WATCH: Serena Williams Waves the Checkered Flag as Max Verstappen Wins at Monaco GP

Published 05/23/2021, 10:38 AM CDT
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 22: Serena Williams speaks on stage during keynote conversation at 2019 Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley at San Jose McEnery Convention Center on February 22, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage)


The Monaco Grand Prix is usually the fanciest event on the F1 calendar, attracting a wide variety of celebrities. On Saturday, actor Tom Holland turned up to watch the qualifying session. For the race, tennis star Serena Williams showed up to witness the crown jewel of the sport.

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And not just that, the 23-time Grand Slam champion even had the honor of waving the checkered flag!

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Speaking about the race, Max Verstappen took his first Monaco win, ahead of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.

And, after the three drivers appeared for their interview, Serena, too, had an interview. As it turns out, this is the first time Formula One has interviewed a special guest along with the drivers. Without a doubt, the sport knew that it was in the presence of a tennis legend and jumped at the chance to interview her.

Serena Williams definitely had a good time at the race

Needless to say, the former World Number 1 enjoyed herself thoroughly. Serena Williams also admitted that she had met Max Verstappen, prior to standing alongside the Dutchman for his interview.

It is also worth noting that she even got VIP treatment at the principality of Monte Carlo.

Prior to the race, Williams got a tour of the F1 paddock and saw the F1 Safety cars. While Safety Car duties are split between Mercedes and Aston Martin, it was the latter’s turn this time. And so, Serena got to familiarize herself with the Vantage and DBX ahead of the race.

Interestingly, tennis fans have Aston Martin to thank for Williams’ presence at Monte Carlo. This is because she is the brand ambassador for the British automobile manufacturer and was probably a guest for the Aston Martin Racing Formula One team.

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Currently, the 39-year-old is preparing for the 2021 French Open. Since she is in Monaco, France is just a stone’s throw away, so she does not have to travel far. Nevertheless, the Formula One race did provide a nice break for the American tennis living legend.

Now, she will be back on the grind and hard at work ahead of the Grand Slam. The 2021 French Open is expected to commence on May 30 and will run until June 13.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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