Perez wins rain-delayed and red-flagged Monaco GP

Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez celebrates with a trophy on the rostrum after successful the race as Princess Charlene of Monaco applauds REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

MONACO – Sergio Perez gained a rain-delayed, crash-halted and finally nail-biting Monaco Grand Prix for Purple Bull on Sunday to make his dream come true as one other evaporated for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

The Mexican’s staff mate Max Verstappen completed third to stretch his Method One championship lead over Leclerc, who was fourth, to 9 factors after seven of twenty-two races.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was second, for the second yr in succession.

Leclerc had began on pole place however Ferrari have been outsmarted on technique and he was leapfrogged by the Purple Bull drivers within the pitstops.

He not less than ended a house jinx to change into the primary Monegasque to attain in Monaco since Louis Chiron completed third in 1950, the yr the championship started, however the race had promised a lot extra.

The win was the third of Perez’s profession and second for Purple Bull, and it ended with an exciting chase on a treacherous road circuit the place the distinction between success and failure is measured in millimetres.

The highest 4 on the chequered flag have been separated by a mere 2.9 seconds.

“That is us! Come on, vamos,” screamed Perez as he crossed the end line 1.1 seconds forward of Sainz with Verstappen an extra 0.3 behind.

“It is a dream come true,” he mentioned. “After your own home race it is probably the most particular race to win.”

The showcase race, whose future is being more and more questioned as Method One expands to new venues within the Americas and Center East, was twice red-flagged and shortened from 77 scheduled laps to 64 after operating out of time.

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Perez was solely the third driver to win a race this season, with Verstappen successful 4 of the earlier six and Leclerc the opposite two.

Verstappen, who had been chasing a fourth win in a row, now has 125 factors to Leclerc’s 116 with Perez on 110.

Purple Bull cast 36 factors away from Ferrari within the constructors’ standings.

George Russell was fifth for Mercedes, forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.

Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton took eighth for Mercedes, with Valtteri Bottas ninth for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel tenth for Aston Martin.


The race began after greater than an hour’s delay, with the security automobile guiding the sphere round for formation laps on the moist asphalt earlier than peeling off into the pits as Leclerc led the rolling begin.

The Monegasque stayed forward till lap 18, when he pitted to alter from moist tyres to intermediates and located himself behind Perez, who had are available in a lap earlier and made the ‘undercut’ work, and Sainz.

An indignant Leclerc dropped to fourth after Ferrari referred to as him in once more for slicks after which instructed him, too late, to remain out after Sainz additionally pitted and went straight from wets to the dry tyres.

Purple Bull efficiently double-stacked their drivers, with the order settling at Perez main, forward of Sainz, Verstappen and Leclerc.

The security automobile was once more deployed on lap 27 after Mick Schumacher crashed his Haas closely on the exit to the swimming pool advanced, the automobile spinning into the limitations and splitting in two.

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“I am okay,” gasped the 23-year-old German, whose Ferrari nice father Michael was a five-times winner in Monaco, over the automobile radio.

The race was then halted on the thirtieth lap, earlier than a rolling re-start 20 minutes later, as marshals repaired the Tecpro energy-absorbing barrier that had been bent out of form.

Schumacher’s Danish staff mate Kevin Magnussen had already retired from a surprisingly vigorous race, with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly making two robust overtakes on a monitor the place passing is famously tough.

Hamilton and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon collided with out main consequence on lap 18 because the Briton tried to go for eighth place. Ocon was given a five-second penalty that finally value him ninth place.