He started on the pole and finished the race in the same positon. Lewis Hamilton was keen to prevent Max Verstappen from overtaking him. The British man managed to restart the race superbly after the intervention of the Safety Car on the track to let the marshals collect the hazard left by Charles Leclerc. The Monégasque had to retire after his crash with Nico Hülkenberg at la Rascasse.
During the SC all the front drivers pitted. Another race incident happened at this moment. Max Verstappen was released unsafely by his mechanics and got a 5-second penalty. This is the reason why he is not standing on the podium today.
Even if the last few laps were stressful, Lewis Hamilton was the first driver to cross the finish line. Max Verstappen finished second but with his penalty he’s down to 4th. The podium of this 77th Monaco Grand Prix is composed of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas. Pierre Gasly gets the extra point for the best lap in 1’14’’279.
Lewis Hamilton: « It’s probably the hardest race I ever had. For me there was no way I was going to make it. We all know it has been a hard weekend emotionally. I was fighting with the spirit of Niki. I was trying to make him proud »
Sebastian Vettel: « When I saw Bottas and Verstappen touching in the pit lane, I thought we might have a chance – but ultimately it’s a good result for us. Today is about Niki really. He was an icon in the past and he will continue to be in the future »
Valtteri Bottas: « Obviously, it was a disappointing weekend for me as I had the speed. Today was difficult »
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