It was the first win for
Ferrari after 2001 in Monaco as Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished 1st
and 2nd at the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017 on May 28, 2017.
With his win, Vettel has pushed his title
advantage to 25 points over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who finished a distant
seventh. Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium for Red Bull by coming in third.
This is also the first 1-2 for
Vettel and Raikkonen as team mates. Out of a field of 20 drivers, only 13
managed to complete the race. Unfortunately, Force India’s Esteban Ocon and
Sergio Perez had to be content with 12th and 13th positions
There were crashes galore at
Monte Carlo, known for its fine weather and expensive yachts and not to miss,
beautiful sun bathers atop buildings around the track.
Till around lap 39, it was the
Iceman Raikkonen leading but then a smart strategy led Vettel to lead and there
was no turning back for this German driver.
Lap 60 saw an an ambitious
passing attempt from McLaren’s Jenson Button on Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein went
awry, leaving the latter’s car on its side against the Portier barriers. The
driver escaped unhurt. Button sustained severe suspension damage because of
collision. Later Marcus Ericsson’s car went into the barriers at Ste Devote
which meant a double DNF for Sauber..
When racing did resume on Lap
67, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne made the same mistake on the restart. Other
retirements were those of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, victim of a late clash
with Force India’s Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll who pulled into the Williams
garage late on, and early victim Nico Hulkenberg with a Renault gearbox issue.
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