Formula One

 
            === Rosberg wins Monaco GP for second straight year ===
 
 Monte  Carlo,  Monaco (SportsNetwork.com) -  Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand
 Prix  for the  second year in a row  and reclaimed the lead in the Formula One
 world  championship standings after beating teammate Lewis Hamilton in another
 1-2 finish for Mercedes.
 
 Rosberg  started  on the  pole and led  all 78 laps  on the world-famous Monte
 Carlo  street circuit.  The 28-year-old  German  crossed the  finish line  9.2
 seconds  ahead of Hamilton for his second win this season and the fifth of his
 F1  career.  His first victory  in 2014 came in  the March 16 season-opener in
 Australia. Rosberg started first and led every lap in last year's Monaco GP as
 well.
 
 "It  was  another special day for  sure," said Rosberg, who resides in Monaco.
 "Lewis  drove very  well and pushed me  massively hard, so the pressure was on
 all the way. But I kept it cool. I was able to pull a little bit of a gap with
 fresher  tires at  the end to win.  It's fantastic, and I'm very happy for the
 whole team. This is an amazing car they've built and given me this year."
 
 Rosberg  joined Fernando  Alonso  as  the only  active  drivers with  multiple
 victories  in the Monaco GP. Alonso also won it in consecutive years (2006 and
 '07).
 
 Hamilton  ran  within one  second of  Rosberg until 13  laps remaining when he
 complained  over his team  radio that he had something in his eye and began to
 fall further behind Rosberg.
 
 "It  was something  through the visor, but it was nothing important," Hamilton
 said of his eye problem. "It was a good day for the team to get a 1-2."
 
 Daniel  Ricciardo  from Red Bull  chased down  Hamilton and challenged him for
 second  place  in the  closing laps,  but Hamilton held  off Ricciardo for the
 position by just four-tenths of a second.
 
 Monte  Carlo  is one of  the most difficult circuits  on the F1 schedule, with
 overtaking here virtually impossible.
 
 "I  had  great pace, and  I was  very strong today,  but it's a very difficult
 circuit   to  overtake,"  Hamilton  said.  "Fortunately,  I  didn't  make  any
 mistakes."
 
 Mercedes  has  scored the  victory in  each of  the first  six grand prix this
 season.  Hamilton  had won the  last four  races (Malaysia, Bahrain, China and
 Spain).
 
 Rosberg  has now  accumulated  122 points  this season,  compared  to 118  for
 Hamilton.
 
 On  Saturday, Rosberg won the pole for the Monaco GP, despite making a mistake
 on  his final  qualifying run. While attempting  his last lap with less than a
 minute  to go, Rosberg  ran wide and had to pull over on to the escape road at
 the  Mirabeau  section of the Monte  Carlo street circuit. Hamilton was making
 his final run at the same time as his teammate's incident, but Hamilton had to
 slow his pace, as the yellow flags were displayed.
 
 There has been growing tension between Hamilton and Rosberg during the season,
 and  the  qualifying incident in  Monte Carlo  made things worse between them.
 After  the race  concluded, Hamilton and Rosberg kept their distance from each
 other. There were no congratulations or handshakes.
 
 It  was  the second  straight podium  appearance for Ricciardo,  who is in his
 first season with Red Bull. He also finished a career-best third two weeks ago
 in  the Spanish  Grand Prix.  Ricciardo retired  in the  past two  Monaco GPs,
 driving for Toro Rosso at the time.
 
 "It's really nice to be on the podium here in Monaco," Ricciardo said. "At the
 end,  we really closed  in on Lewis. I believe he had an issue, and I tried to
 put some pressure on him. But at the end, third was the best I could do."
 
 Ricciardo's  teammate, Sebastian  Vettel, the four-time and defending F1 world
 champion, retired on lap 8 when he experienced a problem with his power unit.
 
 "It's  disappointing," Vettel  said. "After  a good  start, we  lost too  much
 pressure  from the  turbo and had to  retire. I felt quite helpless in the car
 because I didn't know what the problem was."
 
 Alonso from Ferrari finished fourth, followed by Force India's Nico Hulkenberg
 and  Jenson Button  from McLaren. Williams driver Felipe Massa was seventh and
 Lotus' Romain Grosjean was eighth.
 
 Jules  Bianchi scored his and Marussia's first-ever points in an F1 grand prix
 with  a  ninth-place finish. Bianchi received  a five-spot grid penalty for an
 unapproved  gearbox change, dropping him to the 21st starting position. He was
 also hit with a five-second stop/go penalty early in the race.
 
 05/25 11:57:02 ET

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