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Hamilton snubbed as Rosberg wins Monaco GP

Snapshot: What seemed like a guaranteed victory for Hamilton in the Monaco Grand Prix, was finally won by his teammate Nico Rosberg.

And what seemed to be a boring race in the start, turned out to be a one controversial race in the end. It seemed like Lewis Hamilton, driving for Mercedes will have a guaranteed victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, which was won by his teammate Nico Rosberg later. With over 21 seconds lead, Mercedes' mistake in the final pit stop costed Hamilton the race, serving win on platter to Rosberg.

For 64 of the 78 laps, Hamilton dominated the twisty and tight streets of Monaco and it was written-off that he is going to get his 37th victory. But soon after Max Verstappen driving Torro Rosso clipped the wheel of Grosjean in Lotus, the race turned upside down. The Briton was called in by Mercedes to change to set of super-soft compound tyres and Rosberg and Vettel passed him by then.

Despite having super fast tyres on his car for the final eight laps, Hamilton wasn't able to pass Sebastian Vettel let alone Nico Rosberg. He once reverted back on his team radio - "Would you please stop talking to me." The chequered flag saw Nico Rosberg winning back-to-back races in the 2015 season, followed by Sebastian Vettel on his Ferrari in second spot and unlucky Hamilton in third.

Nico Rosberg, who won the Monaco GP for third time in a row, beating his teammate Hamilton said, "Yeah, for sure, very, very happy of course. But I know also that it was just a lot of luck today. Lewis drove brilliantly and he would have also deserved the win for sure. But that's the way it is in racing and definitely I'm extremely happy and going to make the most of it."

On the other hand, it was a heart-breaking race for the Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who wasn't able to finish the race first time in many years. He was also involved in a collision with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, causing him 5 seconds penalty. Alonso was off the race due to a technical failure in the gearbox later.

Daniil Kvyat from team Red Bull scored the highest finish of his career with fourth, and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth. Vettel's teammate Kimi came sixth, followed by Force India's Sergio Perez on seventh spot. Alonso's teammate Jenson Button claimed McLaren's first points this season and finished eighth. Sauber's Felipe Nasr and Carlos Sainz in Toro Rosso completed the top 10.

"I can't really express the way I feel at the moment. So I won't even attempt to. You rely on the team. I saw a screen, it looked like the team was out and I thought that Nico had pitted. Obviously I couldn't see the guys behind so I thought the guys behind were pitting," said disheartened Hamilton. "Without thinking I came in with full confidence that the others had done the same.

 

DRIVER

COUNTRY

TEAM

TIME

  POINTS

 

NICO ROSBERG

GER

MERCEDES

1:49:18

   25

 

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

GER

FERRARI

4.486

  18

 

LEWIS HAMILTON

GBR

MERCEDES

6.053

  15

 

DANIIL KVYAT

RUS

RED BULL

11.965

  12

 

DANIEL RICCIARDO

AUS

RED BULL

13.608

  10

 

KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

FIN

FERRARI

14.345

  8

 

SERGIO PEREZ

MEX

FORCE INDIA

15.013

  6

 

JENSON BUTTON

GBR

MCLAREN

16.063

  4

 

FELIPE NASR

BRA

SAUBER

23.626

  2

 

CARLOS SAINZ

ESP

TORO ROSSO

25.056

  1

 

NICO HULKENBERG

GER

FORCE INDIA

26.232

  0

 

ROMAIN GROSJEAN

FRA

LOTUS

28.415

  0

 

MARCUS ERICSSON

SWE

SAUBER

31.159

  0

 

VALTTERI BOTTAS

FIN

WILLIAMS

45.789

0

 

FELIPE MASSA

BRA

WILLIAMS

1 lap

  0

 

ROBERTO MERHI

ESP

MARUSSIA

2 laps

  0

 

WILL STEVENS

GBR

MARUSSIA

2 laps

  0

 

MAX VERSTAPPEN

NED

TORO ROSSO

DNF

 0

 

FERNANDO ALONSO

ESP

MCLAREN

DNF

0

 

PASTOR MALDONADO

VEN

LOTUS

DNF

0

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