In the game of the pit stop, Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) got the better of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen started from pole position. Ferrari had not won in Monaco since 2001.
The 75th edition of the Monaco Grand Prix was the least soporific. At least halfway when the pit stop to change tires gave a little shake up to the 6th round of the world championship of Formula 1.
Until the decision to change tyres and the commencement of the pit stops, the race took procession paces. Only Hamilton managed to gain a place while Raikkonen was making a brilliant start. But while the Finns made the choice to stop at lap 34 to put on the supersoft tires; Vettel, the current championship leader, opted for a stop at the 39th lap.
Spectacular accident de Wehrlein (Sauber)
The option was good. The German set off again just ahead of his teammate on his return to the track had conceded time in traffic. The quadruple world champion, who won in Monaco in 2011 with Red Bull, had only to ratify the deal. The neutralization of the race with a clash between Button (McLaren) and Wehrlein (Sauber) did not change the nature of the race. If the accident was spectacular Wehrlein (his car was lying on its side along the guard rail), the Sauber driver had no injuries.
The end of the race was a succession of withdrawals (Vandoorne Kvyat, Stroll, Ericsson).
Sebastien Vettel took the opportunity to get his 45th GP win and his 3rd win of the season but mostly he scored valuable points in the standings of the world championship at the expense of his rival, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) who finished 7th after starting from 13th position on the grid.
The two French drivers, Romain Grosjean (Haas) ends 8th as in the Bahrain GP; Esteban Ocon (Force India) does not finish in the points (12th) for the first time this season.
Results : 1. Vettel (Ferrari); 2. Raikkonen (Ferrari) à 3”1; 3. Ricciardo (Red Bull) à 3”7; 4. Bottas (Mercedes); 5. Verstappen (Red Bull); 6. Sainz (Toro Rosso); 7. Hamilton (Mercedes); 8. Grosjean (Haas); 9. Massa (Williams); 10. Magnussen (Haas)… 12. Ocon (Force India)
Retirements : Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Stroll (Williams), Vandoorne (McLaren), Ericsson (Sauber), Button (McLaren), Wehrlein (Sauber), Hülkenberg (Renault)