Lewis Hamilton Maintains his Championship Lead at the Monaco Grand Prix

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When Formula One headed for Monaco this weekend, Mercedes were worried, knowing the track would not suit their car. Last year Lewis came 7th, could he improve on it this year? Read on to find out more.

Lewis Hamilton Maintains his Championship Lead at the Monaco Grand Prix

The tight twisty track at Monaco makes it impossible for cars to overtake. It suits the Red Bull car and Ferrari, but not Mercedes. So it was with misgivings that Mercedes boss Toto Wolff declared very honestly that his drivers might not even make 3rd place on the podium.

This did not stop Lewis and Valteri f or doing their absolute best in practice, and their pace was only a few tenths off the others. Later in qualifying, Lewis managed to get within a thousandth of a second to Vettel, but neither of them could match Ricciardo, who took pole position by over 4 tenths of a second. Lewis was pleased to be third, with a chance of a podium if he could maintain it in the race.

Verstappen was unable to take part in qualifying after he hit the wall and damaged his car in practice 3. It must have hurt his pride, as in practice earlier, he had been faster than his team mate. Raikenon was 4th and Bottas 5th.

On Raceday

The warm weather changed to a grey sky, and raindrops were threatening to fall. In fact there were a few spots when the cars came out on track, but by the time the race started, it had stopped.

When they started the first 3 stayed in position, behind them Ocon overtook Bottas, which put him down into 6th place. Lewis stayed with Vettel, but there was no possibility of overtaking. He complained several times that the race pace was so slow, but Ricciardo led the pace, so they had to just follow him.

During the pit stop, the undercut gave Bottas back his 5th place, which worked well for him. Lewis had been the first to pit in an effort to get past Vettel, but it didn't work, and he remained 3rd.. Ricciardo then lost power, but was given instructions by his team on how to keep the car going, which he did, but the pace continued to be slow, and all the others could do was to follow the procession.

Lewis began to complain about his tyres going off, but his team told him it was the same for everyone, So it was a nail biting time towards the end of the race knowing that he had to nurse his tyres and bring the car safely back. He achieved his aim, earning 3rd place on the podium.

The Winner

Ricciardo drove a fine race with a wounded car to take his first win there. Vettel was 2nd Raikenon 4th, Bottas 5th, and Ocon, the promising young French driver, a very creditable 6th.

Verstappen started in 18th place, and fought his way up the track , finally finishing in 9th place. It must have been a cruel lesson for him to realise what might have been if he had been more careful.

Towards the end of the race, Alonso had to retire, his first retirement of this season, and he complained after how slow the race had been. This was echoed by Lewis and Vettel, they felt it had been very boring to watch.

Lewis lost just 3 points to Vettel, and as they head to Canada, he still leads the championship by 14 points. Mercedes are hoping this track will suit their car much more, but are well aware of just how fast Ferrari will be there. Lewis knows he has it all to fight for, and he will, as he loves competition. He can look back at Monaco as a place on the podium, and a race of damage limitation, and be satisfied that he gave it his all, and no-one can ask any more than that.
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Bottas Raikenon, Lewis Hamilton, Pole Position, Ricciardo, Slow Race Mercedes, Verstappen, Vettel

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