Which F1 driver was the best performer during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend?
Review how each driver got on below and vote for who impressed you the most during the last race weekend.
Monaco Grand Prix driver-by-driver
Lewis Hamilton – Led both practice sessions on Thursday. Didn’t seem as settled on Saturday, including in qualifying where he was kept from the top spot in Q1 and Q2. He recovered well, however, chose to be the first Mercedes in the queue following last year’s controversy, and took his first Monaco Grand Prix pole position at his ninth attempt. Led comfortably from the start and was over 19 seconds ahead of Rosberg when the Safety Car came out. Didn’t expect to lose the lead by pitting, but he did, and finished a very frustrated third.
Nico Rosberg – Touched the wall at Tabac during first practice, which seemed to put him off his stride a bit. Said he “went a bit over the limit” in pursuit of a third straight Monaco pole – and the result was second behind Hamilton. He slipped back during the race and was surprised to see the lead fall into his lap at the end. Managed the restart well, and took the victory.
Daniel Ricciardo – Was “frustrated” after qualifying as a mis-communication over engine settings cost him what he felt should have been third on the grid. He then had to give best to his team mate at turn one and was jumped by Raikkonen during the pit stops. He fought back, however, making the same late switch to another set of super-softs which scuppered Hamilton’s race. He muscled his way past Raikkonen and was waved through by Kvyat, but having been unable to pass Hamilton he then had to let Kvyat back through again.
Daniil Kvyat – Described himself as feeling comfortable at the wheel of the RB11 for a change and qualified fifth behind his team mate. That became fourth at turn one – a position he held at the end for his best F1 finish so far.
Felipe Massa – Qualified better than Bottas but was crowded out at the start, picked up damage, and never really figured in the race from there.
Valtteri Bottas – Williams had it bad in Monaco but 17th in qualifying for Bottas before penalties was quite a shock. Started on the soft tyres but couldn’t make an alternate strategy yield a points finish.
Sebastian Vettel – Quickest in final practice but when Mercedes got their act together in qualifying the full scale of Ferrari’s deficit to the silver cars at this track was revealed. Nonetheless he took third once again, and fought hard to try to separate the Mercedes drivers at the start. He had to settle for third, but stayed close enough to Rosberg to be able to take advantage when it all went wrong for Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen – Hit the barrier in practice, then had another sub-par qualifying session and lined up sixth behind the two Red Bulls. He jumped Ricciardo at the pit stops but was passed by the Red bull after the restart – a move he took serious exception to.
Fernando Alonso – His car broke down in Q2 and the race, but in between the two he managed to pick up a penalty for tangling with Hulkenberg at the start.
Jenson Button – Was certain he would have reached Q3 had he not lost time due to yellow flags brought out by Rosberg spinning. He inherited two places to start tenth, and capitalised on retirements ahead of him to finish eighth and deliver McLaren’s first points of the season.
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Nico Hulkenberg – Knocked into a barrier by Alonso at the start, Hulkenberg had to pit for a new front wing on lap one. Nonetheless his team thought points might be possible until the Safety Car came out.
Sergio Perez – It’s hard to see how he might have improved on seventh in qualifying and the race given that he had three pairs of faster cars – Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull – ahead of him each time.
Max Verstappen – Raised eyebrows with the second-fastest time in first practice, then in qualifying was narrowly beaten to eighth place by his team mate and Maldonado. He passed the Lotus driver early in the race, but a slow tyre change spoiled his race. Put an opportunistic pass on Bottas but then collided with Grosjean, incurring a five-place grid penalty for Canada.
Carlos Sainz Jnr – Would have started eighth he had not missed the weigh bridge in qualifying. His team then didn’t take the car for weighing, and the standard penalty of a pit lane start was applied. From there a huge 66-lap stint on soft tyres helped him grab a single point.
Romain Grosjean – A five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change left him on the back foot, but he failed to out-qualifying Maldonado for the first time this year. Surprisingly his Lotus withstood the battering it took from Verstappen well enough for him to reach the chequered flag, but the time lost dropped him out of the points.
Pastor Maldonado – Produced his best qualifying performance so far at a track where he usually excels, but retired early on with a braking problem.
Marcus Ericsson – An ERS problem confined him to the garage during second practice, but rain meant he wouldn’t have run much anyway. Dropped out in Q1 with his worst qualifying result yet, and made little impression in the race.
Felipe Nasr – Having also gone out in Q1, Nasr did well to salvage points in a car which plainly lacks downforce and development.
Will Stevens – Damaged his car at the start and had to cope with it until the end. Fell behind Merhi and couldn’t get back ahead.
Roberto Merhi – Crashed during practice but brought his car home ahead of his team mate for the first time, while avoiding a penalty for crossing the pit lane exit line.
Qualifying and race results summary
|Driver||Started||Gap to team mate (Q)||Laps leading team mate||Pitted||Finished||Gap to team mate (R)|
|Felipe Massa||12th||-0.755s||0/77||3||15th||Not on same lap|
|Valtteri Bottas||16th||+0.755s||77/77||2||14th||Not on same lap|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||20th||-0.026s||8/62||1||10th|
Review the race data
- 2015 Monaco Grand Prix lap charts
- 2015 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops
- 2015 Monaco Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps
Vote for your driver of the weekend
Which driver do you think did the best job this weekend?
Cast your vote below and explain your choice in the comments.
Vote for the best driver of the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix weekend
- Roberto Merhi (0%)
- Will Stevens (0%)
- Felipe Nasr (1%)
- Marcus Ericsson (0%)
- Pastor Maldonado (0%)
- Romain Grosjean (0%)
- Carlos Sainz Jnr (7%)
- Max Verstappen (13%)
- Sergio Perez (13%)
- Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
- Jenson Button (7%)
- Fernando Alonso (0%)
- Kimi Raikkonen (0%)
- Sebastian Vettel (11%)
- Valtteri Bottas (0%)
- Felipe Massa (0%)
- Daniil Kvyat (6%)
- Daniel Ricciardo (1%)
- Nico Rosberg (2%)
- Lewis Hamilton (37%)
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