Vettel wins Monaco GP as he extends his Championship lead over Hamilton

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel secured the victory from second place on the grid, after performing the overcut on teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who finished second. The podium was completed by Daniel Ricciardo.

Yes! P1 you deserve this one, you deserve this one,” came the message from the pit wall.

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Vettel’s victory saw the first Ferrari victory at Monaco since 2001, and was the 90th Ferrari 1-2 finish in history.

The race began with Raikkonen and Vettel shooting off into the distance, leaving Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and the Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in their wake.

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On Lap 6, both McLaren’s Jenson Button and Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein pitted, with Wehrlein coming out quickly, almost hitting Button.

Is that not unsafe?” the Brit questioned.

Wehrlein was given a five-second penalty, however this was not applied, due to the fact the German did not finish the race.

On Lap 16, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg retired, due to smoke pouring out of his engine. He stopped just before the Tunnel.

Ok Nico, we have a major gearbox problem,” came the message from the pit wall.

Ferrari and Red Bull chose to pit Raikkonen and Verstappen early, a choice which soon irritated the two, as their teammates, who pitted later, came out ahead, proving that the overcut worked.

On Lap 40, Force India’s Esteban Ocon got a puncture on his rear left tyre going through Turn 1.

Puncture, puncture, puncture, rear left,” was the message over the radio.

I didn’t touch anything,” Ocon replied, as it was soon discovered that the problem came from a section of the track that needed to be resurfaced, and was uneven.

The most notable event from the race, however, took place on Lap 60, when Button and Wehrlein collided at Portier, sending Wehrlein sideways into the barriers.

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Button attempted to dive up the inside and overtake Wehrlein, however the German did not seem to know he was there, as the Sauber went over the front left wheel of the McLaren, and straight into the wall.

The Safety Car and Medical Car were immediately deployed. Luckily Wehrlein was ok, and was sent to the medical centre to be checked over.

The incident also sent Button out of the race, as his front-left tyre was hanging off.

On Lap 65, as lapped cars were allowed to un-lap themselves under the Safety Car, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson went straight into the barriers at Turn 1, showing how a lack of tyre temperature can effect traction.

On Lap 67, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne did the same thing, also sending him out of the race.

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On Lap 72, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat was pushed by Force India’s Sergio Perez, damaging the right side of his car, also sending him out of the race.

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