Hamilton wins after Ricciardo pit disaster

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton scored victory in the Monaco Grand Prix after a disastrous pitstop robbed pace-setter Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian had driven faultlessly through early stints on full wet and intermediate tyres and appeared in the box seat for victory as the field switched to slicks just prior to half distance.

A miscommunication between the Red Bull engineers and mechanics, however, saw a lengthy delay as the crew scrambled for tyres while Ricciardo sat in his pit box.

Rejoining marginally behind Hamilton, a frustrated Ricciardo repeatedly attacked the Mercedes over the remaining laps but ultimately proved unable to get by.

The tightest moment came at the resumption from a Virtual Safety Car period, where Hamilton slithered through the Nouvelle Chicane as he fought to defend the place.

Ricciardo had the momentum on the exit but found the door firmly closed as he ranged down the outside.

The moment was investigated by the stewards, who elected to take no action.

Ricciardo sits stranded in pitlane

Ricciardo sits stranded in pitlane

Hamilton ended a marathon final stint 7.2s clear of his rival, scoring the second Monaco GP win of his career.

Mercedes had piled the pressure on Red Bull prior to its fateful pitstop by electing to keep Hamilton on his full wets until the circuit was dry enough for slicks.

The move saved Hamilton an entire pitstop, allowing the Brit to take full advantage of the error that was to come.

Sergio Perez scored Force India’s first podium of the year in third ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

All three benefitted from a slow second pitstop for Nico Rosberg, who had to be held by the Mercedes team as his rivals filed past.

Rosberg had taken the heavily wet start, but struggled to match the pace of Ricciardo and team-mate Hamilton as soon as the Safety Car peeled away after seven laps.

The championship leader’s difficult day was completed on the final lap, when Nico Hulkenberg pinched sixth place.

Taking the flag eighth through 10th were Carlos Sainz, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa.

Seven drivers crashed out of the near two hour contest, including last start winner Max Verstappen.

Charging after a pitlane start, the Dutchman made heavy contact with the fence at Massenet on lap 35 of 78 after a lock-up saw him understeer off the racing line.

Jolyon Palmer had been the first to find the wall, spearing into the barriers on the front straight as soon as the race turned green.

Kimi Raikkonen caused race-ending damage to the front of his Ferrari with a touch of the wall a short time later.

Kevin Magnussen found himself the victim of a Daniil Kvyat divebomb that took both out of the race at La Rascasse, ending a miserable day for the Russian that had included early mechanical troubles.

The same corner later claimed both Saubers as a frustrated Marcus Ericsson unsuccessfully tried to force his way through on Felipe Nasr, who had ignored team instructions to surrender the position.

Result: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Position Driver Car/Engine Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 78 +7.252s
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 78 +13.825s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 +15.846s
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 78 +1:25.076s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 78 +1:32.999s
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 78 +1:33.290s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 77 +1 Lap
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 77 +1 Lap
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 77 +1 Lap
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 77 +1 Lap
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 77 +1 Lap
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 76 +2 Laps
14 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 76 +2 Laps
15 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 76 +2 Laps
DNF Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 51 Retirement
DNF Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 48 Retirement
DNF Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 34 Retirement
DNF Kevin Magnussen Renault 32 Retirement
DNF Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 18 Retirement
DNF Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 10 Retirement
DNF Jolyon Palmer Renault 7 Retiremen

Championship Standings

Position Driver Points
1 Nico Rosberg 106
2 Lewis Hamilton 82
3 Daniel Ricciardo 66
4 Kimi Raikkonen 61
5 Sebastian Vettel 60
6 Max Verstappen 38
7 Felipe Massa 37
8 Valtteri Bottas 29
9 Sergio Perez 23
10 Daniil Kvyat 22
11 Romain Grosjean 22
12 Fernando Alonso 18
13 Carlos Sainz 16
14 Nico Hulkenberg 14
15 Kevin Magnussen 6
16 Jenson Button 5
17 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
18 Esteban Gutierrez 0
19 Jolyon Palmer 0
20 Marcus Ericsson 0
21 Pascal Wehrlein 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0

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