Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel wins the Monaco GP ahead of pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo as Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton climbs to 7th place after starting 13th.
Pit-lane start for Button
Jenson Button will start the Monaco GP from the pit lane, after McLaren made changes to his car overnight. Button was due to take up the final slot on the grid – despite qualifying ninth – thanks to a 15-place drop imposed for the use of power-unit elements. He will start from the pit lane after the floor of his MCL32 was replaced with one of a different specification ahead of the race.
All the drivers will start on the Ultrasoft tyre with only the two Sauber driver’s of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson will start on the Supersoft tyre.
The lights go out and everyone gets through turn 1 and 2 safely. Kimi Raikkonen leads ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has made some progress by overtaking Stoffel Vandoorne off the line. Pascal Wehrlein and Jenson Button pit at the end of lap 1 with Wehrlein swapping to the Ultrasoft tyre and Button to the Supersoft tyre. Kevin Magnussen has gained two places from where he started in 11th. Lap 3, Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of a 1:17:072. Lap 6, the stewards are investigating an unsafe release by the Sauber team for Wehrlein into the path of Button. Lap 12, Raikkonen has a slim gap to teammate Vettel of 2.1 seconds with Bottas falling behind in 3rd with a 4.5 second gap to Vettel. Wehrlein has been given a 5 second time penalty for an unsafe release.
Lap 16, there is smoke coming from the back of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault. It looks like a gearbox problem and he stops at turn 8 and retires. Lap 17, Sergio Perez pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and also changing the front wing, where he had sustained damage earlier on in the race. He rejoins back in 16th place and behind Lance Stroll. Lap 26, the gap between the leaders has decreased as they are lapping Jenson Button and Pascal Wehrlein. Kimi Raikkonen leads by 1 second ahead of Sebastian Vettel with a 2.9 second gap to Valterri Bottas in 3rd.
Lap 33, Max Verstappen pits, goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in 6th. “Push hard now” is the message given to Valterri Bottas. Lap 34, Bottas pits, switching onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 5th ahead of Verstappen. Lap 35, Kimi Raikkonen pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 3rd. Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have stayed out and are putting in very fast laps. Ricciardo sets a 1:16:117 on lap 35 and a 1:16:093 on lap 36 with Vettel a 1:15:587 on lap 38. Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen pit and both go onto the Supersoft tyre.
Lap 39, Daniel Ricciardo pit and rejoins in 3rd on the Supersoft tyre, behind Kimi Raikkonen but ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Lap 40, Sebastian Vettel pits, goes onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoins in. 1st, he’s jumped Raikkonen and taken the lead. Lap 44, Stoffel Vandoorne pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoining in 10th. Lap 47, Lewis Hamilton pits, going onto the Supersoft tyre and rejoin in 7th behind Carlos Sainz.
Lap 50, Sebastian Vettel has extended the gap back to Kimi Raikkonen of 9.8 seconds who is 6.5 seconds ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. By lap 57, the gap has grown by 12.5 seconds and Ricciardo has gotten the gap down to 1.6 seconds. Lap 60, the Safety Car has been deployed. It’s a car on it’s side at turn 8. It’s Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein. Jenson Button looks to be involved as he is pulled off at turn 10. Lap 61, Max Verstappen pits and rejoins back in 5th with no places lost or gained. Wehrlein climbs out and is okay. A replay shows Button trying to overtake Wehrlein at turn 8. Button goes to the inside of the corner trying to overtake but Wehrlein doesn’t see him and he gets flipped onto his left side.
Lap 65, still behind the Safety Car, the stewards allow the lapped cars to overtake. Marcus Ericsson has hit the barrier at turn 1. The marshals use the crane to remove Ericsson’s car off the track. Lap 67, the Safety Car is in and now Stoffel Vandoorne is in the wall at turn 1 again. McLaren’s hope of any points are gone. Lap 72, Sergio Perez tires to overtake Daniil Kvyat at turn 18 but ends up damaging both car. Kvyat retires and a lap later, Lance Stroll retires. Lap 78, Sebastian Vettel wins ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.
1.Vettel 2.Raikkonen 3.Ricciardo 4.Bottas 5.Verstappen 6.Sainz 7.Hamilton 8.Grosjean 9.Massa 10.Magnussen 11.Palmer 12.Ocon 13.Perez DNF Kvyat, Stroll, Vandoorne, Ericsson, Button, Wehrlein and Hulkenberg
- It had been 16 years since Ferrari last tasted victory in Monaco, but all that changed as Sebastian Vettel raced to his second career victory in the Principality and 45th win overall.
- Vettel and Raikkonen had finished one-two four times previously, but this is the first time they’ve done it as Ferrari team mates.
- With Hamilton missing the podium for the second time in three races, and Bottas also off the rostrum, Mercedes 21-race podium streak came to an end.
- Force India’s 17-race run of points finishes also ended as Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished P12 and P13 respectively.
- Sebastian Vettel 129pts
- Lewis Hamilton 104pts
- Valterri Bottas 75pts
- Kimi Raikkonen 67pts
- Daniel Ricciardo 52pts
- Max Verstappen 45pts
- Sergio Perez 34pts
- Carlos Sainz 25pts
- Felipe Massa 20pts
- Esteban Ocon 19pts
- Ferrari 196pts
- Mercedes 179pts
- Red Bull 97pts
- Force India 53pts
- Torro Rosso 29pts
- Williams 20pts
- Renault 14pts
- Haas 14pts
- Sauber 4pts
- McLaren 0pts