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    • That was a dramatic finish to what was quite a boring race. Thank you for your company today and do join us in a fortnight for the Canadian GP.

    • Nasr and Sainz completed the top 10 while Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Ericsson, Bottas, Massa, Merhi and Stevens are the final runners.

    • Rosberg takes the Monaco Grand Prix hat-trick with Vettel finishing second, Hamilton third and Kvyat fourth after Ricciardo gave the place back. Raikkonen was sixth, Perez an impressive seventh with Button claiming McLaren's first points.

    • Final lap in Monaco and Rosberg is set for a hat-trick of victories. Behind him it looks like Vettel will finish ahead of Hamilton and Ricciardo. The Australian is told that he will be told to give the place back to Kvyat if he doesn't overtake anyone.

      Lap 78
    • Further down the track, it's Raikkonen from Perez, Button, Nasr and Sainz. No further action will be taken against Ricciardo over the Kimi incident. Alonso won't be happy about that.

      Lap 77
    • Ricciardo is told he 'needs to get stuck into these guys early'.

      Lap 76
    • Vettel is given an ego boost as he is told he is doing well by keeping Hamilton behind him. Ricciardo has caught up with the battle for third place.

      Lap 76
    • The incident between Ricciardo and Raikkonen is being investigated. Rosberg has built a four-second lead over the Vettel-Hamilton battle.

      Lap 75
    • DRS has been enabled. Wow, Kvyat is let Ricciardo through as he is on the better tyres. Maybe they can get a podium here.

      Lap 74
    • Raikkonen complains that someone pushed him wide and he has lost the place to Ricciardo. There was a bit of contact there and Raikkonen went wide, allowing the Red Bull driver to go on the inside and take the place.

      Lap 74
    • And suddenly Rosberg is 2.2s ahead of Vettel with not much of a gap between the Ferrari and Hamilton. Kvyat has dropped 1.5s behind this battle.

      Lap 73
    • Rosberg has a smallish gap, but Vettel is having to fend off Hamilton. The Merc is really on the gearbox of the Ferrari.

      Lap 72
    • The Safety Car is back in and Rosberg takes the restart, but he is being chased by Vettel and Hamilton. Kvyat has already dropped off the place.

      Lap 71
    • The Safety Car will come in at the end of this lap. Time for some action.

      Lap 70
    • Replays show that Vettel was ahead of Hamilton when the Merc emerged from the pits after his pit stop.

      Lap 70
    • Stewards are investigating the incident between Verstappen and Grosjean. The Safety Car could take a while to return to the pits as the barriers took quite a big hit during that Verstappen crash.

      Lap 69
    • The lapped cars are being allowed to unlap themselves. Will the Manor cars be allowed to go around three times?

      Lap 69
    • The Safety Car is still out and after the top three you have Kvyat, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Perez, Button, Nasr and Sainz.

      Lap 69
    • Hamilton has told the team that 'I've lost this race'.

      Lap 68
    • Ricciardo has also pitted. It's Rosberg from Vettel and Hamilton. Have Mercedes made a mistake here?

      Lap 67
    • That STR of Verstappen is badly damaged. Hamilton is into the pits for a precautionary tyre change. He puts on a used set of supersofts. Hamilton rejoined behind Vettel, who is now P2.

      Lap 66
    • There is an actual Safety Car out. Grosjean didn't appear to do much wrong and Verstappen clipped the back of the Lotus and then went straight-on into the barriers. That was scary. Thankfully he is okay.

      Lap 65
    • The Virtual Safety Car is out and Max is is asked 'are you okay', the reply is 'yeah, I'm okay'. That's good news.

      Lap 64
    • We haven't seen Hamilton in a while as he is still comfortable in front with an 18s lead. Big, big crash at Ste Devout as Verstappen crashed into the back of Grosjean.

      Lap 64
    • Verstappen is keeping the pressure on Grosjean. Ricciardo complains that he is being held up by a Sauber. Ericsson is told that 'your pace is good, but we have to let Ricciardo through'.

      Lap 63
    • Verstappen managed to hold onto the back of the Ferrari, who has come up to the Grosjean. Here we go. Vettel passes Grosjean, but the Lotus driver closes the door on Verstappen. Well done Team Lotus as they warned the Frenchman about that tactic.

      Lap 62
    • Button is still in the points for McLaren in eighth place. He has a 34s lead over Nasr in ninth with Grosjean P10.

      Lap 62
    • Grosjean is told that he is racing Verstappen and urged to be careful when Vettel overtakes him as that's usually when Max strikes.

      Lap 61
    • Hamilton on course for the hat-trick here. Meanwhile, Merhi is about to be lapped for a third time.

      Lap 60
    • Bottas pits for another set of supersofts and he rejoins in 15th place.

      Lap 59
    • Verstappen is told that the next one is Grosjean. He tells the team that if he stays with Vettel then it will be easier to overtake. We are with you on that Max.

      Lap 58
    • Some bleeping as Raikkonen complains about a lack of blue flags. Verstappen has made up another place as he uses the Ferrari of Vettel to pass Bottas. The Williams car moved aside for the Ferrari to lap him and Verstappen followed suit.

      Lap 57
    • Wow some excitement as Verstappen passes Sainz. Well maybe he just moved out of the way as the Dutchman had fresher tyres.

      Lap 56
    • Bottas in P11 asks 'what is the plan, are we stopping again?'. He is told they hope to go until the end of the race on the current set of tyres. Sainz is less than a second behind him.

      Lap 55
    • It's a bit boring at the moment, to be honest. Hamilton has a 12s lead with Rosberg still maintaining a 1.6s lead over Vettel.

      Lap 54
    • McLaren say Alonso retired due to a 'temperature-related incident'.

      Lap 53
    • Perez is told to save at all braking points. The Force India is still running well in seventh place with Ricciardo six seconds ahead.

      Lap 52
    • Hamilton has lapped everyone up to Grosjean, who is in P10. That tells you all you need to know about this race.

      Lap 51
    • Rosberg is still not in the clear for second place as Vettel is less than two seconds behind him while Kvyat is 12s off in fourth place.

      Lap 50
    • Merhi has had a moan about blue flags, we kid you not. He feels they are getting waved to early. At the front, Hamilton has an 11s lead.

      Lap 49
    • Second pit stop for Verstappen and he is back out in P13, just behind his team-mate Sainz.

      Lap 48
    • Hamilton is coming up to Bottas-Verstappen battle. Alonso continues to make the long walk back to the McLaren garage.

      Lap 47
    • Perez is told that 'Ricciardo is struggling ahead'. The Force India driver is five seconds behind the Red Bull.

      Lap 46
    • Button asks 'what happened, what happened'. He is told 'it doesn't affect us'. The battle between Grosjean, Bottas and Verstappen is heating up.

      Lap 45
    • While all that happened, Hamilton dipped into the 1:18s. Alonso's retirement means Grosjean moved into the points.

      Lap 44
    • Oh dear! The yellow flags are for the McLaren of Alonso. He's out of the car with his hands on his hips. He was in P9.

      Lap 43
    • Hamilton continues to manage the lead at the front as he is now 7.9s ahead of Rosberg, who is 2.1s ahead of Vettel. Yellow flags in Sector 1. Not sure why yet.

      Lap 43
    • Massa pits from P17 and he's onto the supersoft tyres.

      Lap 42
    • Merhi is under investigation for crossing the white line while exiting the pit lane. Raikkonen made a mistake at the exit of the tunnel and cut the Nouvelle Chicane.

      Lap 41
    • So it's Hamilton from Rosberg, Vettel, Kvyat, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Perez, Button, Alonso and Nasr. So great stuff from Perez in the Force India while both McLaren cars are in the pits.

      Lap 40
    • In comes Hamilton from the lead and it's a smooth stop of 3.0s. No surprise as he rejoins in front.

      Lap 39
    • Rosberg pits from second for 3.4s and he rejoins just in front of Vettel. Raikkonen also pits, but he was slightly held up by another car in the pit lane. That didn't matter as he rejoined ahead of Ricciardo.

      Lap 39
    • Here comes Vettel as he pits from third. He was stationary for 3.1s and rejoined in P4. Ricciardo pits on the same lap for 2.9s and also put on the soft tyres. Ricciardo was back out behind Kvyat.

      Lap 38
    • Alonso asks why he got a penalty? He is told and says 'okay'. He came back out in P9 despite his penalty. His McLaren team-mate Button is next to pit and he emerged in front of Alonso.

      Lap 37
    • Congratulations to Felipe Massa as he has finally moved ahead of the two Manor cars. He is down in P17.

      Lap 36
    • It's a bit of cat-and-mouse game between Hamilton and Rosberg as the gap is now back down to 6s. Ricciardo is coming under pressure from Raikkonen for P5.

      Lap 35
    • Alonso is in the pits and he takes his five-second penalty before they start work on his car.

      Lap 34
    • Hulkenberg pits again and takes on the supersoft tyres.

      Lap 33
    • You have to feel for Verstappen as the stop was 33s. Will that cost him points this afternoon.

      Lap 32
    • Hamilton has a nine-second lead at the front. Verstappen had a slow stop as he had an issue with his rear-right. He rejoined in P13.

      Lap 31
    • Kvyat was back out in P8. Verstappen is next to pit from P9.

      Lap 30
    • Kvyat is the first to blink from the front-runners as he pits for a set of soft tyres. That should take him to the end of the race.

      Lap 29
    • Hamilton has increased the gap at the front to 6.9s.

      Lap 28
    • The Mercedes car of Rosberg have caught up with the Ericsson train. Hamilton has already lapped the cars of Ericsson, Sainz and Hulkenberg and Rosberg will do so in a minute.

      Lap 27
    • The top 10 drivers are yet to stop, along with the two Manor cars of Stevens and Merhi.

      Lap 26
    • Sainz, who is P15, has also pitted and he is once again stuck behind Ericsson while Hulkenberg has caught up with the battle in P16.

      Lap 25
    • Another fastest lap from Hamilton and the 1:19.807 puts him 4.7s ahead of Rosberg.

      Lap 24
    • Rosberg is told that prime is looking a lot better than we thought and is told to push a bit harder. Hamilton reports that his brakes are now under control.

      Lap 23
    • Hamilton has dropped into the 1:19s, first driver to do so, and his lead is 4.4s.

      Lap 22
    • Despite told to get closer, Rosberg is now four seconds off Hamilton's pace. Raikkonen is now less than a second off Ricciardo's gearbox.

      Lap 21
    • Rosberg has been given the hurry-up by his team as he has been told to close the gap to Hamilton. Raikkonen told the team that there is 'no point to go closer to the car in front'. So he's not going to try to close the gap to Ricciardo.

      Lap 20
    • Grosjean pits from P12 and takes on a new set of soft tyres. Nasr is next to pit.

      Lap 19
    • Familiar story at the front as Hamilton has a 3s lead over Rosberg, who is 1.1s ahead of Vettel. So Vettel is closing the gap on the second Mercedes.

      Lap 18
    • Massa has been lapped already. Talk about having a poor weekend. The Williams driver is still down in P19, last man on the track.

      Lap 17
    • Bottas and Ericsson both pit at the same time.

      Lap 16
    • Sainz continues to make his climb up the grid as he gets past Ericsson.

      Lap 15
    • It's still a case of as you were, I'm afraid. Kvyat overtaking Ricciardo and Verstappen overtaking Maldonado were the main action.

      Lap 14
    • Rosberg has managed to move up a gear as the gap to Hamilton is now back to 2.6s.

      Lap 13
    • The two McLarens are behind each other on track with Button 3.6s ahead of Alonso. However, the Spaniard still has that penalty coming up.

      Lap 12
    • Sainz has moved up to P15 and he is putting pressure on Ericsson in the Sauber just ahead of him.

      Lap 11
    • No one is doing anything at the moment. Hamilton is 3s ahead of Rosberg, who has a 1.8s lead over Vettel, who in turn is 3s ahead of Kvyat.

      Lap 10
    • Alonso is currently P10, but that five-second penalty is likely to drop him to P16.

      Lap 9
    • The yellow flags are still out in Sector 2. Hamilton still has a comfortable 2.6s lead at the front.

      Lap 8
    • Maldonado has made his way back to the pits and he's retiring his Lotus due to that brake problem.

      Lap 7
    • Alonso has been given a five-second penalty for the incident with Hulkenberg. There are yellow flags at Sector 2, probably for debris from Verstappen's car.

      Lap 6
    • Verstappen is now right on Maldonado's tail and that Lotus is struggling. Maldonado slows down and Verstappen is too close and they touch, but not too much damage done. Verstappen goes on the inside of Maldonado at Ste Devout and makes it stick.

      Lap 5
    • Hulkenberg and Massa both changed tyres during their stops so technically they don't need to stop again. Maldonado has some problems with his brake temperature and Verstappen is told to put pressure on him.

      Lap 5
    • Another fastest lap from Hamilton. Sainz is making his move and he's up to P16 following his pit-lane start.

      Lap 4
    • Kvyat made a blistering start off the line and he is still P4. At the front, Hamilton posts a new fastest lap of 1:20.852 to build a 1.8s

      Lap 3
    • Hulkenberg has made a pit stop and they have changed his front wing. Massa is also in the pits and it's a very long stop, but he gets out.

      Lap 2
    • It is Hamilton from Rosberg, Vettel, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Perez, Maldonado, Verstappen, Button, Alonso. STewards are investigating the incident between Hulkenberg and Alonso.

      Lap 1
    • The lights go out and the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix is underway. Hamilton gets off the line quickly and the Ferrari of Vettel ducks on the inside of Rosberg, but the Mercedes driver squeezes his compatriot out and keeps P2. Yellow flags are out as a Force India have hit the barriers. Massa also has issues, maybe they made contact?

      Lap 1
    • Hamilton was a bit slow getting off the start line, but they all got away.

    • Hamilton leads the pack around the circuit for the formation lap. The top nine are all on a used set of supersofts. Button had an option on which tyre he wanted to start on, but he chose a new set of supersofts. Hulkenberg, Alonso, Bottas, Stevens and Merhi are on the softs.

    • Track Temp: 37C. Air Temp: 18C. Humidity: 61%. And now you know.

    • Okay the drivers are now starting to focus. Hamilton and Ricciardo have their game faces on. Let's go racing now, please!

    • Todt is making some final checks around the pack. He's at the Ferrari now.

    • The grid really is packed. Thankfully it is starting to clear now. Can we please focus on the racing now.

    • The drivers are on the podium for the national anthem.

    • Wow, Bottas just had to struggle to get through the crowd to get to his car. Yes, the rich and famous are everywhere on the grid.

    • Toro Rosso have also impressed this weekend so we should keep an eye on Verstappen and Sainz, who has to come from the back of course. You'd never guess the two are rookies after their performances across the weekend.

    • So then, no doubt it will be a battle between Lewis and Nico for the victory today. Or will Vettel have something to say about it? I'm not too optimistic to be honest. Meanwhile, Red Bull are looking good for a decent haul of points, but the same cannot be said of Williams with the team admitting that the car just isn't suited to the Monte Carlo race track.

    • Actually we have one more celebrity to mention as George Lucas is also there. Yes, plenty of Star Wars puns about. I won't bother.

    • The Monaco and Swedish royals, Cristiano Ronaldo, Cara Delevingne (I actually had to Google her surname), Liam Payne (he of 1D) and Kendell Jenner are some of the rich and famous who have made an appearance this weekend. We know you care about these things.

    • That was a mouthful. I feel like I need a break now for a cup of coffee.

    • Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean completes the top 10. Oh wait, Grosjean doesn't as he was given a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox. Jenson Button moves to P10. They are followed by Nico Hulkenberg and Felpe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Nasr. Valtteri Bottas, Marcus Ericsson, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi bring up the rear.

    • Force India also had a good qualifying day, well Sergio Perez did as he will start seventh, just ahead of Pastor Maldonado, who moves up a place along with everyone else following Carlos Sainz's punishment. The Spaniard will start from the pit lane after failing to stop at the weighbridge.

    • Back to the important stuff and Lewis Hamilton claimed his maiden pole in Monte Carlo on Saturday as he edged team-mate Nico Rosberg with Sebastian Vettel third and the already mentioned Ricciardo in fourth. It has been a good weekend for Red Bull with Daniil Kvyat fifth and Kimi Raikkonen sixth after a poor day.

    • I was just given this useless information by a useless person (joking) so I will pass it on to you. No one has won from P4 since 1972 Jean-Pierre Beltoise. That means Daniel Ricciardo's chances of winning is over before the race started. Now you know.

    • Welcome, welcome. We trust you had a good morning/afternoon/evening depending on where you are. We certainly have, but now it is time for the Monaco Grand Prix, Formula 1's crown in the jewel.