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2021 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix highlights | Paddock Magazine
May 25, 2021
2021 Monaco Grand Prix noticed Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen breezed to his maiden win over the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz and McLaren’s Lando Norris, with Ferrari polesitter and residential hero Charles Leclerc failing to take the beginning after struggling a pre-race driveshaft concern – Verstappen additionally claiming the lead of the drivers’ championship for the primary time in his profession after Lewis Hamilton completed a disenchanted P7.
Beginning successfully from pole after Leclerc’s merciless side-lining, Verstappen out-muscled Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas off the road to take a lead that he would solely briefly relinquish within the pit stops, Verstappen claiming his second win of the season and his first ever podium in Monaco.
In an off-day for world champions Mercedes, a disgruntled Hamilton may do no higher than seventh (the identical place he began) to lose his lead of the championship to Verstappen – who now heads Hamilton 105 factors to 101 – whereas Bottas had even worse luck, after a caught right-front tyre in his pit cease pressured him into retirement.
That left former McLaren teammates Sainz and Norris P2 and P3, Sainz now at Ferrari salvaging the day for the Scuderia to take his first podium in pink, whereas some good technique from Purple Bull allowed Sergio Perez to overcut his means from P8 to P4 within the pit stops.
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel did just like take P5, for by far his and his group’s finest end of the 12 months – Vettel sustaining his report of by no means being labeled decrease than P5 in a race he’s completed in Monaco – whereas AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was in a position to maintain off Hamilton’s Mercedes to assert P6, Hamilton salvaging a bonus level for quickest lap after a late second cease.
Beginning on exhausting tyres from P13 paid dividends for Lance Stroll, who made a 58-lap stint work to assert P8 and add to Aston Martin’s pleasure in Monte Carlo. He completed forward of the Alpine of Esteban Ocon, whereas Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi took Alfa Romeo’s first level of the season after claiming tenth.
For Verstappen, although, Leclerc’s DNS in Monaco supplied him with a golden alternative – and the Dutchman didn’t falter, defiantly hitting again within the title combat towards Hamilton, and including a Monaco Grand Prix win to his CV for good measure.
Mario Isola – Head of F1 and automotive racing at Pirelli commented:
Monaco supplied fairly just a few surprises from begin to end with all three compounds seen at the beginning, in addition to three totally different groups on the rostrum and 4 totally different methods within the prime 10. This underlines how all of the tyres introduced right here had been appropriate race tyres that performed an vital function.
Nonetheless, the smooth to the exhausting technique utilized by Verstappen and all the highest six proved to be the preferred run plan. Fairly unusually, there have been no security automobiles in Monaco this 12 months, which regularly affect the technique, however from the tyre perspective, we’re happy with the efficiency. This was demonstrated additionally by the race lap report from three years in the past being damaged by Hamilton on softs in direction of the tip of the Grand Prix. Congratulations to Verstappen for the win, and in addition for main the championship for the primary time.