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Hamilton, Prince of the 2019 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

2019.27.05.
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Lewis Hamilton wins ahead of Sebastian Vettel and his team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, the event celebrating its 90th anniversary. The two Red Bull drivers, Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly, finished fourth and fifth respectively. Charles Leclerc gave up after about twenty laps, following a flat tire and a single-seater that was too damaged.

Romain Grosjean finishes in tenth place and scores 1 point. Romain Grosjean, who received a five-second penalty for crossing the yellow line at the exit of the pits, was not hiding his frustration:” “It’s a better result than we expected, that’s for sure. It was a good race. We tried a different strategy. We did our best, we tried. Then I got a penalty at the end. I’m going to look at the pictures. It’s tight, I still think there’s a piece of my wheel touching the line, but I got the penalty.”

Pierre Gasly finished fifth in this Monaco Grand Prix and offers himself the best lap in the race, collecting precious points: “It was a very positive day and we can be very satisfied with our fifth place after starting in eighth position in Monaco, which is a difficult track to recover positions. We had a very good strategy and a very good car to drive. I enjoyed driving such a fast car on a track like this and being able to push hard at the end and make a few very fast laps to finish within ten seconds of the leader after starting eighth. I am really happy and now we have to keep working to be able to offer similar performances in the coming weekends.”

The Scuderia Ferrari achieved a mixed weekend with a second place for Sebastian Vettel and a withdrawal for Charles Leclerc. It was a difficult weekend especially for the Monegasque after a failed qualifying session and a complicated race: “Our performance was there, but unfortunately the result was not. I gave it all today, knowing that I had to do something different and take a lot of risks to move forward after starting in 15th position. I enjoyed the start of the race and it was going pretty well. As I passed Nico Hülkenberg on lap 9, I hung the rear on the wall and our cars touched each other, which damaged my rear tyre and my single-seater. We tried to keep driving with new tires, but we didn’t have enough support after the incident and had to pull out.

Renault F1 Team with Daniel Ricciardo finishing ninth and Hülkenberg 14th scoring only two points. Interesting opponent strategies cost the French team a lot of points, as Cyril Abiteboul mentioned: “After yesterday’s good qualification, we thought a lot of the work had been done. Unfortunately, the most important decision of the day was to stop Daniel during the intervention of the security car. It turned out not to be the right choice, as it gave McLaren the opportunity to implement an intelligent team strategy with Norris and Sainz. Our return to the points is a positive point, but the most important thing is that the car has demonstrated its potential, on the short relays yesterday and the long relays today. This is clearly a missed opportunity that does not reward all the efforts made by the team and drivers to improve the competitiveness of our entire team. “

Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix under pressure, claiming his fourth victory this season and the third victory of his career in Monaco. He dedicated his victory to Niki Lauda, who died a few days before this Grand Prix: “Today was one of the most difficult races of my career, it was so intense. With 20 laps to go, I thought I’d never make it to the end. I thought I was going to crash, I was fighting so hard with the car. There was absolutely nothing left in the tires and it was so difficult to keep the car on the track. I wondered what Niki would do. I was doing my best – giving everything I had. I just tried to stay focused and not make mistakes. I know he was watching me today, but with Niki by my side, we managed to do it. I wore the colours of his helmet today and I didn’t want to disappoint him. He was close to my heart and I was determined not to crack under pressure. This victory belongs to Niki. »

Drivers’ Championship ranking (after Monaco)

1 Lewis Hamilton 137

2 Valtteri Bottas 120

3 Sebastian Vettel 82

4 Max Verstappen 78

5 Charles Leclerc 57

6 Pierre Gasly 32

7 Carlos Sainz 18

8 Kevin Magnussen 14

9 Sergio Perez 13

10 Kimi Räikkönen 13

11 Lando Norris 12

12 Daniil Kvyat 9

13 Daniel Ricciardo 8

14 Alexander Albon 7

15 Nico Hulkenberg 6

16 Lance Stroll    4

17 Romain Grosjean 2

18 George Russell 0

19 Antonio Giovinazzi 0

20 Robert Kubica 0

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