The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most eagerly waited races of the Formula 1 Season. This season according to many it could not live upto the expectations but as usual it left some important points or topics to ponder about.
1. Red Bull Redemption :
“I finally feel like the redemption has arrived.” two years ago, Daniel Ricciardo stood heartbroken on the Monaco podium after victory was cruelly snatched from him by a botched pit stop. This year, his infectious smile was back as he clinched a sensational victory despite a power problem.
Starting on pole, Ricciardo retained the lead after the one and only round of pit stops – but then a power issue crept in. With Sebastian Vettel hovering menacingly behind and more than half the race left to run, the Australian optimistically asked if it would get better – the response was that it would not.
Instead Ricciardo was forced to manage the problem, using only six of his eight gears, to brilliantly secure his second victory of the season and first in the Principality.
2. Heartbreak for Leclerc :
Rookie Charles Leclerc ended his campaign in a disappointment at home . He smashed into the back of Brendan Hartley’s Toro Rosso when exiting the tunnel at lap 72 .
It seemed Leclerc’s car had braking problems leaving Hartley unaware of what was going on behind him.
At the time, Leclerc was 14th on the grid with just a few laps remaining. It looked highly unlikely a third consecutive top 10 finish was on the cards.
3. Force India’s Point Gain :
Six races in and only sixth in the standings. It’s not a position you might expect Force India to be in, given their fourth-place finish in last year’s championship. But according to driver Esteban Ocon they’ll soon be climbing the order.
The Frenchman’s optimism comes after he recorded his best result of the season so far with sixth place in Monaco on Sunday – a result he believes should be a sign of things to come from the team at the next round in Canada and beyond.
Force India now have 26 points – seven more than Toro Rosso in seventh and 14 less than McLaren in fifth.
4. Fernando Alonso’s Retirement :
Mclaren’s Fernando Alonso had his first retirement in this year’s Monaco GP this Sunday .
After qualifying in 7th position and also running in 7th position , he sufferd a gearbox problem right at the turn no 1 and stopped his car immediately .
This was his first finish outside points after finishing 5 races back 2 back with points .
His teammate Stoffel Vandoorne ended his race in 14th position , this means the McLaren Renault team has not collected any points from this race .
5. Max Verstrappen and Overtakings :
Max Verstappen’s weekend was ruined by a Practice Three crash which forced him to miss qualifying, the 20-year-old ultimately coming through the field from last to ninth.
in lap 1 , starting from last position , he came up with two overtaks and jumped to 18th .
in lap 5 and 7 , jumped 2 spots to come up in 16th .
after pitstop in p11 , he crossed and came up in 10th.
Again lap 58 , finally overtaking comes to and end and he mad his finish on position 9 .