Monaco Grand Prix: Race as it happened

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21:56 As usual, it was a high-speed chess game around the Circuit de Monaco today. Thank you so much for joining us today, we’ll be back real soon to keep you company for the Canadian Grand Prix. Until then, take care, and we’ll talk soon! Bye for a bit.

21:53 Here’s your top ten:

21:50 Vettel makes his way past the swimming pool, he’s through Rascasse, onto the straight, he wins! The German is king of the streets! Raikkonen is three seconds behind in P2, with Ricciardo P3!

21:45 There’s been a coming together between Perez and Kvyat at Rascasse, the Russian is out, and Perez is down to P13!

21:40 Order update:

21:33 The Safety Car comes in, let’s get back to it! All steady at the front, except for Vandoorne, who slide into the wall at turn one.

21:30 The other Sauber of Ericsson has crashed under the Safety Car at Sainte Devote. Nothing serious though.

21:25 Shock horror! Wehrlein has flipped his car 90 degrees and gone into the wall! The Safety Car is out and the car is standing on top of its two left wheels! The German seems to be okay, and replays show it was Button who punted him up and into the barrier. The Briton is out too.

21:20 It’s all settled down a bit now. Big gains for Hamilton, and for Ricciardo. The Aussie is still catching Raikkonen, but can he get past?

21:14 Ricciardo is creeping up on Raikkonen, the Australian is only 3.3 seconds behind…

21:09 Vettel is flying now, he leads by 10 seconds!

21:05 Hamilton pits! Really slick work by Mercedes, and he emerges in P7! That’s useful!

21:02 Meanwhile, Hamilton is now P6, but has yet to pit. How much further will he go?

20:57 Vettel has pitted! The German has found the time! He leads! Raikkonen is P2, and Ricciardo employed a similar strategy to move up to P3!

20:50 Raikkonen pits and the stop goes smoothly. Vettel has carried on. Can the German make the time to take the lead?

20:47 Verstappen pits! He was on the tail of Bottas, and Red Bull are trying the undercut! And in comes Bottas! Close but no cigar! The Finn has seen off the challenge and stays ahead!

20:45 As you can see, it’s all closed up. Still no change though…

20:41 Clearing the backmarkers has cost the Ferrari’s time, Bottas has closed up a bit…

20:36 Hamilton isn’t a happy camper. He’s reported that “grip is poor” and the “car is all over the place”. He’s still P10. Ericsson has had a moment at the final chicane, but has carried on.

20:33 The two Ferrari’s are still dictating things out front, and they’ve started to catch the backmarkers.

20:28 Oh no! Hulkenberg’s Renault has given up the ghost! The German pulls off the circuit, game over. That’s helped Hamilton move up to P10.

20:24 A picture of that unsafe release for you. Vettel has just set the fastest lap of the race and is now 1.5 seconds behind Raikkonen.

20:21 Raikkonen still leads by 2.1 seconds. Meanwhile, Pascal Wehrlein has been given a 5-second penalty for an unsafe release in the pits.

20:16 The Ferrari pair are still making hay out front, with Bottas 3.5 seconds behind Vettel.

20:12 Hamilton has complained that he’s struggling to close up on the drivers in front of him. “Our race comes later” is the reply over the radio.

20:09 A few laps in now, the red cars are still leading, and building a useful gap…

20:04 Deep breath…Here…We…GO!!!!! Very orderly start, no drama and Raikkonen leads the field away! Hamilton has made up one place and is now P12.

20:00 Formation lap, Kimi Raikkonen leads the field around…

19:53 Some weather for you: lovely day out, similar to yesterday.

19:47 Just a note on tyres: Monaco places little demand on the rubber, so apart from the mandatory pit stop to make use of both compounds, the drivers shouldn’t have too many headaches in terms of tyre wear. Perhaps more tricky will be the possible appearance(s) of the Safety Car. A lot can happen in 78 laps.

19:42 It should be intriguing to see what kind of pace the two Mercedes’ can muster today. Apart from Bottas’ top effort at the end of Qualifying, the car simply didn’t seem to be doing what it was supposed to. Of course, if it all comes right today, the silver Finn can’t be counted out of the reckoning!

19:35 The pit lane has opened, and the cars are making their way to the grid. Mercedes’ proud record, which has seen them win every race in Monaco since 2013, is on the line today. Meanwhile, the two red cars at the front will be bidding to break a drought that has left Ferrari without a victory around these streets since Michael Schumacher’s triumph in 2001.
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19:30 30 minutes until the lights go out and we race 78 laps of the Circuit de Monaco. The run to the first turn at Sainte Devote is just over 200 meters, but given the narrow nature of the corner, there could well be some drama. Here, more than in most places, you want to be at the front of grid.

19:25 A man worth keeping an eye on today will be Lewis Hamilton. The Silver Arrows man only managed P14 yesterday, but was promoted to P13 as a result of Button’s penalty. As you can see, just like the two red fellows at the front, the Briton knows a thing or two about being fast around the Circuit de Monaco. How much ground can he make up?

19:20 Button will be equaling a certain German great today, at least in one regard. For his part, our pole sitter climbs into the top 5…

19:15 Jenson Button marked his once-off return to the grid with a solid effort to qualify P9. Unfortunately, several components of his Honda power unit needed changing, which saw him demoted to the back of the grid, and in fact, McLaren have confirmed that the 2009 world champion will start from the pit lane.
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19:10 Behind them, in P4 and P5, we have the Red Bull pair of Verstappen and Ricciardo. While the Dutchman was pleased with his second-row grid spot, the Australian, who was 0.5 seconds off his teammate’s pace, was understandably less thrilled.
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19:05 To recap yesterday’s events, it was Kimi Raikkonen who led the way for Ferrari ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel, with Valtteri Bottas P3 for Mercedes. The red Finn starts on pole for the first time since France 2008.
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