 2014 – Nico Rosberg moved back into the lead of the championship by claiming his second successive Monaco Grand Prix victory on Sunday afternoon. The Mercedes driver finished comfortably ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who narrowly fended off Red Bull rival Daniel Ricciardo amid a late issue with dirt under his visor. Despite a post-race time penalty, Jules Bianchi recorded Marussia's maiden Formula 1 points.

Although there were fears of a collision in the build up to the race, the Silver Arrows duo kept it clean on the run down to Ste Devote, with Rosberg overcoming his recent start line woes to lead Hamilton.

Just behind, Ricciardo suffered a poor getaway and fell to fifth, with the Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen and team-mate Sebastian Vettel both getting the jump.

Just a handful of corners into the 78-lap encounter, the Safety Car departed the pits, with Sergio Pérez's Force India machine ending in the barriers at the exit of Mirabeau after contact with Jenson Button's McLaren.

Rosberg bolted clear at the restart, edging out a small advantage over Hamilton as the stint developed. And when the action was neutralised once more, with Sauber's Adrian Sutil hitting the barriers on the exit of the tunnel, Hamilton lost his only opportunity to either perform an undercut or stay out longer than his team-mate.

The Mercedes pair dived into the pits at the end of the following lap, with Hamilton – who repeatedly questioned over the radio why he had not been given the call to come in earlier – having to back off to avoid stacking.

Rosberg kept his cool at the second restart to retain his lead and secure an ultimately smooth victory.

Hamilton fell away from Rosberg in the closing stages of the race amid vision problems, the former title winner complaining that he could not see out of his left eye because of dirt that had settled underneath his visor.

With Ricciardo setting fastest lap after fastest lap, it did not take long for the Australian to close in. But despite his best efforts, he was not able to find a way past Hamilton and had to settle for the final podium position.

Vettel was on target for a podium in the early stages, only for his engine to lose power, 24 hours after his ERS problems. After an attempted fix in the pit lane, the team ultimately asked him to return and retire his car.

Räikkönen moved into a net third position after Vettel's misfortune, but his race was ruined when Max Chilton's Marussia clipped him during the second Safety Car phase, the Finn forced to make a second pit-stop.

Räikkönen's race got worse after a failed pass on McLaren rival Kevin Magnussen at the hairpin. Having damaged his front wing in the clash, he was forced to pit for repairs, dropping him to 12th position.

In the sister Ferrari, Fernando Alonso stayed out of trouble to claim valuable points in fourth place.

Nico Hülkenberg did well to fend off Button for fifth, with Massa taking seventh for Williams.

Jules Bianchi took eighth after engine failures for Valtteri Bottas and Jean-Éric Vergne and Esteban Gutiérrez's clumsy spin at Rascasse. He later dropped to ninth, having been given a five second penalty for serving an initial penalty – for starting out of position – under the Safety Car, but still claimed Marussia's first points.

Lotus's Romain Grosjean thus inherited eighth, while Magnussen recovered to round out the top ten.

The seventh round of the 2014 Formula 1 season takes place in Canada from June 6-8

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