Race Report

Monaco

Unlucky for Hamilton as Ferrari win 1-2 in an eventful race

It was the first win at Monaco since 2001, however, there was much controversy as Vettel overtook Raikkonen in the pits. Vettel had many fast laps whilst the Finn was in traffic.

Hamilton started 13th  after being knocked out of qualifying in Q2, he had a poor weekend and came 7th, he was experiencing traction problems.

With 18 laps to go Button collided with Wehrlein on the corner which caused the Sauber to turn over on its side, it wasn’t the best comeback for Button as he was driving due to Alonso competing in the Indie 500.

Vandoorne crashed out under the pressure from Perez, meaning the Mclaren still hasn’t had a single point this season.      

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Hamilton defeats Vettel as it is just 6 points between them

Lewis Hamilton has got his second victory this season after starting from pole position. However, Vettel had the better getaway off the line which left Hamilton having to chase.

There was a lot of drama at the start as Bottas, Raikkonen and Verstappen colliding at turn one.  Luckily, Bottas carried on as he left the others who were at a stand still.

The gap was more than two seconds between the Ferrari and Mercedes, it was Vettel to pit first on lap 14 which prompted Hamilton to stay out longer to close the gap, he pitted on lap 20.

Vettel was struggling to overtake Bottas but he managed to make an interesting overtake but this meant he lost four seconds in two laps.

The Virtual Safety Car on lap 36 was prompted after Vandoorne went off after a clash with Massa.

Vettel ended up exiting the pit lane as Hamilton came down the home straight as they went side-by-side into turn 1. Vettel took the inside and managed to defend his position, however, with the Ferrari on the medium tyre and the Mercedes with the soft tyre, Hamilton used his DRS to surge past him on lap 44.

This obviously meant that Hamilton held his position and crossed the line comfortably with 3.4 secs ahead of Vettel.

Mercedes have extended there lead to 8 points in the constructors’ championship. It could have been larger if Bottas didn’t retire on lap 39 due t technical issues.

Instead, Daniel Ricciardo came in third more than a minute behind Sebastian Vettel.

Perez and Ocon for Force India came in fourth and fifth, Nico Hulkenburg finished in sixth for Renault which was the best result since 2016. It then went Sainz, Wehrlein,  Kyvat, Grosjean and then Alonso.

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Victory for Bottas as he becomes Finland’s fifth grand prix winner

Bottas had a sublime start to the race after moving into the lead from third position within the first lap. Raikkonen was put under pressure by Lewis Hamilton but he still managed to hold his position.

The fighting at the front of the pack was put to rest as the safety car came out due to a collision between Roman Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer at Turn 2. They both joined Fernando Alonso on the sidelines after he experienced an ERS issue which forced him to stop on the formation lap.

Bottas had a good restart after the safety car and widened the gap between him and Vettel to 3 seconds. Raikkonen managed to hold his position over Hamilton after he was experiencing problems with the temperature on his car as it ran too high. In the race for fifth, Ricciardo was forced out with a brake failure.

Bottas was the first to pit on lap 27 for a set of super-soft tyres, Ferrari did not bring Vettel in until the end of Lap 34, this gave him 17 laps to capture the Finn.

Vettel was gaining on Bottas whittling the gap down to just 2 seconds, and then to 1 second in the last few laps.

Bottas managed to keep cool and crossed the line 0.6 seconds clear of Vettel and then Raikkonen came third, 10 seconds behind Vettel.

Hamilton came fourth then Verstappen wound up in fifth, he was the teams only finisher after Daniel Ricciardo’s early retirement. Perez and Ocon for Force India came sixth and seventh, ahead of Hulkenburg. Felipe Massa was in sixth, however, a slow puncture forced him into the pits  and so he came ninth.

Lance Stroll had his first F1 finish in eleventh. It then went Kvyat, Magnussen, Vandoorne, Ericsson and Wehrlein being the last classified finisher.

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