Ferrari triumphs in Monaco: Leclerc wins, Sainz third


By John

Third time's the good time. Charles Leclerc finally triumphs on his home streets and makes it the Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of Oscar Piastri's McLaren and the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. Starting from pole position – as had already happened to him in 2021 and 2022 – sSometimes Leclerc manages to cross the finish line first under the checkered flag, for what is the sixth victory of his career, breaking an almost two-year fast (Austria 2022 the latest success). First victory of the season for the Monegasque, the second for Ferrari, which with Sainz's third place gained important points from a Constructors' perspective and which could have been lost due to the red flag that interrupted the race a few meters after the start, with the Spaniard who was forced to stop his car due to a puncture. Forced stop of the race which occurred during the first lap, due to the accident involving the Red Bull of Sergio Perez and the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg, with the Mexican's car extremely damaged and obviously forced to retire together with those of the other two. From the restart which took place with the original grid order, the two Ferraris managed to go all the way without making pit stops, with the other McLaren of Lando Norris finishing in fourth position. The Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton follow, in fifth and seventh place respectively, separated by the Red Bull of Max Verstappen who only finishes sixth, while Yuki Tsunoda (Racing Bulls), Alexander Albon (Williams) and Pierre Gasly (Alpine) take the last points available at the end of the top ten.

Leclerc moved: “Unspeakable joy, I was thinking of my dad”

«There are no words to explain my joy. It's such a difficult race, as proven by the fact that I tried twice and wasn't able to win. This is the race that made me dream of becoming a pilot. In the last 15 laps I wasn't thinking about driving, but only about my dad (who passed away in 2017, ed.), because this was our dream.” Thus Charles Leclerc, moved, after the victory in Monaco. «I drove a careful race but in the last laps I was able to push a little, because the Ferrari was perfect. I have to thank the team who gave me a fantastic car and the public who always supported me.”