Rosberg wins at home while Hamilton battles to third

Rosberg German GP 2014

Nico Rosberg drove a perfect lights to flag win at the German Grand Prix in the Silver Arrows.

The championship leader extends his points lead with a home victory at Hockenheim, scoring his fourth win of the season in a thrilling race full of action and overtaking.

Valtteri Bottas continued to impressed with a second place finish, achieving the Williams team’s 300th podium.

Bottas was able to resist the pressure from Lewis Hamilton, who was charging from P20 following a qualifying crash.

Hamilton’s journey to the podium was risky, as the 2008 world champion survived repeated contact at the Turn 4 hairpin as he raced his way through the pack.

Hamilton got away with hitting Adrian Sutil’s Sauber and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, but damaged his front wing after a late dive up the inside on Jenson Button’s McLaren.

This compromised his second stint on Pirelli’s soft tyre and the Mercedes had to switch Hamilton’s strategy onto a three-stop.

The Mercedes driver made up the time lost in the pits but took too much out of his final set of tyres and fell short of claiming second position from Bottas by just 1.7 seconds.

Bottas executed a two-stop strategy to claim his third consecutive podium finish for Williams after starting second.

The same cannot be said to team-mate Felipe Massa, who only made it to the first corner before contact with Kevin Magnussen’s fast-starting McLaren tipped the Williams into a race-ending roll, and meant the first lap finished behind the safety car.

Magnussen, who started fourth and was trying to pass Massa for third when they came together, fell to the back of the field, while the incident also delayed Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, which had to take avoiding action across the Turn 1 run-off.

This incident promoted defending world champion Sebastian Vettel to third and the Red Bull racer converted that into a fourth placed finish after another duel with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Alonso was another driver who tried to make a two-stop strategy work, but the Spaniard could not manage it and a late third stop dropped him out of the top six.

He passed Jenson Button’s McLaren for sixth with relative ease, but found the recovering Red Bull of Ricciardo a real challenge.

The Australian defended hard, but Alonso – running on the faster super-soft tyre – eventually found his way by just four laps from the finish.

Ricciardo came back at the Ferrari on the final lap, though, and fell just eight hundredths of a second shy of stealing fifth position back on the run to the finish line.

Button lost seventh to Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India after being forced to make a very late third tyre stop, while McLaren team-mate Magnussen salvaged ninth after his first-lap incident.

Sergio Perez scored the final championship point for tenth place, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who twice survived contact while being passed into the Turn 4 hairpin – once with Hamilton and also with Vettel.

So an action-packed German Grand Prix with a win for a German driver and team.

It has been an incredible week for Nico Rosberg. Got married, watched Germany win the World Cup, signs a new Formula 1 contract, pole position and now race victory. Let see if he achieve that championship title as the season moves into the second half.

German Grand Prix, race results after 67 laps:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1h33m42.914s
2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      +20.789s
3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               +22.530s
4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       +44.014s
5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                +52.467s
6. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       +52.549s
7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   +1m04.178s
8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       +1m24.711s
9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       -1 lap
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   -1 lap
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                -1 lap
12. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     -1 lap
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         -1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       -1 lap
16. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps

Retirements

Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      47 laps
Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     44 laps
Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          26 laps
Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         0 laps

Drivers’ championship

1. Nico Rosberg        190
2. Lewis Hamilton      176
3. Daniel Ricciardo    106
4. Fernando Alonso     97
5. Valtteri Bottas     91
6. Sebastian Vettel    82
7. Nico Hülkenberg     69
8. Jenson Button       59
9. Kevin Magnussen     37
10. Felipe Massa        30
11. Sergio Pérez        29
12. Kimi Räikkönen      19
13. Jean-Éric Vergne    9
14. Romain Grosjean     8
15. Daniil Kvyat        6
16. Jules Bianchi       2

Constructors’ championship

1. Mercedes              366
2. Red Bull-Renault      188
3. Williams-Mercedes     121
4. Ferrari               116
5. Force India-Mercedes  98
6. McLaren-Mercedes      96
7. Toro Rosso-Renault    15
8. Lotus-Renault         8
9. Marussia-Ferrari      2
10. Sauber-Ferrari        0
11. Caterham-Renault      0

Next race: Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring. July 25-27.

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Advantage Rosberg as Hamilton suffers brake failure

Rosberg Germany 2014

Championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed his ninth career pole position at Hockenheim while his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton suffered a right-front brake failure, resulting in an early exit in qualifying.

With Hamilton out, Rosberg’s main threat for pole position honours came from Valtteri Bottas in the Williams.

After setting the pace on the first runs in Q3, Rosberg was unable to improve his time on his second run thanks to a slow first sector.

Despite Bottas going quickest in the middle sector, the Williams driver ended up 0.219 seconds slower.

As for Hamilton, the crash happened during Q1 when he locked up and went off at the Sachskurve after suffering what Mercedes confirmed was a right-front brake disc failure, forcing the session to be red-flagged.

The British Grand Prix winner was transferred to the medical centre complaining of pain in his knees, with the team subsequently reporting that he was “Okay, but sore after the crash”.

Although he had already set a lap time to make into Q2, Hamilton was unable to take any further part in the session so was classified P16.

Felipe Massa was third quickest for Williams, three tenths slower than team-mate Bottas, with Kevin Magnussen a superb fourth for McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo again outqualified Sebastian Vettel, putting in a strong lap on his one remaining set of super-soft Pirellis in Q3 to beat his four-time world champion by three tenths.

Fernando Alonso was seventh, ahead of another star rookie, Daniil Kvyat, with Force India pairing Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez ninth and tenth.

Jenson Button failed to make Q3 after being relegated to P11 by Perez in the final seconds of Q2.

The 2009 world champion will join his fellow title winner Kimi Raikkonen, who was four tenths off Ferrari team-mate Alonso.

Jean-Eric Vergne was P13 after a late effort in Q2, which included a wild oversteer moment at the exit of the final corner, ahead of Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

But Gutierrez must serve a three-place grid penalty for his clash with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone, meaning he will start in P18, meaning Hamilton’s P16 will put him one position higher on the German Grand Prix grid.

Adrian Sutil was the fastest of the six who failed to reach Q2 after being bumped down to P17 by Grosjean late in the first segment of qualifying, with his run on super-soft Pirelli interrupted by the red flag thrown for Hamilton’s accident.

Jules Bianchi was the faster of the Marussias, around half-a-second slower than the Sauber, with Pastor Maldonado P19 for Lotus.

Kamui Kobayashi pipped Max Chilton to P20, but his Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson was unable to take part at all thanks to a hydraulic leak.

So a great week for Nico Rosberg. Got married, witness Germany winning the World Cup, signing a new Formula 1 contract with Mercedes and now pole position at Hockenheim.

As for Lewis Hamilton, he will be charging through the field on race day to make up lost ground on his team-mate and title rival.

Qualifying positions, Hockenheim:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m16.540s
2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m16.759s
3. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m17.078s
4. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m17.214s
5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m17.273s
6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m17.577s
7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m17.649s
8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m17.965s
9. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m18.014s
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m18.035s
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m18.193s
12. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m18.273s
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m18.285s
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m18.983s
15. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             no time
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m19.142s
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m18.787s*
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m19.676s
19. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m20.195s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m20.408s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m20.489s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     no time**

107% time: 1m23.065s

*Three-place penalty for causing a collision
**Did not set a time within 107% of the fastest in Q1, requires a dispensation to start the race

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Hamilton wins at Silverstone thanks to Rosberg’s retirement

Hamilton British GP 2014

Lewis Hamilton scored a popular win in front of the fanatical home fans at the British Grand Prix.

By winning at Silverstone, Hamilton is now within four points of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg led for half the race until a gearbox problem forced him to retire his Mercedes from a race for the first time this season.

Hamilton capitalised on this opportunity to snatch victory in his home race, making up for mistakenly aborting his final flying lap in qualifying and thereby reducing the points gap to his Silver Arrows rival with this result.

It was looking good for Rosberg, who converted pole position into the lead as fellow front-row starter Sebastian Vettel made a slow getaway and slipped down to fourth, behind the quick-starting McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.

Hamilton also made a decent start from sixth on the grid, jumping Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and go around the outside of Vettel through Village corner to snatch fourth, briefly banging wheels with the reigning world champion on his way past.

But then the British Grand Prix was forced to a halt when Kimi Raikkonen crashed his Ferrari heavily on the Wellington Straight.

The Iceman lost control of his F14 T over a bump as he rejoined the track after running wide at Aintree, striking the barrier on the right-hand side and spinning back across the track.

Kamui Kobayashi was lucky not to hit the spinning Ferrari as the Caterham driver took avoiding action.

Felipe Massa’s Williams was also damaged heavily when it clipped the Ferrari as Massa tried to avoid hitting head on.

Raikkonen reported ankle pain as he climbed from his car, while Massa retired his Williams back to the pits with suspension damage.

The British Grand Prix resumed behind the Safety Car after an hour delay to repair the damaged barrier, and Rosberg sprinted away at the restart as Hamilton worked to get past the McLarens.

The 2008 world champion made short work of the task, helped by Magnussen running wide at Copse on lap three. Hamilton soon got by Button into Brooklands on the next lap, to the cheers from the home crowd.

By then Rosberg had opened out a four-second lead and he looked comfortable until the closing stages of the first stint, when Hamilton began to attack.

Hamilton was attempting to beat his team-mate with an alternative strategy, running longer than Rosberg on the medium tyre and switching to the hard compound for his second stint.

But that strategy became a non-issue when a gearbox problem forced Rosberg out shortly after his first pitstop.

This was Nico Rosberg’s first non-finish of the season. Despite this set back, he still leads the world championship.

Hamilton was thus left clear to cruise to a comfortable 28.9-second victory over the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, who charged superbly from P14 on the grid to finish second.

The determination from Bottas was outstanding and to record a podium finish is a wonderful achievement for himself and the team.

Daniel Ricciardo – who started eighth in his Red Bull – and Button successfully executed one-stop strategies to finish third and fourth.

And yet the main entertainment was between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso – with the latter receiving a five-second stop-go penalty for starting out of position – for fifth.

Both champions complained of the other exceeding track limits and driving unfairly, but Vettel – on fresher tyres after two-stopping to Alonso’s one – eventually prevailed by diving up the inside of his rival on the exit of Luffield and completing the pass at Copse in the closing stages.

Magnussen was out played by both Alonso and Vettel in on-track battles, and trailed the champions down in seventh place in his one-stopping McLaren.

Hulkenberg took home four points for eighth place in a Force India that looked short on grip throughout the race, while Toro Rosso made up for its recent run of chronic unreliability by rounding out the points scorers in ninth and tenth.

Daniil Kvyat fell just 0.6 seconds short of beating Hulkenberg, but headed home team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, who was delayed by tagging P11 Force India of Sergio Perez on the first run through Abbey after the start.

So an entertaining and exciting British Grand Prix which resulted in a popular win for the Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver achieved his 27th Grand Prix win and his second at the Silverstone, six years to the day he won for McLaren.

It’s going to be fascinating to see if Nico Rosberg can strike back at his home race at Hockenheim in a fortnight’s time but this result for Hamilton was crucial. It’s game on for the championship.

British Grand Prix, race results after 52 laps:

1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 2h26m52.094s
2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        +30.135s
3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         +46.495s
4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         +47.390s
5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         +53.864s
6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  +59.946s
7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         +1m02.563s
8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     +1m28.692s
9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       +1m29.340s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       -1 lap
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     -1 lap
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            -1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           -1 lap
14. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         -1 lap
15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         -2 laps
16. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         -2 laps
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            -3 laps

Retirements:

Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 28 laps
Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         11 laps
Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            9 laps
Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1  laps
Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   0  laps

Drivers’ championship:

1. Nico Rosberg      165
2. Lewis Hamilton    161
3. Daniel Ricciardo  98
4. Fernando Alonso   87
5. Valtteri Bottas   73
6. Sebastian Vettel  70
7. Nico Hulkenberg   63
8. Jenson Button     55
9. Kevin Magnussen   35
10. Felipe Massa      30
11. Sergio Perez      28
12. Kimi Raikkonen    19
13. Jean-Eric Vergne  9
14. Romain Grosjean   8
15. Daniil Kvyat      6
16. Jules Bianchi     2

Constructors’ championship:

1. Mercedes             326
2. Red Bull-Renault     168
3. Ferrari              106
4. Williams-Mercedes    103
5. Force India-Mercedes 91
6. McLaren-Mercedes     90
7. Toro Rosso-Renault   15
8. Lotus-Renault        8
9. Marussia-Ferrari     2
10. Sauber-Ferrari       0
11. Caterham-Renault     0

Next race: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim. July 18-20.

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Advantage Rosberg as team-mate Hamilton is sixth at Silverstone

Silverstone qualifying 2014

Championship leader Nico Rosberg scored his eighth career pole position with a crucial lap to deny his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in front of his home crowd at Silverstone.

The fans’ favourite will start the British Grand Prix in sixth position despite taking provisional pole on the first flying lap in Q3.

With rain coming and going throughout the qualifying hour, the first runs in Q3 were all affected to varying degrees by rain in the final sector, with Hamilton initially going fastest on slicks.

But conditions had dramatically improved by the final seconds of qualifying as drivers attempted their second runs and with Hamilton abandoning his lap after complaining that it was too slippery, he tumbled down the order late on as others improved.

Rosberg’s pole lap was 1.6 seconds quicker than second-placed Sebastian Vettel, who had not set a time on his first run after abandoning his lap because of the rain.

The four-time world champion produced the goods in the final moments of Q3 to take second position.

As for Jenson Button, the McLaren star took third fastest thanks to his late lap ahead of the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg. The Force India briefly taking top spot after being the first to improve on the second qualifying runs.

Kevin Magnussen, the last of the five drivers who did improve on their second runs, was fifth fastest ahead of Hamilton.

Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne had held positions third-to-seventh until moments before the end of Q3 thanks to their first run times, but dropped down the order as the other drivers completed their final laps.

Romain Grosjean was the fastest of those to drop out in Q2, ending up in P11.

And yet the biggest surprise in the middle segment of qualifying, which started in intermediate conditions before everyone switched to slicks, was Marussia.

Having both escaped Q1 after good performances in mixed conditions, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton produced the best qualifying performance for the team since it came into Formula 1 in 2010, finishing in P12 and P13 respectively.

Unfortunately for Chilton, he will drop five places on the starting grid following a gearbox change.

Esteban Gutierrez was P14 after losing his Sauber on the exit kerb at Brooklands corner and being spat onto the grass at the entry to Luffield and backing into the wall.

Behind him was Pastor Maldonado, who was forced to stop late in the session after suffering an engine problem.

Adrian Sutil was P16, making Q2 but being unable to participate as he had spun into the gravel.

Ferrari and Williams suffered Q1 disasters, with Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen all being knocked out.

Q1 had started in intermediate conditions, but all four drivers were unable to put together good enough laps having switched to medium-compound Pirellis.

Bottas and Massa, who were among the latest drivers to take slick rubber, ended up P17 and P18 thanks to a combination of yellow flags and light rain returning late on.

Alonso was only P19 after losing the rear of his Ferrari on turn-in to Brooklands and having to take to the runoff area on what should have been his best lap.

His Scuderia team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was P20, ahead only of the Caterhams of Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi.

Neither Caterham driver set a time on the slicks, with Kobayashi suffering a car issue after a single lap on the medium compound while Ericsson suffering a couple of offs during the session.

So advantage point for Nico Rosberg. Pole position in front of his team-mate’s home crowd. Can Rosberg extend his lead in the championship with victory?

And what about Lewis Hamilton? Can he recover that disappointing drop to sixth to race through and challenge for the win? Sunday’s British Grand Prix is going to be thrilling.

Qualifying positions, Silverstone:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m35.766s
2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m37.386s
3. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.200s
4. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m38.329s
5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.417s
6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m39.232s
7. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m40.457s
8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m40.608s
9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.707s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m40.855s
11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m38.496s
12. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m38.700s
13. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m44.018s
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       no time
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m45.318s
16. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m45.695s
17. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m45.935s
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m39.800s*
19. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m46.684s
20. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m49.421s
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m49.625s
22. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m40.912s**

107 per cent time: 1m47.406s

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change
**Ten-place grid penalty for unsafe release from the pits

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Rosberg extends championship lead after win in Austria

Rosberg Austrian GP 2014

Nico Rosberg extended his championship lead after edging out his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to victory at the Red Bull Ring.

The Silver Arrows were able to benefit from Williams thanks to a superior pit-stop strategy despite the straightline speed for Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

Williams were able to score their best result of the season by finishing in third and fourth, with Bottas achieving his maiden podium.

Massa initially led the Austrian Grand Prix from the first Williams one-two on the grid since 2003, while his team-mate was passed by the fast-starting Mercedes of Rosberg.

But Bottas used Williams’ superior straightline advantage to retake second on the run up the hill to Turn 2.

A superb start on the opening lap from Lewis Hamilton made up for his disappointing showing in qualifying.

The Mercedes driver made up several places including a brave pass on Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari at Turn 8.

Rosberg pitted for the first time on lap 11 of 71, releasing Hamilton to attack the Williams pair.

Hamilton pitted two laps later, while Williams waited an extra tour before bringing in race leader Massa.

The Brazilian lost out during this first round of pit-stops. He was jumped by Rosberg and later passed by Hamilton at Turn 2 on his out-lap.

By contrast, a great in-lap from Bottas, who was last of the leading group to pit on lap 15, kept him ahead of Hamilton and allowed him to jump ahead over his Williams team-mate.

All four ran behind the Force India of Sergio Perez during the second phase of the race, owing to the Mexican running an alternative strategy from P15 on the grid.

Mercedes warned Hamilton about overheating brakes running closely behind the Williams, while Rosberg made a point of continually moving out of Perez’s slipstream on the straights to cool his own car down.

Perez led until lap 27, when Rosberg dived down the inside unchallenged at Turn 2. Bottas followed through up the inside on the exit as Perez ran wide.

Hamilton produced a copycat move at Turn 2 on the following lap to take third place and set fastest lap as he chased after Bottas and new race leader Rosberg.

The top three bunched up as Rosberg ran wide coming out of Turn 1 on lap 30, allowing Bottas to get into DRS range and dragging Hamilton with him, while Massa held a watching brief slightly further back in fourth.

Rosberg took a few laps to recover his rhythm, but managed to gain a two-second lead before Mercedes decided to pit its two drivers for the second time on consecutive tours on laps 39 and 40.

Hamilton came in first and rejoined fifth, just ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren, while Rosberg’s slightly faster stop ensured he stayed ahead of Hamilton.

Williams decided not to react immediately, pitting Bottas from the lead on lap 42, and the Finn rejoined behind both Mercedes.

Once Massa and the long-running Ferrari of Fernando Alonso came in for their final stops on lap 44 and 47 respectively, the race finally boiled down to a battle royale between the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton was told his brake temperatures were now under control, freeing him up to take the fight to his team-mate, but his front-left brake returned to a critical status before he could get close enough to attack.

He came back strongly again across the final few laps, but finished just under two seconds adrift after a mistake at Turn 3 on the final lap.

Alonso’s marathon second stint helped him finish just a few seconds shy of the Williams drivers in fifth, while Perez converted his alternative strategy into an excellent top six finish by passing Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren at Turn 2 in the closing stages.

Despite that that lost position, Magnussen was able to claim his best finish since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix by finishing seventh.

While Canadian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo, who passed Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India on the final lap despite not being allowed to use his ‘overtake’ button, took eighth.

This was a difficult day for the Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. First Ricciardo drop down from fifth on the grid on the opening lap, followed by world champion Sebastian Vettel momentarily lost drive on the second lap and then retired shortly after half distance to save engine mileage.

In fact, this was a horrible race for the four-time world champion. A lap down due to a loss of power in the Red Bull RB10. Vettel tried to regain lost ground but damaged his front wing while racing with Esteban Gutierrez. The team later on instructed him to stop the car.

Rounding out the top ten is Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. This was The Iceman’s 200th Formula 1 race but there was no reasons to celebrate as his car lacked power.

At least he finished ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren and the lapped Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.

So an interesting race in terms of strategy. Mercedes scored their sixth one-two this season and Nico Rosberg extends his lead in the championship over Lewis Hamilton by 29 points.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is next and it’s going to be another battle royale for top honours between the Silver Arrows.

Austrian Grand Prix, race results after 71 laps:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1h27m54.967s
2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               +1.932s
3. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      +8.172s
4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      +17.358s
5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                +18.553s
6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   +28.546s
7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       +32.031s
8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       +43.522s
9. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   +44.137s
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                +47.777s
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       +50.966s
12. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         -1 lap
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
16. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         -2 laps

Retirements:

Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      59 laps
Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        34 laps
Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      24 laps

Drivers’ championship:

1. Nico Rosberg       165
2. Lewis Hamilton     136
3. Daniel Ricciardo   83
4. Fernando Alonso    79
5. Sebastian Vettel   60
6. Nico Hulkenberg    59
7. Valtteri Bottas    55
8. Jenson Button      43
9. Felipe Massa       30
10. Kevin Magnussen    29
11. Sergio Perez       28
12. Kimi Raikkonen     19
13. Romain Grosjean    8
14. Jean-Eric Vergne   8
15. Daniil Kvyat       4
16. Jules Bianchi      2

Constructors’ championship:

1. Mercedes                 301
2. Red Bull/Renault         143
3. Ferrari                   98
4. Force India/Mercedes      87
5. Williams/Mercedes         85
6. McLaren/Mercedes          72
7. Toro Rosso/Renault        12
8. Lotus/Renault              8
9. Marussia/Ferrari           2
10. Sauber/Ferrari            0
11. Caterham/Renault          0

Next race: British Grand Prix, Silverstone. June 20-22.

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Massa leads Williams front-row at the Red Bull Ring

AustrianGP 2014 qualifying

Felipe Massa ended his six-year pole position drought by claiming the top slot at the Red Bull Ring circuit.

The 2008 runner-up produced a well-timed Q3 lap to knock his Williams  team-mate Valtteri Bottas off top spot in the final moments of qualifying, giving him pole by just under a tenth of a second.

This was the Brazilian’s first pole since that championship deciding Brazilian Grand Prix back in 2008 and the first for Williams since Nico Hulkenberg at the same circuit four years ago.

World championship leader Nico Rosberg was third quickest for Mercedes after failing to improve on his final attempt, but while he missed out on top spot he will be happy to see his title rival Lewis Hamilton down in ninth position.

Hamilton’s first run in Q3, which would have been good enough for fifth, was disallowed for exceeding track limits at the exit of Turn 8 after the rear stepped out.

His second attempt was ruined by a spin at Turn 2, meaning that he did not set a Q3 time, putting him ahead of only the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was just over half-a-second off the pace in fourth position.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth quickest ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, with Daniil Kvyat a superb seventh for Toro Rosso.

Kimi Raikkonen was the slowest of those actually to register a lap time in Q2, ending up in eighth place.

Sergio Perez was P11 after being bumped out of a Q3 position late on, missing out by just under a tenth of a second.

But he will start the Austrian Grand Prix in P16 thanks to the five-place grid penalty he received for causing a collision with Massa in the Canadian Grand Prix a fortnight ago.

The Mexican’s former team-mate Jenson Button, whose practice session was ruined by a rear brake problem, and Sebastian Vettel, whose lack of pace in the final sector cost him, were just behind Perez.

This was a disappointing performance by the defending world champion. Yet again, Sebastian Vettel was out-qualified by his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. The defending champion will start in unlucky P13.

Pastor Maldonado out-qualified Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean for the first time this year, the pair sandwiching Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso.

Adrian Sutil was the fastest of those to be knocked out in Q1, ending up just four-thousandths slower than Maldonado.

He was comfortably ahead of Sauber team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, with Jules Bianchi P19.

Kamui Kobayashi did a good job to split the Marussias, a tenth quicker than Max Chilton, with Marcus Ericsson unable to improve on his second run and ending up last.

Numerous drivers had lap times automatically disallowed during the session for running wide beyond track limits at the exit of Turn 8 as the race stewards act tough on the drivers exploiting the circuit.

So a fantastic achievement by Williams. Their first front row lock-out since the 2003 German Grand Prix. Sunday’s race is going to be fascinating.

Qualifying positions, Red Bull Ring:

1. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m08.759s
2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m08.846s
3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m08.944s
4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m09.285s
5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.466s
6. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.515s
7. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m09.619s
8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m10.795s
9. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             No time
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes No time
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m09.780s
12. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m09.801s
13. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m09.939s
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m10.073s
15. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m10.642s
16. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m09.754s*
17. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m10.825s
18. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m11.349s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.412s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m11.673s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m11.775s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m12.673s

107 per cent time: 1m14.379s

*Five-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Felipe Massa at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

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Ricciardo victorious in thrilling Canadian Grand Prix

Ricciardo Canada 2014 winner

Daniel Ricciardo ended the Silver Arrows’ domination of Formula 1 this season by claiming his maiden victory in a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The Red Bull Racing driver jumped the ailing Mercedes of championship leader Nico Rosberg with just two laps to the chequered flag to claim an unlikely win.

Despite a MGU-K issue meaning a loss of power, Rosberg was able to extend his championship lead by finishing in second position.

The same cannot be said to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was forced to retire with brake failure.

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel took third as the race finished under the Safety Car when Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa  collided spectacularly on the approach to Turn 1 on the penultimate lap as they battled for fourth position.

That allowed Jenson Button to rise to an unlikely fourth-placed finish for McLaren, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

The first half of the Canadian Grand Prix played out as most others have done this season, as the Silver Arrows drivers engaged in a personal battle for victory.

Rosberg made a slower start than his title rival, allowing Hamilton to attack him on the run to Turn 1.

But Rosberg defended his position on the approach to the first corner, locking a front brake on his Mercedes and forcing Hamilton to run wide which gave Vettel track position.

The race was neutralised almost immediately after both Marussias collided at the first chicane.

Max Chilton oversteered wildly into Jules Bianchi through the middle of the corner, pitching the Monaco Grand Prix hero into a violent impact with the wall on the outside of the left-hander and putting both cars out of the race.

It took seven laps for the track marshals to clear the debris and clean the oil spill from Bianchi’s destroyed car.

Rosberg built a 1.7-second gap after the restart, before Hamilton was able to use DRS to breeze past Vettel’s Red Bull approaching the final chicane on lap ten.

Hamilton set off after Rosberg and the Mercedes drivers dropped Vettel at a rate of nearly a second per lap as another of their personal duels for victory continue.

Rosberg still led by two seconds when he pitted on lap 18. A massive moment on his out-lap through the exit of the first chicane gave Hamilton an opportunity of jumping ahead at his own pit-stop on the following lap, but it was six tenths slower than Rosberg’s and that – coupled with an unremarkable in-lap from Hamilton – allowed Rosberg off the hook for his error.

Hamilton re-focused and looked happier on the soft tyres as he set fastest lap and hunted his team-mate down.

The 2008 world champion closed to within half a second and was within striking distance on Rosberg with DRS open when the race leader straight-lined the final chicane after locking up in the braking zone on lap 25.

Hamilton continued to apply big pressure on his team-mate, closing back to within a second while the race stewards investigated Rosberg’s off.

He was handed a warning, meaning no penalty, so retained the race lead as Hamilton closed in again.

But then, Mercedes drivers reported a sudden loss of power shortly after half distance. Losing two seconds per lap to the chasing pack as they nursed their cars.

They pitted for a second time on consecutive laps, briefly allowing Felipe Massa to lead the race, and a slow front-left tyre change for Rosberg allowed Hamilton to get ahead for the first time.

But Hamilton’s joy was short-lived. He fell back behind his team-mate on the out-lap after locking up at the hairpin, and then suffered a rear brake lock-up as he tried to re-pass Rosberg at the final chicane.

Hamilton straight-lined that corner, but began a slow tour back to the pits to retire on lap 48 having suffered rear-brake failure.

Rosberg nursed his own brakes to the end, helped by Perez having to fend off the Red Bulls on much older tyres.

Massa used his final set of fresher soft tyres to charge back through the field, passing team-mate Valtteri Bottas and the struggling Force India of Hulkenberg for fifth in the closing stages and then hunting down the leading quartet.

Ricciardo jumped the ailing Perez (also suffering brake problems) with just five laps to the flag and chased after Rosberg. The Red Bull was able to pass the Silver Arrows in only two laps left by using DRS on the back straight.

When the Safety Car was deployed for the second time after Perez – who used an alternative one-stop strategy to rise from P13 on the grid to the podium fight – and Massa collided, Ricciardo’s first win in Formula 1 was assured.

Bottas nursed his own Williams to seventh, battling brake problems of his own, while the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren and the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen – who recovered from a spin at the hairpin – rounded out the top ten.

So a dramatic Canadian Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo achieving his maiden victory for Red Bull Racing. The Mercedes domination has been halted but Nico Rosberg and the Brackley-based team still leads both championships as Formula 1 return back to Austria later this month.

Canadian Grand Prix, race result after 70 laps:

1. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1h39m12.830s
2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                +4.236s
3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        +5.247s
4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        +11.755s
5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    +12.843s
6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 +14.869s
7. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes       +23.578s
8. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      +28.026s
9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        +29.254s
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                +53.678s
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   69 laps
12. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      69 laps
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         69 laps
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         64 laps

Retirements:

Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            59 laps
Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       47 laps
Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 45 laps
Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         22 laps
Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            21 laps
Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         6 laps
Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         0 laps
Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         0 laps

Drivers’ championship:

1. Nico Rosberg            140
2. Lewis Hamilton          118
3. Daniel Ricciardo        79
4. Fernando Alonso         69
5. Sebastian Vettel        60
6. Nico Hulkenberg         57
7. Jenson Button           43
8. Valtteri Bottas         40
9. Kevin Magnussen         23
10. Sergio Perez            20
11. Felipe Massa            18
12. Kimi Raikkonen          18
13. Romain Grosjean         8
14. Jean-Eric Vergne        8
15. Daniil Kvyat            4
16. Jules Bianchi           2

Constructors’ championship:

1. Mercedes               258
2. Red Bull-Renault       139
3. Ferrari                87
4. Force India-Mercedes   77
5. McLaren-Mercedes       66
6. Williams-Mercedes      58
7. Toro Rosso-Renault     12
8. Lotus-Renault          8
9. Marussia-Ferrari       2
10. Sauber-Ferrari         0
11. Caterham-Renault       0

Next race: Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring. June 20-22.

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Rosberg edges out Hamilton to Canadian Grand Prix pole

Rosberg qualifying Canada 2014

Championship leader Nico Rosberg scored his seventh career pole position by edging out his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villenueve.

Hamilton, who had dominated practice, setting the fastest time of Friday and then going quickest on Saturday morning, meaning he went into qualifying as the hot favourite at a track in which he enjoyed.

The Mercedes driver had topped both Q1 and Q2 but was outpaced by Rosberg by 68 thousandths of a second on their first runs in Q3 after hitting traffic in the final sector.

Rosberg then made a small improvement on his second run, but it was not necessary as a poor middle sector meant that Hamilton was unable to better his rival’s earlier lap time.

As for the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, the Red Bull driver was the best-of-the-rest, jumping from sixth to third with a strong final lap.

Williams had looked set to be the closest challenger to Mercedes, but Valtteri Bottas was unable to improve on his final run and ended up in fourth position.

His Williams team-mate Felipe Massa was fifth fastest, just ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso was seventh, his Ferrari not quite showing the speed to threaten the top six at Montreal.

Jean-Eric Vergne was fastest of those who only attempted one run in Q3, shading McLaren’s Jenson Button to eighth place by two-hundredths of a second.

Kimi Raikkonen was the slowest of the Q3 runners, securing tenth place on the grid.

All of the top ten will start the race on super-soft Pirelli thanks to new-for-2014 rules dictating that drivers must use the set they set their best Q2 time on.

Nico Hulkenberg missed out on a place in Q3 by just under half-a-tenth and will start in P11.

As for Kevin Magnussen, the young Dane could only managed P12 after failing to improve on his second run.

Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat were P13, P14 and P15 respectively, with Sauber driver Adrian Sutil attempting only one run in Q2 as he had used two sets of super-softs in Q1, ending up in P16.

Pastor Maldonado was eliminated in Q1 after his Lotus ground to a halt in the closing stages.

He had just jumped Marussia pairing Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi before his car developed a technical issue.

After the highs of Monaco in scoring championship points, Jules Bianchi was unable to attempt a second run in Q1 thanks to a car problem, while Chilton had to rely on the time posted on his first run because of incidents late in the session.

Kamui Kobayashi was the faster of the Caterhams in P20 after making a good improvement on his final run, although he will be hit with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson brought out a red flag with 16 seconds of Q1 remaining after crashing at the exit of the first chicane.

Esteban Gutierrez was unable to participate in qualifying following damage to the chassis sustained in a crash during Saturday morning’s free practice session.

The Sauber team is building up a car around a spare chassis for the Mexican for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

So another Mercedes front row and yet this time, Nico Rosberg is ahead of his team-mate. Race day at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be a fascinating battle for supremacy between the Silver Arrows duo.

Canadian Grand Prix, qualifying times:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m14.874s
2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m14.953s
3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m15.548s
4. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m15.550s
5. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m15.578s
6. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m15.589s
7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m15.814s
8. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m16.162s
9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m16.182s
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m16.214s
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m16.300s
12. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m16.310s
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m16.472s
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m16.687s
15. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m16.713s
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m17.314s
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m18.328s
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m18.348s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m18.359s
20. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m19.820s
21. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       no time
22. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m19.278s*

107 per cent time: 1m21.052s

*Five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change

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Rosberg wins street fight against Hamilton in Monaco

Nico Rosberg Monaco Grand Prix 2014

Nico Rosberg reclaimed the lead of the Formula 1 World Championship from his Mercedes team-mate by beating Lewis Hamilton to victory around the streets of Monte Carlo.

Pre-race talk was focused on the Silver Arrows rivarly following the events that took place in qualifying. In which accusation on whether Rosberg had deliberately locked-up into the Mirabeau corner, resulting in a yellow flag period that prevented Hamilton in taking pole position.

The race stewards spent several hours investigating this incident and despite the paddock’s opinion that it was intention, they found no evidence thanks to the telemetry data and television replays.

So Nico Rosberg kept his pole position and with overtaking so difficult, he held that track position to win the Monaco Grand Prix for the second time.

Rosberg made a superb start from the grid and led Hamilton through Ste Devote.

The race was almost immediately neutralised by the Safety Car, as Sergio Perez’s Force India looped into the barriers at Mirabeau after a collision with Jenson Button’s McLaren.

Rosberg held Hamilton back at the restart and edged away slowly through the first stint as his team-mate gave chase.

A second Safety Car period, caused by Adrian Sutil crashing heavily under braking for the chicane, denied Hamilton his only realistic chance in passing Rosberg by pitting earlier than his team-mate.

Both Mercedes headed into the pits one after the other under the Safety Car, allowing Rosberg to retain the lead.

The 2008 Formula 1 world champion questioned his team’s strategy repeatedly over the radio as the drivers prepared for another restart.

Once again Rosberg controlled the restart well, and drove on unchallenged to victory, despite fears over excessive fuel consumption in the early part of the second stint.

Hamilton shadowed his Silver Arrows team-mate for most of the race, but dropped back in the closing stages after complaining he “couldn’t see” out of his left eye.

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo saw this as an opportunity and closed Hamilton down, but fell short of beating him to second position by just 0.4 seconds.

The Australian thus had to be content with his second consecutive third placed finish.

Ricciardo had earlier made a slow start from third on the grid, but regained the lost ground thanks to problems for his team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Four-time world champion Vettel ran third initially after a strong start from the second row, but reported a loss of power shortly after the first restart.

Red Bull replaced parts of his Energy Recovery System unit before the race, following the ERS issue that hampered Vettel in qualifying, and the German complained of a loss of boost pressure from his Renault engine in the race.

A frustrated Vettel rejoined the action after some adjustments in the pits, but was told by the team to retire.

Raikkonen then looked as though he might claim his first podium since returning to Ferrari, having got up to fourth by passing his team-mate Fernando Alonso at the start and driving around the outside of Ricciardo’s Red Bull on the first run through Ste Devote.

But The Iceman’s race was undone by contact with Max Chilton’s Marussia during the second Safety Car period.

Chilton was trying to un-lap himself, and the resulting collision forced Raikkonen into a second stop to replace a punctured tyre on his F14 T.

This condemned the 2007 Formula 1 world champion to a recovery drive through the field, while Alonso maintained his third position in the world championship by finishing in fourth place.

Raikkonen ultimately ended up pointless after a desperate pass on Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren at Loews ended in contact with just a handful of laps remaining.

Magnussen had just been passed by team-mate Jenson Button as Hamilton and Ricciardo lapped a battle for fifth between Hulkenberg’s Force India, the two McLarens, and Raikkonen’s Ferrari.

Raikkonen spotted a chance to dive down the inside at the hairpin, but ran out of road, meaning both drivers lost ground.

Hulkenberg thus held on to claim fifth for Force India, narrowly ahead of Button, while Felipe Massa inherited seventh for Williams.

An engine failure for Valtteri Bottas, an exhaust problem for Jean-Eric Vergne, plus a crash for Esteban Gutierrez at Rascasse, not forgetting the incident between Raikkonen and Magnussen, meant Jules Bianchi crossed the finishing line an eighth for Marussia.

A five-second penalty for serving an earlier penalty for an out-of-position start under the Safety Car, means he will be demoted to ninth, but that wasn’t a main issue as Marussia was able to score their maiden points in Formula 1.

The Lotus of Romain Grosjean will thus inherit eighth, while Magnussen recovered from his incident with Raikkonen to round out the scorers in tenth.

So a fascinating intra-team battle between Rosberg and Hamilton. The Mercedes W05 is the quickest car in the field and with the Silver Arrows drivers fighting for superiority, it’s going to be exciting and thrilling contest for the rest of the season.

Monaco Grand Prix race results, after 78 laps:

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 lap
Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault               0 lap

Drivers’ championship:

1.  Nico Rosberg      122
2.  Lewis Hamilton    118
3.  Fernando Alonso   61
4.  Daniel Ricciardo  54
5.  Nico Hulkenberg   47
6.  Sebastian Vettel  45
7.  Valtteri Bottas   34
8.  Jenson Button     31
9.  Kevin Magnussen   21
10.  Sergio Perez      20
11.  Felipe Massa      18
12.  Kimi Raikkonen    17
13.  Romain Grosjean   8
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne  4
15.  Daniil Kvyat      4
16.  Jules Bianchi     2

Constructors’ championship:

1.  Mercedes              240
2.  Red Bull-Renault      99
3.  Ferrari               78
4.  Force India-Mercedes  67
5.  McLaren-Mercedes      52
6.  Williams-Mercedes     52
7.  Lotus-Renault         8
8.  Toro Rosso-Renault    8
9.  Marussia-Ferrari      2
10.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0

Next race: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal. June 6-8.

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Rosberg takes Monaco Grand Prix pole despite Mirabeau incident

Rosberg qualifying

Nico Rosberg claimed his second successive Monaco Grand Prix pole position despite going off at the tight Mirabeau corner on his final flying lap.

The German was the faster of the Mercedes duo on the first runs in the top ten shootout, shading Lewis Hamilton by 59 thousandths of a second.

But then he made a mistake on his final Q3 lap, locking up and sliding up the escape road at Mirabeau.

But as Hamilton, who was behind Rosberg on track, was slow in the middle sector of his final lap because of the resulting yellow flags, the 2008 Formula 1 world champion was unable to attempt to defeat Rosberg.

Daniel Ricciardo continued his strong Monaco Grand Prix weekend by beating his Red Bull Racing team-mate Sebastian Vettel to third, with the Scuderia of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen claiming the third row.

Jean-Eric Vergne qualified seventh after winning his personal battle with McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen.

The second Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat, impressed by surviving a crash in Q1 at the chicane that ripped off his front wing by making it to Q3 in ninth, ending up ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez.

Jenson Button, winner in Monaco in 2009, was the biggest-name casualty in Q2, ending up P12 behind Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was P13, with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado behind him as the Lotus team continued to have a difficult weekend.

Felipe Massa ended up only P16 after being unable to participate in Q2.

The Williams driver let Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson through at Mirabeau in the closing stages of Q1, but the Swede had to correct a rear-end slide under braking for the right-hander and hit Massa, who was holding a wide line.

Both cars nosed into the barrier and neither was able to get back to the pits, although Massa did get his car going again but then ground to a halt.

This incident meant that the battle to avoid elimination in Q1 was interrupted and there were few late changes, with Sauber pairing Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil ending up P17 and P18.

Marussia pairing Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton filled the tenth row, with the Caterhams of Kamui Kobayashi and Ericsson at the back.

And yet the major talking point post-qualifying was that Rosberg incident.

There was a divided opinion in the paddock that the Silver Arrows driver had deliberately made the mistake to prevent his team-mate in scoring pole position.

Comparisons were made to a similar incident back in 2006, when Michael Schumacher parked his car at La Rascasse to stop Fernando Alonso challenging for pole. The race stewards looked into the incident then and threw Schumacher back to the end of the grid.

As for the 2014 incident, Rosberg said he made a genuine error. The stewards spent several hours investigating and in the end found no evidence of a deliberately move to prevent Hamilton from challenging to pole position.

And yet, the rivarly between Rosberg and Hamilton had just been stirred up even further following the news that more engine power was used for 2008 Formula 1 world champion to win the previous race in Spain… The Monaco Grand Prix is going to be a fascinating contest between the Silver Arrows.

Monaco Grand Prix, qualifying times:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m15.989s
2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m16.048s
3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.384s
4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m16.547s
5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m16.686s
6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               1m17.389s
7. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    1m17.540s
8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.555s
9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m18.090s
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m18.327s
11. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m17.846s
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m17.988s
13. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     1m18.082s
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m18.196s
15. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         1m18.356s
16. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     No time
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.741s
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        1m18.745s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      1m19.332s
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      1m19.928s
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      1m20.133s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      1m21.732s

107 per cent time: 1m22.985s

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