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Monaco Grand Prix: driver by driver review

We take a look at how each driver's race went.
Monday, May 26, 2014

26th May, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix provided us with plenty of thrills and spills.

We saw what is potentially the best overtake of the the season, two safety cars, plenty of retirements and an unexpected points scorer.


1 - Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - 25 points

After taking a controversial pole position, Rosberg led a lights-out to chequered flag victory at his home race for the second year in a row.


2 - Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 18 points

The British driver put Rosberg under pressure for most of the race but was unable to find a way past.

Towards the end of the race Hamilton dropped back after reporting he had something in one of his eyes and couldn’t see out of it. His vision issue meant Rosberg took the win comfortably, while Hamilton found himself under pressure from Daniel Ricciardo.


3 - Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull Racing - 15 points

Towards the end of the race Ricciardo seemed to come to life and began hunting down Hamilton.

He was able to bring the gap down to 0.4 second but was unable to find a way past the Mercedes driver and settled for third, his second podium appearance of the year.


4 - Fernando Alonso - Ferrari - 12 points

The Spaniard struggled at the start and said after the race that something went wrong with the motor.

Alonso’s race was fairly quiet but he was happy with a fourth place finish.


5 - Nico Hulkenberg - Force India - 10 points

The Force India driver continues to prove the car has pace to finish high in the points and picked up points for the sixth race in a row.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the race was Hulkenberg’s pass on Kevin Magnussen at Portier.


6 - Jenson Button - McLaren - 8 points

Heading into the final laps of the race, Button began to close in on Hulkenberg who was struggling with his tyres.

The McLaren driver was frustrated that he couldn’t find a way past the Force India, but was happy to pick up points.


7 - Felipe Massa - Williams - 6 points

A points finish looked out of the question for the Williams driver when he left it until lap 46 to make his first stop, failing to pit under the safety car.

He returned to the track 11th and managed to work his way into the points and picked up six points for the team.


8 - Romain Grosjean - 4 points

On the opening lap the Lotus driver was hit from behind by Adrian Sutil, which forced him to pit and dropped him down the field.

Grosjean spent the first half of the race amongst the backmarkers but made a good recovery to finish in the points.


9 - Jules Bianchi - 2 points

The other big story of the day was Bianchi and Marussia picking up their first points.

Bianchi crossed the line eighth but a five second penalty added to his overall time meant he finished ninth instead.

It was only a matter of time until Bianchi and Marussia picked up points and the unpredictability of the Monaco Grand Prix was exactly what they needed.


10 - Kevin Magnussen - McLaren - 1 points

A power unit issue dropped the Dane down the order in the final laps of the race. He was then caught up in a tangle with Kimi Raikkonen at the Loews Hairpin which lost him more time.

He managed to make a comeback to pass Marcus Ericsson and pick up the final point.


11 - Marcus Ericsson - Caterham

It looked like the Monaco Grand Prix could see Ericsson and Caterham pick up their first points. Magnussen passed Ericsson shortly before the chequered flag meaning the Swede finished just outside the points.


12 - Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari

The Finn had a strong start, moving up to first on the opening lap. Under the second safety car Raikkonen was hit from behind by Max Chilton which forced him to pit again.

Towards the end of the race he made contact with Kevin Magnussen, coming to a halt momentarily at the Loews Hairpin.

Both issues cost him time and meant he was unable to finish in the points.


13 - Kamui Kobayashi - Caterham

Things were looking good for the Japanese driver until Bianchi made contact with him as he forced his way past at Rascasse.

Kobayashi said the car was ‘undriveable’ after the race and couldn’t understand why Bianchi hadn’t been investigated for the incident and felt it cost him points.


14 - Max Chilton - Marussia

In contrast to his teammate Chilton had a tough race, being bogged down at the start and making an unplanned stop after making contact with Raikkonen under the safety car.

Chilton has now finished 25 consecutive races.


DNF - Esteban Gutierrez - Sauber

The Mexican was the final retirement of the race after tagging the barrier and spinning at Rascasse.


DNF - Valtteri Bottas - Williams

Bottas made a good start and was running well but a power unit issue ended his race at the Loews Hairpin.


DNF - Jean-Eric Vergne - Toro Rosso

Yet more bad luck for the Frenchman who was handed a drive through penalty for an unsafe release after he was released into the path of Kevin Magnussen.


Vergne was running well but his race came to an end on lap 52 due to an exhaust issue. After the race he said the cars pace was so good he felt a fifth place finish was possible.


DNF - Adrian Sutil - Sauber

The German driver brought out the second safety car after losing control of the Sauber coming out of the tunnel and coming to a halt in the run-off area.


DNF - Daniil Kvyat - Toro Rosso

12 laps into his first Monaco Grand Prix the Russian rookie retired with an exhaust issue.


DNF - Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull Racing

Vettel got off the line well in Monaco but a couple of laps later he began complaining that he had no drive and started to drop down the field.

He made a long stop as the team tried to resolve the issue and returned to the race at the back of the field. Part way through the lap he discovered he could no longer engage gears and made his second retirement of the year.


DNF - Sergio Perez - Force India

The first safety car of the race was brought out by Perez who made contact with Button going into the hairpin.


DNS - Pastor Maldonado - Lotus

On the opening lap the Venezuelan was unable to get away. He was pushed back into the pit lane but the team were unable to get Maldonado going and he failed to start the race.

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