Rosberg takes the jackpot in Monaco

NICO ROSBERG retook the lead in the F1 world drivers’ championship with victory at the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday.

The German has become only the seventh driver to win back-to-back races in the Principality after: Sir Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso.

Even more impressively, Rosberg led every lap this year and last year. The last driver to do that was the King of Monaco himself, Senna, in 1990 and 1991.

There was joy further down the grid too, because after 83 races the Virgin/Marussia team has finally scored their first world championship points thanks to Jules Bianchi’s ninth place. Had he not been given a five-second time-penalty he would have finished eighth and doubled the points haul.

Rosberg has led the last 156 laps around Monte-Carlo. Picture from whtimes.co.uk

Rosberg has led the last 156 laps around Monte-Carlo. Picture from whtimes.co.uk

Rosberg successfully held off the challenge from his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who has won the last four races with Rosberg second in all of them. Had Hamilton won this race, the drivers’ championship may well have been over after just a third of the season.

The two Mercedes drivers are childhood friends, but now their friendship is beginning to look increasingly strained. I predict a flashpoint between the two will occur sooner rather than later, and whoever comes out better from it will go on and become world champion this season.

But, I will not jump on the bandwagon of calling this fledgling rivalry the next Senna-Prost rivalry. Hamilton and Rosberg’s friendship may not become irreconcilable after this season. They are also yet to endanger their own lives in order to beat the other, and are yet to deliberately crash into each other.

And remember that after all that, Senna and Prost became close friends shortly before the former’s death.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo continued to impress by finishing third for the second race in a row, and in the closing stages gave Hamilton something other than an object in his left eye to worry about.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished fourth and was the only other driver not to be lapped by Rosberg.

The rest of the points were scored by: Nico Hülkenberg (Force India), Jenson Button (McLaren), Felipe Massa (Williams), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Jules Bianchi (Marussia) and Kevin Magnussen (McLaren).

Button and Magnessen scored McLaren’s first points since the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Marussia and Bianchi celebrate their first points in F1. Picture from f1fanatic.co.uk.

Marussia and Bianchi celebrate their first points in F1. Picture from f1fanatic.co.uk.

Quadruple and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s race lasted just five laps because his turbo failed. Any hopes he had about equalling Schumacher’s record of five straight titles are surely over now.

Rosberg’s victory means that F1 has gone a full year (20 races) with only three different winners: himself (four), Hamilton (five) and Vettel (11).

Race winner: (6) Nico Rosberg (GER) – Mercedes. 78 laps. 1h49:27.661 (88.733mph).

Fastest Lap: (7) Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) – Ferrari. 1:18.479 (95.185mph) Lap 75.

Pole-position: (6) Nico Rosberg (GER) – Mercedes. 1:15.989 (98.304mph).

Drivers’ Standings after round 6 of 19

Position

Driver

Constructor

Points

1

(6) Nico Rosberg (GER)

Mercedes

122

2

(44) Lewis Hamilton (ENG)

Mercedes

118

3

(14) Fernando Alonso (ESP)

Ferrari

61

4

(3) Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)

Red Bull

54

5

(27) Nico Hülkenberg (GER)

Force India

47

6

(1) Sebastian Vettel (GER)

Red Bull

45

7

(77) Valtteri Bottas (FIN)

Williams

34

8

(22) Jenson Button (ENG)

McLaren

31

9

(20) Kevin Magnussen (DEN)

McLaren

21

10

(11) Sergio Pérez (MEX)

Force India

20

11

(19) Felipe Massa (BRA)

Williams

18

12

(7) Kimi Räikkönen (FIN)

Ferrari

17

13

(8) Romain Grosjean (FRA)

Lotus

8

14

(25) Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA)

Toro Rosso

4

15

(26) Daniil Kvyat (RUS)

Toro Rosso

4

16

(17) Jules Bianchi (FRA)

Marussia

2

17

(9) Marcus Ericsson (SWE)

Caterham

0

18

(99) Adrian Sutil (GER)

Sauber

0

19

(21) Esteban Gutiérrez (MEX)

Sauber

0

20

(4) Max Chilton (ENG)

Marussia

0

21

(10) Kamui Kobayashi (JPN)

Caterham

0

22

(13) Pastor Maldonado (VEN)

Lotus

0

 

Constructors’ Standings after round 6 of 19

Position

Constructor

Engine

Points

1

Mercedes (GER)

240

2

Red Bull (AUT)

Renault

99

3

Ferrari (ITA)

78

4

Force India (IND)

Mercedes

67

5

McLaren (ENG)

Mercedes

52

6

Williams (ENG)

Mercedes

52

7

Lotus (ENG)

Renault

8

8

Toro Rosso (ITA)

Renault

8

9

Marussia (RUS)

Ferrari

2

10

Sauber (SUI)

Ferrari

0

11

Caterham (MAL)

Renault

0

 

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