Perez Wins Rain-Delayed/Shortened Monaco GP

Perez Wins Rain-Delayed/Shortened Monaco GP

There has been a lot of debate recently as to whether the Monaco Grand Prix should remain on the Formula 1 calendar. If there was ever an argument for keeping the race, it was this year’s running of the iconic event due to a delay and several on-track battles. A surprise rain shower just prior to the start caused race control to intervene and delay the start. Initially, the decision was highly questioned, until it began to downpour and parts of the track started to flood.

LAP 1: The race finally got underway over an hour past its scheduled start time. The first two laps were completed behind the safety car so drivers could get used to the treacherous conditions, though Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi both made contact with the barriers regardless.

LAP 3: The safety car entered the pit lane, allowing the field to do a rolling start. Charles Leclerc led from pole position for the first time in his home Grand Prix, with Ferrari teammate, Carlos Sainz in P2. It was a cautious start as all drivers struggled with grip on the wet pavement.

LAP 17: As the track continued to dry, Red Bull called Sergio Perez into the pits for intermediate tires. This triggered other front-running teams to pit as well including Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, and Max Verstappen, who were all called in the following lap. Sainz was called in as well, but refused the intermediate tires, opting to go from the wets straight to slicks a handful of laps later.

LAP 22: The same group of drivers pitted once again for hard tires, leaving Perez in the lead, followed by Sainz in P2 and Verstappen in P3.

SAFETY CAR – LAP 28: The yellow flag was shown for Mick Schumacher, who lost the rear of his Haas and spun multiple times before connecting with the barriers. The car ripped into two pieces with the rear wing and gearbox in one and the rest of the car in the other. The race was then red-flagged for cleanup.

LAP 33: The race restarted behind the safety car and was shortened to 64 laps due to the time limit. Perez locked up the tires heading into Turn 1 but managed to stay ahead of Sainz and Verstappen and pull away to a comfortable lead.

13 MINUTES TO GO:  Carlos Sainz was able to catch up to Perez, getting within centimetres of the Red Bull, but wasn’t quite able to make the pass.

CHECKERED FLAG – LAP 64: Sergio Perez crossed the line just 1.1seconds ahead of Sainz to claim his maiden Monaco GP victory, marking his 3rd career win in Formula 1.

RESULTS:

  1. Sergio Perez
  2. Carlos Sainz
  3. Max Verstappen
  4. Charles Leclerc
  5. George Russell
  6. Lando Norris
  7. Fernando Alonso
  8. Lewis Hamilton
  9. Valtteri Bottas
  10. Sebastian Vettel
  11. Pierre Gasly
  12. Esteban Ocon
  13. Daniel Ricciardo
  14. Lance Stroll
  15. Nicholas Latifi
  16. Zhou Guanyu
  17. Yuki Tsunoda
  18. Alexander Albon
  19. Mick Schumacher
  20. Kevin Magnussen
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