Friday 28 October 2016

Bad Mercedes call sees Hamilton miss out

A terrible error of judgement by his Mercedes team cost Lewis Hamilton victory at the Monaco Grand Prix and handed it gift-wrapped to his team-mate and rival Nico Rosberg.

A win was all but assured for the reigning Formula One world champion as the race came to a close only for Hamilton's race engineers to choose to pit under the safety car allowing Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel to pass.

It saw Hamilton blow what would have been a second success on the streets of Monte Carlo and allowed Rosberg to secure a bonus third successive win at the Circuit de Monaco as Vettel's Ferrari followed home second.

Hamilton then pledged to "come back and win the next one" - a dignified response with emotions clearly running high after a crazy end to an otherwise run-of-the-mill race.

Impressive Toro Rosso teenager Verstappen crashed heavily after clipping Romain Grosjean's Lotus, but fortunately walked away.

It led to the safety car being deployed for the first time and the strange decision for Hamilton to pit - a horribly misjudged choice, which saw him re-emerge with Rosberg and Vettel ahead of him.

"I've lost this race, haven't I?" he asked over the radio and he was right, as Rosberg was followed home by Vettel after Hamilton failed to find a way past when the race resumed with seven laps remaining.

Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth and fifth, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen sixth ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez.

McLaren were able to celebrate their first points of the season as Jenson Button crossed eighth.

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