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Monaco Grand Prix: Verstappen wins to take the world championship lead

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Max Verstappen put in a commanding drive to win the Monaco Grand Prix from the front row and claim the lead in the F1 World Championship.

LeClerc does not start race

Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc has been forced to withdraw from the race after Ferrari failed to repair his car in time.

LeClerc earned his first pole position at his home Grand Prix but a misjudgement on his final flying lap saw the young driver’s Ferrari slam into the unforgiving barriers.

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His crash had denied a handful of top drivers their final laps as the qualifying session was red flagged.

Verstappen had a relatively straightforward start to the race with Leclerc out. The Red Bull began steadily pulling away from Valtteri Bottas.

There were no significant changes to position off the starting grid and the race settled into a holding pattern.

Mercedes tried to undercut the field with Lewis Hamilton the first of the top ten to pit, but he couldn’t get ahead of Pierre Gasly but it was much worse for Bottas.

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The Finn came into the pits from second, but the pit crew just couldn’t get his front right tyre off and he was forced to retire.

When Verstappen came in he managed to get out in second with only his teammate Sergio Perez ahead of him. Perez made the most of the clear track and got ahead of Hamilton, Gasly and Sebastien Vettel, slotting into fourth.

After that series of stops the race reverted to a procession until Lance Stroll came in for his first stop after a long first stint, leaving both Aston Martin’s in the points for the first time this season.

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With just 18 laps to go, Verstappen led from Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris with his teammate Perez chasing the McClaren from fourth. Hamilton remained adrift in seventh.

Hamilton came in with less than ten laps to go to put on a set of soft tyres in order to push for the fastest lap and an extra point. He duly did that, claiming the Monaco Grand Prix race lap record in the process.

Verstappen leads the world championship for the first time in his career as Hamilton finished seventh.

Monaco Grand Prix results

1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 78 1:38:56.820
2 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 78 +8.968s
3 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 78 +19.427s
4 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 78 +20.490s
5 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 78 +52.591s
6 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 78 +53.896s
7 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 78 +68.231s
8 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 77 +1 lap
9 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 77 +1 lap
10 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 77 +1 lap
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 77 +1 lap
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 77 +1 lap
13 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 77 +1 lap
14 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 77 +1 lap
15 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 77 +1 lap
16 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 77 +1 lap
17 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 75 +3 laps
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 75 +3 laps
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 29 DNF
NC 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI DNS

* Provisional results

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