Monaco Grand Prix | Charles Leclerc wins at home, a first, ahead of Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz

Monaco Grand Prix | Charles Leclerc wins at home, a first, ahead of Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz
Monaco Grand Prix | Charles Leclerc wins at home, a first, ahead of Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz

This time it’s the right one for Charles Leclerc! Long cursed at home in Monaco, the Ferrari driver won the race, after having taken pole position the day before. He did not have to manage a single pit stop, but a second standing start, after an accident involving Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Nico Hülkenberg (Haas). Imperturbable, he then perfectly controlled the wear of his hard tires to achieve the sixth victory of his career, the first for Ferrari in the Principality for 45 years. Oscar Piastri (McLaren) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) complete the podium.

Charles Leclerc logically had his eyes shining after the Monaco GP, as if he had just won the first race of his career. The Monegasque needed three pole positions to put an end to the curse, having never been on the podium in front of his home crowd. It’s a dream come true, at the end of a race that was ultimately quite peaceful, even though it started in chaos. Diligently, he made no mistakes and listened to the instructions of his team, who asked him to slow down several times to preserve his tires and go to the end.

A chaotic start before dead calm

The Ferrari driver could have lost his concentration after a first lap ended in mayhem. There was a red flag after a spectacular collision between Sergio Pérez and Kevin Magnussen, which left Nico Hülkenberg a collateral victim. Despite a long interruption, Leclerc managed the second standing start perfectly and the only concern, on a circuit where it is impossible to overtake, concerned the behavior of the tires. First starting on mediums, Leclerc was able to pass the tough ones to attempt only one relay, like Oscar Piastri (McLaren), Carlos Sainz (who almost lost everything at the first start) and Lando Norris ( McLaren). The quartet quickly opened up a significant gap, before embarking on a game of lying poker.

Because Lando Norris could have sowed discord, if only he had been able to afford a free stop compared to George Russell (Mercedes), far behind. But Sainz blocked the gap to prevent him from widening too big a gap, beyond 20 seconds. The Spaniard indirectly helped Leclerc, who finished the race with a bang before his pit stop called him to order. “I’m taking the car home“, he promised. Better yet, he will bring her back to the top step of the podium. The party will be great this evening.

Verstappen is satisfied with 6th place

This Monaco Grand Prix will undoubtedly not go down in history for its spectacle, since the drivers only drove economically. Therefore, there was no change in position relative to the starting grid. Which means that Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will have to settle for sixth place. Which also means that Pierre Gasly (Alpine) kept the point for his tenth time achieved during qualifying, even though he could have lost everything after an incredible attack on him by Esteban Ocon, his teammate.

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