Verstappen wins in Monaco to make it six out of six for Red Bull

The win was Verstappen's fourth of the season, second in Monaco and 39th of his career

By Reuters

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Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen competes during the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. — AFP
Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen competes during the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. — AFP

Published: Sun 28 May 2023, 9:19 PM

Double world champion Max Verstappen led a soggy and slippery Monaco Grand Prix from start to finish on Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead to 39 points and earn Red Bull a sixth win in as many races this season.

In a race livened up by a downpour after a processional 51 laps in dry conditions, Spaniard Fernando Alonso finished second for Aston Martin but a massive 27.9 seconds behind at the chequered flag.


Frenchman Esteban Ocon completed the podium in third place for Renault-owned Alpine, their first of the season, with Mercedes' seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton fourth and taking a bonus point for fastest lap.

"That was a real Monaco," Verstappen said after a 78-lap race that lasted an hour and 48 minutes.


"It was incredibly slippery and when you are that far in the lead you don't want to push too hard but also you don't want to lose too much time so it's quite difficult in that scenario.

"I clipped the wall a few times and it was super difficult out there. But that's Monaco."

The win was Verstappen's fourth of the season, second in Monaco and 39th of his career. Mexican team mate Sergio Perez, his closest title rival, started in last position after a qualifying crash and finished two laps down in 16th.

Mercedes' George Russell was fifth and home hero Charles Leclerc finished sixth for Ferrari.

Alpine's Pierre Gasly, Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, McLaren's Lando Norris and team mate Oscar Piastri completed the points positions.

Verstappen led away cleanly from the start on the medium tyres, with Alonso opting for the harder compound and slotting in close behind with no change to the rest of the points positions.

If the podium ended up being the same top three as on the starting grid, the rain brought added excitement as drivers slid around the track, some getting too close to the barriers, before pitting for intermediate tyres and then full wets.

Verstappen delayed his pitstop to coincide with the rain while Alonso initially pitted for medium tyres and then had to come in again for intermediates, losing a possible chance to take the lead.

While Alonso celebrated his fifth podium of the season, and best result yet for Aston Martin, Canadian team mate Lance Stroll retired after repeated tangles with rivals.

The only other driver not running at the finish was Haas's Kevin Magnussen, whose team mate Nico Hulkenberg was 17th in the team's 150th race and collected a five-second penalty for causing a collision with Williams' Logan Sargeant.

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