Monaco GP

Flashback Monaco 2014 – Bianchi gains valuable points for Manor

The Monaco Grand Prix is always the one in the season that everyone looks forward to, with the unique layout of the track around the streets of Monte Carlo.

With the cars being led away, Pastor Maldonado was left on the grid on the formation lap, with him being pushed into the pit lane. He was to start on the soft tyre, along with Ericsson who was also starting from the pitlane.

One the grid, Nico Rosberg angled his car towards the first corner, so he could get the straightest line possible, Hamilton did the same. Nico got a great start, with Hamilton slotting in behind. Raikkonen got an amazing start and overtook Ricciardo, who had also been overtaken by Vettel at the start. Kevin Magnussen got by both Toro Rosso’s. Perez had an accident at Mirabeau who tangled with Jenson Button, who was down the inside. Sutil and Grosjean decided to pit at the end of the lap.

The saftey car came in at the end of lap 3, with drivers complaining that they were loosing tyre temperatures with lower ambient over Saturday. Hamilton was stuck to the back of Rosberg, with Vettel close behind. Vettel dropped back though, going slowly up the hill at Beau Rivage saying that there was no power over the radio.

The order was Rosberg, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Alonso, Magnussen, vergne, Kvyat and Button.

Vettel pitted, unhappy with the situation coming out a lap behind the leaders, leaving on the soft tyres. He came out stuck in first gear, and then told that he needed to retire the car.

At the front Rosberg and Hamilton were trading fastest sectors. Lap 11 and Kvyat slowed bringing Button to 9th and Bottas to 10th. It also promoted the Caterham to 13th of Kobayashi, the magic number in the battle with Marussia.

Hamilton started to fall back from Rosberg by Lap 14 was 1.6 seconds behind. Raikkonen was still holding on, although 6 seconds behind Hamilton in 3rd. A lap later and Hamilton said over the radio that he could feel the rear tyres going, with him still loosing time behind his team mate.

Adrian Sutil was making moves at the back overtaking Ericsson and Grosjean at the Lowes Hairpin and Max Chilton into the Nouvelle Chicane, on lap 18 he had got up to 15th. Grosjean also closed in on Ericsson for 17th.

Max Chilton was given a penalty for being out of position on the grid, given a 5 second grid penalty, Esteban Gutierrez and Jules Bianchi were given the same penalty.

Lap 20 and Hamilton told that he was in the pit stop window, and started to haul in Rosberg, bringing the gap down to just over a second. Ricciardo was also catching Kimi Raikkonen, lapping at the same pace as the leaders.

The leaders started catching the backmarkers on Lap 23, with Grosjean and Ericsson. Rosberg was locking his front tyre more and more, both at Mirabeau and Racscass. The gap between Ricciardo and Raikkonen reduced to less than a second in the battle for third.
At the back of the field, Grosjean pitted for the supersoft tyres on lap 25. Adrian Sutil crashed at the exit of the tunnel, loosing it on the bumps on the way into the chicane, spraying debris all over the track. The safety car was deployed, with Jenson Button getting in first being right by the entrance. Rosberg and Hamilton were on the opposite side of the circuit. Mercedes would double stack, with Rosberg coming in first of the softs, with Hamilton doing the same. Raikkonen, Ricciardo and Alonso all came in. The Toro Rosso of Vergne had a very late release against Magnussen who had to brake heavily to avoid an accident. Hamilton was told under the safety car that it would be a race to the end, and it would be down to either tyre deg or weather. Massa stayed out under the safety car, and jumped up to 6th.

Raikkonen pitted behind the safety car, dropping to the back of the pack, promoting Ricciardo to 3rd and Alonso to 4th, coming out behind Jules Bianchi.

The safety car came in at the end of Lap 30. Hamilton very close to Rosberg at the restart, with Ricciardo further back. The top 10 being, Rosberg, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Alonso, Massa, Magnussen, Vergne, Hulk, Button and Bottas. Kobayashi 12th ahead of Raikkonen who thought he was hit by a Marussia that caused him to pit. Magnussen got ahead of Vergne at the Rascasse and then gave the place back, and Hulkenberg overtook Magnussen at Portiers at the restart. Vergne in 6th, was given a drive through for the unsafe release.

Jules Bianchi went up the inside of Kobasyashi at the Rascasse, with Raikkonen overtaking the pair of them. Bianchi now in 13th. Grosjean was the next to challenge Kobayashi. Vergne came out behind Jules Bianchi after serving his drive though on lap 38. Grosjean overtook Kobayashi for 14th.

Lap 41 and Rosberg was told that he needed to use longer gears or fuel would become critical. Hamilton started close with the gap less than a second.
Bottas pitted from 5th on lap 46, changing to the soft tyre coming out in 11th, a very quick stop of 2.7 seconds and ahead of Jules Bianchi.

With Rosberg fuel saving Hamilton closed, but then Rosberg started pulling away again on lap 50. Blue smoke appeared from the back of Jean-Eric Vergen and retired at he end of lap 52. Hamilton closed again on Rosberg, who was still on fuel saving mode. Further back Raikkonen was closing in on Gutierrez for 9th, while Massa in 11th on newer tyres was closing in on the pair of them. Bottas was only just up the road in 8th. Bottas was really struggling, loosing two seconds in a lap to Gutierrez. A lap later and they were all together, with Bottas missing the chicane. Valtteri Bottas stopped at the Lowes hairpin, with another engine problem. That promoted Jules Bianchi to 11th for Marussia.

The order being Rosberg, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Button, Gutierrez, Raikkonen and Massa.

Massa was was told that Gutierrez would have a five second penalty added at the end of the race as he pitted under the safety car, Bianchi would have the same.At the front on lap 61, Rosberg started to pull clear from Hamilton, with the gap going to over two seconds. Hamilton was stuck behind Grosjean to be lapped.
Gutierrez spun and hit the barrier on the inside of Rascasse, retiring from the race, elevating Bianchi to 10th.

Behind the Mercedes, Ricciardo took the fastest lap on lap 64, continuing to close on the leaders. Bianchi was then given a penalty for stopping behind the safety car and using his previous penalty.

Hamilton dropped four seconds behind Rosberg, and said that he had something in his eye. Ricciardo behind him nearly a second faster also. With vision problems, Ricciardo lowered the gap with huge chunks per lap, down to 3 seconds on lap 72. While closing in on Hamilton just ahead Button jumped his team mate on the line. Kimi got down the inside of Magnussen at the Loews hairpin, but couldnt get round the corner holding them both on the outside of the corner. Bianchi got ahead of them all, up to P8.

Raikkonen pitted at the end of the lap for new nose. Button behind was closing in on Hulkenberg for 5th.

With two laps remaining, Ricciardo got to within three tenths, ith traffic ahead which got out of the way quickly. On the final lap Hamilton pulled clear in the tunnel, Hamilton was able to hold on, with Rosberg won the grand prix. Alonso finished 4th from Hulkenberg and Button. Massa 7th, Bianchi 8th, Grosjean 9th and Magnussen 10th.

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h49m27.661s
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +9.210s
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +9.614s
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +32.452s
5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes -1 lap
6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes -1 lap
7. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes -1 lap
8. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault -1 lap
9. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari -1 lap
10. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes -1 lap
11. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault -1 lap
12. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari -1 lap
13. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault -3 laps
14. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari -3 laps

Retirements:

Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 59 laps
Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 55 laps
Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 50 laps
Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 23 laps
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 10 laps
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 5 laps
Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 0 laps
Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 0 laps

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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