Lewis Hamilton finally had a clean race and took his 44th victory – his first of 2016 – around the streets of Monte Carlo. Daniel Ricciardo finished fuming in second, Sergio Perez put in another incredible performance to finish in third.
The race had a subdued start behind the Safety Car, and after a few laps of drivers (and fans) whinging it was time to get going the race finally got underway.
The Virtual Safety Car was deployed a lap later for Jolyon Palmer’s stricken Renault after his rear tyres lit up over a zebra crossing and set him barreling into the barriers. Team mate Kevin Magnussen also failed to finish after the team ran out of front wings to send him back out on to the track after an incident with Kvyat.
Daniel Ricciardo took a stunning maiden pole at the circuit of his adopted home. After the Safety Car came in he cruised (sailed?) off into the distance, opening a huge gap to the Mercedes behind. He was running comfortably in the lead until Red Bull screwed up their second pit stop, leaving him waiting for his ultrasoft tyres to come out of the garage. Red Bull’s strategy has now lost him the race twice in a row.
Force India and McLaren had a stunning race, with all four cars finishing in the points – and Sergio Perez once again gracing the podium. Nico Hulkenberg in the sister Force India forced his way past Championship leader Nico Rosberg to steal sixth place in the final sector of the final lap.
Nico Rosberg was ordered to let Lewis Hamilton through in the opening laps as he struggling through the race with brake temperatures, falling down the order to ultimately finish in seventh. He still leads by 24 points with a third of the Championship now done and dusted.
Kimi Raikkonen retired after nosing into the barrier, almost collecting Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean with him much to the Frenchman’s chagrin. Sebastian Vettel had a quiet race and finished down in fourth.
Max Verstappen came back down to earth with a bump after taking victory in Barcelona. He binned his car into the barriers in qualifying and started from the pitlane. He emulated his performance from last year’s Monaco GP with some incredible overtaking moves, before once again ending up nose-first into the side of the circuit.
Danill Kvyat had a messy race after having to pit twice in the first stint with his car stuck at a constant speed. This left him a lap down, and a trip into the barriers with Kevin Magnussen did nothing to help his future with Red Bull.
Monaco GP results
- Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES AMG
- Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL
- Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA
- Sebastian Vettel FERRARI
- Fernando Alonso MCLAREN
- Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA
- Nico Rosberg MERCEDES AMG
- Carlos Sainz Jr TORO ROSSO
- Jenson Button MCLAREN
- Felipe Massa WILLIAMS
- Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS
- Esteban Gutierrez HAAS
- Romain Grosjean HAAS
- Pascal Wehrlein MANOR
- Rio Haryanto MANOR
DNF: Jolyon Palmer RENAULT, Kimi Raikkonen FERRARI, Danill Kvyat TORO ROSSO, Kevin Magnussen RENAULT, Max Verstappen TORO ROSSO, Felipe Nasr SAUBER, Marcus Ericsson SAUBER.