Not quite the magnificent Monaco GP we had hoped for, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, it got better throughout.
Qualifying was probably the best part of the weekend, full of action, blocked laps and crashed cars. Miraculously both McLarens managed to reach Q3, though Vandoorne crashed at the end of Q2 so was unable to take part, and by doing so Hamilton was unable to complete another lap and did not make Q3. In the end Kimi Raikkonen took his first pole position since 2008 with both Vettel and Bottas only barely behind, just half a tenth separating the top three.
The race started off rather dull, for a long time there weren’t any cars within a second of another and no overtakes at all. But after the pit stops the race got a little more interesting, Vettel jumped Raikkonen in the pits to take the lead, some overtakes happened, and some overtakes were attempted and failed somewhat… Jenson Button attempted a lunge on Pascal Wehrlein at Portier, resulting in Wehrlein being on two wheels in the barrier and Button with broken suspension, bringing the safety car out.
During the safety car Marcus Ericsson managed to run into the wall at Sainte Devote, while overtaking to unlap himself. A few laps later and just after the safety car went in Stoffel Vandoorne did the same thing, and then another few laps down the line Sergio Perez attempted an overtake on Daniil Kvyat at Rascasse that took Kvyat out of the race and Perez back to the pits, later being given penalty points for the incident.
After the late race insanity, Vettel won the race with an unhappy Raikkonen in second and Daniel Ricciardo in third. Despite a free pit stop at the start of the safety car for Max Verstappen and some ultra softs he was unable to overtake Valtteri Bottas and kept his fifth. Hamilton recovered well from starting 13th and finished in seventh, picking up a helpful six points from a disastrous weekend.
A few changes as always, Ferrari switch positions with Mercedes again and take the lead. Toro Rosso jump up from eighth to sixth, and despite Haas having their first ever double points finish they drop down another position, though they are level on points with Renault.
Not too many changes here either, Carlos Sainz gains two positions while Esteban Ocon drops two, his first non-scoring race this season. Kevin Magnussen gains on Pascal Wehrlein after his second points scoring position of the year. And finally Jolyon Palmer gained a massive four positions just by finishing in 11th place, now the leader of the drivers without a point.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||15||78||01:15.756||5|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||NED||10||78||01:16.329||4|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||8||78||01:16.649||6|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India||FRA||0||78||01:16.482||15|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||0||78||01:14.820||7|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||RUS||0||71||01:16.539||9|