Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport lead the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships after the Monaco Grand Prix
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport grabbed another podium at the Monaco Grand Prix and leave the race in the lead of both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
Starting from P3, Lewis Hamilton took his 122nd career podium and his sixth in Monte Carlo. Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in P5 which was also where he started the race to secure more good points for the team.
Both drivers got off to a strong start on the HyperSoft tyre. They held position until Lap 12 where Lewis Hamilton came in to switch to the UltraSofts. Valtteri followed shortly after to switch to the SuperSoft tyre on Lap 17 in the hope that he would have more grip than other cars in the latter stages of the race.
At the half way mark, race leader Daniel Ricciardo was suffering with power unit issues causing the pack to squeeze up, posing the possibility of overtakes for key positions in the second half of the race.
Despite Lewis closing the gap to Vettel ahead in P2 to +4.8s and Valtteri closing the gap to Räikkönen ahead in P4 to +1.5s they didn’t get close enough to make any moves in the tight streets of Monte Carlo.
There were a total of 18 overtakes clocked on Pure Pit Wall, two with DRS, which is a relatively high number for the Monaco Grand Prix compared to in previous years.
The Safety Car surprisingly didn’t appear on the streets of Monte Carlo in 2018, despite it being deployed in the past five Monaco Grands Prix. After an incident on Lap 72, however, the Virtual Safety Car was deployed for three laps, with just six laps to go.
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport drivers maintained P3 and P5 at the chequered flag with Daniel Ricciardo holding on despite power unit issues to take his first win at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Despite the close walls of the Monte Carlo circuit, there were just three DNFs at this year’s Grand Prix , all of which came in the second half of the race.
The team leaves Monaco maintaining the lead in both Championships. Lewis (110 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 14 points from Sebastian Vettel (96 points) with Valtteri (68 points) in P4.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (178 points) lead Ferrari (156 points) by 22 points in the Constructors’ Championship
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