Early drama does not derail Leclerc

Henry

Monaco and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finally won a race in his native country when he raced across the finish line first in the streets of Monte Carlo.

The red flag was already waved in the first round when Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg were involved in an ugly collision early on.

But after that it was literally one-way traffic and the 26-year-old racer blitzed across the finish line without any bumps or jolts.

Oscar Piastri was second in his McLaren, while Carlos Sainz was the second Ferrari on the podium.

Max Verstappen had to settle for sixth place – his Red Bull fire truck just didn’t have the necessary answers to this street race track’s teasing questions.

In addition, George Russell, who finished fifth, was very defensive behind the wheel of his Mercedes. And in Monaco you can’t just overtake an opponent.

“I can’t describe how I feel,” Leclerc said after the race.

“It is a very difficult race and I have already started at the front twice before without converting my good position into a victory. This win means an incredible amount to me.”

Results:

  1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  2. Oscar Piastri (McLaren)
  3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  4. Lando Norris (McLaren)
  5. George Russell (Mercedes)
  6. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  7. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  8. Yuki Tsunoda (RB)
  9. Alex Albon (Williams)
  10. Pierre Gasly (Alpine)
  11. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)
  12. Daniel Ricciardo (RB)
  13. Valtteri Bottas (Sauber)
  14. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  15. Logan Sargeant (Williams)
  16. Zhou Guanyu (Sauber)

Driver scoring:

  1. Max Verstappen: 169 points
  2. Charles Leclerc: 138 points
  3. Lando Norris: 113 points
  4. Carlos Sainz: 108 points
  5. Sergio Perez: 107 points
  6. Oscar Piastri: 71 points
  7. George Russell: 54 points
  8. Lewis Hamilton: 42 points
  9. Fernando Alonso: 33 points
  10. Yuki Tsunoda: 19 points

Manufacturer Punctuation:

  1. Red Bull: 276 points
  2. Ferrari: 252 points
  3. McLaren: 184 points
  4. Mercedes: 96 points
  5. Aston Martin: 44 points.