Lewis Hamilton started on the pole and dominated Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix en route to his 77th career Formula One victory and third of his career in the prestigious street race. Hamilton, had an intense battle with Max Verstappen for a majority of the race before settling in and giving Mercedes their sixth straight win in 2019 including Hamilton winning in four of the last five races overall this year.
His No. 44 Mercedes was dialed in this weekend. He was first, first and third respectively in practice while earning the pole for Sunday’s 78 Lap race too. This was his fourth podium in the last five years.
Second place though wasn’t the other Mercedes. See, in the previous five races run this season, Mercedes had gone 1-2 in each. But, Valtteri Bottas only mustered a third place finish in his No. 77 Mercedes. Bottas, started second and had an issue on pit road. Then, he was ran into the wall by Verstappen which forced Verstappen who originally crossed the finish line second to receive a five second penalty. He went from a second place finish to a fourth. It was his second top five finish in his last three Monaco starts but he’s never had a podium result there. He’s finished either third or fourth in literally every race run in 2019.
The third place run was Bottas’ third straight Monaco top five but his first podium.
Sebastian Vettel scored a second place finish for his fourth top two result in his last five Monaco tries. It was his best result of the year too.
Pierre Gasly rounded out the top five.
Monaco Grand Prix Results
55 Sainz Jr.
4 Norris R
11 Perez -1
27 Hulkenberg -1
20 Magnussen -1
63 Russell R -1
18 Stroll -1
7 Raikkonen -1
88 Kubica -1
99 Giovinazzi -2
16 Leclerc OUT