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Monaco GP: Ocon's podium, Perez's galley


Highlights: Esteban Ocon returned to the podium for the third time in his career. Max Verstappen won his fourth race in a row after pole in Monaco. Sergio Perez was in agony after starting at fault in Q1. Charles Leclerc finished sixth while Carlos Sainz took eighth place. Ferrari's gloomy weekend continued with 16 points scored by the Scuderia. Lewis Hamilton's fifth place and George Russell's eighth on the grid helped Mercedes to make the difference with a double stop on lap 54.

TOPS/FLOPS - Ocon's podium, Verstappen's new demonstration but also Perez's setbacks and Ferrari's gloomy weekend, find the highlights and weaknesses of the Monaco Grand Prix.


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  • Formula 1: drivers' standings

Ocon returns to the podium

He didn't win but his weekend was almost perfect. Brilliant in qualifying with the fourth time, Esteban Ocon started from third place on Sunday, following the three-place penalty imposed on Charles Leclerc and the Frenchman held his rank. He resisted Sainz on lap 12 who still hit him at the back and plunged into the pits at the right time to put on the intermediates (lap 54). Choices that paid off that allowed him to maintain his third place despite a return of Lewis Hamilton at the end of the race. The Norman climbs the podium in F1 for the third time after his second place in Sakhir in 2020 and his victory in Hungary in 2021.

Verstappen too solid

He had signed a legendary pole on Saturday, his first in the Principality, and transformed the test on Sunday by managing the Monaco Grand Prix as master. Max Verstappen went it alone in the race holding his mediums for more than fifty laps before putting on the intermediates at the right time. As ever. On the wet track, his balancing skills worked wonders and he already offers his fourth victory in six races this season...

Mercedes signs its best weekend

23 points scored in Monaco is Mercedes' most prolific weekend this season. The German brand raises its head quietly. Yet with Lewis Hamilton's fifth place and George Russell's eighth on the grid, nothing was done for the black cars but the circumstances of the race and especially the rain allowed Mercedes to make the difference with a double-stop on lap 54 to put on the middlemen. This allowed Hamilton to take fourth place, with the fastest time as a bonus, and Russell to finish fifth despite a penalty. On the right path.


Perez in agony

The master of street circuits was in immense difficulty this weekend. Starting at fault in Q1 on Saturday, Sergio Perez started from the last place in Monaco. A real penance for the Mexican who lived a black Sunday. Stuck in traffic, despite a stop at the end of the first lap, the second Red Bull driver made a string of small mistakes after the halfway point. With five saves on the clock and a pitiful 16th place, he gave up 25 points to Max Verstappen in the race for the world championship.

Insufficient performance for Ferrari

The Italian cars were fourth and sixth on the grid and at the finish, Charles Leclerc finished sixth while Carlos Sainz took eighth place. 16 points scored is not enough for the Scuderia who are standing still and do not seem to improve weekend after weekend. And the worst part is that the pilots get annoyed. On Saturday, Leclerc was not satisfied with the behaviour of his car and on Sunday, Sainz clearly questioned the strategy of his own in the middle of the race. Morose atmosphere at Ferrari.

Source: lefigaro

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