The Monaco Grand Prix has just concluded and in traditional Monaco fashion it was a processional race but a couple of things did liven up the race.
The first one was that it was Ferrari’s first win in Monaco in 16 years. The last one was in 2001 courtsey Schumacher. Also, it was another Ferrari 1-2 of the season and in Monaco, the last time it happened was in 1998!
The race was a success for Ferrari but the order might leave a stinging taste in the mouth of many.
It was Vettel who took the top position after following his team-mate till the first round of pitstops but once Kimi pitted Vettel just blitzed the track pounding in 1.15s lap times while Kimi was stuck in traffic and that opened the gap for the German allowing him to take the lead.
Kimi came home second but his body language on the podium betrayed his non-expressive persona.[interaction id=”592b04d6be3db6a6300ae151″]
Another person who made the most of an overcut was Ricciardo who was in 5th before the first round of pitstops but in clean air went second fastest and as a result jumped both his team-mate and Bottas to sit into P3.
The safety car and the cold tires did threaten his position but in the end, he held on.
Bottas ran a good race for Mercedes but in his bid to avoid an undercut by Verstappen, he pitted and ended up losing the place to Ricciardo.
Verstappen ended up as the biggest loser and the Red Bull garage must be coping up with the teenager’s well-placed anger after their decision to pit early backfired for the Dutch.
Behind him was a brilliant Carlos Sainz who did great yesterday and today and didn’t crack under Hamilton’s pressure to take P6.
Hamilton overturned his qualifying woes and ended up scoring solid points when it looked like though he might end up with nothing.
Haas finally lived up to the pace potential and both their cars fnished in points for the first time this season with Grosjean P8 and Kevin in P10.
Massa was lucky and very fortunate to benefits from the woes of those ahead of him to score 2 points for Williams in P9.
Palmer was just outside the points in P11 while his Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was the first one to suffer heartbreak when his Renault spat oil and smoke when the German was comfortably running in the points.
The Force India had a horrible race. While Ocon struggled the entire weekend and was not helped by a puncture because of a loose manhole cover. Perez’s race was blighted with issues too having to pit early with a broken front wing but he was back into the points and threw it all away with a choppy move on Kvyat ending the Russian’s race.
Despite retiring Kvyat and Stroll qualified as a classified finish.
Returnee Jenson Button did no favors to himself and was solely responsible for a scary accident putting Wehrlien in the barriers at a dangerous angle. Wehrlien walked out fine after being stuck in the car for some time but everyone would be praying fo his injury not to resurface.
This is the race classification and look at P1 and P2, that will be the story that will continue to make rounds for a coming few days.