The last time in Monaco Grand Prix, that the bright red Ferrari car crossed the checkered flag in first place was with Michael Schumacher in 2001. On Sunday, Sebastian Vettel ended that 16-year drought, winning his second career Monaco Grand Prix!
The 2017 Monaco Grand Prix ended just about the way everybody expected, with both Ferrari on first and second, and then a tangle of Mercedes and Red Bull behind.
After great start, Raikkonen led the first portion of the race but when he made his first and only stop of the race to switch tires, Vettel squeezed out hot laps to make some ground and after he was sent to the pits, he came out ahead. Raikkonen finished second, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing finished third. As for Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas finished fourth while Lewis Hamilton, who started the race in 13th, finished seventh.
As usual, only 13 cars completed the 78 laps around the narrow streets of Monaco. The biggest “incident” of the day involved McLaren’s Jenson Button, who came out of retirement to drive Fernando Alonso’s car (Alonso is in Indy), and Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein. Button crashed into the side of Wehrlein’s car before the blue Sauber car tipped over to the side of the wall before the tunnel entrance.
Race winner Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari extended his championship lead over second place competitor Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas from six to 25 points, with the two at 129 and 104 championship points. With six races over and 14 remaining this season, the battle tightens in the way of a possible fourth World Drivers’ Championship title for Lewis Hamilton or a fifth trophy for Vettel.
Enjoy the race highlights!