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Monaco

Red Bull Error Helps Hamilton to Victory in Monaco

Result:

1 Lewis Hamilton - 1:59:29

2 Daniel Ricciardo

3 Sergio Perez

4 Sebastian Vettel

5 Fernando Alonso

6 Nico Hulkenburg

7 Nico Rosberg

8 Carlos Sainz

9 Jenson Button

10 Felipe Massa

11 Valterri Bottas

12 Esteban Gutierrez

13 Romain Grosjean

14 Pascal Wehrlein

15 Rio Haryanto

16 Marcus Ericsson      DNF

17 Felipe Nasr              DNF

18 Max Verstappen      DNF

19 Kevin Magnussen    DNF

20 Daniil Kvyat             DNF

21 Kimi Raikkonen       DNF

22 Jolyon Palmer         DNF

Lewis Hamilton was revitalised after a Red Bull error helped him to claim his second Monaco win and 44th of his career.

During the build up, heavy rain fell over the principality. This meant that Race Director Charlie Whiting decided to start the race behind the Safety Car.

It took 7 laps for racing to get under way. However it wasn't long before the Safety Car was deployed again. At the start of Lap 8, Jolyon Palmer hit some standing water on the pit straight and went sailing into the barrier at Turn 1. Although it was only a Virtual Safety car, the pack were still forced to slow down while the debris from Palmer's damaged Renault was cleared.

Having used Virtual Safety car period to pit for Intermediate tyres, many drivers began to set fastest laps.

Lap 16 saw a rather bizarre incident. Nico Rosberg was radioed by the team and told to let teammate Hamilton past. It was revealed after the race that Rosberg had been suffering from brake issues and was told to let Hamilton through as he was faster.

Race leader Daniel Ricciardo managed 24 laps before making his first pit stop. This allowed Hamilton to take the lead for 8 laps until he also pitted for the new ultrasoft compound tyre as the rain had stopped and the track had dried out. Ricciardo provisionally re-took the lead. Next lap, disaster struck. Daniel was called in for his second stop, but when he got to the pit box, the team were only just picking up his set of ultrasofts. The tyres were eventually bolted on. He left the pit lane side by side with Hamilton but missed grabbing the lead by a whisker.

There were a few more Virtual Safety car periods late on in the race for some last minute incidents. None of these phased Lewis Hamilton who crossed the line to secure his first win in 2016. He was joined on the podium by an angry and frustrated Daniel Ricciardo and an elated Sergio Perez.

 

Driver of the Day: Lewis Hamilton