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Sergio Perez & Red Bull Racing Wins 2022 Monaco Grand Prix With Carlos Sainz 2nd, Verstappen 3rd


Red Bull’s Sergio Perez won his first race of 2022 by 1.1 seconds after a nailbiting end to the Monaco Grand Prix, with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen unable to make it past the Mexican – and Charles Leclerc losing out after dropping from pole to P4.


Rain saw the start delayed and, at 1518 local time, drivers completed one lap, heading back to the pits as a red flag was called. Gazebos unfurled and teams waited until 1605 for a rolling race start behind the Safety Car on wet tyres. The Safety Car pulled in for Lap 3 of 77 and Leclerc led away with Sainz, Perez and Verstappen in tow.


The front-runners swapped to intermediates, with Perez coming in first on Lap 17, Leclerc and Verstappen following two laps later, while Sainz skipped straight to hards with a switch on Lap 21, Leclerc following for a Ferrari double-stack. Red Bull followed one lap later and pulled off an overcut with their own double-stack – the order was now Perez, Sainz, Verstappen and a furious Leclerc in P4.


Mick Schumacher spun and crashed spectacularly at Swimming Pool on Lap 27, bringing out another red flag on Lap 30. He walked away, the gearbox and rear suspension having detached from his Haas. Resumption came with a rolling start on Lap 33, Ferrari on hards while Red Bull opted for mediums.


Perez held his lead and the mediums held their own on the restart, but began to drop off past the Lap 55 mark, with around 10 minutes remaining. It was now that Sainz, Verstappen and Leclerc closed in. The Mexican almost lost out in the dying moments of the race, Sainz almost sticking his nose in front at the hairpin, but victory would be his – a huge statement after a disappointing Spanish Grand Prix.


With the race timer showing zero on Lap 65, Perez’s margin of victory was just 1.154s over Sainz, Verstappen just 0.337s behind the Spaniard, and Leclerc shocked to finish 2.9s off in P4.


Having skipped a stop for intermediates – going straight from wets to slicks – George Russell rounded out the top five for Mercedes ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.


Alpine’s Fernando Alonso started seventh and finished there despite Lewis Hamilton hanging on his tail for much of the late phase.


Hamilton had taken damage in an early scrap with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, the Frenchman then given a five-second penalty. Despite finishing ninth, he was thus demoted to 12th, giving Valtteri Bottas P9 for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel the final point for Aston Martin.


Pierre Gasly’s early charge on intermediates was cut short at P12 when the track dried up and he finished 12th, promoted to 11th thanks to Ocon's penalty.



Daniel Ricciardo missed out in P13 ahead of Aston Martin's Lance Stroll, the last driver on the lead lap.


Late mistakes saw Yuki Tsunoda finish last and 17th behind Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu, and 15th place Williams driver Nicholas Latifi.


There were three retirees, with Kevin Magnussen bowing out before Schumacher's heavy crash, and Alex Albon quitting late on from last-place.


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Monaco Grand Prix Results:


  1. Sergio Perez

  2. Carlos Sainz

  3. Max Verstappen

  4. Charles Leclerc

  5. George Russell

  6. Lando Norris

  7. Fernando Alonso

  8. Lewis Hamilton

  9. Valtteri Bottas

  10. Sebastian Vettel

  11. Pierre Gasly

  12. Esteban Ocon

  13. Daniel Ricciardo

  14. Lance Stroll

  15. Nicholas Latifi

  16. Zhou Guanyu

  17. Yuki Tsunoda

  18. Alexander Albon

  19. Mick Schumacher

  20. Kevin Magnussen


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