Formula One held its annual race in Monaco on Sunday, and it was an incredibly eventful race. Nico Rosberg started on pole after no action was taken following an investigation into his spin during the final minutes of qualifying. Pastor Maldonado became the first retirement as soon as the race began when he had a fuel pump issue that meant he couldn’t leave the grid. Then, on the very first lap, there was a safety car period when McLaren’s Jenson Button hit and spun the Force India of Sergio Perez. As the race restarted on lap 4, the car of Sebastian Vettel experienced turbo failure and he was forced to retire.
In rare form for a Formula One race, there was a second safety car period on lap 28 when Adrian Sutil crashed in the chicane. Much of the field made their pit stops at this time, but Lewis Hamilton complained that his team should have called him in to make a pit stop when the crash was first spotted instead of waiting for the safety car to be deployed. On lap 31, the team started telling Rosberg he was using too much fuel, which let Hamilton start to catch up. However, with 12 laps to go, Hamilton dropped back, claiming there was debris in his eye causing him to only see out of one eye.
Kimi Raikkonen was doing well during the race and looked like he could potentially earn a podium since joining Ferrari during the off season. However, this was spoiled when he made contact with Marussia’s Max Chilton during the second safety car period. Chilton was trying to get unlapped when he and Raikkonen made contact. The incident meant Raikkonen needed to take an extra pit stop for repairs. Later in the race, Raikkonen was trying to make a pass around Kevin Magnussen, which caused him to end up without points at race end.
There were also other retirements in the race that were a little less spectacular. Both Valtteri Bottas and Jean-Eric Vergne both experienced engine failure, which ended their day early. There was also a minor crash for Esteban Gutierrez in the Rascasse turn, which meant he was done early.
Nico Rosberg eventually won the race, with Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, and Nico Hulkenburg rounding out the top five.
I’m happy someone other than Hamilton won. I know it’s still his teammate that won, but at least it’s not Hamilton on the top step. And thinking of Hamilton, he’s starting to become even more of a jerk than he normally is. Constantly complaining about the calls his team made in the way he did this race is incredibly unsportsmanlike, unprofessional, and rude for any athlete to be doing. He’s not winning anyone over to his side, that’s for sure.