Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix in what was initially a closely fought race between his team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton faded after 60 laps of the 72 lap race due to a watery left eye which limited his vision, the Monaco street circuit is a narrow and dangerous track at the best of times, any disadvantage could be dangerous.
The Englishman’s troubles allowed the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo to close up but the Mercedes driver had just enough muster to fend of the Red Bull challenge for second place.
This was the sixth successive one-two podium finish for the Mercedes team and for Ricciardo it was his first podium finish after being denied at the opening race of the season due to a technical infringement.
Rosberg’s victory brings an end to Hamilton’s four race-in-a-row winning streak, but the talking point was dominated by ‘THAT’ controversial pole position during Saturdays qualifying.
In the last minute of the final session Rosberg appeared to lock his brakes going into the Mirabeau section, the Mercedes driver missed the apex and decided the best course of action was to make for the escape road which brought out waved yellow flags signaling drivers to slow down.
At the same moment Hamilton was on his final qualifying lap but had to abort because of the waved yellow’s. Hamilton was furious and believed Rosberg deliberately conjured up the mistake, Monaco is a narrow street circuit, passing is near impossible and who ever starts on pole usually wins. And so it was the case for Rosberg come Sunday.
Saturday’s incident has opened up massive fractures between both Mercedes drivers, Hamilton said nothing publicly but is said to have openly accused Rosberg of cheating behind closed doors, the drivers championship has now entered a new phase,an all out inter-team war.
Rosberg leaves Monaco with the taste of victory and retakes the lead from Hamilton in the drivers championship, but in Hamilton’s eye, Rosberg may have lost some credibility.