2021 Monaco Grand Prix F1 Star Performers | RaceFans


Sebastian Vettel, Lando Norris and Antonio Giovinazzi have been RaceFans’ Star Performers of the Monaco Grand Prix. Right here’s why.


Sebastian Vettel

  • Bravely selected to not use a second set of sentimental tyres in Q1 and narrowly made it via
  • Reached Q3, virtually three tenths quicker than Stroll, to line up eighth
  • Ran longer than vehicles forward in first stint to leap from seventh to fifth after his pit cease, holding off Gasly in a wheel-to-wheel dash in direction of Massenet
  • Secured his first factors for Aston Martin with a robust fifth

Lando Norris

  • Certified fifth, lower than half a tenth of a second away from beginning on the entrance row
  • Out-qualified Ricciardo by seven locations and put him a lap down through the race
  • Secured second podium of season with third place, absorbing stress from Perez over the ultimate stint on fading tyres

Antonio Giovinazzi

  • Reached Q3 for first time in 2021, out-qualifying staff mate Raikkonen
  • Handed Ocon on the opening lap across the exterior at Mirabeau
  • Alfa Romeo introduced him into the pits earlier than Ocon, however he got here out behind Ricciardo, shedding time which price him a spot to Ocon
  • Nonetheless secured Alfa Romeo’s first level with tenth

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Daniel Ricciardo

  • “Confused” by lack of tempo after Q2 elimination
  • Dropped from eleventh to thirteenth at begin after beginning on mediums
  • Lapped by staff mate Norris on the 53rd tour
  • Completed twelfth after ‘weekend to neglect’

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And the remaining

Lewis Hamilton

  • Struggled for tempo after Thursday, qualifying solely seventh
  • Didn’t undercut Gasly at pit cease and was jumped by Vettel and Perez
  • Completed seventh after pitting late to pursue quickest lap level

Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Monaco, 2021
Bottas’ finest efficiency of the season got here to naught
  • Certified third and had an opportunity to take pole place earlier than the crimson flag
  • Lined up second on the grid, received away barely higher than Verstappen however couldn’t move
  • Tyres light rapidly in first stint
  • Retired within the pits when his staff have been unable to take away his right-front wheel

Max Verstappen

  • Was within the hunt for pole place and was on the right track to enhance his lap time when Leclerc’s crash introduced out the crimson flag
  • Inherited pole after Leclerc retired pre-race
  • Saved lead at begin and by no means seemed unsure on the best way to his first Monaco win

Sergio Perez

  • Certified virtually a second slower than staff mate Verstappen
  • Stated Q3 was ‘worst session’, fighting tyre temperatures
  • Took benefit of clear air after rivals stopped to leap from eighth to fourth

Lance Stroll

  • By no means within the high 10 earlier than the race
  • Missed out on Q3, qualifying thirteenth
  • Began on laborious tyre and used it effectively, working an extended first stint to say factors for eighth

Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon, Alpine, Monaco, 2021
Alpine took factors due to Ocon
  • Narrowly missed out on Q3 in eleventh
  • Misplaced a spot to Giovinazzi at Mirabeau on the opening lap, however was capable of move again in pit stops
  • Defended from the Alfa Romeo driver within the closing laps to complete ninth, his fourth factors rating in a row

Fernando Alonso

  • Struggled to unlock efficiency from automobile all weekend
  • Eradicated in Q1, qualifying seventeenth
  • Was shocked his staff gave him comfortable tyres at his pit cease however was glad it proved proper name on his technique to thirteenth

Charles Leclerc

  • Didn’t do any vital working in first follow after encountering an issue with fourth gear
  • Clearly fast and dedicated sufficient for pole place, and took it provisionally in Q3…
  • …however crashed on the Swimming Pool on his closing run
  • Anticipated to begin house race on pole, however was unable to after undetected driveshaft injury attributable to his crash was found throughout his pre-race reconnaissance lap

Carlos Sainz Jnr

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, Monaco
One Ferrari driver saved it clear and reaped the rewards
  • Was near Leclerc’s tempo all weekend however, crucially, saved it out of the boundaries
  • Was pissed off at lacking out on his probability to take pole place when his staff mate crashed, and certified fourth
  • Moved as much as third when his staff mate failed to begin, which grew to become second when Bottas retired
  • Took first podium for Ferrari

Pierre Gasly

  • “Extraordinarily glad” to qualify sixth, forward of Hamilton
  • Saved the Mercedes behind firstly and after pitting a lap later than him, crossing the road in sixth place
  • The necessity to cowl Hamilton’s pit cease most likely price him the possibility to maintain Vettel and Perez behind

Yuki Tsunoda

  • Broken his suspension in second follow after hitting boundaries, ending session after 11 laps
  • Eradicated in Q1 by simply 0.018s, however was half a second off Gasly
  • Ran a really lengthy first stint and briefly held the quickest lap after his late swap to softs, however got here house sixteenth

Kimi Raikkonen

  • Eradicated in Q2 and began 4 locations decrease than staff mate Giovinazzi
  • Completed eleventh, one place behind Giovinazzi, having accomplished the race and not using a drink as a result of an issue with the tube

Mick Schumacher

Pricey follow crash saved Schumacher out of qualifying
  • Crashed at On line casino Sq. at finish of ultimate follow, inflicting as much as half 1,000,000 {dollars} of harm in keeping with his staff principal and forcing him out of qualifying
  • Handed Mazepin on the Fairmont resort hairpin on lap one however needed to cede the place after struggling gas stress issues
  • Was instructed to carry place behind his staff mate within the closing laps in order that they didn’t encounter as many blue flags

Nikita Mazepin

  • Quicker than Schumacher in Thursday follow
  • First weekend with out main incident of notice
  • Handed by Schumacher at begin, was allowed previous him later and the pair have been subsequently instructed to carry positions

George Russell

  • Reached Q2 however unable to do higher than fifteenth
  • Completed 14th after uneventful race

Nicholas Latifi

  • Headed Russell in first follow
  • Crashed in closing follow on the Swimming Pool part however was capable of take part in qualifying
  • Eradicated in Q1
  • Completed fifteenth after “trickiest F1 race but”

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