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2015-05-24 16:40

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? It's the question Mercedes Lewis Hamilton must have asked after zapping from first to a miserable third after a cocked-up pit stop within spitting distance of the Monaco F1 finish. image: AP / Luca Bruno

ALAN BALDWIN

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Nico Rosberg took a surprise hat trick of Monaco Formula 1 GP wins on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a late pit stop while he was leading.

The result, with Hamilton third after leading for 64 of the 78 laps after starting on pole, slashed the Briton's lead over German rival Rosberg to 10 points after six of 19 races.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was second.

VERSTAPPEN CRASH

Hamilton's race unravelled when the pace car was deployed after Dutch 17-year-old Max Verstappen crashed at high speed into a barrier – he was unhurt.

While the race leader pitted for fresh tyres, Rosberg and Vettel stayed out – and went past.

Hamilton had been leading his team mate by 15sec.

"I've lost the race haven't I," the disconsolate double Formula 1 champion asked over the team radio after rejoining in third place.

"What's happened guys?"

The answer: his team cocked up.

2015 Monaco F1 GP result
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min49.18.420
2 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari +00min04.486
3 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00min06.053
4 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull-Renault 00min11.965
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull-Renault 00min13.608
6 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00min14.345
7 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India-Mercedes 00min15.013
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 00min16.063
9 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber-Ferrari 00min23.626
10 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso-Renault 00min25.056
11 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 00min26.232
12 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus-Mercedes 00min28.415
13 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber-Ferrari 00min31.159
14 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 00min45.789
15 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap
16 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia-Ferrari 2 laps
17 Will Stevens (Britain)

Retired
Marussia-Ferrari 2 laps
Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso-Renault 15 laps
Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 36 laps
Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus-Mercedes 70 laps
 
Fastest lap: Ricciardo 1min18.063, Lap 74.

Drivers’ and Constructors’ points
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 126
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 116
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 98
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 60
5 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 42
6 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 39
7 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 35
8 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 17
9 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 16
10 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 16
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 11
12 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 9
13 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 6
14 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 6
15 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 5
16 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 4
17 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 0
18 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 0
19 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0
20 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 0

Constructors
1 Mercedes 242
2 Ferrari 158
3 Williams-Mercedes 81
4 Red Bull-Renault 52
5 Sauber-Ferrari 21
6 Force India-Mercedes 17
7 Lotus-Mercedes 16
8 Toro Rosso-Renault 15
9 McLaren 4
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0


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