Sergio Perez triumphed in a chaotic and exciting Monaco Grand Prix as Charles Leclerc’s dreams of winning on home soil were dashed by his flat-footed Ferrari team. Leclerc navigated a wet start – delayed by more than an hour after a torrential downpour just a dozen minutes before the lights were due to go out at Formula 1’s most famous race – to control the early stages.
But the Monegasque’s race fell apart when Ferrari’s strategy was exposed by Red Bull. Perez moved up from third to first in the switch from wet to slick rubber, Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz was second and World Champion Max Verstappen third. Leclerc crossed the line in fourth, one place ahead of George Russell, Lando Norris in sixth.
Lewis Hamilton started eighth and finished the race in the same position, while Mick Schumacher escaped unhurt from an accident that sensationally split his Haas machine in two. After a frenetic climax, Perez finished just 1.1 seconds ahead of Sainz, with the top 4 less than three seconds away. Follow the live news and reactions from the Monaco Grand Prix below: