F1: Monaco win extends Vettel’s championship lead

    Published On May 28, 2017 09:41:00 PM

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    Pole-sitter Raikkonen led the opening part of the race, but Vettel stayed out five laps longer before his pitstop, and rejoined ahead of his teammate.

    Sebastian Vettel beat Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen to victory in Sunday’s Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017, boosting his title advantage to 25 points over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who finished a distant seventh. Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium for Red Bull.

    A late safety-car period meant a frantic final 10 laps, but at the front the race was decided largely by strategy. A longer first stint for Vettel enabled him to get ahead of polesitter and early leader Raikkonen as he emerged in front of the Finn following their first and only pit stops. It was Ferrari’s first win in the Principality since 2001.

    Ricciardo similarly made use of the ‘overcut’ to pass Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and his less-than-impressed Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen, who duly took the chequered flag in fourth and fifth respectively.

    Toro Rosso were ‘best of the rest’ with Carlos Sainz in sixth, as Hamilton behind him climbed from 13th on the grid. Completing the top ten were Haas’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, separated by the Williams of Felipe Massa.

    The most dramatic moment of the race came on Lap 60 when an ambitious passing attempt from McLaren’s Jenson Button on Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein went awry, leaving the latter’s car on its side against the Portier barriers, its mercifully unharmed driver unable to escape his cockpit until help arrived.

    As the safety car emerged, Button got as far as the chicane before suspension damage forced him to halt his one-race comeback. Sauber’s Grand Prix then turned into a double DNF before racing had even resumed, when Marcus Ericsson nosed his car slowly into the barriers at Ste Devote.

    When racing did resume on Lap 67, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne made the same mistake on the restart, ending what had looked like a strong chance of his and the team’s first points of the year.

    There were three other retirements: Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, victim of a late clash with Force India’s Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll who pulled into the Williams garage late on, and early faller Nico Hulkenberg with a Renault gearbox issue.

    RACE RESULT

    POSDRIVERCARLAPSGAP
    1Sebastian VettelFerrari781h44m44.340s
    2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari783.145s
    3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault783.745s
    4Valtteri BottasMercedes785.517s
    5Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault786.199s
    6Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault7812.038s
    7Lewis HamiltonMercedes7815.801s
    8Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari7818.150s
    9Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes7819.445s
    10Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari7821.443s
    11Jolyon PalmerRenault7822.737s
    12Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes7823.725s
    13Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes7839.089s
    14Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Renault71Collision
    15Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes717 Laps
    -Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Honda66Spun off
    -Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari63Spun off
    -Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda57Collision
    -Pascal WehrleinSauber/Ferrari57Collision
    -Nico HulkenbergRenault15Gearbox

     

     

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