It’s our first results post since the Chinese Grand Prix last month, and- while we were too busy to catch Max Verstappen’s thrilling Spanish victory two weeks ago- we absolutely did NOT miss the best Monaco GP in years!
Pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo tore away from the two Mercedes teammates at the start of the wet-weather race, quickly putting more than ten seconds between himself and the dueling Benzes. It seemed like Danny-boy would run away with the whole thing, too- until a botched Red Bull pitstop cost him the lead as the track dried and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton went onto the Ultrasofts.
Red Bull Blows the Lead for Ricciardo
It was as uncharacteristically bad stop for Red Bull’s mechanics, who- presumably- were busy watching the ultra-slow-mo videos of Red Bull’s own Max Verstappen on the live feed that immediately preceded this monkey act. The stop cost Ricciardo the lead by the slimmest of margins, and- ultimately- cost him the Grand Prix.
Once in the lead, Hamilton drove a mostly flawless race. Save for a single lap in which he clipped a chicane defending his lead (a move which got the race stewards’ attention before being cleared), he kept Ricciardo well under control.
Back in third, Force India’s Sergio Perez picked up yet another podium for the small team (his sixth!), holding Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to fourth and leading McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso, who finished in 5th. Nico Hulkenberg ultimately finished sixth, after he passed a napping Nico Rosberg who seemed to be cruising home on a parade lap during what was still green-flag racing. The Hulk thus relegated the championship leader to a hilarious seventh place.
You can see how the 2016 Monaco GP shook out for the drivers and teams in this handy-dandy chart, below, and read more about the season’s races and technical advances (so far) in our F1 motorsports category here on Gas 2. Enjoy!
Monaco GP Results | Hamilton’s Victory Wave
|FORMULA 1 2016: MONACO GP RESULTS – FINAL|
|3||DANIEL RICCIARDO||RED BULL RACING||2|
|11||SERGIO PEREZ||FORCE INDIA||3|
|27||NICO HULKENBERG||FORCE INDIA||6|
|35||CARLOS SAINZ||TORO ROSSO||8|
|33||MAX VERSTAPPEN||RED BULL RACING||NC|
|26||DANIIL KVYAT||TORO ROSSO||NC|
Source | Images: Formula 1, NBC Sports via Rickey.org.