2018 Monaco Grand Prix

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2018 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 6 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Race details
Date 27 May 2018
Official name Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018
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)
Pole position
Driver Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Time 1:10.810
Fastest lap
Driver Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Time 1:14.260 on lap 60 (lap record)
Podium
First Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Second Ferrari
Third Mercedes

The 2018 Monaco Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 27 May 2018 at the Circuit de Monaco, a street circuit that runs through the Principality of Monaco. It is the sixth round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, the seventy-sixth time that the Monaco Grand Prix has been held, and the sixty-fifth time it has been a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950.

The race was won by Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) with Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) coming second. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) finished third, maintaining the championship lead over Vettel. Mercedes also leads in the Constructors' Championship ahead of Ferrari.[1]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Tyres[edit]

The race marked the competitive début of Pirelli's new hypersoft tyre compound.[2]

Chassis updates[edit]

Following controversy over the use of winglets above halo-mounted rear view mirrors at the previous round in Spain, the FIA banned the winglets ahead of the race weekend.[3]

Penalties[edit]

Romain Grosjean was handed a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix.[4] Max Verstappen received a 5 place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, and a 10 place grid penalty for use of a third MGU-K, although this made no difference to his starting position, as he already was at the back of the grid.[5][6]

Practice[edit]

Daniel Ricciardo was fastest across all three practice sessions, improving his time in each successive session.[7] In FP3, Max Verstappen crashed heavily at the Turn 16, meaning his car was damaged beyond repair for qualifying.[8]

Qualifying[edit]

Max Verstappen was unable to compete in qualifying as his mechanics were unable to repair the car in time after a crash in the final practice session.[8] Daniel Ricciardo set a new qualifying lap record to take pole position for the race.[9] Red Bull capped both ends of the grid, Ricciardo starting first and Verstappen starting last. Pierre Gasly made Q3 for the second time, however his teammate, Brendon Hartley, after showing promise with P7 in FP3, qualified in P16 after being held up in traffic as well as being unhappy with the balance in his car.[10]

Race[edit]

Ricciardo led going into the first corner with the top 6 staying in the same order. On lap 18, Ricciardo, still leading the race, complained of a loss of power to the team.[11] Ricciardo was left to manage a wounded car for the remaining 60 laps of the race, with what was later revealed to be an MGU-K failure[12] (giving him 25% less horsepower than usual),[11] and with only six out of eight gears functioning.[13]

Sergey Sirotkin was given a 10-second stop-go penalty after his tyres were not fitted to the car at the 3 minute signal.[14]

On lap 53 Fernando Alonso retired at Sainte-Dévote due to gearbox problems, his first retirement of the 2018 season.[15] A virtual safety car came out on lap 70 when Charles Leclerc's left front brake disc failed just before the Nouvelle Chicane, causing him to crash into the back of Brendon Hartley. Both drivers were forced to retire due to damage.[16][17]

This was the first Monaco Grand Prix since 2009 where a (full) safety car did not make an appearance, although there was a brief virtual safety car.[18]

Post race[edit]

After the race Hamilton and Alonso both complained that this was "one of the most boring races ever"; drivers were lapping several seconds a lap slower than they could have been to conserve tires to avoid making a second pit-stop.[19] Alonso also pointed to the spread out field, "as there were barely any yellow flags or safety cars."[15]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:12.013 1:11.278 1:10.810 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.415 1:11.518 1:11.039 2
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.460 1:11.584 1:11.232 3
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:12.639 1:11.391 1:11.266 4
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.434 1:12.002 1:11.441 5
6 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:13.028 1:12.188 1:12.061 6
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1:12.657 1:12.269 1:12.110 7
8 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:12.950 1:12.286 1:12.130 8
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:12.848 1:12.194 1:12.154 9
10 10 France Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1:12.941 1:12.313 1:12.221 10
11 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:13.065 1:12.411 11
12 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1:12.463 1:12.440 12
13 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1:12.706 1:12.521 13
14 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1:12.829 1:12.714 14
15 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:12.930 1:12.728 181
16 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1:13.179 15
17 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:13.265 16
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:13.323 17
19 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:13.393 19
107% time: 1:17.053
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer no time 202
Source:[20]
Notes
  • ^1  – Romain Grosjean received a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision in the previous round.[4]
  • ^2  – Max Verstappen failed to set a Q1 time within the 107% requirement and was allowed to start the race at the stewards' discretion. He also received a 15-place grid penalty: five place for an unscheduled gearbox change and ten place for use of a third MGU-K.[8]

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 78 1:42:54.807 1 25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 +7.336 2 18
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 +17.013 3 15
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 78 +18.127 4 12
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 78 +18.822 5 10
6 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 78 +23.667 6 8
7 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 78 +24.331 10 6
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 78 +24.839 11 4
9 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 78 +25.317 20 2
10 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 78 +1:09.013 8 1
11 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 78 +1:09.864 16
12 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 78 +1:10.461 9
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 78 +1:14.823 19
14 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 77 +1 lap 12
15 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 77 +1 lap 18
16 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 13
17 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 76 +2 laps 17
181 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 70 Collision 14
191 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 70 Collision 15
Ret 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 52 Gearbox 7
Source:[21]
Notes
  • ^1  – Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance. Although Brendon Hartley completed his 70th lap before Charles Leclerc, Hartley is classified behind Leclerc due to a 5-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ F1, STATS. "Monaco 2018 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  2. ^ Cooper, Adam. "Sainz: F1 Monaco GP qualifying will be 'madness' on hypersoft tyres". autosport.com. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ Cooper, Adam (12 May 2018). "FIA tells Ferrari it can't run halo mirror winglets after Spanish GP". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Coch, Mat (14 May 2018). "Grosjean penalised for Spanish GP shunt". speedcafe.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ "F1 2018 Monaco Grand Prix Starting Grid - Penalties Included". www.thisisf1.com. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Verstappen first driver to exceed power unit limit after Monaco change". Crash. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Results". formula1.com. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Verstappen fails to qualify after Monaco practice shunt". formula1.com. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Qualifying: Ricciardo crushes opposition to take Monaco pole". formula1.com. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Brendon Hartley disappointed after qualifying 16th for Monaco Grand Prix". Stuff. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Ricciardo was 'about 25%' down on power | PlanetF1 : PlanetF1". www.planetf1.com. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Conclusions from the Monaco Grand Prix | PlanetF1 : PlanetF1". www.planetf1.com. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Ricciardo: Monaco Grand Prix win is 'redemption' | PlanetF1 : PlanetF1". www.planetf1.com. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  14. ^ Mitchell, Scott. "Sirotkin convinced Monaco proves Williams has cleared F1 2018 nadir". Autosport.com. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  15. ^ a b "What the teams said - race day in Monaco". Formula1.com. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Brake disc failure to blame for Leclerc-Hartley collision". Formula1.com. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  17. ^ "F1: Daniel Ricciardo wins Monaco Grand Prix – as it happened". Guardian. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  18. ^ "RACE: Ricciardo overcomes engine issues to beat Vettel in Monaco". Formula1.com. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton & Fernando Alonso critical of 'most boring race'". BBC Sport. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018 – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018 – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.

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