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Sebastian Vettel, left,
flanked by Princess
Charlene of Monaco,
second left, holds his
trophy as Mercedes
driver Nico Rosberg of
Germany, the winner,
centre, 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---An ill-judged gamble by
Mercedes cost Formula One champion
Lewis Hamilton his fourth win of the
season, gifting his teammate and rival
Nico Rosberg a third straight win at
the Monaco Grand Prix and putting
him firmly back in the title race.
Formula One s showcase race passes
by the famed Monte Carlo casino,
where big fortunes have been won and
lost on its famed tables over the
But Rosberg could never have imag-
ined hitting the jackpot in such a way,
as Hamilton was suddenly called back
to the pits for a tire change shortly
after a crash involving teenager Max
Verstappen led to a safety car being
It was an astonishing mistake from
F1 s ultra-dominant team, with Hamil-
ton more than 15 seconds ahead at that
It led to an apology from Mercedes
head of motorsport Toto Wolff, who
seemed more baffled than convincing,
as he explained that the decision was
based on a technological data feed
rather than any strategy.
"I don t think there has ever been
a more bittersweet feeling than this
one. We have won the Monaco Grand
Prix and we have lost the Monaco
Grand Prix all at the same time," Wolff
said. "This is a day when we simply
have to say sorry to our driver, because
our mistake cost him the victory here.
What happened? In simple terms, we
got our numbers wrong."
Hamilton did not look happy, walking
slowly and despondently out of his car
with his head down.
"I can t really express the way I feel
at the moment, so I won t even attempt
to," Hamilton said.
The two-time champion had good
cause to feel angry.
Rosberg, who won the Spanish GP
two weeks ago, is now just 10 points
behind after securing back-to-back
wins for the first time in his career.
Four-time F1 champion Sebastian
Vettel is less of a threat, but the Ferrari
driver finished second to close the gap
on Hamilton to 28 points heading into
the Canadian GP in two weeks time.
INDIANAPOLIS---Juan Pablo Mon-
toya insisted he had the best car in
the Team Penske stable---even to his
three teammates, who all believed
they were legitimate contenders to
win the Indianapolis 500.
As they ribbed each other during a
Penske event about the traditional vic-
tory swig of milk, Montoya interrupted
the debate with an emphatic decla-
ration: "I don t understand why you
are arguing---I ll win it, and I ll let you
drink the milk."
In the end, he kept that whole bottle
Showing the same confidence he
did 15 years ago when he routed the
field, Montoya sliced his way from the
back to the front twice yesterday to
win his second Indianapolis 500.
"This is too much," he said in victory
lane, the winner s wreath around his
neck and the traditional bottle of milk
in his hand. Flanked by his three chil-
dren, he looked everywhere for his
It was a far different scene from
2000, when the fearless Colombian
was single, childless and using Indy
cars as a stepping stone to Formula
One. But his career has been a series
of ups-and-downs since then---
through F1, NASCAR and finally back
to IndyCar with motorsports icon
Roger Penske. His win gave Penske
his 16th Indianapolis 500 win, and
first since Helio Castroneves in 2009.
Penske also joined Chip Ganassi as
the only owners to win the Daytona
500 and the Indianapolis 500 in the
same year. Ganassi did it in 2010; Joey
Logano won the Daytona 500 for
Penske in February.
The 15 years between Indy 500 vic-
tories are a record for a driver, sur-
passing AJ Foyt, who needed 10 years
between his third and fourth wins.
That first win for Montoya? It came
when he drove for Ganassi.
This victory was almost certainly
going to go to a Team Penske or Chip
Ganassi Racing driver. With a com-
bined nine cars in the field, the two
owners showed over the last two weeks
that their organizations are head-and-
shoulders above the competition and
Indianapolis is their own personal
Penske and Ganassi drivers led the
majority of the laps---193 of the 200---
and turned the final restart with 15
laps to go into a three-car thriller
between Penske teammates Montoya
and Will Power, and Ganassi driver
Power finished second and Ganassi
driver Charlie Kimball was third, ahead
of teammate Dixon.
Montoya slices way to
second Indy 500 crown
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