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Sergio Perez wins F1 Monaco GP, Ferrari costs Charles Leclerc

MONACO — Sergio Perez rebounded from Red Bull group orders that denied him an opportunity to race for the win one week in the past to select up his first Formula One win of the season within the rain-marred Monaco Grand Prix.

Perez earned his third career F1 victory on the slick metropolis streets of Monaco after a questionable technique name by Ferrari value pole-sitter Charles Leclerc a win on his house circuit.

Although Leclerc completed the race for the primary time in 4 tries, he completed fourth and allowed reigning world champion Max Verstappen to increase his lead within the factors standings. Carlos Sainz Jr. completed second for Ferrari and Verstappen was third for Red Bull.

Verstappen now leads Leclerc by 9 factors within the standings; Leclerc has two wins this season, Verstappen and Perez have mixed for 5 victories as Red Bull and Ferrari have claimed all seven races.

But the win went to Verstappen’s teammate only one week after Perez was ordered to cede the result in Verstappen in the course of the Spanish Grand Prix. Leclerc had dropped out of the race with an engine failure and Red Bull selected to capitalize by manipulating the end to get Verstappen the win in Spain.

The group promised Perez he’d be allowed to race for wins and held its phrase Sunday.

Sergio Perez races throughout Sunday’s F1 Monaco Grand Prix.
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“You dream of winning this, and after your home race, there is no place more special to win,” Perez stated after waving the Mexican flag.

Leclerc led from the pole and screamed in rage when advised to pit for a second tire change on Lap 22 — concurrently Sainz. His engineer realized the error and yelled “stay out!” nevertheless it was too late and Leclerc got here again out on monitor in fourth place.

“What are you doing?” Leclerc shouted.

After the race, he lectured Ferrari once more.

“No words, no words. We cannot do that,” he radioed.

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Charles Leclerc earlier than the F1 Monaco Grand Prix.
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Leclerc additionally received the pole a year in the past however by no means bought to start out as a result of he crashed on the finish of qualifying, and the automotive’s gearbox failed moments earlier than the beginning. In 2018 and 2019, Leclerc had retired from the race with crash harm.

The race was delayed by 70 minutes for heavy rain and commenced from a rolling begin behind a security automotive. It was then red-flagged on Lap 30 after Mick Schumacher’s heavy crash three laps earlier sliced his Haas automotive in two. He escaped unhurt.

“I’m fine, very, very upset not to finish the race,” Schumacher stated. “I don’t know why the car split in two.”

George Russell completed fifth for Mercedes forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris and the Alpine of Fernando Alonso. Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton was eighth for Mercedes — extending his winless run with the Silver Arrows to eight races — whereas Valtteri Bottas was ninth for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel tenth for Aston Martin.

The restart after Schumacher’s crash was once more a rolling begin behind the protection automotive. But the lengthy delay and purple flag shortened the race from 77 laps right into a timed race in order that it will finish by native curfew.