News : Formula 1: Verstappen wins Monaco Grand Prix – Sport
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the race at the Circuit de Monaco. The 23-year-old started from second starting position on Sunday, but since the pole position next to him remained vacant because Charles Leclerc had to cancel his participation in the race shortly before the start, the Dutchman was able to take the lead right from the start – and that was unchallenged End race. The Spaniard Carlos Sainz came in second, the Brit Lando Norris third.
“You never know what will happen, even in a race like this,” said winner Verstappen at the finish. “I had to pay attention to the tires, we had to find the right moment for the pit stop. But I had the race under control. Even as a little boy you dream of a victory in Monaco, that makes me very proud today. We’re in this one Season on the right track. “
At first, Verstappen was followed by Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes. During his first pit stop, however, there was a rare incident: one of the tires simply did not want to loosen, the mechanics tried again and again to loosen a stuck nut – unsuccessfully. That ended the race for Bottas.
It was not a good Sunday for the second Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton either: the Briton couldn’t make up any positions on the narrow and overtaking-hostile circuit and finally finished the race in seventh place.
He awards valuable points in the World Championship ranking – in contrast to winner Max Verstappen, who even takes the lead in the World Championship classification with the race win. After his second victory in the fifth race, he is now just ahead of Hamilton (101) with 105 points. Norris (56) regained third place overall.
In fifth place, Sebastian Vettel achieved his best result of the season so far and points for his new team for the first time in the Aston Martin. Mick Schumacher landed in 18th and last place and thus for the first time behind his Haas team-mate Nikita Masepin.
“It’s hard to digest”
The bitterest day, however, was the Monegasse Charles Leclerc. The day before, the Ferrari driver had completely surprisingly secured pole position for his home Grand Prix, but put his Ferrari into the guard rail on the last fast lap. For hours it was not clear which repairs would be necessary. Leclerc himself feared a gearbox damage, the use of a new component would have thrown him back five places on the grid. But Ferrari checked intensively and gave the all-clear on Sunday afternoon: “Charles will keep his pole position.”
But the relief did not last long: During his installation round, the Monegasse noticed that something else was completely wrong with his car. “The transmission wasn’t the problem,” he said later, “it was something else.” Ferrari worked on the problem in the garage until the end, but Leclerc gave up 25 minutes before the start. “It is difficult to digest, I have no words, I am very sad,” said the 23-year-old on Sky. “It’s hard not to be able to start this race.” “It’s a shame for him, but good for me,” said Verstappen, who was right at the front of the starting grid – and who should really decide the race for himself later.