F1 2013 Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton’s Monte Carlo mistake
PUBLISHED: 22:45 26 May 2013 | UPDATED: 22:45 26 May 2013
A PIT STOP misjudgment cost Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton a possible podium finish in Monte Carlo and the Mercedes team a 2013 Monaco Grand Prix one-two.
Starting second on the grid, Hertfordshire-born Hamilton finished fourth in the Principality after losing position during the pit stops at the start of the first safety car period.
Running second when the safety car was deployed, he slowed down too much ahead of pitting behind Nico Rosberg in a double stop.
That allowed the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to climb into the podium positions as his expense.
Hamilton admitted the mistake cost him dear, and he had to settle for 12 points rather than 18 for second place behind eventual race winner and Silver Arrows colleague Rosberg.
2013 Monaco Grand Prix result
1 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
3 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5 Adrian Sutil (Force India)
6 Jenson Button (McLaren)
7 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
8 Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
9 Paul Di Resta (Force India)
10 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
The 2008 F1 world champion said: “It’s been a great weekend for the team and I’m really happy for everyone. Big congratulations to Nico, he’s been awesome all weekend here and really deserves that victory.
“From my side, this weekend hasn’t really been the best and we didn’t make the most of the opportunity for a one-two finish today.
“When the safety car came out, I needed to maintain a gap so we didn’t get delayed with the double pit stop but unfortunately the gap was too big and we lost out to the two Red Bulls.
“That’s motor racing and these things happen sometimes.”
Despite pressuring Webber in the remaining laps, Hamilton was unable to reclaim position. He said: “It’s the tightest track in the world here and virtually impossible to overtake unless you are much quicker than the car in front, so there was nothing I could do to improve my position.
“But it’s great for the team to have achieved our first victory of the season and I hope we can carry through the performance we showed here to Montreal.”
It was better news in the other half of the Mercedes garage as Rosberg scored his second career F1 victory.
Having secured pole position in qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton’s teammate took the chequered flag to claim victory exactly 30 years after his dad, Keke, also won around the famous Monte Carlo street circuit in 1983.
In spite of two safety car periods and one red flag interruption, Rosberg led every lap of the race after starting from pole.
Rosberg said: “Monaco is such a special place to win and it just feels amazing today. It was my childhood dream to win this race and to do it in a Silver Arrow on the streets where I have lived all of my life is fantastic.
“I can’t quite believe it has happened yet and it will probably take a while to sink in. Thank you to the team for the car that we had this weekend and it’s good to have been able to show the same level of performance on Sunday and convert our pole position.
“The whole weekend went pretty much to plan, even though qualifying was tough with the weather conditions. I didn’t have the best start today which meant Lewis and Seb [Vettel] got pretty close but after the first corner, I was able to set my own pace.
2013 FIA F1 World Drivers’ Championship
1 Sebastial Vettel (Red Bull) 107 pts
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 86
3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 78
4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 62
5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 57
6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)47
“Then it was just a case of keeping a cool head through all the incidents and the team did a great job of keeping me in touch with what was happening.
“I hope this win today is the first of many more to come for us.”
However, Mercedes’ Monaco victory celebrations were later soured by race stewards announcing they would be compiling a report for the FIA International Tribunal on the team’s ‘secret’ Pirelli tyre test, after a protest was lodged by Red Bull and Ferrari.
A statement said: “The Tribunal may decide to inflict penalties that would supercede any penalty the stewards of the meeting may have issued.”
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