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Max Verstappen Wins Monaco GP, Overtakes Lewis Hamilton in Drivers’ Championship

Max Verstappen (Photo Credit: AP)

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen gained the Monaco Grand Prix and with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ending seventh, he additionally took the highest spot within the drivers’ standings.

  • AFP Monaco
  • Last Updated:May 23, 2021, 21:02 IST

Max Verstappen capitalised on Ferrari pole-sitter Charles Leclerc’s merciless last-minute withdrawal to win Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix and go high of the drivers’ world championship for the primary time. Carlos Sainz for Ferrari took second with Lando Norris for McLaren finishing the rostrum. Red Bull’s Verstappen displaced Lewis Hamilton on the high of the 2021 standings after the Mercedes world champion completed in seventh. The Dutch driver pitched up within the Principality trailing Hamilton by 14 factors, and leaves it 4 factors forward.

“It’s so particular to win. The first time for me on the rostrum right here. It was all about taking care of the tyres. I used to be just about in management,” mentioned Verstappen after taking the chequered flag waved by tennis celebrity Serena Williams.

Hamilton had a low key weekend, qualifying in seventh and ending in seventh.

His teammate Valtteri Bottas was in competition to pounce on any mistake by Verstappen.

But then his race got here to an embarrassing finish when a routine pitstop took a disastrous flip as a wheel refused to return off.

The Finn’s frustration can have been nothing to the heartache Leclerc suffered simply earlier than the beginning when he reported a gearbox downside on his Ferrari.

For the locally-born Leclerc it was a merciless finish to his dream of profitable his residence grand prix.

“In the storage it was very troublesome to really feel okay, however I assume now I’m getting used to this sense right here sadly,” mentioned Leclerc.

“I’ve by no means completed a race right here – this 12 months, I don’t begin it. It’s a troublesome one to take and I additionally really feel for the group.”

His final minute absence was all of the extra sudden as a few hours earlier Ferrari had introduced repairs had been carried out and not using a grid penalty after Leclerc’s accident in qualifying 24 hours earlier.

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