Ros­berg Wins, Hamil­ton Sec­ond

The Economic Times - - Sports - AP

Nico Ros­berg won the Monaco Grand Prix from pole po­si­tion to take the over­all cham­pi­onship lead from team­mate Lewis Hamil­ton, who came in sec­ond to give Mercedes a fifth straight one-two fin­ish. The Ger­man driver clinched his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son and fifth of his ca­reer, hold­ing off Hamil­ton to re­peat his maiden GP win in Monaco last year.

Grand Prix at Cir­cuit de Monaco

“I felt I was very strong to­day,” said Hamil­ton, who com­plained that his vis­i­bil­ity was im­paired by some dirt in his left eye. But Hamil­ton showed seemed an­noyed with his team when told Ric­cia­rdo was clos­ing the gap.

“I don’t care about Ric­cia­rdo, what’s the gap to Nico?” snapped Hamil­ton, who ear­lier com­plained about the tim­ing of a pit stop to un­der­line a tense weekend within Mercedes. Hamil­ton was made to care about Ric­cia­rdo by the end and spent the fi­nal four laps block­ing the Aus­tralian. It was a sec­ond straight third-place fin­ish for the im­pres­sive Ric­cia­rdo. “It is thrilling to be on the podium here in Monaco,” he said. Hamil­ton did pres­sure Ros­berg at times, even trim­ming his lead back to 0.8 sec­onds and would cer­tainly have at­tacked more on an­other track. But Monaco’s 78-lap cir­cuit, which has the slow­est aver­age speed on the F1 cal­en­dar, meant Ros­berg’s po­si­tion was rel­a­tively safe through­out, un­less Hamil­ton tried a risky move.

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