Verstappen wins Monaco GP 2021 to record his first win in Monte Carlo finds himself leading the world championship for the first time.
Verstappen finished 8.9 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in second place and 19.4 seconds clear of McLaren’s Lando Norris. They secured their third career podiums, while Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was one second behind Norris in fourth.
The Monaco Grand Prix easily could have been different way as Monaco-born Charles Leclerc was set to begin the race on pole position but a gearbox problem led to him having to retire before the Monaco Grand Prix got underway.
“It’s of course so special around here to win and also for me the first time on the podium here, so an amazing race.
“You never know what’s going to happen but it was all about looking after your tyres and finding a good stop gap. Of course, the others went earlier so that made it a bit easier for me. I was pretty much in control.
“You always want to win this Grand Prix. I remember when I was very little already watching this Grand Prix. Standing here I’m very proud but I’m also thinking ahead it’s still a very long season. Of course, it’s a great way to continue” – Max Verstappen, Red Bull
Charles Leclerc gear problem allowed Verstappen to take an early lead, an advantage he never relinquished, despite some pressure from Carlos Sainz.
Lando Norris managed to hold off Sergio Perez to secure a podium finish, too.
World champion Lewis Hamilton could manage only seventh place for Mercedes an afternoon to forget for Mercedes.
Hamilton who started from P7 struggled through the race to get past Pierre Gasly. Mercedes called him in for a stop on Lap 30 to try and undercut the Alpha Tauri, but the call was too early. Not only did Gasly manage to defend the position after his pit stop.
Lance Stroll finished eight for Aston Martin as Esteban Ocon and Antonio Giovinazzi claimed the final point-scoring positions in P9 and P10 respectively.