Nico Rosberg returned to the top of the Formula One podium with a lights-to-flag Monaco Grand Prix victory as a left-eye problem for Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton put the blinkers on his challenge.
For just over 60 laps Hamilton remained within touching distance of his title rival until he suddenly announced over the radio he could not see out of his left eye, allowing Rosberg to clinch back-to-back wins around the streets of the principality.
It means Hamilton’s run of four successive triumphs is over, ensuring Rosberg leapfrogs the Briton in the standings by four points as the toe-to-toe scrap between the duo continues.
Following Saturday’s contentious qualifying session, whatever the meaning behind Hamilton’s post-event remarks, he was never in contention to attack Rosberg throughout the race.
Rosberg was found not guilty by the stewards of deliberately out-braking himself heading into Mirabeau in the final session.
That, in turn, forced him to head down the escape road, bringing out yellow flags that thwarted Hamilton behind who was, at the time, on a quicker lap, so denying him pole.
Hamilton suggested Rosberg’s actions were intentional but come the start, Hamilton filed in behind Rosberg into the first corner, and from that point on was forced to play the waiting game.