The first half of the Monaco Grand Prix was, let’s face it, a bit dull, but things picked up as the race started to unravel. Nico Hülkenberg’s Renault gave up after 17 laps, and he stopped with a gearbox problem before the pit stop window opened. One-stop strategies were the norm, and the pit stop action allowed Vettel to get ahead of Räikkönen and Ricciardo to get ahead of both Bottas and Verstappen. Thus it was Ferrari and Ricciardo that took to the podium once the chequered flag was waved.
The second half of the race had a touch of chaos though, as Button collided with Wehrlein, pushing the Sauber on to its side right up against the barrier. Thankfully he was unharmed, although it took him a while to escape from the car. Ericsson crashed under the safety car, whilst Vandoorne waited a few laps later to do the same. Kvyat and Pérez collided, whilst Lance Stroll retired just before the end of the race. Hamilton survived it all to finish seventh, whilst both Haas drivers finished in the top ten for the first time.
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References Lance Stroll, Nico Hülkenberg
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