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2014-05-25 14:12

MONACO HOPES DASHED: Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel suffers mechanical woes putting an end to his 2014 Monaco GP run. Image: AP/Antonio Calanni

UPDATE lap 47/78: Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton lead the pack with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo hanging on to third. Rosberg told by Mercedes that fuel will become "critical" if he does not use "longer gears."

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - The tight confines of the Monaco GP circuit claimed another victim as Sauber's Adrian Sutil crashed on lap 25.

Sutil's crash promoted the safety car to be rolled out for a second time. This allowed the front runners on lap 26 (Mercedes Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton) to enter the pits.


Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire from the race.

Red Bull reports mechanical woes cut short Vettel's Monaco GP bid after eight laps. The team confirmed its Renault power unit  was to blame for Vettel's early retirement.

Williams' Valtteri Bottas suffered mechanical issues throughout the race and was forced to retire on lap 56. Heavy smoke bellowed out the rear of his Williams forcing him to stop at a nearby chicane.


Force India's Sergio Perez crashed on the first lap. Sauber's Pastor Maldonado was forced to retire from the race.

Perez crashed mere seconds into a race that's hotly expected to see a fierce battle between the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton following the controversy during qualifying.


Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, Marussia's Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton received five second penalties for not lining up properly on the grid. Bianchi was further reprimanded by F1 stewards for serving his five-second penalty while the safety car was deployed.

Torro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne was handed a drive-through penalty for being unsafely released into the path of McLaren's Kevin Magnussen while in the pits-lane. Vergne's Monaco woes continued as he limped back to the pits and was forced to retire on lap 53.


Formula 1 stewards upheld Rosberg's 2014 Monaco GP pole position on Saturday (May 24) after investigating a qualifying incident that denied Mercedes team mate Hamilton the chance to beat him.

Stewards said after hearing from the team and examining video footage, that they would be taking no further action against Rosberg because they could find no evidence of any offence being committed.

Rosberg had locked up on the descent to Mirabeau and skidded down the escape road in the final seconds of qualifying, bringing out yellow warning flags that forced championship leader Hamilton to slow just as he was on his last quick lap.

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