|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull|
|3||Sergio Perez||Force India|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso|
|DNF||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|DNF||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso|
Kvyat was awarded a three-place grid penalty as well as two penalty points on his license for avoidable contact with Kevin Magnussen, while Ericsson was given the same punishment for colliding with his team mate later in the race.
The penalties leave Ericsson with six penalty points on his super license, while Kvyat currently has seven. Any driver who receives 12 points in a single 12 month period will recieve a one race suspension.
Kimi Raikkonen was also investigated after the race following his collision with Romain Grosjean, but no further action was taken by the stewards.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth for Ferrari, followed by Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, while Nico Hulkenberg snatched fifth from Nico Rosberg on the run to the line.
With heavy downpours soaking the track prior to the start, it came as little surprise when the FIA announced that the race would begin under Safety Car conditions.
Finally, the race was allowed to begin properly at the start of lap eight. Ricciardo made a strong getaway, pulling out a second over Nico Rosberg, Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
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But there was instant trouble as Jolyon Palmer lost control of his Renault over the start/finish straight, slamming into the outside barriers and spearing into the wall at Ste Devote. The Virtual Safety Car was called, as the Monaco marshals cleared the track of debris from the single car accident.
When the race resumed, Kimi Raikkonen understeered into the barriers at the Hotel Hairpin, breaking his front wing before colliding with Romain Grosjean at Portier, putting the Ferrari out of the race.
With no rain falling, many drivers down the field began to pit for Intermediate tyres, while cars out front chose to remain on wet tyres.
Ricciardo was now 13s seconds ahead of the Mercedes with Hamilton visibly quicker than his team mate. Mercedes ordered Rosberg to let Hamilton by, which he duly obliged by pulling over up the hill.
Rosberg was the first of the front three to pit for Intermediates, followed by Ricciardo, but Hamilton remained out on full Wets.
Ricciardo caught and pressured Hamilton for the lead, but now drivers were beginning to switch to dry tyres which Hamilton opted to do directly on Lap 31.
Ricciardo attempted to use his speed to jump Hamilton in the pits, but when he arrived in his pit box there were no tyres to be found with the Red Bull mechanics. A costly error saw Hamilton resume into the lead.
Hamilton had to resist heavy pressure from the chasing Red Bull, with Ricciardo almost passing the Mercedes after Hamilton missed the chicane but was strongly rebuffed.
Max Verstappen capped off a weekend to forget by crashing at Mirabeau in tenth, while the two Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and
Felipe Nasr collided at Rascasse.
Despite Ricciardo’s best efforts, the Red Bull driver was unable to find a way past the Mercedes and Hamilton duly held on to claim his first victory of the season. Sergio Perez took his sixth podium of his career in third, ahead of Vettel and Alonso.
Late rain on the final lap saw many drivers struggling for grip on the run to the line, with Nico Rosberg being passed by Nico Hulkneberg’s Force India as both fought for traction on the slippery track.
Carlos Sainz Jr, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa rounded out the points paying positions.
FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed that Kvyat’s car was subjected to a test after qualifying and after his front floor was found to flex more than the maximum 5mm allowed, has been referred to the stewards.
If the stewards had deemed Toro Rosso guilty of a technical infringement, Kvyat could have been disqualified from qualifying and forced to start the Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid.
Kvyat will start the race from eighth on the grid, having qualified ninth but promoted one place following Kimi Raikkonen’s grid penalty.
The technical delegate’s statement is as follows.
A front floor deflection test was carried out on car number 26.
A vertical deflection under a vertical load of 4000 newtons exceeded 5mm. As this is not in compliance with Article 3.17.5, I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.
After the investigation the FIA said:
“The team produced evidence that the car suffered an impact which reduced the downforce and resulted with a slower lap time than in Q2,” said a stewards’ statement.
“Therefore whilst technically the car failed to pass the deflection test, the stewards have decided not to impose any penalty.
“However the team is reminded that further tests will be conducted and that future failure of the test may not result in the same decision.
“The FIA technical team is requested to further study the telemetry produced by the team and provide a report to the Stewards if appropriate.
Magnussen was placed under investigation after he crossed the pit exit line despite the lights being on red at the moment he crossed the line following Max Verstappen’s crash in Q1.
Despite TV replays confirming the infringement, the stewards have decided to take no action against the Renault driver having determined that Magnussen’s dashboard warning system only went red half a second before he exited the pit lane.
The full decision by the FIA stewards is as follows:
Although the green light was extinguished and replaced by the red light two seconds before the driver crossed the pit exit line, the team presented evidence that the dashboard light only turned to red 0.55 seconds prior to the car crossing the line.
Further, the driver explained that he looked at the trackside light on approach, it was green, then he focussed on the track ahead because there is a turn from the the pit exit. By the time his dashboard light came on it was too late to avoid crossing the line. The team also radioed “red flag, red flag”, but the car had passed the line.