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Xavier Soquet


May 26th, 2019

Today was race day in Monte-Carlo, and what a great race the Monaco Grand Prix 2019 was! Lewis Hamilton won the race in front of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen crossed the finish line in second position but got a 5 seconds penalty for unsafe release in the pits, he touched the Mercedes of Bottas – the Dutchman ended up finishing in 4th position.

During the major part of the race, Lewis Hamilton was under big pressure from Max Verstappen, that was a great and intense battle with both drivers even touching on lap 77. Things didn’t go as well for Charles Leclerc, who sadly had to retire at his home race. While trying to overtake Hulkenberg, Leclerc touched the barrier with his right rear tire, caused a puncture. That’s not all as there were further damages caused to his car too, forcing him to retire a few laps later.

For Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, the contact with Verstappen in the pits damaged his front right tire and he had to pit for a second time during the race to come in for a quick tyre change. While Bottas finally finished on the podium, Verstappen held on to position 4 behind him followed by his teammate Pierre Gasly on 5th, securing two top 10 spots for Red Bull at Monaco. Carlos Sainz too was able to place his McLaren in the top 10 at position 6 while the two Toro Rosso; Kvyat and Albon rounded up 7th and 8th place respectively. Aussie Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean concluded the race at position 9 and 10 respectively completing the Monaco Grand Prix. From here, Formula One now heads to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the next round 2019 championship on June 9.

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