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  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, leads the field after the start of the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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  • (From L) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) leads, followed by Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg, Scuderia Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo and Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Russian driver Daniil Kvyat at the start of the race at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (L) drives in second place, followed by Scuderia Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R), as drivers take the start of the race at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Scuderia Toro Rosso's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen (L) and McLaren Honda's British driver Jenson Button (R) drive as the drivers take the start of the race at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field after the start of the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Lotus drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela, steers his car during the third free practice session at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Saturday, May 23 2015. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Felipe Nasr of Brazil and Sauber F1 drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • Scuderia Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Romain Grosjean of France and Lotus drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • Scuderia Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Honda drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg drives at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Carlos Sainz of Spain and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP leads Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Scuderia Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (L) and Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Russian driver Daniil Kvyat (R) drive at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Felipe Nasr of Brazil and Sauber F1 drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads from Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany steers his car during the safety car phase of the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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  • The safety car drives ahead of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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  • (From L) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg, Scuderia Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton drive at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany leads Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, during the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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  • A race marshal waves the end of race black and white checkered flag as Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg crosses the finish line and wins at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015, during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP reacts in parc ferme after finishing third during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, left, flanked by Princess Charlene of Monaco, second left, holds his trophy as Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, the winner, center, shakes hands with his teammate Lewis Hamilton of Britain, third placed, on the podium at the end of the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: (L-R) Race winner Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP and third placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP react on the podium following the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Race winner Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP and third placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP attend the drivers press conference following the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
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Lewis Hamilton came to Monaco with a new three-year deal with Mercedes-AMG Petronas and a vow to not let anything, including any "mistakes" by teammate Nico Rosberg, stand in the way of his best qualifying effort. Mercedes reportedly made it rain with a 100-million-pound deal, and Hamilton made it rain right back with his first pole position at Monaco.

Rosberg did make a mistake but this time it was behind Hamilton, which meant he stuffed-up the qualifying attempts of rival drivers like Sebastian Vettel. So Rosberg starts second, 0.342 behind Hamilton but 0.449 ahead of Vettel in the Ferrari. Daniel Ricciardo thinks he should have been third, but a communication error with his engineers left him in the wrong engine setting for his final hot lap, so by the very first corner he'd lost the time he would have needed to get higher than fourth on the grid. The second Infiniti Red Bull Racing of Daniil Kvyat slots in behind him, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi "Not A Very Happy Day" Räikkönen, who just can't get it going lately.

Sergio Perez did for the Sahara Force India what the car can't do on its own, which is grab a top-ten qualifying spot. Toro Rosso rookie Carlos Sainz had qualified eighth but missed a call to the weigh bridge, so he's been slapped into the pit lane. Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus inherits his eighth place, ahead of rookie Max Verstappen in the second Toro Rosso, and Jenson Button in the McLaren. Button only got up there because of two penalties: for Sainz, and Romain Grosjean who had qualified 11th but took a penalty for a gearbox change.

Want to know how hard it is to do better on race day than in qualifying at Monaco? Even the never-say-die Fernando Alonso said, "Monte Carlo is a train of cars on Sunday, the race finishes on Saturday afternoon." Well obviously, he didn't take Max Verstappen's seek-and-destroy tactics into account.

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen drives at the 2015 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

The young Dutchman had made passing look like a real option in Monaco, getting past Maldonado at St. Devote on Lap 7 after a bit of argy-bargy on Lap 6, then taking advantage of blue flags to slink past teammate Carlos Sainz and Williams driver Valtteri Bottas while hiding in Sebastian Vettel's slipstream. He tried the same move on Romain Grosjean on Lap 65, but Grosjean locked him out. Verstappen lined up the Lotus driver over the following laps, then looked like he slipped to the inside at St. Devote in attempt to make a pass, but Grosjean braked earlier than usual and Verstappen's left front hit Grosjean's right rear. Verstappen lost his left front wheel and went straight into the barriers at high speed, but was all right.

The barrier and the car, however, weren't. That brought out the safety car on Lap 68, and that changed the entire race.

Lewis Hamilton drives at the 2015 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton had been leading the race comfortably until then, enjoying a 21-second lead on teammate Rosberg in second and rival Vettel in third. A bunch of team miscommunication and overthinking led to Mercedes believing Vettel might come in and pit for super soft tires, so Mercedes brought Hamilton in for a new set, thinking he had time for the stop... until he came out of the pits behind Rosberg and Vettel, neither of whom pitted.

When racing resumed on Lap 71 of 78, there was no way Hamilton was going to get around Vettel and Rosberg, even with fresh tires. He radioed his team to say, "I've lost this race, haven't I?" No one wanted to admit it, but the answer was yes. After owning the day and managing brake overheating issues early in the race, the same kind of strategy mistake that Mercedes made with Rosberg in Malaysia this time bit Hamilton, and the Brit had to settle for third. It's a terrible way to lose a race, and Hamilton was expectedly downbeat on the podium, but unexpectedly gracious in defeat, congratulating Rosberg and Vettel and refusing to blame the team, saying, "We win and lose together."

Nico Rosberg wins the 2015 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

It was Rosberg's third win in a row in Monaco, a feat not achieved since Ayrton Senna did it more than 20 years ago. For Vettel, it was the third time that he has started third on the grid in the principality and finished second on the podium.

Fourth, fifth, and sixth places also got switched up after the Safety Car left the track. Kvyat, Räikkönen, and Ricciardo were in those spots, but Ricciardo had pitted for new tires during the slow-down. Attacking Räikkönen as soon as racing resumed, the Aussie slipped his left front wheel under Räikkönen's rear right at Mirabeau, and when Räikkönen turned in he got punted off the racing line and then passed. He complained to his team, but the stewards decided to take no action. The team ordered Kvyat to let Ricciardo through to attack the front three, but when they realized that wasn't possible Ricciardo gave the position back. The order of those three spots at the flag was Kyvat, Ricciardo, and Räikkönen.

Sergio Perez drives during the 2015 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

Perez and Button finished seventh and eighth, the two of them together in that order since at least Lap 31. Force India will be happy for the result, and Monaco gave McLaren its first points for the season, ending a drought that has already made 2015 the worst opening to a campaign since the original McLaren outfit was formed in 1966. Sauber driver Felipe Nasr and Toro Rosso driver Sainz took the last two points-paying positions, after a race where they were either trying to defend or heed blue flags.

The podium at the 2015 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

Rosberg's win cuts Hamilton's lead at the head of the Driver's Championship standings to ten points, 126 to 116. Vettel isn't far away with 98 points. Mercedes isn't hurt by throwing away three points, with 242 points at the lead of the Constructor's Championship, ahead of Ferrari with 158 points and Williams with 81 points.

The next race is in Canada in two weeks, and it should be intense in Quebec. We'll see you then.

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