6 Winners and 5 Losers of the Monaco Grand Prix – who excelled on the streets of Monte Carlo?

6 Winners and 5 Losers of the Monaco Grand Prix – who excelled on the streets of Monte Carlo?

Heavy rain delayed the start of the Monaco Grand Prix, but when the race finally started it provided an exciting sight that left some jumping for joy and frustrating others. We’ve picked six winners and five losers from a soggy Sunday in Monte-Carlo…

Winner: Sergio Perez

After the frustration of Spainwhere Sergio Perez was feeling fit to win his first race of the season, the Red Bull driver’s first victory at the Monaco Grand Prix was the perfect answer.

He had the advantage over reigning world champion team-mate Max Verstappen all weekend and optimized Red Bull’s strategy to claim his third career win and nearly 15 points behind. championship conduct.

READ MORE: ‘It’s a dream come true,’ says Perez after claiming maiden Monaco Grand Prix win

He is the first Mexican to win in Monaco and the first North American to triumph in the race since Gilles Villeneuve in 1981. His victory is also Red Bull’s third in the last four attempts in Monaco.


Perez managed to steal a moment with his trophy amid the celebrations

Loser: Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc was heartbroken after finishing fourth in his home race, the fact that he scored in his home event for the first time in a race series is little consolation.

The Monegasque had won his third consecutive pole position in 2022 and fifth of the season before dominating the race in the lead in difficult conditions.

But Ferrari’s decision to pit it against intermediates and then slicks caused it to lose track position and left Leclerc frustrated. And on a track where overtaking is difficult, he could not come back and now leaves Monaco nine points behind his rival Verstappen in the ranking.

READ MORE: Leclerc calls Monaco a ‘frightening disaster’ after going from pole to P4 in first home finish


Leclerc not only lost out on the race win – he saw his rival extend his championship lead

Winner: Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz finished second in Monaco for the second time in as many years, but he let go of what could have led the Grand Prix before the closing stages.

The Spaniard lost around two seconds behind a lapped Williams on his exit lap, allowing Perez to rise and pass him for the lead, and ultimately the win.

It extends his expectation of a first victory, which now counts 148 events, but second place was his fourth podium of the year and stabilizes the ship after a few eventful races.

READ MORE: ‘The victory was there,’ says Sainz after bittersweet Monaco P2

Losers: Haas

Haas suffered his first double retirement of the season – and the first in Monaco – as he extended his pointless streak to three when Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher failed to see the checkered flag in Monaco.

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Magnussen suffered a power unit problem, after putting up an impressive defense against the much quicker Pierre Gasly, while Schumacher added to the US team’s mounting damage bill with a heavy crash from which he sat. is fortunately distant.

Haas boss Guenther Steiner was unimpressed with Schumacher. “It’s not very satisfying to have a big fall again,” he said. “We have to see how we move forward from here.”

Winner: Max Verstappen

It doesn’t happen often, but it was a weekend where Verstappen struggled to get to grips with the car and was then outplayed by Perez throughout.

He finished all practice in fourth place, qualified in that position – and was on course to finish the race there if Ferrari’s capricious strategy had not left rival Leclerc behind.

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It lifted Verstappen to the podium – the first time he’s seen the checkered flag this year without winning – and helped him extend his championship lead on a weekend when he was significantly overtaken by Leclerc in terms of pure rhythm.


While Verstappen couldn’t claim victory, he finished ahead of his championship rival

Loser: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton spent most of the Monaco Grand Prix staring at an Alpine gearbox before crossing the line a disappointing eighth, the same position he started in.

First stuck behind Esteban Ocon, he was lucky not to suffer major damage in contact with the Frenchman. Then he was backed up by a slow tire-saving Fernando Alonso who now trails Verstappen by 75 points in the standings, the equivalent of three race wins.

Winner: George Russell

George Russell continued his strong start to 2022 with a fifth-place finish in Monte Carlo, extending his streak of finishing every race this year in the top five.

The Mercedes driver has also finished ahead of his more decorated teammate Hamilton in each of the last six races and sits a solid fourth in the Drivers’ Championship, one point ahead of Sainz.

READ MORE: Russell takes away ‘lots of positives’ after extending top-5 streak at Monaco


Strong qualifying coupled with an error-free race saw Russell go home as ‘the best of the rest’

Losers: Williams

It was a frustrating weekend for Williams, who never seemed to be in contention for the points from the start.

They withdrew Alex Albon when he suffered unexpected rebounds on the straights, while Nicholas Latifi damaged the front wing early in the race to end any hope of a good result.

The British team have failed to score in two races and remain entrenched in the bottom of the constructors’ championship.

Winner: Lando Norris

Lando Norris looked infinitely better in Monaco than he did in Spain, where he was diagnosed with tonsillitis, but he still wasn’t 100 per cent fit. You wouldn’t have known it, however, as his pace was impressive all weekend.

READ MORE: Norris relieved to finish ‘rewarding’ Monaco GP in P6 after overcoming tonsillitis and torrential rain


A collision with the barriers ended Latifi’s progress on Sunday

Norris qualified fifth for the second consecutive year in Monaco and although he lost a place to Russell, sixth – plus a point for the final lap – was still a great reward.

It was his fifth score of the year and the McLaren driver is now only two points ahead of his British compatriot Hamilton.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch thrilling Monaco race action as Perez holds off Sainz to seal third career win

Loser: Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon was set for his sixth top 10 finish of the year when his hard work was undone by a five-second penalty for a collision with Hamilton.

It took him from ninth to 12th and while Fernando Alonso scored his best result of the year in seventh, Ocon’s demise meant that Alpine missed the chance to put Alfa through. Romeo in fifth place in the standings. constructors championship.


Ocon picked up a time penalty in his fight with Hamilton which knocked him out of the points

Winner: Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas’ weekend didn’t get off to a great start as an MGU-K issue in FP1 caused him to miss a training session for the fourth weekend in a row.

He was then ousted from Q2 for just the second time since the start of 2017, but salvaged something from the weekend when he became the only starting driver outside the top 10 at Monaco to score points with a ninth place.

It was the Sauber-led team’s best result at Monaco since Felipe Nasr finished in the same position in 2015, and the Finn’s fifth consecutive run in the points.

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