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The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2021) was the fifth race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco between May 20 and May 23 2021.

Charles Leclerc took pole position in his home race, but was unable to start after his car encountered a driveshaft failure, leaving Max Verstappen to dominate and win the race, leading the drivers championship for the first time in his career. Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Lando Norris joined Verstappen on the podium, as Mercedes had a struggling weekend; Lewis Hamilton qualifying in 7th and unable to progress but set the fastest lap as a compensation, with Valtteri Bottas retiring after a wheel gun failure caused a wheel to unable to be detached. Sebastian Vettel took home his first points of the season in 5th.


Background[]

The previous season's Monaco Grand Prix was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marking it the first time since 1954 that Monaco wasn't raced as a world championship event. On the provisional calendar released on November 10, 2020[1], the Monaco Grand Prix has since been reinstated on the calendar, with the Historic Grand Prix and the Formula E events having took place, the latter sports event using the full course for the first time.

Heading into the fifth round Lewis Hamilton led Max Verstappen in the Drivers' Championship standings by 14 points, with both having their best starts to their own seasons.

Ahead of the race weekend it was announced that McLaren would be running a one-off Gulf-themed livery for the race, reminiscent of the McLaren F1 GTR that raced in the same livery in the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the livery used in the Le Mans-winning Fords in the 1960s[2]. It was also confirmed that driver Lando Norris had signed a multi-year contract remaining with the team[3]. Williams also ran a special livery to commemorate their 750th race entry.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Source:[4]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Out in Q1 were Tsunoda, Alonso, Latifi, Mazepin and Schumacher, who crashed near the end of FP3, the resulting damage so great that he was unable to participate in qualifying.

Q2[]

Eliminated in Q2 were Ocon, Ricciardo, Stroll, Raikkonen and Russell.

Q3[]

Leclerc set the fastest time at the start of the session but with seconds remaining, Leclerc crashed coming out of the Swimming Pool chicane, ending the session early and denying others from improving their times. Verstappen and Bottas were next to line up behind Charles, while Hamilton struggled and qualified 7th fastest.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 2 1:11.113 1 1:10.597 1 1:10.346 DNS*
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 3 1:11.124 2 1:10.650 2 1:10.576 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1 1:10.938 3 1:10.695 3 1:10.601 3
4 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 5 1:11.324 4 1:10.806 4 1:10.611 4
5 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:11.321 6 1:11.031 5 1:10.620 5
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 6 1:11.560 8 1:11.179 6 1:10.900 6
7 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 7 1:11.622 7 1:11.116 7 1:11.095 7
8 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 15 1:12.078 9 1:11.309 8 1:11.419 8
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 8 1:11.644 5 1:11.019 9 1:11.573 9
10 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 9 1:11.658 10 1:11.409 10 1:11.779 10
11 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 10 1:11.740 11 1:11.409 11
12 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 11 1:11.747 12 1:11.598 12
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 13 1:11.979 13 1:11.600 13
14 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 12 1:11.899 14 1:11.642 14
15 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 14 1:12.016 15 1:11.830 15
16 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 16 1:12.096 16
17 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 17 1:12.205 17
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 18 1:12.366 18
19 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:12.958 19
107% time: 1:15.903
NC 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari NC 20
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Leclerc failed to start due to a broken driveshaft.
  • Schumacher did not set a qualifying time due to damage sustained from an accident in FP3 and received a five-grid penalty after a gearbox change, but does not affect his starting position.

Grid[]

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 *
Max Verstappen ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Valtteri Bottas
Carlos Sainz, Jr. ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Lando Norris
Pierre Gasly ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Lewis Hamilton
Sebastian Vettel ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Sergio Pérez
Antonio Giovinazzi ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Esteban Ocon
Daniel Ricciardo ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Lance Stroll
Kimi Räikkönen ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 George Russell
Yuki Tsunoda ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Fernando Alonso
Nicholas Latifi ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Nikita Mazepin
Mick Schumacher ______________
  • * Leclerc's place on the grid was left empty.

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 78 1:38:56.820 2 25
2 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 78 +8.968 4 18
3 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 78 +19.427 5 15
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 78 +20.490 9 12
5 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 78 +52.591 8 10
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 78 +53.896 6 8
7 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 78 +1:08.231 7 7FL
8 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 13 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 77 +1 lap 11 2
10 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 77 +1 lap 10 1
11 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 77 +1 lap 14
12 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 12
13 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 77 +1 lap 17
14 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 15
15 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 18
16 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 77 +1 lap 16
17 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 75 +3 laps 19
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 75 +3 laps 20
Ret 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 29 Wheel nut 3
DNS* 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari
Source:
  • * Leclerc failed to start due to a broken driveshaft.

Milestones[]

Standings[]

Verstappen's win and the results meant that he led the drivers' championship standings for the first time in his career, while Red Bull ended Mercedes' streak of leading the constructors' championship, the first time they led since 2013. Hamilton's fastest lap effort ensured he only trailed Verstappen by 4 points after Monaco. A few standing changes included Norris regaining third from Bottas, Perez moving up with his 4th place finish, Sainz deposing Ricciardo a position and so did Gasly upon countryman Ocon. Vettel and Giovinazzi scored their first points of the season, with the latter's a compensation to Raikkonen's penalty at Imola that denied the team's maiden points of the season. Aston Martin jumped to 5th in the constructors' standings after their first double-points finish.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 105 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 101 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris 56 ▲1
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas 47 ▼1
5 Mexico Sergio Pérez 44 ▲1
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 40 ▼1
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 38 ▲1
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 24 ▼1
9 France Pierre Gasly 16 ▲1
10 France Esteban Ocon 12 ▼1
11 Germany Sebastian Vettel 10 ▲5
12 Canada Lance Stroll 9 ▼1
13 Spain Fernando Alonso 5 ▼1
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 2 ▼1
15 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Austria Red Bull-Honda 149 ▲1
2 Germany Mercedes 148 ▼1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 80
4 Italy Ferrari 78
5 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 19 ▲2
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 18 ▼1
7 France Alpine-Renault 17 ▼2
8 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.


References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. F1.com: Formula 1 announces provisional 23-race calendar for 2021
  2. F1.com: McLaren to run one-off livery for Monaco Grand Prix, inspired by iconic Gulf colour scheme
  3. Motorsport.com: Norris signs multi-year contract extension with McLaren F1 team
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named EL
  5. ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), , (Accessed 05/07/2020)
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