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F1 Monaco Grand Prix: Rosberg wins as Hamilton fades

Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix as team-mate Lewis Hamilton had trouble with his vision and had to fend off Daniel Ricciardo
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  • Rosberg wins by 9.2s as Hamilton gets dirt in his eye
  • Ricciardo hassles Hamilton to the line but finishes third as Vettel retires
  • Bianchi scores first points for Marussia in F1

Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix as team-mate Lewis Hamilton had trouble with his vision and had to fend off Daniel Ricciardo.

After getting a strong start, Rosberg retained the lead ahead of Hamilton but the two were rarely separated by more than a second as the race was punctuated by two safety cars and a number of incidents. With less than 20 laps to go, Hamilton suddenly dropped off the pace as he complained of dirt in his eye and Ricciardo reeled him in but was unable to find a way past the Mercedes.

Further down the field, a high number of incidents and retirements – 8 in total – saw Jules Bianchi finish eighth and take Marussia's first points, though a five-second penalty relegated him to ninth place.

Fernando Alonso was a lonely fourth for Ferrari, over 20 seconds behind Ricciardo and almost a minute clear of fifth-placed Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg finished just 0.1s clear of Jenson Button, who passed Kevin Magnussen late on before his team-mate was caught up in an incident with Kimi Raikkonen at the hairpin.

Magnussen had complained of a problem and lost out to Felipe Massa - who finished seventh - when Raikkonen tried to pass up the inside in to the hairpin and ran out of road, blocking both cars against the barrier. The pair rejoined with Magnussen finishing 10th behind Romain Grosjean and Bianchi.

Bianchi's result is all the more remarkable having been penalised twice; firstly for being out of position on the grid and secondly for taking the first five-second stop/go penalty after the safety car was deployed. That led to five seconds being added to his race time, dropping him behind Grosjean.

The first safety car was deployed on the opening lap when Sergio Perez was tapped in to a spin by Button - who remains under investigation for the incident - on the exit of Mirabeau. The Force India was stuck against the barrier and had to be recovered back up the hill.

That clash came after the front two had got away cleanly but Raikkonen jumped from sixth to fourth, passing team-mate Alonso and Raikkonen around the outside in to Turn 1. Vettel held third early on but on the restart dropped away with a lack of power and retired the car on lap 7.

With the race settling down and the Mercedes pulling away, Adrian Sutil - who had been climbing through the field after an early stop - lost control of his Sauber under braking for the Nouvelle Chicane and hit the wall to bring out the safety car again. It was at this stage that Bianchi took his first penalty, which was against regulations.

Ironically, when lapped cars were allowed to overtake behind the safety car, Max Chilton hit the rear of Raikkonen to give the Ferrari a puncture and drop him down the field from third place.

Both Mercedes cars were called in to the pits at the same time, leading Hamilton to question the decision as it meant he would have to pass his team-mate on track if he wanted to win.

While the two continued to be covered by roughly one second, Hamilton dropped off the back of his team-mate on lap 60 as he complained of dirt in his eye. With Ricciardo able to push hard in the closing laps he caught the back of the Mercedes but couldn't find a way through.

In the battle for points, Esteban Gutierrez - running ahead of Raikkonen - hit the wall on the inside of Rascasse on lap 60 and spun out of the race to cost Sauber the chance of its first points of the season. He was one of eight retirements alongside Valtteri Bottas, Jean-Eric Vergne, Sutil, Daniil Kvyat, Vettel, Perez and Pastor Madonado, with the Lotus failing to start the race.

Rosberg's second consecutive Monaco victory means he retakes the championship lead from Hamilton, with Alonso in third and Ricciardo in fourth place.

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May 25, 2014 3:09 PM

Well done to Nico, Danny and Bianchi. I never realised "Senna Style" meant just sit behind your team mate for the entire race, not make even an attempt at passing and whine at your team about pretty much everything, learn something new every day.

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