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Race highlights - Monaco 2017 - Get play by play coverage of the sixth round of the season

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Formula One's glitzy track in Monaco cannot always provide great racing, and this year it delivered on the promise with mostly processional but occasionally baffling action that say an intriguing result, a safety car period, a handful of accidents, and some great points finishes. Although we lacked overtaking opportunities, there was a lot of tension around the strategy and things looked close as the finish line approached.

If you missed any of the action or want a quick reminder of who pitted when, then read on, as the Factbyte Factbox replay should have everything you need.

As it happened: Monaco 2017 - The race

Event Highlights

  • Sebastian Vettel wins a Ferrari 1-2, with Ricciardo on the podium.
  • Bottas finishes fourth, with Hamilton clawing back seventh for a points finish.
  • Button and Wehrlein collide, tipping the Sauber onto its side ahead of the tunnel.
  • Hülkenberg, Ericsson, Vandoorne, Kvyat and Stroll all also retire.
  • Double points finish for the Haas team.
  • 12:30

    Hello F1 friends, welcome to the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. It's sunny, it's beautiful, there are boats, what more can you ask?

  • 12:30

    It's been an exciting weekend already, with lots happening in qualifying, but let's start at the beginning with some info about where we are going racing today.

  • 12:30
    Circuit Data
    Circuit de Monaco
    Local timezone+02:00 GMT
    First race1950
    Number of laps78
    Circuit length3.340km
    Race distance260.520km
    Start offset0.000km
  • 12:31

    Kimi Räikkönen starts the race from pole position after a superb qualifying from Ferrari. Both red cars will be on the front row of the grid, with Bottas and Verstappen lining up behind them.

  • 12:31

    Lewis Hamilton had a torrid time during the qualifying session yesterday, not at all happy with the car and then missing out on his final flying lap due to yellow flags.

  • 12:32

    There have been a lot of lockups, and brushes with the barriers, and drivers running wide, and Stroll's crashing into the walls already, and I'd expect that to continue today.

  • 12:32

    Jenson Button is back for his one-off special weekend, but unfortunately he has to start from the pit lane. His McLaren was already suffering a 15 place grid drop due to power unit tweaks, and the team then modified the car under parc fermé conditions.

  • 12:33

    It was looking better for McLaren in qualifying, with both cars into the top ten for the first time this season. Unfortunately, Vandoorne crashed into the wall at the end of Q2, so couldn't participate in that top ten shoot-out. He also takes a three place grid drop from an incident in Spain.

  • 12:34
    Starting grid
    1K RäikkönenFerrari
    2S VettelFerrari
    3V BottasMercedes
    4M VerstappenRed Bull
    5D RicciardoRed Bull
    6C SainzToro Rosso
    7S PérezForce India
    8R GrosjeanHaas
    9D KvyatToro Rosso
    10N HülkenbergRenault
  • 12:34

    Hamilton starts from 13th on the grid, next to Vandoorne and directly behind Kevin Magnussen.

  • 12:35

    As Monaco is so narrow, there's a lot of focus on strategy rather than out and out power, so those who are down on power unit performance may find themselves doing better this weekend.

  • 12:35
  • 12:36
    Star Wars in the Monaco pitlane
    Credit: @espnf1

    This is epic, Renault join forces with Star Wars to celebrate respective 40th anniversaries.

  • 12:40

    Weather icon

    Wind speed0.4mps
  • 12:42

    QuoteFelipe Massa on how to manage Monaco: "Have a lot of patience in the race, and try to get to the end which is the most important thing. In Monaco, anything can happen."

  • 12:43

    QuoteSergio Pérez, on his aims for the race: "Try to get the perfect start, try to get a good position into turn one. Ninety percent of your race is how you get into turn one."

  • 12:43

    QuoteValtteri Bottas, on his chances from the second row of the grid: "We just need to be very reactive here. If we do a better job with the safety cars and stops, we have a chance to win."

  • 12:45

    The FIA have confirmed that the risk of rain for this session is 0%. Looking at those blue skies, I'd have to agree.

  • 12:48

    Before the national anthem, the drivers and officials respect a one minute silence.

  • 12:48
    Fastest Session Times
    Free Practice 1L Hamilton1:13.425
    Free Practice 2S Vettel1:12.720
    Free Practice 3S Vettel1:12.395
    QualifyingK Räikkönen1:12.178
  • 12:51

    TweetTweet from @F1PaddockPass: Jenson Button will start from the pit lane - which may be beneficial. With Grosjean, Stroll, Palmer & Wehrlien all charging into T1? Yikes.

  • 12:55

    About five minutes away from the start now, the tension is rising. it was a crowded and bustling grid, so probably a bit distracting for drivers.

  • 12:57

    TweetTweet from @ymcofficial: Eyes are on the @ScuderiaFerrari's on the front row - #Kimi starting from his first pole position since France 2009

  • 12:58

    Looks like almost the entire field are starting on the purple ultrasofts. We've just got the Saubers of Wehrlein and Ericsson in 18th and 19th on the grid on the middle compound, the supersofts.

  • 13:00

    The formation lap gets underway with Kimi Räikkönen pulling away from the grid to lead the field around a super short lap of Monte Carlo.

  • 13:01

    TweetTweet from @pirellisport: Keep an eye on the @SauberF1Team strategy. Could be an @RuthBuscombe special… #MonacoGP

  • 13:02

    Button has pulled to the end of the pit lane, and he's hearing radio live from Fernando Alonso, who wishes him luck and says "Take care of my car, have fun!"

  • 13:03

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Good start, the grid clears well. Bottas had the smallest glimpse at second but Vettel was right there.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Very, very clean start from everyone. Great job.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Button has joined the rear of the field from the pit lane. He's off and away.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Hamilton has passed Vandoorne already, he's up to twelfth now.

  • 13:04 Lap 2

    The Ferrari pair are already pulling a gap at the front, Bottas is dropping back, there's a full second between him and the front two already.

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Wehrlein has pitted and put on the ultrasofts, ditching the red stripes already. Button has done the same but in the opposite direction, he's got the supersofts on now.

  • 13:06 Lap 3

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 13:06 Lap 3

    Ferrari still putting the hammer down, fastest laps and purple sectors for Kimi Räikkönen in P1.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Team radioTeam radio from Jenson Button: "I had to lift in the pit lane, unsafe release?"

    That can only have been Wehrlein.

  • 13:08 Lap 5

    Replays of the start show Hamilton's gain was off the line, and he and Vandoorne were side by side into the first corner but Lewis managed to stay ahead.

  • 13:08 Lap 5

    Kevin Magnussen also gained places at the start, up two for the Haas so he's into the top ten.

  • 13:09 Lap 5

    TweetTweet from @MercedesAMGF1: Wow! Clean first lap in Monaco? Everyone super well behaved in these early stages

  • 13:09 Lap 5

    Race controlIncident involving Jenson Button and Pascal Wehrlein noted and then under investigation - unsafe release.

  • 13:10 Lap 6

    Lewis is told that "our race comes later" which means Hamilton is going to have to be patient - arguably not one of his strongest characteristics.

  • 13:11 Lap 7

    Never too early for some gap analysis.

    Gap Analysis
  • 13:13 Lap 8

    Esteban Ocon had a disappointing day yesterday, he crashed during FP3 and although the team did a fabulous job to get the car ready for qualifying, he didn't manage to make an impression. He's currently running 15th, just about a second behind Felipe Massa.

  • 13:13 Lap 9

    TweetTweet from @Jamesallenonf1: In practice Raikkonen had the least tyre degradation on long runs of the front runners, so he's really in control here. His day?

  • 13:14 Lap 10

    Räikkönen has pulled out a two second lead over his teammate - already there's talk of whether team orders will come into play later in the afternoon.

  • 13:17 Lap 12

    TweetTweet from @PlayMotorsport: What a glorious sight these new cars are, gleaming in this beautiful Monaco sunshine.

  • 13:18 Lap 12

    The lap count climbs quickly round this short track, and this first calm and patient stint is already 12 laps old.

  • 13:20 Lap 14

    Race control5 second time penalty for Pascal Wehrlein - unsafe release.

  • 13:22 Lap 16

    Vettel has closed the gap to 1.5 seconds to race leader Räikkönen now. They both have about six seconds over third place Bottas.

  • 13:23 Lap 16

    Kvyat reports over the radio that the car in front is leaking oil, and yes, it's Nico Hülkenberg's Renault that is spewing smoke from the rear of the car.

  • 13:23 Lap 17

    He's still going round for now. "Smoke out the back of my car," he reports. Gearbox problem, the engineers report. And he pulls off track just before the tunnel.

  • 13:24 Lap 17

    Yellow flags, but that's a good position that Hülkenberg has found, so not likely to be a safety car yet.

  • 13:25 Lap 18

    Sergio Pérez has come in, perhaps anticipating there might be one, but he needed a new front wing as well as new tyres. Replays show the front wing dragging along the floor so definitely a replacement required.

  • 13:25 Lap 18

    Hamilton up to tenth now.

  • 13:27 Lap 19

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 13:28 Lap 20
    One to Watch
    L Strollvs.S Pérez

    Having just pitted, Pérez is now looking for a way past the Williams.

  • 13:29 Lap 21

    We're rapidly heading towards the window for the one-stop strategy tyre switchover.

  • 13:30 Lap 22

    Kimi Räikkönen continues to run strongly out front, and he's now closing up to start lapping the rear of the field. Button currently 1 minute 11 down.

  • 13:31 Lap 23
    Field Spread
    1stK Räikkönen1:17.178
    19thJ Button+73.045
  • 13:32 Lap 23

    Team radioTeam radio from Daniil Kvyat: "I have inconsistent engine braking somehow."

  • 13:33 Lap 24

    Super-slo-mo replay shows Lance Stroll brushing up against the barriers, no closer please Lance!

  • 13:33 Lap 24

    Hamilton reports his car is all over the place.

  • 13:34 Lap 25

    Replays show a lot of wobbles from Ericsson, who complains very loudly on the radio that he has no grip.

  • 13:35 Lap 25

    Button has been told to look for an opportunity during the blue flag period that is rapidly approaching.

  • 13:36 Lap 26

    Räikkönen now on the rear wing of Button, as the gap between the Ferraris and Bottas is down to three seconds.

  • 13:38 Lap 28

    Button moves out the way of the race leaders, and all three cars are through within a couple of corners.

  • 13:39 Lap 29
    Driver Positions
    10K Räikkönen0
    20S Vettel0
    30V Bottas0
    40M Verstappen0
    50D Ricciardo0
    60C Sainz0
    71R Grosjean0
    83K Magnussen0
    90D Kvyat0
    103L Hamilton0
  • 13:39 Lap 29

    Replays show Max Verstappen missing the chicane at the swimming pool, continues on no damage done.

  • 13:41 Lap 30

    TweetTweet from @C4F1: Mark: "There’s some shadow boxing going on. The top 5 are getting this tyre long into the race, which opens up the strategy options" #C4F1

  • 13:41 Lap 31

    Kvyat is still complaining about his engine braking, we're keeping an eye on him in case of incident any time soon.

  • 13:43 Lap 32

    Team radioTeam radio from Jenson Button: "This is painful."

    Aww, that didn't take long.

  • 13:44 Lap 33

    Verstappen comes into the pit lane, given the instruction to do the opposite of Bottas. Red supersofts go on the Red Bull.

  • 13:45 Lap 33

    Verstappen rejoins behind Sainz and ahead of Grosjean. Bottas is given the instruction to push hard now that Verstappen has pitted.

  • 13:45 Lap 33

    TweetTweet from @ChrisMedlandF1: Whisper it quietly but Vandoorne is a very solid 11th place right now. Dropped Massa and one place outside the points

  • 13:46 Lap 34

    Valtteri Bottas pits this lap, super clean stop from Mercedes.

  • 13:46 Lap 34
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverV Bottas
    Pit lane24.308s
  • 13:46 Lap 34

    Bottas rejoins just in front of the Red Bull, so Mercedes have managed to hold that position ahead of Verstappen.

  • 13:47 Lap 35

    Team radioTeam radio from Kimi Räikkönen: "Are we boxing?"

    "Box this lap, Kimi, box this lap."

  • 13:47 Lap 35

    Vettel stays out and inherits the lead for now.

  • 13:47 Lap 35
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverK Räikkönen
    Pit lane24.833s
  • 13:48 Lap 35

    Team radioTeam radio to Sergio Pérez: "Checo, engine temperatures are now critical. We have to do something different. If you can't chase and overtake, we have to drop back."

    "You box me because of safety, who cares if the engine blows up?"

  • 13:48 Lap 36

    Räikkönen rejoined in third place, by the way. Vettel and Ricciardo out front still to stop, Daniel Ricciardo setting the fastest lap of the race so far.

  • 13:49 Lap 36

    TweetTweet from @pirellisport: Good stop from #Kimi7: he’s done the two hard bits (start and pit stop) so now just has to drive to the finish. And hope.

  • 13:49 Lap 37

    Marcus Ericsson was about to be lapped but he dives into the pit lane for his own pit stop, and to get out of the way. Good stop by the Sauber crew.

  • 13:50 Lap 37

    Daniil Kvyat and Esteban Ocon have now taken their pit stops, dropping down the order.

  • 13:51 Lap 38

    Vettel and Ricciardo trading fastest laps, as Bottas is stuck behind traffic.

  • 13:51 Lap 38

    Sainz, after holding up Bottas, dives into the pit lane for his stop. Bottas is freed up but has probably lost out now.

  • 13:51 Lap 38

    At some point, despite his complaining, Sergio Pérez did manage to get past Stroll. He's up to 14th, so you can see why he'd be a bit disappointed.

  • 13:52 Lap 39

    Daniel Ricciardo comes in for his stop, and it's a clean stop for the team.

  • 13:52 Lap 39
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverD Ricciardo
    TeamRed Bull
    Pit lane24.183s
  • 13:52 Lap 39

    Ricciardo has rejoined in front of Bottas, so he's gained a place. Now it's Vettel's turn to pit.

  • 13:53 Lap 40
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverS Vettel
    Pit lane24.306s
  • 13:54 Lap 40

    Vettel rejoins in the lead! He's jumped teammate Räikkönen and moves in to P1.

  • 13:54 Lap 40

    Team radioTeam radio to Max Verstappen: "Ricciardo has, unfortunately, jumped us and Bottas."

    "What a **** *** disaster."

  • 13:54 Lap 41

    Esteban Ocon gets the warning that he's got a rear left puncture. He makes it back into the pit lane for an unscheduled second stop. Purple ultrasofts back on the Force India.

  • 13:55 Lap 41

    Grosjean pits from the midfield, and Button has come in for a second stop from the very rear of the field.

  • 13:55 Lap 41

    TweetTweet from @pirellisport: As is often the case at #MonacoGP, traffic makes a big difference to strategy. In and out laps are crucial.

  • 13:56 Lap 42

    Lewis Hamilton is up to sixth, having not yet stopped. Vandoorne is just behind him, also yet to stop.

  • 13:56 Lap 42

    Jolyon Palmer is the only other driver not to have stopped yet, he's running 13th.

  • 13:58 Lap 43

    Palmer comes into the pit lane, and Kevin Magnussen also dives in for a second and unexpected stop.

  • 13:59 Lap 44

    Vandoorne takes his first stop of the day, rejoins the action in tenth place.

  • 14:00 Lap 45
    Gap Analysis
  • 14:02 Lap 47

    Hamilton gets the call to box, box from sixth place.

  • 14:03 Lap 47

    Another good stop by the pit crews, and Hamilton rejoins in seventh place, ahead of Grosjean.

  • 14:05 Lap 49
    Lapped Cars
    PosDriverLaps Down
    14J Palmer1
    15L Stroll1
    16M Ericsson1
    17E Ocon1
    18P Wehrlein1
    19J Button1
  • 14:06 Lap 50

    TweetTweet from @ToroRossoSpy: Meanwhile, @kvyatofficial is P9 and attacking GRO for P8 - he's only 0.7s ahead! Go, Daniil

  • 14:07 Lap 51

    "It looks like Kimi's given up," Christian Horner says.

  • 14:07 Lap 51

    There's a ten second gap between the two Ferrari drivers now.

  • 14:10 Lap 53
    One to Watch
    K Räikkönenvs.D Ricciardo
  • 14:11 Lap 54

    If things stay as they are, which they very much might, Ferrari will overtake Mercedes in the championship standings.

  • 14:12 Lap 54

    Team radioTeam radio to Valtteri Bottas: "Possible raised manhole cover, exit turn one. There have been some punctures."

  • 14:15 Lap 57

    Esteban Ocon is following closely behind Marcus Ericsson, but they're tussling for 16th and 17th place.

  • 14:16 Lap 57

    Team radioTeam radio to Jenson Button: "Track breaking up in the exit of turn one."

  • 14:17 Lap 58
    One to Watch
    C Sainzvs.L Hamilton
  • 14:17 Lap 58

    Hamilton asks how his pace is and is told he's doing a good job, fastest man out on track at the moment.

  • 14:17 Lap 58

    TweetTweet from @_markgallagher: "Amazing reliability & driver consistency today. 19 runners still. Tarmac breaking up at T1 around where resurfacing work was done y'day"

  • 14:20 Lap 59

    Replays show, at the exit of the tunnel, Pérez assumed Wehrlein had seen him and was letting him through to lap him, but the Sauber turned in. At the next corner, Sergio did get past and let his displeasure be seen with some wild gesticulations.

  • 14:20 Lap 60

    Yellow flagSafety car out.

  • 14:20 Lap 61

    A car is on its side, up against the wall at the entrance to the tunnel.

  • 14:20 Lap 61

    It's Pascal Wehrlein.

  • 14:21 Lap 61

    The safety car has picked up the field, Max Verstappen has come into the pits for fresh tyres.

  • 14:22 Lap 61

    Jenson Button has pulled off track in his McLaren, that's a retirement for the super-substitute.

  • 14:23 Lap 61

    Radio from Wehrlein confirms he is okay, but perhaps is trapped in that car.

  • 14:23 Lap 62

    Replays show Button just ran into the back of the Sauber, tipping Wehrlein into the barriers. Button carried on through the tunnel but then pulled off track at the side of the chicane.

  • 14:24 Lap 62

    Team radioTeam radio from Jenson Button: "Big damage, front right. Big damage. I'll pull off."

    Looks like he was trying an optimistic move on the Sauber, but it was never going to work.

  • 14:25 Lap 63

    The car is now down and Wehrlein climbs out of the car. He looks okay, a bit shaken perhaps but walking comfortably.

  • 14:25 Lap 63

    Felipe Massa comes into the pits, making the most of the opportunity under the safety car.

  • 14:26 Lap 64

    Wehrlein climbs into the medical car and will be shuttled off to be checked out. He looks alright, phew.

  • 14:26 Lap 64

    Sergio Pérez also pits.

  • 14:27 Lap 64

    Team radioTeam radio from Lance Stroll: "Losing a lot of grip, this is really bad. If I don't brake, I'm gonna have no temperature and I'm gonna crash as soon as we start... I don't know what to do, please help me."

  • 14:27 Lap 64

    Race controlLapped cars may now overtake.

  • 14:29 Lap 65

    Marcus Ericsson has somehow managed to crash into the barriers whilst he was passing the safety car to unlap himself.

  • 14:29 Lap 65

    The safety car pulled off track, but now we're waiting a little more for the second Sauber to be craned away.

  • 14:30 Lap 66

    Race controlSafety car in this lap.



  • 14:31 Lap 66

    Button walks back to the paddock, he doesn't look too bothered. He got a lot further than I thought he was going to!

  • 14:32 Lap 66

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 14:32 Lap 67

    Feels like a sluggish getaway from most. Bottas is heaping the pressure on Ricciardo, who tapped the wall at turn one.

  • 14:33 Lap 67

    Yellow flagYellow flags as Stoffel Vandoorne is in the wall. He did exactly the same thing as the Sauber, hitting the wall at turn one.

  • 14:33 Lap 68

    Gutted for Vandoorne who was in the top ten and could have picked up McLaren's first point of the season.

  • 14:34 Lap 68

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 14:34 Lap 68

    Ricciardo is really struggling with his tyres, Bottas is hunting him but Verstappen is not far behind - and Max is on fresh, softer tyres.

  • 14:35 Lap 68

    Team radioTeam radio to Kevin Magnussen: "You can push like an animal."

  • 14:36 Lap 70

    You can see how tentative the cars have been on this restart, with lap times of 1:22, whereas before we were in the 1:15s.

  • 14:37 Lap 71

    Race controlTurn 8 incident involving Jenson Button and Pascal Wehrlein will be investigated after the race.

  • 14:38 Lap 71

    Team radioTeam radio to Valtteri Bottas: "And if you're comfortable, strat 6."

    "Does it look comfortable?"

  • 14:39 Lap 72

    Replays show Sergio Pérez and Daniil Kvyat coming together, and debris scattering.

  • 14:39 Lap 72

    Yellow flagYellow flags as Daniil Kvyat has come to a halt out on track.

  • 14:40 Lap 72

    Pérez had been complaining that he would crash because there was too much chatter on his radio. Oops.

  • 14:40 Lap 72

    Pérez comes into the pits.

  • 14:40 Lap 73

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 14:40 Lap 73

    Further replays show Pérez seeing an opportunity, but Kvyat quickly closed the door and the pair collided.

  • 14:41 Lap 73

    Race controlTurn 18 incident involving Sergio Pérez and Daniil Kvyat will be investigated after the race.

  • 14:41 Lap 73

    And Lance Stroll has pitted, the car being pushed into the Williams garage for another retirement.

  • 14:42 Lap 74

    TweetTweet from @ForceIndiaF1: Contact between Checo and KVY! The Russian retires, puncture for Checo who stops and resumes the race in P13.

  • 14:43 Lap 75

    Four laps to go, and Verstappen is hounding Bottas, who seems to have more pace and more control over his car at this very late stage.

  • 14:43 Lap 75

    Only 13 cars left in the race.

  • 14:44 Lap 76

    Hamilton is also on a charge, looking at the rear wing of Sainz's Toro Rosso in sixth place.

  • 14:45 Lap 77

    The Force India/Williams battle didn't look like it was on this weekend, with all four cars out of the points earlier. But now Felipe Massa is up into ninth.

  • 14:46 Lap 77

    Vettel has a nice comfortable lead out in front now.

  • 14:46 Lap 77

    StopwatchSergio Pérez sets the fastest lap of the race - 1:14.820.

  • 14:47

    Chequered flagSebastian Vettel wins the Monaco Grand Prix!

  • 14:48

    Kimi Räikkönen crosses the line in second place, with Daniel Ricciardo holding on to third place.

  • 14:48

    Both Haas cars in the points, as well, a very good job for them.

  • 14:49
    Race Winner
    DriverS Vettel
    Race time1:44:44.340
    Race distance260.286km
    Average speed149.105km/h
  • 14:50
    Driver Positions
    11S Vettel1
    2-1K Räikkönen1
    32D Ricciardo1
    4-1V Bottas1
    5-1M Verstappen2
    60C Sainz1
    76L Hamilton1
    80R Grosjean1
    95F Massa2
    101K Magnussen1
  • 14:50
    Gap Analysis
  • 14:52

    TweetTweet from @MercedesAMGF1: Not our day, but honestly we couldn't be more proud of @LewisHamilton and @ValtteriBottas! P4 and P7 at the flag

  • 14:53

    TweetTweet from @HaasF1Team: Chequered flag is out is out and it's a historic race for the @Haas_Automation team as both of our drivers earn points!

  • 14:54
    N HülkenbergGearbox17
    P WehrleinAccident60
    J ButtonAccident61
    M EricssonAccident65
    S VandoorneAccident67
    D KvyatAccident72
    L StrollTemp issues73
  • 14:55

    Kimi Räikkönen congratulates his teammate, but doesn't look too happy to have missed out on the win.

  • 14:57

    The drivers take to the podium, the trophies are handed out and there are plenty of cheers from the Ferrari team ahead of the national anthems.

  • 15:04

    Not a great race to add to the list of classics, but another one that adds to the ever-intriguing storyline of 2017. Ferrari move into the lead of the championship but Hamilton has said there's still plenty to play for.

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