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Lewis Hamilton: I thanked Nico Rosberg for being a gentleman in Monaco GP

• Mercedes instructed German to let his team-mate by in Monte Carlo
• ‘I knew when I was behind him that I was much, much quicker than him’

Lewis Hamilton hugged his Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg and thanked him for “being a gentleman” after he won the Monaco Grand Prix, his first success since October last year. An ecstatic Hamilton, who cut Rosberg’s lead in the championship from 43 points to 24, started third on the grid but went past his slower team-mate after the German was instructed to let him by.

Hamilton said: “I came here today thinking: ‘I have just got to go and do it,’ because no one is going to give it to me. I didn’t know whether I could win, but knowing that it would rain opened up the window of opportunity. I thought Nico had a problem. I knew when I was behind him that I was much, much quicker than him. I was also conscious that none of us are going to win this race if I am stuck behind.

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