Hamilton fends off Verstappen to win 2019 Monaco GP

    Verstappen’s penalty for an unsafe release ended up promoting Vettel and Bottas to 2nd and 3rd respectively.

    Published On May 27, 2019 02:44:00 PM

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    Lewis Hamilton managed tyre troubles to win the 2019 Monaco GP and move 17 points clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas in the drivers’ championship. Ferrari found some salvation, with Sebastian Vettel splitting the two Mercedes drivers – ending the team’s string of 1-2 finishes – but only after Max Verstappen was handed a penalty for an unsafe release.

    Hamilton made a strong start off the line, with Bottas and Verstappen in tow. Further down the field, Charles Leclerc set out on making up lost ground, after a punishing qualifying session saw him start all the way down from 15th place. He was up to 12th place when he picked up a puncture while attempting to overtake Nico Hulkenberg into Rascasse, bringing out the safety car. He just about managed to limp back to the pits, but floor damage left his car severely compromised and he eventually retired from the race.

    The top four headed into the pits under the safety car – both the Mercedes drivers heading out on medium tyres, while Verstappen and Vettel took on the more durable hard tyres.  However, Verstappen was released just as Bottas was coming through the pit lane and the two made light contact – the incident is what resulted in Verstappen receiving a 5.0sec time penalty for an unsafe release. Bottas ended up losing two positions and dropped to 4th place since Mercedes had to pit him once again due to a suspected puncture.

    This meant that Hamilton was the only one of the frontrunners on the softer medium tyres. Verstappen soon set about chasing Hamilton, with the Mercedes driver reporting his worn out front left tyre on the radio. He finally got close enough to mount an attack in the final few laps and attempted to pass Hamilton down the inside into the seafront chicane. However, Hamilton held on to the lead and the two ended up making contact, but managed to continue racing.

    Hamilton was able to resist pressure from Verstappen and nurse his tyres home for over 60 laps to clinch his third Monaco GP victory. Despite crossing the line in 2nd place, Verstappen’s penalty demoted him to 4th, ahead of his teammate Pierre Gasly. Carlos Sainz finished in 6th place, after running a longer first stint, earning his best Formula 1 race finish for McLaren.

    The Toro Rosso duo of Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon also saw success by opting to take their pit stops much later, with Kvyat finishing the race in 7th place, followed by Albon in 8th. Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean wrapped up the top 10.

    Result

    Pos

    Driver

    Car

    Laps

    Gap

    1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes

    78

    1h43m28.437s

    2

    Sebastian Vettel

    Ferrari

    78

    2.602s

    3

    Valtteri Bottas

    Mercedes

    78

    3.162s

    4

    Max Verstappen

    Red Bull/Honda

    78

    5.537s

    5

    Pierre Gasly

    Red Bull/Honda

    78

    9.946s

    6

    Carlos Sainz Jr.

    McLaren/Renault

    78

    53.454s

    7

    Daniil Kvyat

    Toro Rosso/Honda

    78

    54.574s

    8

    Alexander Albon

    Toro Rosso/Honda

    78

    55.200s

    9

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Renault

    78

    1m00.894s

    10

    Romain Grosjean

    Haas/Ferrari

    78

    1m01.034s

    11

    Lando Norris

    McLaren/Renault

    78

    1m06.801s

    12

    Sergio Perez

    Racing Point/Mercedes

    77

    1 Lap

    13

    Nico Hulkenberg

    Renault

    77

    1 Lap

    14

    Kevin Magnussen

    Haas/Ferrari

    77

    1 Lap

    15

    George Russell

    Williams/Mercedes

    77

    1 Lap

    16

    Lance Stroll

    Racing Point/Mercedes

    77

    1 Lap

    17

    Kimi Raikkonen

    Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

    77

    1 Lap

    18

    Robert Kubica

    Williams/Mercedes

    77

    1 Lap

    19

    Antonio Giovinazzi

    Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

    76

    2 Laps

    -

    Charles Leclerc

    Ferrari

    16

    Accident damage

     

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