Red Bull’s mistake gifted Lewis Hamilton victory
Lewis Hamilton recovered from the mechanical issues that hindered him in qualifying to win a rain-hit Monaco Grand Prix from third on the grid, cutting the gap to teammate Nico Rosberg at the top of the championship by 19 points in the process.
Daniel Ricciardo looked to be in control having held onto his lead after the race had started under the safety car, but a disastrous pit stop from Red Bull saw him slip behind his Mercedes rival after the latter had opted for a different strategy.
With the track drying, Hamilton stayed out on wet tyres while Ricciardo pitted for intermediates. Even when the time came for both drivers to switch onto dry rubber it looked like the Australian would emerge in front, but a communication error meant that Red Bull didn’t have fresh tyres ready when the call to pit was made.
The wait cost Ricciardo more than ten seconds, allowing Hamilton to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish en route to the chequered flag.