Monaco GP – A fourth for Fernando, a fatest lap for kimi

Fernando Alonso finished the Monaco Grand Prix in fourth place, having started fifth, while Kimi Raikkonen ended up twelfth, the victim of circumstance, after what had been a very promising start. Mercedes continued its clean sweep with a sixth win from six starts, this time Nico Rosberg recording his second victory of the season, his second consecutive Monaco win. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton was second while Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull.

At the start, the two Mercedes led in grid order, Rosberg, Hamilton, while Ricciardo made a bad start in the Red Bull and was passed by team-mate Vettel, who was third ahead of Kimi. The Finn made an excellent start to go from sixth to fourth, with team-mate Fernando behind him in sixth, after the electric motor had failed to deliver full power. However, on the run down to the Loews hairpin Perez was hit in the Force India, by Button’s McLaren, which led to the Safety Car coming out.


At the restart on lap 3, Vettel had car trouble, so while the two Mercedes led, Kimi was third, ahead of Ricciardo, Fernando and Magnussen. Lap 23 and the leaders began to close on the backmarkers. Ricciardo was only half a second off Kimi at this point, just as Sutil crashed the Sauber on the exit from the tunnel, which brought out the Safety Car for a second time. Rosberg pitted followed by all the leaders, including Kimi and Fernando, double-stopping in their F14 Ts. But on lap 28 Kimi came in again with a damaged tyre, having been hit by an unlapped Marussia, which dropped him to 13th. This promoted Ricciardo to third and Fernando to fourth, while Massa was up to fifth in the Williams, the only driver not to have stopped.

Still fourth, Fernando was a comfortable 20 seconds ahead of Hulkenberg and only 2.2 behind Ricciardo. Kimi was not giving up and was now closing on ninth placed Gutierrez in the Sauber, but catching both of them was Massa. Lap 61 saw Kimi up to eighth behind Button and on lap 73 the Ferrari man tried to pass Magnussen. The two cars collided and stopped at the hairpin, which meant Kimi had to pit again for a new nose, with just 4 laps to go, rejoining 12th. Clearly frustrated, the Finn put his foot down and set the race fastest lap on lap 75 of 78.

In the championship, Fernando Alonso is still third on 61 points, half the total of the leader Rosberg. Kimi Raikkonen is 12th and Scuderia Ferrari is third in the Constructors’ classification.

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