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Sergio Perez Finally Wins F1 Monaco Grand Prix

Sergio Perez came back stronger than ever after Red Bull team orders prevented him from racing for the win last week. He claimed his first Formula One win of the season in the rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix.
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Charles Leclerc’s home circuit victory was snatched away from him by a questionable strategy call by Ferrari which cost him pole position. Perez earned his third career F1 victory as a result.
Despite finally finishing the race after four attempts, Leclerc came in fourth, allowing Max Verstappen to increase his lead in the points standings. Carlos Sainz Jr. came in second for Ferrari, with Verstappen coming in third for Red Bull.
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Verstappen is now ahead of Leclerc by nine points in the standings; Leclerc has won twice this season, while Verstappen and Perez have combined for five victories between them. This means that Red Bull and Ferrari have claimed all seven races so far this season.
Red Bull’s Verstappen won the Monaco Grand Prix, with his teammate in second and Perez in third. This came just one week after Perez was ordered to cede the lead to Verstappen during the Spanish Grand Prix. Leclerc had dropped out of the race with an engine failure and Red Bull chose to capitalize by manipulating the finish to get Verstappen the win in Spain.
The team promised Perez that he would be allowed to race for wins and held its word Sunday.
“It’s every driver’s dream to win their home race, and there’s no place more special to do it than here,” said Perez after waving the Mexican flag.
Leclerc led from the pole and was visibly angry when told to pit for a second tire change on Lap 22 — at the same time as Sainz. His engineer realized the mistake and yelled “stay out!” but it was too late and Leclerc came back out on track in fourth place.
What in the world are you doing? Leclerc shouted.
He lectured Ferrari again after the race.
He radioed back, “There’s nothing we can do, no words can fix this.”
Leclerc won the pole a year ago as well, but he never got to start the race because he crashed at the end of qualifying. Then, the car’s gearbox failed just moments before the start of the race. In 2018 and 2019, Leclerc again retired from the race; however, this time it was due to crash damage.
The race was postponed for 70 minutes due to heavy rain and began with a rolling start behind a safety car. However, it was then red-flagged on Lap 30 after Mick Schumacher’s severe crash three laps earlier caused his Haas car to split in two. Luckily, he escaped without any injuries.
Schumacher said that he was very upset that he didn’t finish the race, and he didn’t know why the car split in two.
George Russell ended up in fifth for Mercedes, with Lando Norris from McLaren in sixth, and Fernando Alonso from Alpine in seventh.
Lewis Hamilton, seven-time F1 champion, was eighth for Mercedes — extending his winless run with the Silver Arrows to eight races. Valtteri Bottas was ninth for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel 10th for Aston Martin.
Again, the restart was a rolling start behind the safety car after Schumacher’s crash. However, the long delay and red flag shortened the race from 77 laps into a timed race so it would end by local curfew.