Sebastian Vettel penalty hands Lewis Hamilton Canadian GP win
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari were denied a first win of the 2019 Formula 1 season after a five-second time penalty handed Canadian Grand Prix victory to Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel led the majority of the race in Montreal but was demoted to second by a penalty picked up after running wide at the first chicane and almost colliding with Hamilton as he rejoined.
That handed Hamilton his fifth win of the season and maintained Mercedes’ 100% victory record after seven races.
Vettel had a big enough advantage to hold on to second, as Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc completed the podium.
Ferrari was in contention to end its winless start to the campaign after Vettel kept Hamilton at arm’s length through the opening stint, then came under increasing pressure in the second half of the race.
Hamilton dropped to almost five seconds behind Vettel by virtue of extending his first stint by a couple of laps, but had stronger pace on the hard tyres and quickly caught the Ferrari.
In nine laps he eradicated Vettel’s lead and moved within DRS range, then briefly fell out of it again after a lock-up at the hairpin.
But the two started lap 48 of the 70 Hamilton was closer to Vettel again, and Vettel took to the grass at the first chicane after briefly losing the rear of his car on corner entry.
Vettel skated over the grass and rejoined just as Hamilton tried to dart into the gap between the scrambling Ferrari and the wall on the exit of the corner.
Hamilton backed out to avoid a collision and Vettel maintained his lead, but was punished after a lengthy investigation by the stewards.
Vettel never came close to building a big enough gap to cancel out the penalty and complained over the race that the officials were "stealing the race" from Ferrari.
Hamilton finished 1.4s behind at the flag, which became a 3.6s-winning margin and extended his points lead to 29 points – after a pre-race scare when his team rushed to replace his car’s hydraulics system.
Leclerc ended up one second behind Vettel in the final classification, with Ferrari’s first double podium finish of the season scant consolation for the Italian team.
Valtteri Bottas was left a distant fourth place as a Mercedes driver finished off the podium for the first time in 2019.
Bottas only qualified sixth and fell behind the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg on lap one, then struggled to make progress on medium tyres with his immediate rivals on softs.
He eventually worked his way through to fourth and picked up a bonus point for fastest lap after building up a big enough gap for a free second pitstop near the end.
Max Verstappen recovered to fifth place after starting ninth, running a long first stint on hard tyres before passing the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Hulkenberg after switching to mediums at the end.
Ricciardo withstood a late assault from Hulkenberg to finish sixth, with Pierre Gasly only eighth in the second Red Bull despite starting fifth – having lost ground in traffic after an early pitstop.
Lance Stroll fought through to ninth and banked two points in his home grand prix, despite his Racing Point being fitted with an older-spec engine after a fiery failure in final practice.
Daniil Kvyat completed the point scorers for Toro Rosso.
Despite an ultra-hot day that prompted major braking and temperature problems for the teams, there were only two retirements.
Lando Norris was first to stop, suffering a peculiar failure after eight laps that left his McLaren on three wheels, while Alex Albon – who picked up wing damage at the start – retired 11 laps from the finish.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||70||57.655s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||69||1 Lap|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||69||1 Lap|
|8||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||69||1 Lap|
|9||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||69||1 Lap|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||69||1 Lap|
|11||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||69||1 Lap|
|12||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||69||1 Lap|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||69||1 Lap|
|14||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||69||1 Lap|
|15||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||69||1 Lap|
|16||George Russell||Williams/Mercedes||68||2 Laps|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||68||2 Laps|
|18||Robert Kubica||Williams/Mercedes||67||3 Laps|
|–||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||59||Retirement|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||18|
Sebastian Vettel claims first pole of 2019 F1 season in Canada
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed his first pole position of the 2019 Formula 1 season in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Vettel was second fastest after the first runs in Q3, but put in a superb lap to jump Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and take top spot by 0.206 seconds.
Hamilton did improve on his second run, but only by 0.047s – which was more than enough to ensure he retained a front row starting position.
Charles Leclerc, in the second Ferrari, had a slow run in the final sector on his last lap and ended up almost four tenths slower than Hamilton in third place.
He faces an investigation after the session for rejoining the track at the Turn 8/9 chicane by driving on the wrong side of the marker bollard earlier in qualifying.
All of the top three will start on medium-compound Pirellis having used that tyre spec in Q2, as will the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.
Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo claimed a superb fourth on the grid, pipping Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly by just 0.008s.
Bottas abandoned his first run in Q3 after spinning exiting Turn 2 and had a difficult lap on his second set of tyres.
He suffered several lock-ups and ended up down in sixth, 0.861s off the pace.
Nico Hulkenberg, in the second Renault, was seventh ahead of McLaren duo Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Sainz was 2.1s slower than Norris after aborting his final lap having had to run on a used set of softs to set his time on the first run.
Sainz will be investigated after the session for impeding Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon in Turn 2 during Q1.
Kevin Magnussen was 10th but unable to participate in Q3 after crashing coming out of the final corner on his final push lap in Q2 and bringing a premature end to the session.
The Haas driver lost the rear out of the final part of the chicane and tagged the wall before spinning heavily into the pitwall on the inside of the track.
Magnussen’s crash led to the elimination of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in Q2 in 11th place.
Verstappen was on a lap on soft Pirellis at the time that would have got him comfortably into the top 10 shootout.
He had used mediums for his first run in Q2 in the hope of being able to start on the more durable tyre, but didn’t hook up a strong enough lap and complained about traffic, forcing him to go again.
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat only had one set of fresh softs for Q2, putting in a lap good enough for 12th and beating Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi.
Albon, in the second Toro Rosso, was 14th fastest ahead of the second Haas of Romain Grosjean and suggested his tyre preparation was compromised by having to rush out at the start of his final run after being delayed by the weighbridge.
Grosjean did not set a time in Q2 thanks to only having one set of fresh softs and then being caught out by Magnussen’s crash ahead of him on his quick lap.
Racing Point driver Sergio Perez didn’t improve by enough as he took the chequered flag in Q1 to escape the dropzone.
He jumped up to 16th place, 0.033s faster than Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen – who had been bumped by team-mate Giovinazzi a few seconds earlier.
Lance Stroll continued his run of Q1 exits in 18th place, although he switched to his early-season engine after suffering a failure of his new ‘Phase 2’ Mercedes in Saturday’s practice session and lapped just 0.069s slower than team-mate Perez.
The only spare version of the Phase 2 engine is on hand for any Mercedes-engined team to use but there was not sufficient time to put it into the right specification for Racing Point before qualifying.
As usual, the Williams drivers battled it out for last place with George Russell 19th and 1.351s behind Stroll.
Robert Kubica was last after lapping 0.776s slower than his team-mate.
Provisional starting grid
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.079s||0.839s|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m13.981s||3.741s|
|11||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.800s||–|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m11.921s||–|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.136s||–|
|14||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.193s||–|
|16||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m12.197s||–|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.230s||–|
|18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m12.266s||–|
Canadian Grand Prix practice: Sebastian Vettel keeps Ferrari on top
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the final Formula 1 practice session ahead of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Vettel was left downbeat on Friday despite completing a one-two for Ferrari behind team-mate Charles Leclerc, as he feared that was not representative of his team’s real pace compared to rival Mercedes.
But Ferrari remained on top on Saturday morning as Vettel moved to the head of the times, outpacing Leclerc by 0.139 seconds.
Lewis Hamilton ended up best of the Mercedes, 0.393s off the pace, with Red Bull’s performance still unknown after Max Verstappen had his best lap ruined when he caught the championship leader entering the final chicane.
Vettel was quickest after the initial round of qualifying simulations on a 1m11.557s, which gave him a tiny 0.039s margin over Leclerc.
At this stage the Mercedes drivers were three tenths off the pace, but Valtteri Bottas leapt to the head of the times when he kicked off the final bout of new-tyre runs with 20 minutes remaining.
Bottas only just eclipsed the two Ferrari drivers with a 1m11.531s, and Vettel quickly moved back ahead but only by 0.06s.
That allowed Leclerc to scorch to the head of the times with a much bigger improvement to a 1m11.058s, as Hamilton aborted his first flying lap on new tyres.
Vettel made a marginal gain on his second flier, which allowed Hamilton to briefly split the Ferraris with a 1m11.236s after a cool-down lap.
Leclerc became the first driver to break the 1m11s barrier on a 1m10.982s but Vettel ended a slightly scruffy run with a blistering 1m10.843s, including the fastest first sector of anyone, to steal top spot from his young team-mate.
Hamilton and Bottas each failed to improve on subsequent runs and wound up several tenths off the pace.
Bottas would likely have been beaten to the fourth-fastest time had Verstappen been able to complete his personal-best effort.
The Red Bull driver was only 0.1s down on Vettel’s session benchmark after the first two sectors but encountered Hamilton in the final part of the circuit as the Mercedes was beginning its flying lap.
That left Verstappen 0.999s adrift but still fractionally ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly, who was around half a second slower than Verstappen through the first two sectors on his best lap.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo occupied the best-of-the-rest spot behind his former employer, edging the McLaren of Lando Norris for seventh.
Sergio Perez (Racing Point) and Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) completed the top 10 as the fierce, mixed-up midfield battle continued ahead of qualifying.
Perez’s team-mate and local driver Lance Stroll failed to set a time after a fiery end to his session.
Stroll was completing his installation lap when his Mercedes-engined Racing Point spat out a fireball entering the pitlane.
He was rolled back into the garage, where the car emitted another small lick of flame, and did not hit the track again.
Practice three times
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.842s||0.999s||15|
|6||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.914s||1.071s||19|
|9||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m12.175s||1.332s||17|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.298s||1.455s||23|
|13||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m12.399s||1.556s||21|
|14||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.423s||1.580s||20|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.627s||1.784s||24|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.708s||1.865s||19|
|20||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||–||–||1|
Canadian Grand Prix practice: Leclerc tops FP2 as Hamilton crashes
Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari one-two in second Canadian Grand Prix practice in Montreal, while Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton crashed.
Morning pacesetter Hamilton had been quickest using medium tyres during the early runs, but then lost the rear of his car mid-way through the Turn 8/9 chicane.
The Mercedes slewed sideways and smacked the wall with its right rear wheel, leaving Hamilton limping back to the pits with a puncture.
That was only part of the damage, and Hamilton missed the rest of the session as Mercedes set to work on replacing the rear end of his car.
The champion team had been nearly a second clear of its rivals in the morning, but Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was outpaced by both Ferraris in the afternoon soft tyre runs.
Ferrari had gone out earlier than Mercedes for its opening laps, with Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel swapping the top spot on mediums before the Mercedes again came through nearly a second quicker.
Bottas was using hard tyres at that point, and was within three tenths of a second of Hamilton’s medium tyre pace initially before improving to just 0.142s behind.
Though the Ferraris closed to just under seven tenths away from Hamilton on mediums, the session seemed set to be a repeat of the earlier Mercedes domination.
Then just after Hamilton crashed, Bottas’s 1m12.311s soft-tyre effort was beaten by first a 1m12.251s from Vettel and then a 1m12.177s from Leclerc.
That left a top three covered by just 0.134s and headed by two Ferraris.
Max Verstappen had used hards to get between the Mercedes and the Ferraris as the early runs finished, but his soft tyre effort was spoiled when he came upon Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly moving slowly at the final chicane.
Verstappen understeered wide and slapped the wall. Although he managed to get back to the pits, his session was effectively over and he ended up 13th – only rejoining for a brief run at the end of the day.
With Hamilton and Verstappen sidelined, and Gasly only going fast enough for 12th, McLaren found itself in fourth place with Carlos Sainz Jr – who lapped just 0.376s off the pace.
Kevin Magnussen put Haas into the top five in fifth, with Hamilton’s medium tyre time holding up for sixth place.
A Racing Point/Renault quartet completed the top 10 – Sergio Perez leading Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Lance Stroll.
Home favourite Stroll and Romain Grosjean will be investigated after the session for a late incident in which Stroll banged wheels with the Haas as he passed it into the final chicane.
Grosjean was 12 places adrift of team-mate Magnussen in 17th, but a little under seven tenths of a second slower.
Antonio Giovinazzi missed almost an hour of the session while Alfa Romeo carried out a precautionary gearbox change following his practice one crash.
He took 18th place once on track, two positions behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Practice two times
|4||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m12.553s||0.376s||45|
|7||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m13.003s||0.826s||39|
|10||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m13.171s||0.994s||37|
|12||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m13.345s||1.168s||38|
|13||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m13.388s||1.211s||22|
|14||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.436s||1.259s||45|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.521s||1.344s||40|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m13.542s||1.365s||41|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m14.870s||2.693s||16|
Canadian Grand Prix practice: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two
Lewis Hamilton ended the opening practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix fastest as the Mercedes Formula 1 team dominated Friday’s first running in Montreal.
Hamilton used medium tyres to set a 1m12.767s, lapping 0.147 seconds faster than team-mate Valtteri Bottas managed on the soft-compound Pirellis.
That left Mercedes almost a second clear of the best Ferrari and Red Bull could manage, as it gave its new-specification engine its debut in practice one.
The majority of the drivers completed their initial runs on medium-compound Pirellis but Mercedes opted to use soft tyres straight away.
That allowed Bottas and Hamilton to engage in a solo battle at the head of the times, lapping faster and faster across multiple flying laps as the track improved.
Bottas blitzed the early benchmark efforts with a 1m14.160s, which he then lowered to a 1m13.495s.
Hamilton set the exact same time shortly afterwards, before Bottas moved clear on a 1m13.229s.
The final flying lap in Hamilton’s first run marked the first time he hit the top of the timing screens, moving ahead of Bottas on a 1m13.148s.
Bottas quickly resumed control on a 1m13.001s, marking the end of that salvo between the team-mates as the first half of the session came to a close.
They continued to improve when the second runs began, with Bottas switching to a new set of softs and Hamilton opting for new mediums.
Bottas dipped below 1m13s for the first time on a 1m12.914s, but Hamilton eclipsed that by 0.15s despite harder rubber.
The Finn’s session then ended slightly early when his Mercedes started to suffer from low fuel pressure.
Ferrari and Red Bull avoided the softest tyres throughout the session, but would have been dismayed to see the gap to Hamilton on the mediums.
Charles Leclerc rose to third on a 1m13.720s on his second set to head Ferrari’s challenge, eclipsing the lead Red Bull of Max Verstappen by 0.035s.
The second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel was slightly slower in fifth, not helped by running wide at Turn 1 on one lap and suffering a spin at the hairpin on another.
Vettel’s errors were among many on Friday morning as drivers grappled with a dusty, low-grip circuit.
In his first GP practice session for Williams, Nicholas Latifi completed a long run right at the start of the session while the rest of the drivers remained in their garages, and had offs at the Turn 8 chicane and the hairpin.
Romain Grosjean had a spin at Turn 6 and went wide at Turn 8 as well, while Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon mirrored Grosjean’s Turn 6 moment himself.
Albon’s team-mate Daniil Kvyat missed the final chicane while Pierre Gasly locked up and ran wide at the first corner.
The only incident with a major consequence was a spin for Antonio Giovinazzi at the Turn 8 chicane.
The Alfa Romeo driver ran deep, clipped the kerb and lost the rear, striking the wall with the left rear and forcing a virtual safety car.
It continues a difficult start to the season for Giovinazzi, whose team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was one of the stars of first practice as he set the sixth-fastest time.
That meant Alfa headed an eclectic midfield battle, with Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Sergio Perez (Racing Point) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas) completing the top 10.
Practice one times
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m13.755s||0.988s||26|
|6||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m13.945s||1.178s||30|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m13.973s||1.206s||34|
|9||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m14.172s||1.405s||31|
|13||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m14.570s||1.803s||27|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m14.582s||1.815s||17|
|16||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m14.703s||1.936s||36|
|17||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m14.812s||2.045s||32|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m15.343s||2.576s||32|
Alfa Romeo, una Monte Carlo da dimenticare
Domenica nerissima in casa Alfa Romeo. Tra contatti e penalizzazioni, il GP Monaco di Kimi Raikkonen e Antonio Giovinazzi è stato un incubo, con i due piloti che hanno chiuso addirittura 17° e 19°, ossia terz’ultimo e ultimo tra i piloti giunti alla bandiera a scacchi.
Il finlandese, protagonista di un contatto nel primo giro al Loews e poi di un altro scontro con Lance Stroll sempre nella stessa zona, prende il risultato di oggi con filosofia: “Anche se ho avuto un danno all’ala anteriore, alcuni problemi prima e dopo la sosta e anche se sono stato colpito da Stroll, nessuna di queste cose ha avuto impatto sulla nostra posizione finale. Una volta che sei dietro a una macchina sei bloccato lì, a meno che non abbia un grosso problema. Abbiamo provato qualcosa di diverso con la strategia, non aveva senso copiare gli altri, ma alla fine non ha funzionato. Solo la pioggia avrebbe potuto darci una possibilità, ma non è arrivata”.
Riguardo ai problemi accusati oggi, Raikkonen ha aggiunto: “Non sappiamo quale fosse il problema con il differenziale, ma sono quasi andato a muro alcune volte perché in uscita di curva girava solo una ruota. Era una cosa un po’ pazza, non siamo riusciti a vedere quale fosse il problema ma era un po’ strano“.
Monaco Grand Prix: Hamilton escapes contact with Verstappen to win
Lewis Hamilton survived late contact with Max Verstappen to win Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix, as an incident in the pitlane with Valtteri Bottas ultimately cost Verstappen second place.
Hamilton resisted more than 60 laps of pressure from Verstappen to hold on to victory despite having to manage softer tyres than his pursuers.
As Verstappen was not able to get past the Mercedes and edge clear – despite a late dive at the chicane two laps from the end – he fell from second to fourth at the flag because of a five-second time penalty.
Verstappen picked that up for an unsafe release in the pits that had got him ahead of the second Mercedes of Bottas, who he made light contact with and forced into the wall.
Verstappen therefore fell behind both Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and Bottas, who completed the podium despite needing to make a second pitstop under the safety car after his brush with the wall caused a puncture.
Poleman Hamilton retained his advantage at the start ahead of Bottas, despite Verstappen having a look inside Bottas at Ste Devote on the first lap.
The leaders held station for the opening stint, which was cut short by a safety car after Charles Leclerc – who started 15th following Ferrari’s qualifying blunder – littered the track with debris from a dramatic puncture.
Leclerc hit the inside wall at Rascasse and half-spun after trying to pass Nico Hulkenberg for 11th.
He tried to continue but picked up a puncture and scattered a large amount of debris as the rubber fell apart around the rest of the lap.
Mercedes opted to pit both its cars under the caution and Bottas dropped back behind Hamilton under the safety car to try to create enough of a gap to avoid losing time.
When they stopped Verstappen was released just as Bottas was coming past, and though Verstappen was a nose ahead a small amount of contact forced Bottas to kiss the wall on the right-hand side.
The incident damaged Bottas’s wheel rim and caused a slow puncture, but with the safety car still deployed he only dropped behind Vettel to fourth – and eventually Verstappen was awarded a five-second penalty for the unsafe release.
Once the race resumed, Verstappen hounded Hamilton constantly, but only got close enough to really start attacking the five-time world champion in the final 10 laps.
He had a brief look to the outside of the hairpin with eight laps left but was not close enough on the exit of Portier to get a proper run at Hamilton into the chicane.
On lap 76 of 78 he lunged Hamilton into the chicane, but Hamilton moved across. Verstappen locked up and they made minor wheel-to-wheel contact – Verstappen’s right-front to Hamilton’s left-rear – and Hamilton took to the escape road, but both continued without damage.
Hamilton’s win extended his championship lead over Bottas to 17 points.
Vettel and Bottas were slightly adrift of the leaders across the line but within five seconds, crucially enough to consign Verstappen to fourth.
Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly finished in fifth, his best result since his move to the senior team, and earned fastest lap after building enough of a gap to make a late, free pitstop for fresh soft tyres.
Behind, Carlos Sainz Jr earned his best result for McLaren in sixth place after opting not to pit under the early safety car.
That strategy was replicated by Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon, who used it to great effect to finish seventh and eighth for Toro Rosso.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth, the lead midfield runner who did pit under the safety car.
Romain Grosjean, who opted for the same strategy as Sainz/Kvyat/Albon, completed the points scorers for Haas.
Leclerc was the only retirement from the grand prix after initially endeavouring to continue following his early setback but soon parking his battered Ferrari in the pits.
There was a separate Rascasse incident shortly after the safety car, when Antonio Giovinazzi hit Robert Kubica and spun the Williams.
The track was briefly blocked, holding up a few cars, but Kubica was able to reverse and get out of the way quickly – preventing anything worse than localised yellow flags.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||78||5.537s|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||78||9.946s|
|6||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||78||53.454s|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||78||54.574s|
|8||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||78||55.200s|
|12||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||77||1 Lap|
|14||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||77||1 Lap|
|15||George Russell||Williams/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|16||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||77||1 Lap|
|18||Robert Kubica||Williams/Mercedes||77||1 Lap|
|19||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||76||2 Laps|
|–||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||16||Accident damage|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||18|
Kimi Raikkonen wouldn’t still be in F1 if he hadn’t had WRC break
Kimi Raikkonen is certain he would not still be racing in Formula 1 had he not taken two years out to compete in rallying.
The Alfa Romeo driver is contesting his 300th grand prix weekend in Monaco, although it will only be his 297th start.
He did not take the start of the 2001 Belgian GP, the infamous 2005 United States GP or the 2017 Malaysian GP.
At the end of the 2009 season, he switched to the World Rally Championship with Citroen for what turned out to be a two-year stint before he was brought back onto the F1 grid by Lotus in 2012.
Asked by Autosport if he feels proud to still be in F1 18 years after his debut, Raikkonen said: "It doesn’t feel that long honestly, after two years out.
"To be sure without that I wouldn’t be here today.
"Somehow maybe that made it not feel as long having a bit more of a normal time [in F1].
"I think afterwards, whenever I stop and look back, then maybe it makes a bit more sense and feels different.
"But for now it doesn’t really feel that it’s been that long. It’s just racing."
After losing his Ferrari seat for 2019, Raikkonen signed a two-year deal to return to Sauber (now Alfa).
That takes him to the end of the current F1 rules cycle, but the 2007 world champion says he has not thought about whether he wants to stick around for the championship’s major 2021 rules overhaul.
"I have no idea," he said. "I have a contract for next year, but after that who knows.
"We will have to see how things go and if I am interested."
Asked if the nature of the 2021 rules would affect his decision, Raikkonen said: "No, because in the end when you make a big rule change you never know.
"Generally the big teams are still there because they had the resources to try lots of different things and figure out the best way to do it.
"It would be nicer if everyone got a lot closer, for the sport and the drivers, because it is very unknown."
If he completes the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Raikkonen will hold the record for most number of grand prix starts.
He says that will give him "zero pleasure" because "I am not here to say I have the most grands prix".
He joked that ahead of his 300th grand prix he has "already told the team it’s purely a number" and did not want any celebrations.
"I tried to force them to cancel everything," said Raikkonen. "But [to] not very good success!"
Monaco GP qualifying: Hamilton pips Bottas, Leclerc out in Q1
Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the final seconds of qualifying, while Charles Leclerc went out in Q1.
Bottas had an advantage of 0.231 seconds over Hamilton after the first runs in Q3 but was unable to improve on his second set of Pirelli softs.
Hamilton then put in a lap of 1m10.166s to outpace Bottas by 0.086s, with the championship leader’s stunning pace through the first sector crucial to his advantage.
Bottas held on to second place as Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was also unable to improve and stayed in third place, 0.475s down.
Ferrari ended up fourth with Sebastian Vettel and Leclerc in 16th after a torrid session.
Leclerc completed just one Q1 run and ultimately failed to make the top 15 by 0.052s despite being only 0.715s off the pace in the session.
He was not sent back out at the end even though he had picked up a flatspot on his soft Pirellis during his first run as Ferrari felt he was safe.
Leclerc also initially missed the weighbridge when he returned after his run, although he was pushed back by the Ferrari team before entering the garage.
He confirmed he had enough fuel and time to have completed a second run even after this delay.
While Leclerc sat in the garage, a string of drivers made late improvements and shuffled him down the order – culminating in one Ferrari being effectively knocked out by the other.
Vettel had not set a strong enough time on his first run having abandoned the final quick lap on his first run after kissing the wall at the exit of the first left/right at Swimming Pool.
This meant he was among those at risk of elimination before improving on the only fast lap he had time for on his second set of tyres. That lap put Vettel to first in Q1, but sealed Leclerc’s elimination.
In Q3, Vettel made a promising start to his last lap and looked set to improve, but kissed the wall at the exit of the Tabac right-hander and had to settle for fourth based on his first-run time.
Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly was fifth, 0.875s off the pace, but faces a post-session investigation for impeding Haas driver Romain Grosjean during Q2.
Kevin Magnussen was best of the rest in sixth place and was the only driver outside the top three teams to still have enough tyres for two runs using fresh Pirelli softs in Q3.
Having taken sixth place on his first run, he then briefly lost it to Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo, before reclaiming it on the second run.
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was eighth fastest, behind last year’s winner Ricciardo and a tenth and a half quicker than McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr.
Kvyat’s team-mate Alex Albon made Q3 for the first time in his F1 career, but had to settle for 10th and 1.487s off the pace.
Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg was bumped out of the top 10 in the final moments of Q2 when Magnussen, who had struggled on his first run after locking up and clipping the inside wall at Mirabeau, improved.
Lando Norris was half a tenth behind Hulkenberg in 12th place and 0.3s quicker than Grosjean – who complained about traffic over the radio at the end of the session when impeded by Gasly.
Alfa Romeo pairing Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were 14th and 15th respectively, with just 0.070s separating them.
Behind Leclerc, Racing Point duo Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were 17th and 18th but were six tenths of a second apart.
George Russell prevailed in the battle of the Williams drivers to take 19th place, with Robert Kubica bringing up the rear after lapping 0.274s slower.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m10.641s||0.475s|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m11.271s||1.105s|
|8||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.041s||0.875s|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m11.417s||1.251s|
|10||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m11.653s||1.487s|
|14||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.115s||–|
|16||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m12.233s||–|
|17||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m12.846s||–|
|18||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.185s||–|
Monaco Grand Prix practice: Leclerc fastest as Vettel crashes
Charles Leclerc edged out the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas to top third practice for the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel crashed out early on.
Leclerc ended the session 0.053 seconds faster than Bottas, with Lewis Hamilton a fraction behind, as circumstances conspired to prevent the rapid Red Bull of Max Verstappen from setting a more representative time. Verstappen ended the session fourth ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly.
The Mercedes W10s carried red halos for the first time this weekend in deference to the passing of Niki Lauda, but both drivers ultimately failed to prevent the timesheet wearing red up top.
Bottas set the pace in the early running with a 1m12.238s, just a few tenths up on Vettel and Leclerc, but since Thursday’s practice yielded times in the 1m11s bracket there remained plenty of room for improvement as the track evolved.
Hamilton’s arrival on track was marginally delayed by last-minute adjustments to his W10 and when he did get going, just 10 minutes into the session, he complained of vibrations from the front axle. Nevertheless he soon got up to speed and had just demoted Vettel when the Ferrari departed the scene.
Vettel locked his front-right wheel and went off into the outside barrier at Ste Devote after completing just seven timed laps.
As Vettel’s car was craned off the track and the lap times began to tumble, Verstappen rose to become the principal challenger to the two Mercedes.
By the end of the first runs Bottas was fastest of all with a 1m11.835s he clocked up towards the close of a 13-lap stint, while Hamilton was just 0.199s in arrears.
Verstappen was a further tenth off but running a shorter 10-lap stint, and seemingly unable to keep the tyres alive over a single lap – either being slow in the first sector but in the Mercedes ballpark in the final third, or vice versa.
Having failed to string together a properly quick lap in his opening run, Leclerc responded with a sizzling 1m11.265s lap at the beginning of his next stint, topping the timesheet by 0.053s as Bottas improved to 1m11.318s and Hamilton to 1m11.478s.
Verstappen’s push laps during his second stint were frustrated by traffic and a brush with the barrier at Rascasse; had he been able to connect all the dots, his theoretical best at this point was 1m11.270s rather than the 1m11.539s he registered when crossing the line.
Hamilton was the first of the frontrunners to leave the pits for a qualifying simulation with three minutes of the session to run, followed in short order by Leclerc and Bottas, but traffic militated against any of them improving their times.
Antonio Giovinazzi was ‘best of the rest’ in sixth for Alfa Romeo behind Gasly, albeit half a second off the Red Bull’s pace, with a 1m12.170s set late in the session.
The midfield margins were wafer thin: four tenths separated Giovinazzi from Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Alexander Albon, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean.
Vettel was classified 14th as neither the McLarens, the Racing Points nor the Williams were able to surpass his early time.
Practice three times
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.539s||0.274s||24|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m11.738s||0.473s||27|
|6||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.170s||0.905s||23|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.194s||0.929s||27|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m12.308s||1.043s||27|
|10||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.338s||1.073s||32|
|15||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m12.862s||1.597s||29|
|17||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m13.232s||1.967s||23|
|18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m13.622s||2.357s||21|