Hamilton wins Monaco GP, Force India’s Sergio Perez finishes third

  • AFP, Monaco
  • Updated: May 29, 2016 20:34 IST
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (C) with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo (L) and Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez after the race. (REUTERS)

World champion Lewis Hamilton ended his six-month wait for a win on Sunday when he secured an unexpected and skilful victory for Mercedes in an incident-filled Monaco Grand Prix.

Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India finished third, 6.5 seconds behind a disconsolate Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, but ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany (Ferrari) and two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Spain, who finished a superb fifth for McLaren on the 50th anniversary of their Formula One debut race in 1966.

Taking full advantage of a bungled pit stop for Ricciardo, Hamilton drove supremely in mixed conditions to seize his first triumph in nine races since clinching his third title at the 2015 United States Grand Prix last October.

Ricciardo, who started from his maiden pole position, led until he pitted for slick tyres - that were not ready for him -- after 32 laps and finally came home second, 7.2 seconds behind the three-time champion.

It was Hamilton’s second win on the famous Mediterranean street circuit, his first this season and the 44th of his career. It also repeated his 2008 triumph when he started third and won in wet conditions.

German Nico Hulkenberg resisted pressure from championship leader and compatriot Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes to take sixth place with Spaniard Carlos Sainz taking eighth for Toro Rosso.

Briton Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, finished ninth in the second Honda-powered McLaren ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams.

Hamilton’s win kept alive his title defence and, with Rosberg off the podium, cut the leader’s advantage in the title race.

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