Sunday, 24 May 2015

Pirelli Monaco Grand Prix Race Report

(Pirelli Motorsport Media)

Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Nico Rosberg took a surprise victory in today’s Monaco Grand Prix using a one stop strategy. The German started the race on a used set of Super Soft tyres and switched a new set of Yellow Soft tyres on lap 37 of the race.

Rosberg started the race from second place on the grid alongside team mate Lewis Hamilton and went on to secure his third consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory having taken the win in 2013, 2014 and of course this season.

Rosberg took the lead following a strategy error from the Mercedes pit-wall saw the Hamilton make a second pit-stop on lap 65 of the 78 lap race for a set of the Super Soft tyres.

While the majority of the field opted for either a one or two stop strategy, the Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson and Williams Martini Racing Team’s Felipe Massa made three stops. Speaking following the race, Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery commented saying:

I was as surprised as everyone else to see the final pit stop that decided the outcome of the race. But that shouldn’t take anything away from the great job that Lewis Hamilton did throughout the entire weekend. It just goes to show that it’s never over until the chequered flag falls in Formula One: a fact that Nico Rosberg clearly appreciated today! The long safety car period at the end of the race obviously made maintaining tyre temperatures important at the re-start. In the end, we saw a spectacular finish, with the one-stop strategy that we predicted for the race used by the vast majority of competitors.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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