2017 Monaco Grand Prix

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2017 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 6 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Race details
Date 28 May 2017
Official name Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017
Location Circuit de Monaco
La Condamine and Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.337 km (2.073 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 260.286 km (161.734 mi)
Attendance 200,000[1]
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:12.178
Fastest lap
Driver Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes
Time 1:14.820 on lap 76
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

The 2017 Monaco Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017) was a Formula One motor race held on 28 May 2017 at the Circuit de Monaco, a street circuit that runs through the Principality of Monaco. It was the sixth round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, the seventy-fifth time that the Monaco Grand Prix has been held, and the sixty-fourth time it has been a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel entered the round holding a six-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship, with Valtteri Bottas being third. In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes held an eight-point lead over Ferrari, with Red Bull Racing a further eighty-one points behind in third.

Kimi Räikkönen started the race from pole position, his first since the 2008 French Grand Prix. In doing so, he broke Giancarlo Fisichella's record for the most race starts between pole positions, with one hundred and twenty-nine starts since his last pole. Sebastian Vettel won the race, Ferrari's first win in Monaco since 2001. Räikkönen finished second as this was Ferrari's first 1–2 finish since 2010 German Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo finished third. With the result, Vettel extended his Drivers' Championship lead over Lewis Hamilton, while in the World Constructors' Championship, Ferrari reclaimed the points lead from Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel wins the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix

This was also the 306th and final Grand Prix for F1 veteran, 2009 World Champion, and 2009 winner Jenson Button.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso missed the race in order to participate in the Indianapolis 500.[2] Alonso became the first active Formula One driver to race at the Indy 500 since Teo Fabi in 1984.[3] Jenson Button replaced Alonso for the race.

Prior to the national anthem, a minute's silence was observed on the grid before the race as a mark of respect to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing earlier in the week.[4]

Free practice[edit]

Thursday morning's first practice ended with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton setting the quickest lap with 1:13.425, approximately 0.2 seconds quicker than his championship rival Sebastian Vettel. Max Verstappen was third quickest and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat was the fastest driver not in one of the top three teams, setting the sixth fastest time.[5] In second practice, Vettel was quickest with 1:12.720. Second through fourth were Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Räikkönen, and Kvyat.[5] The Mercedes team had a disappointing second practice as they finished eighth and tenth, off the pace of their championship rivals Ferrari. The session was stopped part way through for ten minutes due to a crash by Lance Stroll.[6]

Saturday's Free Practice 3 ended with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel setting the bar at 1:12.395, besting his own time set in FP2 by 0.3 seconds to set a new lap record, whilst nearest rival and teammate Kimi Räikkönen was 0.3 seconds behind with 1:12.740.[7] The session was interrupted 8 minutes in by yellow flags when Esteban Ocon of Force India crashed in the swimming pool section,[8] mimicking an incident Max Verstappen had during the 2016 qualifying session. Free practice eventually resumed with 4 minutes remaining. Daniel Ricciardo had a brake-by-wire failure and ended up retiring from the session, leaving him sixth with 1:13.392. McLaren driver Jenson Button ended the session in twelfth, but incurred a 15-place grid penalty for changing the MGU-H and turbocharger, which would be applied after qualifying.[8]

Qualifying[edit]

Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen qualified on pole position for the first time in 9 years; his last pole position came at the 2008 French Grand Prix, also for Ferrari. His teammate and championship leader Sebastian Vettel qualified second, followed by Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Vettel's closest rival, Lewis Hamilton, qualified in fourteenth; he struggled warming up the tyres and his final flying lap in Q2 was impeded by Stoffel Vandoorne who had crashed towards the end of the session. Despite Vandoorne's accident, both McLarens had made it into Q3 for the first time in 2017; Jenson Button qualified in ninth place on his return, but due to his fifteen-place grid penalty would start from the back of the grid, and eventually opted to start from the pit lane.[9]

Race[edit]

Räikkönen led from the start until he pitted on lap 33. His teammate Vettel stayed out longer and when he eventually pitted, he came out ahead of Räikkönen and went on to win his 3rd race of the season and extended his championship lead to 25 points over Hamilton, who finished in 7th in a recovery drive after his poor qualifying. This win gave Ferrari their first 1-2 finish since the controversial 2010 German Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo finished in 3rd, despite lightly hitting the wall late in the race, jumping both Bottas and Verstappen by staying out longer on the ultra-softs in a strategy akin to Sebastian Vettel. Carlos Sainz had his best finish of the year with 6th for Toro Rosso. He was followed by Hamilton, Grosjean, Massa and Magnussen, who rounded off the points. It was the first time in Haas' history that they achieved a double points finish. It was also the first time in 2017 that both Force Indias finished out of the points with a late collision between Pérez and Kvyat, while running in the points, sent Pérez to last and Kvyat out of the race. Stoffel Vandoorne looked set to score McLaren's first points of the season before hitting the wall after being forced onto the breaking up asphalt by Sergio Pérez. Jenson Button, meanwhile, retired with suspension damage on his one-off return, much like his original retirement in the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after colliding with Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein, leaving Wehrlein perched up vertically on the wall. The other Sauber of Marcus Ericsson retired after hitting the wall at turn 1 under the safety car. The Renault of Nico Hülkenberg retired early on with a gearbox failure, while running in 10th. Lance Stroll was another retiree.[10]

After the race Sergio Pérez and Jenson Button had two penalty points (each) added to their Super Licences, both for causing a collision.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:13.117 1:12.231 1:12.178 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.090 1:12.449 1:12.221 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.325 1:12.901 1:12.223 3
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:13.078 1:12.697 1:12.496 4
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:13.219 1:13.011 1:12.998 5
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:13.526 1:13.397 1:13.162 6
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:13.530 1:13.430 1:13.329 7
8 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:13.786 1:13.203 1:13.349 8
9 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1:13.723 1:13.453 1:13.613 PL1
10 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1:13.476 1:13.249 no time 122
11 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:13.899 1:13.516 9
12 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:13.787 1:13.628 10
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:13.531 1:13.959 11
14 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.640 1:14.106 13
15 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:13.796 1:20.529 14
16 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:14.101 15
17 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:14.696 16
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:14.893 17
19 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.159 18
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.276 193
107% time: 1:18.193
Source:[11][12]
Notes

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 1:44:44.340 2 25
2 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 78 +3.145 1 18
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 78 +3.745 5 15
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 78 +5.517 3 12
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 78 +6.199 4 10
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 78 +12.038 6 8
7 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 +15.801 13 6
8 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 78 +18.150 8 4
9 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 78 +19.445 14 2
10 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 78 +21.443 11 1
11 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 78 +22.737 16
12 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 78 +23.725 15
131 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 78 +49.089 7
142 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 71 Collision damage 9
152 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 71 Oil pressure 17
Ret 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 66 Accident 12
Ret 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 63 Accident 19
Ret 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 57 Collision damage PL
Ret3 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 57 Collision 18
Ret 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 15 Gearbox 10
Source:[13]
Notes
  • ^1Sergio Pérez received a ten-second time penalty for causing a collision. Two penalty points was also added to his Super Licence, alongside Jenson Button.
  • ^2 – Driver retired from the race, but was classified as he had completed 90% of the winner's race distance.
  • ^3Pascal Wehrlein received a five-second time penalty for an unsafe release.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As Jenson Button replaced Fernando Alonso for the race, he was considered to be driving Alonso's car and thus using Alonso's engine components rather than his own.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "F1 reveals overall rise in 2017 attendance". GPupdate.net. JHED Media BV. 8 December 2017. Archived from the original on 9 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fernando Alonso to race at Indy 500 with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport". mclaren.com. McLaren. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  3. ^ SportsCentre. 28 May 2017. TSN. 
  4. ^ "F1 plans Monaco tribute to Manchester victims". Reuters. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Practice – Results – Monaco Grand Prix – 2017 – Formula 1". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sebastian Vettel quickest, Lewis Hamilton eighth in Monaco". BBC Sport. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017 – Practice 3". Formula 1 Official Website. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "FP3 – Ferrari 1–2 as Mercedes and Red Bull give chase". Formula 1 Official Website. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Qualifying - Raikkonen heads all-Ferrari front row in Monaco". formula1.com. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Race - Monaco win extends Vettel's championship lead". formula1.com. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017 – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "2017 Monaco Grand Prix – Official Starting Grid". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 28 May 2017. Archived from the original on 3 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2017 – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 

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