The Monaco Grand Prix race report and highlights show that Leclerc won his first home win in Monaco

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It was a smooth launch from P1 for Leclerc, while Piastri initially held onto second from Sainz.
There was also uncertainty over whether the pause in proceedings had allowed enough time for any cars with potential damage – such as Piastri, Sainz and the Alpines – to be repaired.
Leclerc had opened up a gap of more than one second from Piastri, as Sainz ran two seconds further down the road.
Norris – still within one second of Sainz in fourth – reported “abrasion” on the “front left” as the race headed towards Lap 29.
Could the McLaren build enough of a gap to Russell in P5 to make a pit stop?
The leaders, meanwhile, had started to approach this stream of cars to lap them, starting with the Kick Sauber of Bottas.
Thanks to being one of the few to make a pit stop, Bottas was still pumping in fastest lap times.
Up ahead, however, Russell looked destined to stay in sixth, with a pit stop for the Briton meaning he would drop behind the charging Verstappen and Hamilton.

POSITIVE

Though there was some early drama at the start, Charles Leclerc eventually emerged victorious in the Monaco Grand Prix, enjoying a relatively calm drive to P1 in front of his home supporters.

Due to a significant collision involving Sergio Perez’s Red Bull and the two Haas cars driven by Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, all three drivers were eliminated from the race before the first lap of the renowned event had even begun.

After the race was reopened, Leclerc won handily, leading the field of competitors in a race of strategy as everyone watched to see if the front-running cars would pit or finish the race. Esteban Ocon was forced to retire after making heavy contact with Pierre Gasly on the first lap.

To win his first race on the streets of Monte Carlo and surpass his previous best finish of P4, the Ferrari driver, however, maintained composure and maintained an advantage over his competitors.

Oscar Piastri, who drove the McLaren with confidence and fended off a late challenge from Carlos Sainz, finished seventh, seven seconds ahead of Leclerc. The Spaniard completed a double podium for Ferrari. For much of the latter part of the race, Sainz was also being pursued by Lando Norris; the second McLaren finished the day in fourth.

After a difficult few days for Red Bull, George Russell, who is racing this weekend with an upgraded front wing, led the Mercedes in fifth place. Max Verstappen was pursuing him. Lewis Hamilton came in seventh to increase the Silver Arrows’ lead in points.

Finishing eighth in the RB, Yuki Tsunoda had another strong day. Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly, for Williams and Alpine, respectively, scored their first points of the season in ninth and tenth place.

In P11 for Aston Martin, Fernando Alonso finished ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in P12 for RB and Valtteri Bottas as the lead Kick Sauber in P13. Despite having a challenging day on Saturday, Alonso managed to recover somewhat and only lost out on points.

Lance Stroll, who finished the race in P14 for Aston Martin due to a puncture during a pit stop in the second half of the race, was disappointed. Logan Sargeant of Williams finished in P15.

With four cars failing to finish the first lap, Zhou Guanyu emerged as Kick Sauber’s final classified driver in 16th position.

The previously mentioned Ocon was forced to retire after his collision with Gasly, earning him a five-place grid drop for the upcoming race in Canada.

After their spectacular crash on the first lap of the race, Perez, Magnussen, and Hulkenberg joined him as the other retirees.

AFTER IT OCCURRED.

Everything focused on Sunday’s race at the Circuit de Monaco following an exciting qualifying session on Saturday that featured some unexpected early retirements and a strong lap that won pole for local favorite Leclerc.

The news that both Haas cars had been disqualified from the qualifying session for having non-compliant rear wings created some late drama, as they would begin the Grand Prix at the back of the field.

It became apparent that there was an equal split between running the medium and hard tyre compound for the anticipated one-stop encounter as the cars gathered on the grid and the tyre blankets came off in the warm and sunny conditions. Red Bull and other companies had selected the C3 hard, but Ferraris were among those who switched to the C4 medium.

Leclerc took off smoothly from P1, and Piastri initially managed to hold second place from Sainz. However, the Ferrari continued on at Casino with a puncture after the two made a tiny bit of contact later in Sainte Devote.

When the cameras shifted to Perez’s severely damaged Red Bull and the two Haas cars that were stopped on the track, there was drama elsewhere. Replays revealed that Magnussen had tagged the Mexican inside before it ricocheted across the circuit and caught Hulkenberg, raising alarms.

Luckily, no one was hurt, and the other vehicles went back to the pits to wait for the race to restart. Meanwhile, Sainz had managed to restart his SF-24, and additional footage from other locations showed that the two Alpine cars had collided in a spectacular way during Lap 1.

Once Ocon tried to pass Portier by, sending the latter flying after the contact, Gasly became enraged and yelled over the team radio, “What did he do?”.

After the debris settled, the drivers and teams could do was wait for updates from Race Control while the damaged barriers were repaired. Upon receiving an update, it was confirmed that Sainz would regain his third place and that the restart order would be the same as it was during the Perez/Haas incident.

Despite the possibility of changing tires, there were still concerns about how the stoppage might impact strategy. Additionally, it was unclear if the proceedings had been stopped long enough to allow any cars that might have been damaged—like Piastri, Sainz, and the Alpines—to be repaired.

With 76 laps remaining, the race was scheduled to resume at 1544 local time. It also quickly became apparent that the majority of drivers had, in fact, taken advantage of the opportunity to change their tyres from the compound they had begun on, ostensibly in an attempt to finish the race.

Leclerc led Piastri, Sainz, and Norris as the Grand Prix resumed. Ocon was absent because he appeared to have been hit too hard in the incident with Gasly. The other sixteen cars had a smoother start.

Once the race settled in, Russell appeared eager to stay on Norris’ back. Even though his Mercedes engineer told him not to worry about keeping his distance from the McLaren, the British driver insisted that he saw this as his “one and only chance.”.

Ocon was given a time penalty by the stewards for colliding with Gasly, even though Gasly was in P10 and the Frenchman was already out of the race. The next time out in Canada, this will be changed to a five-place grid drop.

As Lap 10 drew to a close, Piastri turned in the fastest lap, staying just a second behind Leclerc in the lead, with Sainz following closely behind in third. As Verstappen, who was also running the C4 rubber, came in sixth, Russell had retreated a little in fifth, possibly attempting to preserve his medium tires.

In just a few more laps, Leclerc seemed unwilling to extend his lead, and the gap at the front narrowed even more. In another instance, on lap 16, Bottas stopped at the pits to switch from the mediums to the hards, which allowed him to quickly record the fastest lap.

Sainz questioned Leclerc about his management as the three-way margins remained razor-thin, with the Spaniard appearing to be worried that Piastri might “send it” at any time. In the later half of the top-10, the gaps were likewise fine as Tsunoda, Albon, and Gasly pursued points in positions eight, ninth, and tenth, respectively.

The top four, who were all using hard tires, appeared to have put their foot down by lap 23, pulling further ahead of Russell, who was in fifth. Sainz ran two seconds faster down the road, but Leclerc had opened up a lead of more than a second over Piastri.

Alonso was in charge of a train leaving P12 and heading back to Bottas in P16 in another area of the field. Despite having advanced to the starting position following a challenging qualifying session on Saturday, the Aston Martin driver appeared to be having difficulty holding off his competitors in the midfield.

As the race approached Lap 29, Norris—who was still only one second behind Sainz in fourth place—reported “abrasion” on the “front left”. In P5, could the McLaren get close enough to Russell to make a pit stop?

It appeared that graining was a problem for many; Norris’s engineer told him that Sainz was having it, and Mercedes and Aston Martin appeared to be suffering from the same issue. As always, strategy was becoming a more and more important component of the race.

When he questioned his engineer on Lap 34, Sainz revealed his misgivings about his own strategy: “Is there a risk that if we open 20 seconds, Lando goes for a soft maybe? Lando on the soft will be dangerous, as tyres are starting to grain.”. “.

As the race approached the halfway point, Leclerc had slowed to slow down the pack and keep Norris from having an opening to make a pit stop, with his lead over Russell in fifth place standing at 17 seconds.

At Aston Martin, a similar game of strategy was in play as Alonso persisted in holding station in front of the midfield train, presumably letting teammate Stroll maintain his lead in P11, close to Gasly in the last point-paying position of P10.

In the meantime, the leaders—led by Bottas’s Kick Sauber—had begun to close in on this group of vehicles in an attempt to pass them. Bottas continued to set fastest lap times because he was one of the few to make a pit stop.

On Lap 44, Stroll became the next driver to make an unusual pit stop. Because of Alonso’s defensive teamwork, Stroll was able to regain his original position of 11th, 20 seconds ahead of Gasly in the fight for those crucial points.

On Lap 48, Leclerc was leading Piastri by less than two seconds, and the Monegasque driver sounded composed on the radio when he asked his engineer how much faster he could go. That’s impolite, Leclerc shot back, responding, “We are not interested.”. “.

After just two tours, there was drama when Stroll, who had just made a pit stop, reported a puncture after clipping the barriers. Although the remnants of his punctured tire had rolled off close to the pit lane, the Canadian was able to make it back to the pits and switch to the soft compound.

Suddenly, there was a flurry of activity in the pits as Hamilton pulled over at P7 for a set of used hards. The seven-time world champion managed to hold position because of the lead he had over Tsunoda in P8. Verstappen therefore made a pit stop from P6 for his starting hard tires on the subsequent lap and skillfully returned to the same position.

In another instance, Bottas passed Sargeant by through Mirabeau to take the lead in 13th place. Russell, though, appeared destined to remain in sixth place up ahead, as a pit stop for the British driver would cause him to fall behind Verstappen and Hamilton, who were gaining ground.

The leaders were considering whether or not to stop as Verstappen kept cutting into Russell’s lead and Stroll blew past Zhou and Sargeant after sprinting on the soft rubber.

While Alonso failed to score for Aston Martin in the eleventh position, Albon and Gasly both got off to a good start, scoring their first points of the season in ninth and tenth place, respectively. These marks also marked Williams’s debut points in 2024.

A late surge by Stroll after his puncture in the second half of the race allowed him to finish in 14th place, ahead of Ricciardo and Bottas who also finished without a point in 12th and 13th.

With Ocon, Perez, Hulkenberg, and Magnussen having all retired after their first-lap incidents, Zhou was the final classified runner to cross the finish line in P16, and Sargeant crossed in P15 for Williams.

Key quote.

“It’s beyond words to describe,” Leclerc remarked. “It’s such a tough race; in a way, the fact that I’ve started from pole position twice and we weren’t quite able to finish makes it even better. It obviously means a great deal.

It was the race that gave me the desire to drive a Formula 1 car someday. It was a challenging race emotionally because, with 15 laps remaining, all you could hope for was that nothing would happen. The emotions were building up. To be honest, I was talking to my dad a lot more than when I was driving. It’s unbelievable that he gave up everything for me to be here, especially since it was our dream for me to compete here and win. “.

What comes next.

The Canadian Grand Prix, which will take place in Montreal the weekend of June 7-9, will be the next event on the 2024 Formula One schedule. To learn how to follow the action, visit the RACE HUB.

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