Rosberg wins Monaco Grand Prix, team-mate Hamilton in second place

Nico RosbergMonaco, May 26 - Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tense fight for victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.

The race, according to the BBC, started off as a slow-burner, but came alive in the closing laps with Ricciardo challenging Hamilton, and a series of dramatic incidents led to constant changes for the lower points positions.

It started with enormous tension between Hamilton and Rosberg following the controversial outcome of qualifying. Rosberg was cleared of any wrongdoing on Saturday after a stewards' investigation into a trip into the escape road on his final qualifying lap, which prevented Hamilton completing his own lap and challenging him for pole position.

The stewards declared it an innocent driver error, caused by the German pushing too hard on his final qualifying lap. But Hamilton clearly believed that Rosberg had done it deliberately, a view that was shared by a number of ex-F1 drivers in the paddock.

After a tight duel lasting 56 laps, Rosberg was able to pull away after Hamilton complained to the team that he had something lodged in his eye

Vettel retired immediately with turbo failure as the race was re-started on lap four, and there was a typical Monaco stalemate until another safety car on lap 28 - triggered by a crash at the chicane by Sauber's Adrian Sutil.

Almost the whole field took the opportunity to make their pit stops, but Hamilton complained over the radio to the team, saying they should have brought him in immediately they saw the crash, rather than wait until the safety car was actually deployed.

After the re-start on lap 31, Rosberg began to get messages that he was using too much fuel. Hamilton tracked him closely, but was never able to get close enough to make an attempt to pass him.

Sunday's result moves Rosberg back into the championship lead, four points clear of his team-mate. (ANI)