The famous Monaco circuit is one of the most iconic stops on the F1 schedule, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. hairpin down.wall close enough to kiss. A dark tunnel that throws the driver into blinding sunlight.
And it’s a good day.
Sunday was not a good day. When the rain started to fall during the Monaco Grand Prix and the tires started to lose grip, the situation deteriorated so quickly that even the most experienced teams might have been filled with anxiety.
But Max Verstappen is not your average driver, and while others struggled, he just galloped to take his fourth win of the season and 38th of his career. It was Monaco’s second victory in three years, widening the gap with Red Bull in the season’s points standings.
“It was incredibly slippery,” Verstappen said of managing conditions in the first rain of the current F1 season. “When you have a big lead, you don’t want to push too much, but you don’t want to lose too much time.”
“I cut the wall a few times.
Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso finished second in the starting race, while Alpine’s Esteban Ocon did the same to finish a satisfying third. But neither was a serious challenger to Verstappen in a race that lasted nearly two hours. Fast cars slowed at times as drivers tried to keep their nerves down.
Race in pictures
where the race changed
The rain, which everyone had been wary of since the first half of the race, finally started to fall around lap 50, and the leaders rushed into the pits and changed tires repeatedly. The problem was that initially there was no rain in all sectors of the track, so the tires, which were fine on the dry pavement, suddenly became unwieldy on the slippery surface.
It created a series of frenzied moments and different decisions. Alonso, who was running second, pitted twice in quick succession. The two Ferrari cars entered the pits one after another to install new tires. Drivers lost their sight and strayed from race lanes, hit barriers, and slid into the path of other cars. Cautious drivers tiptoed anxiously through the tightest corners, sprinting away when they regained grip, or listening to the latest weather forecasts for their teams.
But when it was over, Verstappen emerged to exactly that position: at the top.
look back at the season
March 5th: Bahrain Grand Prix. winner: Max Verstappen
March 19th: Saudi Grand Prix. winner: Sergio Perez
April 2: Australian Grand Prix. winner: Max Verstappen
April 30: Azerbaijan Grand Prix. winner: Sergio Perez
May 7th: Miami Grand Prix. winner: Max Verstappen
May 21: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. cancel.
May 28th: Monaco Grand Prix. winner: Max Verstappen
June 4th: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona Catalunya Circuit.