Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel clinched victory in the Monaco Grand Prix as Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton finished down in seventh

Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen led the opening part of the race, but Vettel stayed out five laps longer before his pitstop, and rejoined ahead of his team-mate.

Raikkonen could not respond with Vettel stretching his lead before the safety car was called into action when Jenson Button collided with Pascal Wehrlein at Portier, pitching the Sauber onto its side against the barrier.

But once the race got back under way, Vettel was able to build a gap and crossed the line 3.1 seconds clear of his team-mate to secure Ferrari's first win in Monaco since 2001.

Daniel Ricciardo, who survived hitting the wall at Sainte Devote after the race restart, also ran a long first stint, enabling him to jump the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and the other Red Bull of Max Verstappen to take third.

Hamilton, who started 14th, was the last driver to pit, switching from ultra-softs to super-softs and rejoining seventh.

The three-time world champion pressured Carlos Sainz Jr in the closing stages, but could not find a way past, which means he leaves Monaco 25 points adrift of Vettel in the drivers' standings.

Raikkonen made a brilliant getaway to lead away from pole, with Vettel fending off a half-hearted attack from Bottas to retain second.

The Finn built a gap of around 2.1s, but Vettel began closing that down and was within a second before Raikkonen was called into the pits.

Vettel pumped in a series of quick laps ahead of his stop and rejoined around a second clear of his team-mate, with Raikkonen seemingly giving up on the win from there.

Verstappen was furious when he found out Ricciardo had jumped him, labelling the situation a disaster, and though he pressured Bottas for much of the second stint, he couldn't find a way past.

With 18 laps to go, Button, who was filling in at McLaren while Fernando Alonso competes at the Indianapolis 500, tried an ambitious pass on Wehrlein into Portier.

The two, who had run nose-to-tail for the entire race, made contact, with Wehlein's Sauber pitched onto its side against the barrier, while Button pulled over at the exit of the tunnel with the front-left corner of the car heavily-damaged.

Wehrlein climbed out of the car, once it was righted onto its wheels, and was able to walk away unaided but went to the medical centre for precautionary checks.

It was a frustrating day for Sauber, with Marcus Ericsson carrying too much speed into Sainte Devote and hitting the wall when trying to pass the safety car to unlap himself.

Romain Grosjean finished eighth in the leading Haas, ahead of Felipe Massa with Kevin Magnussen completing the top 10.

Stoffel Vandoorne was set to finish 10th and score McLaren's first point of the season but he slid off at Sainte Devote when Sergio Perez attacked down the inside.

Perez, who had his race compromised when he was forced to pit early with a damaged front wing, then tried a bold pass on Daniil Kvyat at Rascasse for ninth.

The pair made contact, with Kvyat retiring and Perez pitting for another front wing, bringing to an end his 15-race point-scoring streak.

Jolyon Palmer was the sole finishing Renault in 11th with his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg retiring with a gearbox problem when running 10th.

RACE RESULT

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 1h44m44.340s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 78 3.145s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 78 3.745s
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 78 5.517s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 78 6.199s
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 78 12.038s
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 15.801s
8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 78 18.150s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 78 19.445s
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 78 21.443s
11 Jolyon Palmer Renault 78 22.737s
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 78 23.725s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 78 49.089s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 71 Collision
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 71 Brakes
- Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 66 Spun off
- Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 63 Spun off
- Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 57 Collision
- Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 57 Collision
- Nico Hulkenberg Renault 15 Gearbox

DRIVERS' STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 129
2 Lewis Hamilton 104
3 Valtteri Bottas 75
4 Kimi Raikkonen 67
5 Daniel Ricciardo 52
6 Max Verstappen 45
7 Sergio Perez 34
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. 25
9 Felipe Massa 20
10 Esteban Ocon 19
11 Nico Hulkenberg 14
12 Romain Grosjean 9
13 Kevin Magnussen 5
14 Pascal Wehrlein 4
15 Daniil Kvyat 4
16 Jolyon Palmer 0
17 Marcus Ericsson 0
18 Lance Stroll 0
19 Fernando Alonso 0
20 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
21 Stoffel Vandoorne 0

CONSTRUCTORS' STANDINGS

Pos Constructor Points
1 Ferrari 196
2 Mercedes 179
3 Red Bull/Renault 97
4 Force India/Mercedes 53
5 Toro Rosso/Renault 29
6 Williams/Mercedes 20
7 Renault 14
8 Haas/Ferrari 14
9 Sauber/Ferrari 4
10 McLaren/Honda 0


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