By KEVIN JACOBS
A late pit stop by Lewis Hamilton in the Grand Prix of Monaco on Sunday set iup Nico rosberg with the lead with 10 laps remaining to bring home his third-consecutive win in Monte Carlo. Hamilton re-entered the field from the pit stop in the third position and finished the race there behind Sebastian Vettel to round out the podium. this was the second win of the season for Rosberg, who had a total of five last year. It was also his third-straight win in Monaco.
Hamilton was cruising to a victory before a late caution came out, leaving the decision to come in an pit. The call from Hamilton’s team at that time may have just been a miscommunication on the action of the virtual safety car being issued and the actual safety car being deployed, resulting in Hamilton losing two positions and holding off Daniil Kvyat to keep a podium finish.
Rosberg moves closer to catching his teammate and points leader Hamilton in the World Championship race, being only 10 behind after the win with 14 races remaining. Vettel gains some grould also with his second-place finish, being 28 points behind.
Mercedes continues to dominate the circuit in the new hybrid era, but Ferrari looks to be gaining confidence with becoming a competitor regularly. With Vettel staying consistent, the landscape of Formula 1 could change quickly and create a close battle for the championship.
The next race for Formula 1 is the Grand Prix of Canada at Gilles Villeneuve Circuit on June 7.