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Sunday 24th May, 2015 - 11:57pm

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Rosberg chalked up a third straight Monaco win

Rosberg chalked up a third straight Monaco win

Nico Rosberg scored a third consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory after a late strategy blunder cost team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The Brit had dominated the race from pole position, leading every lap until a crash for Max Verstappen triggered the Safety Car with 14 laps to run.

Holding a 20 second lead, Hamilton was called to the pits for a fresh set of tyres, only to rejoin behind Rosberg and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Rosberg drove away after the restart to win by 4.4s, with Vettel holding off the advances of Hamilton to the flag.

Daniil Kvyat scored a career best fourth for Red Bull ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen.

The two Red Bulls swapped places on the final lap, with Ricciardo instructed to repay Kvyat for letting him through several laps earlier.

Ricciardo had earlier lost fourth to Kvyat at the very first corner of the grand prix, before dropping another position to Raikkonen in the mid-race pitstop cycle.

The Finn was left frustrated by a late-race pass from the Australian, who nudged the Ferrari wide at the Mirabeau hairpin as he charged on fresher tyres.

Sergio Perez scored a solid seventh for Force India, which had seen its other car of Nico Hulkenberg shoved into the barriers at Mirabeau on the opening lap.

The incident was triggered by contact from Fernando Alonso, who served a five-second time penalty on his pitstop as a result.

The Spaniard had appeared set to score his first points of the season in ninth place before a gearbox problem halted his run just past half distance.

There were no such issues for team-mate Jenson Button, however, who managed to put McLaren-Honda on the scoreboard with eighth.

Felipe Nasr and Carlos Sainz Jr scored the final points for Sauber and Toro Rosso respectively.

Sainz’s team-mate Verstappen was able to walk away from heavy head-on contact with the Sainte Devote barriers after misjudging a late passing move for 10th on Romain Grosjean.

The front-left of the Toro Rosso clipped the right-rear of the Lotus, breaking Verstappen’s suspension and spearing the teenager into the wall.

The result sees Rosberg cut Hamilton’s championship lead to just 10 points, with Vettel a further 18 adrift in third.

Result: Monaco Grand Prix

Pos

Driver

Team

Time

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:49:18.420

2

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

4.486

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

6.053

4

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull

11.965

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

13.608

6

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

14.345

7

Sergio Perez

Force India

15.013

8

Jenson Button

McLaren

16.063

9

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

23.626

10

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

25.056

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

26.232

12

Romain Grosjean

Lotus

28.415

13

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

31.159

14

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

45.789

15

Felipe Massa

Williams

1 lap

16

Roberto Merhi

Marussia

2 laps

17

Will Stevens

Marussia

2 laps

Rt

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso

Dnf

Rt

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

Dnf

Rt

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus

Dnf

Championship standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

126

2

Nico Rosberg

116

3

Sebastian Vettel

98

4

Kimi Raikkonen

60

5

Valtteri Bottas

42

6

Felipe Massa

39

7

Daniel Ricciardo

35

8

Daniil Kvyat

17

9

Felipe Nasr

16

10

Romain Grosjean

16

11

Sergio Perez

11

12

Carlos Sainz

9

13

Nico Hulkenberg

6

14

Max Verstappen

6

15

Marcus Ericsson

5

16

Jenson Button

4

17

Fernando Alonso

0

18

Roberto Merhi

0

19

Will Stevens

0

20

Pastor Maldonado

0

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