The good and bad of the Monaco Grand Prix
So much for the Monaco Grand Prix being boring. Though things seemed to be settling down at one point, we were treated to an exciting Monaco Grand Prix which saw Nico Rosberg take a dominant victory.
Let’s take a look at the good and bad of the Monaco Grand Prix
Rosberg takes his second win of the season
The German driver took a lights-out to chequered flag victory at his home race, for the second year in a row.
Bianchi and Marussia score first points
It seemed it was only a matter of time before Marussia picked up their first points and Monaco, with all it’s thrills and spills was just the opportunity they needed.
Bianchi finished ninth and picked up 2 points for the team, putting them ninth in the constructors’ championship, ahead of Sauber.
Hulkenberg’s overtake at Portier
And the award for the best overtake this year goes to….Hulkenberg for his pass on Kevin Magnussen at Portier. A seriously impressive move, which he said he wasn’t sure was even going to work at the time.
Ricciardo continues to prove his worth
The Australian picked up his second podium finish of the year. Towards the end of the race he began hunting down Hamilton but was unable to get past the Mercedes driver.
If anyone was ever in any doubt about Ricciardo’s talent and his worthiness of a seat at Red Bull, he’s doing a good job of proving them wrong.
Double points finish for McLaren
McLaren haven’t had an easy year so far. Both drivers picked up point in Monaco with Jenson Button finishing sixth and Magnussen rounding out the points.
Lewis Hamilton’s behaviour
Teammates aren’t expected to be best friends. Your teammate is your first rival, especially when you’re behind the wheel of a race winning car like the two Mercedes drivers are.
At points Hamilton has been so quick even Rosberg hasn’t been able to put him under pressure. Though Rosberg expressed his unhappiness at coming second he didn’t come across as childish, which is how some fans are describing Hamilton’s behaviour in Monaco.
Double retirements for Toro Rosso and Sauber
Both Toro Rosso’s retired with exhaust issues while Sauber’s double retirement was caused by human error.
Adrian Sutil brought out the second safety car after losing control of the car coming out of the tunnel, while Esteban Gutierrez retired after tagging the barriers and spinning at Rascasse.
A non-starter for Pastor Maldonado
Maldonado was unable to get moving on the formation lap and was wheeled into the pitlane. Lotus couldn’t get his car started and he missed out on taking part in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Turbo issue ends Vettel’s race
After dominating the sport for the past four years, it must be difficult for Sebastian Vettel to find himself unable to challenge for the win.
A few laps into the race Vettel was forced to retire when he found he could no longer engage gears. After the race Red Bull confirmed that a turbo issue was the cause of the world champion’s retirement.
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