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Formula 1: Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) wins a race with twists and turns in Monaco

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Third place went to Dutchman Max Verstappen, ahead of Charles Leclerc, who started from pole position, but suffered a strategic error on the part of his Ferrari team. Verstappen still leads the championship, nine points ahead of Leclerc, after a race whose start was delayed by more than an hour due to rain.

Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) resisted to the end to win the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, the 7th round of the Formula 1 World Championship, ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), after a race cut short due to rain and an accident. Third place went to Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), ahead of Charles Leclerc, who started from pole position but suffered a strategic error on the part of his Ferrari team. Verstappen still leads the championship, nine points ahead of Leclerc, at the end of a race whose start was delayed by more than an hour due to rain – then interrupted about twenty minutes after leaving the road. German Mick Schumacher (Haas), released unscathed.

First victory of the season and third of his career

Consequence: out of the two hours of racing allocated by the regulations, the drivers were deprived of more than ten laps. Under the eyes of some 24,000 spectators who were expected on the Rock, including an audience of VIPs including French football star Zinédine Zidane, or American actor Patrick Dempsey, Pérez signed his first victory of the season and the third of his career.

Fifth place went to Briton George Russell (Mercedes), followed by his compatriot Lando Norris (McLaren), 6th. Spaniard Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Finn Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) and German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) complete the Top 10.

Departure delayed at 3 p.m. due to rain

Frenchman Esteban Ocon, 9th at the end of the event, fell to 12th place after a five-second penalty received for his collision with Hamilton on the 18th lap. Starting from 17th place, the other Frenchman Pierre Gasly moved up to 11th place thanks to the penalty from his compatriot.

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The start of the GP, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., was delayed due to the pouring rain which was then falling on Monte-Carlo. At 3 p.m. the cars were in place on the grid, ready for their formation lap, when the decision was made by race control to delay the start due to weather conditions.

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