Championship leader Sebastian Vettel took his third win of the season in 2017, after winning the Monaco Grand Prix and increase the gap on Hamilton in the standings to 25 points.
The start of the race, in spite of all the fears associated with a wide machines of 2017, there were no incidents. Kimi Raikkonen maintained the lead, and Sebastian Vettel without difficulty remained ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
In General, permutation happened quite a few Lewis Hamilton climbed from 13th to 12th place, while Daniil Kvyat fell back from 9th to 11th. Pascal Wehrlein and Jenson button decided not to postpone it indefinitely and immediately after the first round held the first and only pit stop.
During the following laps of overtaking, as expected, was not. In addition, the peloton started to stretch.
To the tenth circle, Raikkonen pulled away from Vettel already 2.2 seconds, and Bottas and is behind by more than six seconds created a gap of a few seconds from its pursuers in the face of the racers Red Bull Racing, Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo. Hamilton, in turn, and stuck at 12th position behind Kvyat.
A calm and measured pace of the race was disrupted on the 16th round, when they blew a car of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez went in for a pit stop. However, this tactic of the Mexican did not lead to anything good, because after returning to the track he was stuck behind lance Strolla and surpassed canadian’s only 20 laps later. In fact, this was the only overtaking for the whole race.
The main and key point of the entire race happened during the wave of pit stops, which is among the leaders opened on the 32nd lap Verstappen. Bottas went for fresh tyres at the 33rd, Raikkonen – on the 34th, and ricciardo and Vettel chose to sit out the opponents. Tactic late pit stop worked full. Riccardo after their stop on the 38th lap time, ahead of Bottas and Verstappen, the partner of Aussie were so unhappy that even swearing swore on the radio.
Well, in the battle for the victory Vettel due to a late change of tyres ahead of Raikkonen. At the 39th round of the German visited the pit stop and returned to the track with a slight advantage over team-mate.
The latest in the boxes went Hamilton. The Briton climbed to sixth place and tried to implement the advantage of free track in front of you and also, as in the case with Vettel and ricciardo, this tactic worked, because Lewis missed forward only Carlos Sainz and ahead of Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat, being the seventh.
After that the race re-entered the rhythm, but as it turned out, briefly.
In recent years, in Monaco the safety car is usually always appeared on the track after about the 60th lap, and the race of the current season is no exception. For 17 laps before the finish button unsuccessfully attacked Wehrlein before the tunnel, there was contact, which resulted in the German machine rolled over and stood to the side. Fortunately, there were no consequences, but are both gone.
11 laps to go was given a restart. Vettel kept the first position, and the most interesting began in the end of the first five, where Verstappen, replaced the tires, actively attacked Bottas and ricciardo. However, to come forward, the Dutchman could not.
Alas, at the restart by coming in contact with the wall in the first turn went Vandorn, who was close to the first points of the season. But before you restart the car broke Marcus Ericsson, and it happened, when the Swede overtook the safety car.
Another came down on the last lap, unfortunately, was Kvyat. At the end of the 71st round of the Respondent was eliminated after a collision with Perez.
In the leading group last laps were without incident. Vettel confidently brought the race to a victorious finish, scoring his first victory in Monaco since 2011, and ending a long 16-year-old bezobidno a series of Ferrari on the track in Monte Carlo.
Raikkonen has supported the success of partner, retaining second place. So, Ferrari won the first double winner from Hockenheim in 2010.
Ricciardo withstood the onslaught of Bottas and Verstappen, and the sixth crossed the finish line Carlos Sainz who repeated his best result in Formula 1.
Hamilton could not rise above the seventh and, of course, received a major blow in the championship, because now he is behind Vettel by 25 points.
Added top 10 at the finish, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen.
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|3.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||+3,745|
|5.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+6,199|
|6.||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||+12,038|
|12.||Esteban Windows||Force India||+23,725|
|13.||Sergio Perez||Force India||+39,089|
|14.||Lance Stroll||Williams||-7 laps/NF|
|15.||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||-7 laps/NF|
|Stoffel Vandorn||McLaren||66 laps|
|Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||63 circle|
|Jenson Button||McLaren||57 laps|
|Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||57 laps|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||15 laps|
|5.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||52|
|6.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||45|
|7.||Sergio Perez||Force India||34|
|8.||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||25|
|10.||Esteban Windows||Force India||19|
|15.||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||4|
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