Five talking points from the Monaco Grand Prix

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Marussia are finally a fully-fledged Formula 1 team, Daniil Kvyat is the real deal, and Stevenage isn’t as swanky as Monte Carlo. These are just a few of the things we learnt during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend…

It's getting tasty between Lewis and Nico

They may insist that everything is hunky dory, but there's no doubt that relations between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are strained. Tensions began to rise on Friday, when Hamilton spoke about the pair's respective hunger for victory:

"I come from a not-great place in Stevenage and lived on a couch in my dad's apartment - and Nico grew up in Monaco with jets and hotels and boats and all these kind of things. So the hunger is different," he told the official F1 website.

Nico was clearly not distracted by jets or boats on Sunday afternoon when he triumphed on-track. However he was helped by a qualifying error that prevented Hamilton getting a final fast lap in, guaranteeing the German a somewhat controversial pole. Lewis was clearly unhappy.

And on Sunday afternoon the Brit repeatedly questioned his team's strategy decisions, believing they denied him the chance to jump Rosberg in the pits. The body language on the podium said it all.

"It's never going to be perfect because we're fierce competitors, so you can never expect us to be best friends and compete as fiercely as we do," Hamilton said later.

"But we will remain respectful I think. Or I will try to remain respectful," he concluded.

This story still has a good few twists and turns to go yet.

Dan's the man at Red Bull

Most people suspected Daniel Ricciardo's 2014 season at Red Bull would be a series of crushing defeats to Sebastian Vettel. After all, the German spent much of 2013 comprehensively beating former team-mate Mark Webber.

Not a bit of it. The young Aussie more than held his own in Monaco, out-qualifying Seb on Saturday and scooping a well-deserved podium on Sunday.

Vettel actually got the better start to the race, but an early engine problem soon saw the four-time champion forced into his second retirement of 2014. Last year he suffered just one.

Meanwhile Ricciardo drove a mature grand prix, chasing the visually-impaired Hamilton late on to almost snatch P2. A third-place finish - and his second successive podium - was still a fine result.

What’s more, it puts Ricciardo ahead of Vettel in the world championship standings. Who would have predicted that would be the case after six races?

Daniil Kvyat is more than just another rapid rookie

Most drivers make their Monaco debut having already tackled the circuit in a junior category like GP2 or Formula Renault 3.5.

But by leaping straight from GP3 to Formula 1, Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat didn't get a chance to learn the famous street circuit out of the spotlight. As such, his first laps there came in Thursday's opening practice.

But the Russian, who has already marked himself out as a star of the future over the opening five races of 2014, was typically unfazed. Despite a brush with the wall in Q1 he kept his head to progress to the top-10 shootout. He eventually secured ninth on the grid, beating seasoned Monaco pros like Jenson Button and Felipe Massa

His race ended after just 10 laps with engine troubles, but that takes nothing away from what was an eye-catching performance by the young Russian.

Marussia lose their virginity

When Marussia first entered F1 (as Virgin Racing) in 2010, Sebastian Vettel had never won a world title and Kimi Raikkonen was a rally driver. Four and a half years on the Banbury-based team finally broke their points duck thanks to Jules Bianchi. Better late than never.

The Frenchman's cause was aided by a high attrition rate, but that's taking nothing away from his fine performance. Sent to the back of the grid for a gearbox change, he showed why Ferrari rate him as a star of the future by climbing through the order with a few crucial overtakes.

Perhaps best was his opportunistic move on Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham, a bold pass that showed Bianchi's hunger for points. A post-race penalty threatened to spoil the party, but in the event the Marussia lost just one spot to drop from 8th to 9th. Given how long the team have waited, they couldn't have cared less.

"Now, we have to keep our feet on the ground,” Bianchi reflected afterwards. “We scored points, which is good, but without good luck we won't be able to be in the points.”

Go on Jules, treat yourself to a drink. We’re sure your mechanics did…

Sauber remain pointless

Those two points didn't just ensure Marussia stay ahead of tail-end rivals Caterham in the constructors' standings - they've also leapfrogged Sauber, who are still yet to register a point in 2014. That had looked set to change in Monaco, with Esteban Gutierrez running in the top-10 less than 20 laps from home. 

Alas, the Mexican made contact with the barriers at Rascasse and spun, ending the Swiss squad's hopes of getting off the mark. Team-mate Adrian Sutil had exited on lap 24 following his own close encounter with the barriers, meaning the they were also facing a hefty post-Monaco repair bill.

But that won't be their biggest headache. Points are hard to come by in modern day F1, and if Sauber don't get some on the board soon there will be growing concerns that Marussia could pip them in the constructors' standings.