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Rosberg secures Monaco victory

May 25, 2014 15:32:31 UK

Nico Rosberg returned to the top of the drivers’ standings following his win in Monaco on Sunday.

Mercedes star Nico Rosberg secured a second successive Monaco GP win on Sunday, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton second.

Rosberg, who won the 2013 edition of the race, started on pole and produced a dominant display to secure maximum points, and replace Hamilton at the top of the Drivers’ Championship table.

Hamilton had been seeking a fifth successive victory and pushed Rosberg hard in the first half of the race before the German pulled clear, with the 2008 world champion heard complaining about an eye problem over team radio.

Hamilton was forced to battle for second spot in the latter stages as Daniel Ricciardo tried to chase him down, with the Red Bull star eventually coming in third.

Ricciardo’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel was one of seven drivers who failed to complete the race as he was struck by engine trouble in the eighth lap.

Force India’s Sergio Perez was the first driver to retire as he clipped former McLaren team-mate Jenson Button in lap one, while Sauber’s Esteban Guttierez and Adrian Sutil, Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas all failed to finish the race.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso came in fourth, Nico Hulkenburg of Force India was fifth and Button came in sixth.

Button’s McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen also managed to finish in the points as he came in 10th.

Williams’ Felipe Massa finished seventh, ahead of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi and Romain Grosjean of Lotus.

Rosberg now holds a five point lead over Hamilton is the standings with the pair priced at 2.87 and 1.40 respectively to win the World Drivers’ Championship.

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