Rosberg Wins, Hamilton Second
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.