Monaco (dpa) – It was a race to remember, without a doubt. Not because there are countless overtaking maneuvers. No, they were short of Monaco again.
The classic Formula 1 game offered some other insights on Sunday regarding rain, crashes and outages.
Perez: “full of adrenaline and energy”
Don’t underestimate the supposed assistant: deep down, Sergio Perez will surely feel good about Red Bull. The team, which gave the Mexican a chance following his departure from the subsequent Aston Martin racing team, recently made it clear that the 32-year-old from Guadalajara is basically there again in his second year, with Verstappen on his way to the World Cup. Address support. But now he’s winning as every pilot wants to win at all costs. And Perez did so confidently, despite all the euphoria: “I was so full of adrenaline and energy after the race, it was hard for me to think properly.”
In third place, he now has 110 points in the rankings, just six points less than Charles Leclerc at Ferrari and 15 points less than his teammate Max Verstappen at the top. Now the question arises: How does Red Bull deal with two potential candidates on their team?
Ferrari False: ‘Damn disaster’
Ferrari gets it wrong when it counts: Charles Leclerc was beside himself. “It was a huge disaster,” complained the Monaco newspaper. They lost in results by three competitors, but in fact and above all only by their own team. “We misjudged a few things,” said team principal Mattia Binotto.
Strategically speaking, it was hard for Scuderia to make more mistakes when changing tyres. The fact that she then failed in protests against winner Perez and third place Verstappen – it fits the picture. Only: then there will be nothing again with the first driver’s title since 2007.
Because someone else is waiting for him: his name is George Russell. Newcomer Mercedes has 84 points, a 34-point increase over his teammate, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Although the Mercedes has caused major problems, especially early in the season, Russell has managed to finish in the top five in all races this year. In Monaco he was fifth behind two Red Bulls and Ferrari, and once again he was the first to catch them. “There are definitely a lot of positives from this race,” the 24-year-old Briton said afterwards. He is 41 points behind world championship leader Max Verstappen – after seven of 22 races.
Shoemaker crashes under pressure
Mick Schumacher under pressure: The record is modest after nearly a third of the season. I started promising. Eleventh at the start, but not at the start of the second race. In qualifying in Saudi Arabia he had a serious accident, the car was on the verge of breaking down. 13, 17, 15, 14 after that – not bad. But not what Mick Schumacher wants in his second year in Formula 1, which, given the more competitive car at the start, can also be viewed a bit like his real first year in First Class. Wanted points, and finally first.
Instead, it caused another brutal accident. Nothing happened to him, but a lot happened to the car: it tore in two halves. For a team that isn’t financially strong anyway, something like that has a lot of weight. “It’s not satisfying to have another serious accident. We have to see how we can continue now,” said team manager Gunther Steiner.
Monaco has a problem: they want to stay on the race calendar. For domestic fans – no doubt. The experience factor with parties and yachts and the flair for Monaco should be considered high. However, the race revealed the main problem for the tracks: the four drivers in front were close together for several laps. There was only one thing that didn’t work: overtaking.