Monaco Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg hails ‘special’ victory
Monaco Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg holds off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to claim victory
Nico Rosberg held off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in an enthralling battle for victory in the Monaco Grand Prix.
The German, who claimed pole position in controversial circumstances on Saturday, held onto first place as he reached the first corner unchallenged.
It was a good day for us. It’s very important for the team to get another one-two
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.
“It’s another special day for me, for sure,” said Rosberg, who moved back into the championship lead, four points ahead of Hamilton.
“Lewis drove well and pushed me massively hard. The pressure was on but I kept it cool and pulled a bit of a gap at the end because of the refreshed tyres. Thanks to the team for all their great work.”
Hamilton, meanwhile, played down the eye problem which forced him to drop back in the closing stages.
“It was just something that came through the visor, it was nothing important,” said Hamilton.
“It was a good day for us. It’s very important for the team to get another one-two. I had great pace and I felt I was strong but it’s incredibly difficult to overtake.”
Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire on lap eight because of power unit problems, and his team-mate Ricciardo added: “It’s really nice to be on the podium. The start was not great, it was frustrating.
“Sebastian [Vettel] had a problem and I got fourth, then Raikkonen had a puncture so we inherited third. At the end, we closed in on Lewis. We tried to put pressure on but third was best we could do.”
Monaco Grand Prix 2014: Race result
1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1hr 49m 27.661s 78 laps
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 09.2s
3. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 09.2s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 32.4s
5. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
6. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
7. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes +1 lap
8. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault +1 lap
9. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari +1 lap
10. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
11. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault +1 lap
12. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari +1 lap
13. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault +3 laps
14. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari +3 laps
Rtd. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 59 laps completed
Rtd. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes 55 laps completed
Rtd. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault 50 laps completed
Rtd. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari 23 laps completed
Rtd. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault 10 laps completed
Rtd. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 5 laps completed
Rtd. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 0 laps completed
Rtd. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault 0 laps completed