It doesn’t matter if it’s a fast track or down right slot circuit like the Monaco strip, Mercedes F1 Team continues rampaging the grid with the likes of Reigning Champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtter Bottas.
After six rounds, Mercedes has blown away the competition with at least three 1-2 finishes. This time at Monte Carlo, Hamilton took the win with Bottas third, spilt by the Ferrari of Sebastien Vettel. Hamilton now has 137 points without even trying, followed by Bottas with 120 points. The nearest pursuer is Vettel, who’s 36 points behind the 2nd Mercedes. Verstappen could have finished second, but due to an infringement and a 5-second penalty, he was demoted to fourth. As for viewership, you actually don’t have to bother watching the race these days…
Here’s the selected top ten drivers’ take on the Monaco GP
Hamilton: It was one of the hardest races of my career, it was so
intense. With 20 laps left I thought there was no way I was going to make it to
the end. I thought I was going to crash, I was battling so much with the car.
There was absolutely nothing left in the tyres and it was so tough to keep the
car on the track.
Verstappen: I gave it my all! I think we were very competitive and I enjoyed putting the pressure on and trying to go for the win. You know when you’re up against Lewis it’s going to be very hard but I kept pushing him and I tried to force him into a mistake. I made him use his tyres a bit more than he wanted which meant I could attack. At one point I could see his tyres really dropping off and there were a few corners on the track where he was really slow which meant I could line up a move, but we just couldn’t get close enough. With a few laps to go, I thought I’m going to try it now and see what happens. We touched but luckily nothing came of it. The penalty from the pit stop is unfortunate, but I don’t think the Team did anything wrong and it is impossible to see in that tight pit lane.
Sainz: P6 today is a very good result and my third points finish in a row. An amazing first lap after passing both Toro Rossos around the outside at Turn Three. Definitely one of my best overtakes! After that, a good pit call to stay out under the Safety Car and some solid laps to earn P6.
Kvyat: We can be satisfied with the amount of points we brought home today and with how we managed the race – the teamwork was fantastic, the support I got from everyone was great! P7 is a great result in Monaco. We have been working hard over the past few weeks to see where we need to improve and what I need to go faster, and we found it.
Ricciardo: We definitely could have done better and got a great result as we had all the cards in our hand. Although we missed some points, the car was very good even though we couldn’t always use the speed we had. We’ll look at what happened and address it for future races.
The season now moves to Canada in a fortnight’s time for the seventh round of the season.
Formula 1 Monaco GP results
|4||MaxVerstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||+5.537s||12|
|5||PierreGasly||RED BULL RACING HONDA||+9.946s||11|
|7||DaniilKvyat||SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA||+54.574s||6|
|8||AlexanderAlbon||SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA||+55.200s||4|
2 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 120
1 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 137
3 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 82
4 Max Verstappen RED BULL 78
5 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 57
6 Pierre Gasly RED BULL 32
7 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 18
8 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 14
9 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 13
10 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 13