Not since the days of Monaco master Ayrton Senna has anyone won three consecutive Monaco Grands Prix.
That changed yesterday when Nico Rosberg completed a hat-trick of wins at the circuit. He certainly had luck on his side – but then so did Senna in 1992. The three-times champion won five consecutive races on the Monte-Carlo track between 1989 and 1993. He also won in 1987, and crashed while leading in 1988.
Rosberg joins a select group of drivers who won F1’s most famous race three times or more. They include Senna (six wins), Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill (five), Alain Prost (four), Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart (three each).
It was Rosberg’s tenth career win, putting him level with James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson, Jody Scheckter and Gerhard Berger.
But Lewis Hamilton’s defeat was a bitter blow. He had been on course to repeat his 2008 triumph – yesterday’s race was the first time he had led at Monaco since his previous win at the track.
Hamilton’s 2008 victory was also the most recent occasion the race was not won by the pole sitter, as happened yesterday. This was Hamilton’s 43rd career pole position – two more will see him equal Sebastian Vettel, who has more than any other driver currently competing.
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Despite his disappointment, Hamilton sustained his streaks of consecutive front row starts (14) and podium finishes (13). It was also the 25th consecutive podium finish for Mercedes. They are only the second team in F1 history to reach this milestone, yet they are not even halfway towards equalling the record held by Ferrari. The Scuderia had at least one car on the podium for 53 races from 1999 to 2002.
Mercedes established a new record as for the 25th race in a row the pole sitter was powered by one of their engines. This streak began at the start of last year: the only pole set by a non-works Mercedes since then was Felipe Massa’s in Austria last year.
The three-pointed star also enjoyed its third front row lock-out in as many years at Monaco. However their claim to have had four pole positions in a row doesn’t quite hold true: Mark Webber started from pole position in 2012 for Red Bull – Schumacher had been quickest in qualifying for Mercedes but a penalty relegated him to sixth.
The race’s fastest lap went to Daniel Ricciardo for only the second time in his career – the other came at Abu Dhabi last year.
Monaco was not kind to Williams. For the first time this year neither of their drivers reached Q3, and for the first time since the end of 2013 no Williams driver finished in the points, ending their 24-race-long streak of scoring.
Conversely, Jenson Button gave McLaren their first points score this year. These were also the first points for a McLaren-Honda since Berger concluded their previous partnership with victory at Adelaide in 1992.
Daniil Kvyat finally improved on his career-best finish of ninth, which he’d managed five times before, by taking fourth place.
Kimi Raikkonen is now the only driver to have participated in every qualifying session this year without beating his team mate.
Finally a bonus statistic from the IndyCar world where 2003 Monaco Grand Prix winner Juan Pablo Montoya scored his second Indianapolis 500 victory yesterday. He set a new record for the longest gap between consecutive wins – 15 years – beating the previous best of ten held by AJ Foyt (1967 to 1977).
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2015 F1 championship points
- 2015 F1 season records
- 2015 F1 race data
- 2015 F1 qualifying data
- 2015 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2015 F1 strategy and pit stops
- 2015 F1 driver form guides
Have you spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Monaco Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.
2015 Monaco Grand Prix
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- New audio reveals Hamilton’s Monaco strategy role
- Verstappen rebuffs Massa criticism over Monaco crash
- Hamilton “couldn’t care less” about Monaco
- ‘Moral victor’ Hamilton wins Driver of the Weekend