F1 Monaco Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Verstappen leads, Leclerc and Bottas OUT, Hamilton seventh – latest updates

THERE's been plenty of drama at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen currently leads, while Lewis Hamilton is hoping to reach a podium finish after starting seventh on the grid.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was set to start on pole, but the French driver misses the race after mechanical issues with his car.

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  • Ben Hunt

    SAINZ IN SECOND PLACE

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 43

    Vettel's resurgent form has seen him climb up to fifth. He could be on for his first points of the season.

  • Ben Hunt

    WOW WHAT A DISASTER FOR MERCEDES

    Lap 30 they made a cock up by calling in Hamilton too early. The strategy means he never got past Gasly and was leapfrogged by Perez.

    Lap 31 Bottas stops and his front right tyre is stuck on. The thread on the tyre has been machined off. He has been forced to retire from the race.

  • Ben Hunt

    BOTTAS IS STUCK IN THE PITS

    A problem with the front right wheel and his tyres is stuck on the car. It will not come off! He is OUT

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 30

    Hamilton pits for tyres. He's gone first to try and get a move past Gasly and up to fifth.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 24

    Verstappen leads Bottas by 1.133 seconds. Then Sainz 1.213 behind the Finn.

  • Ben Hunt

    NORRIS ALSO WARNED BY THE STEWARDS

    He too has been shown the black and white flag for track limits violations. Another would get him a time penalty too.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 17

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 14

  • Ben Hunt

    MAZEPIN IN TROUBLE WITH THE STEWARDS

    The Haas man has been shown the black and white flag for exceeding track limits at the chicane – Turn 10 – three times already. Next one will be a 5 second penalty.

  • Ben Hunt

    LAP 8

    Hamilton is in sixth behind Gasly. He is unable to get past the AlphaTauri man, who is doing a fine job.

  • Ben Hunt

    GO GO GO – GREEN LIGHT AT THE MONACO GP

    Verstappen gets wheelspin and and has to move across to block Bottas. The Dutchman holds position and Bottas remains in second place, but has to stamp on the brakes into turn one and locks up.

    Carlos Sainz in third, Lando Norris in fourth, Pierre Gasly in fifth. Lewis Hamilton in sixth.

  • Ben Hunt

    FORMATION LAP

    No Leclerc at the start, so a big advantage to Valtteri Bottas, who will start in P3 and on the cleaner side of the grid. And he has no car in front of him.

  • Ben Hunt

    LECLERC IS OUT

    Ferrari confirm he will not start his home grand prix. The Italian team say there is a problem with the left driveshaft which cannot be replaced in time.

    It means the P1 grid slot will remain empty. Max Verstappen will start at thefront from the P2 spot.

  • Ben Hunt

    LECLERC IS GUTTED

    He is out of the car with 20 minutes to go until the start of the race.

    The Monaco-born racer was told by his Ferrari team earlier that there was no sign of any damage to his car, despite his crash in qualifying.

    He said this has been an unlucky track for him in the past, well, it is proving to be his nemesis.

     

  • Ben Hunt

    OH FERRARI – DRAMA AS LECLERC WILL NOT START ON POLE

    Charles Leclerc's car has a problem. He will not be able to make it on the grid.

    Remember his team said they were confident he did not have gearbox issue after his smash in qualifying.

    That is heart-breaking.The mechanics and engineers frantically working on his car to get it going. If they do, he will start last from the pitlane.

  • Joe Brophy

    POLE POSITION

    Charles Leclerc will start today from pole position after Ferrari cleared his gearbox to race following yesterday's crash during qualifying.

    A statement read: “Following further in-depth checks this morning, no apparent defects were found on Charles Leclerc’s gearbox.

    “Therefore, the Monegasque driver will start today’s race from pole position, as per the qualifying result.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TO THE MAX

    Max Verstappen is 'getting under Lewis Hamilton's skin' according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

    Hamilton has delivered a number of cryptic barbs in Red Bull's direction, labelling them the quickest on the grid while also accusing them of having 'bendy wing'.

    He said: "The fact that Lewis feels he needs to do that means that actually, Max is probably getting under his skin a little.

    "Lewis loves all that rubbish, so just let him get on with it. I think Max does his own thing and is his own man.

    "We're not even anywhere near halfway yet, so can you imagine what it'd be like, if they're that close going into the last few races?

    "They bring out the best in each other. Lewis is operating at a phenomenal level. Max is right there, and they've been the two standout drivers of the championship so far."

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX TO BOX

    Ferrari have revealed that Charles Leclerc's gearbox showed "no serious damage" following his crash during Monaco GP qualifying.

  • Joe Brophy

    DAN IN THE DUMPS

    Daniel Ricciardo has given his verdict on his Q2 exit yesterday.

    Asked by reporters if he knew why he had so little pace, he replied: “No. It’s more confusing than frustrating at the moment. I would say that’s the emotion.

    “Sure, this year there are some laps where I’ve said ‘oh, that was a little bit messy’, and I understand maybe why I’m a few tenths off, but I was kind of a second off the whole weekend.

    “A second is an eternity and I don’t really have an answer for that. You could explain maybe a couple of tenths, but especially around here…I don’t feel like I’ve forgotten how to drive this track.

    “Even in Q1 I crossed the line feeling like I’d done a good lap and I think I was 1.2 [seconds] slower than Lando at that stage, so I’ve been doing this long enough to know that’s…you know when you are a second off and I didn’t feel like it.

    “I also don’t want to say there are excuses, but there is definitely something we obviously have to try and dig a little deeper to find out.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LOSING FAITH

    Lando Norrris believes new McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is suffering from low confidence as he struggles in F1 this year.

    Australian Ricciardo suffered his worst Monaco qualifying since 2013.

    And Norris told a press conference before Sunday's Monaco GP: “Daniel is very, very fast when he has a car around him, and when everything’s suited.

    “But as soon as there’s a couple of problems, just as most drivers do, he tends to lose that bit of confidence.

    “Then you just struggle a little bit more. I don’t think that’s just with him.

    "That’s just something that some drivers have more than others. It’s a confidence thing.

    "From what I’ve seen so far, he wants a car that really suits him, maybe that little bit more."

  • James Orr

    RACE DAY

    Roll up, roll up…raceday is here!

    Can Lewis Hamilton fight back from SEVENTH on the grid to pull off a shock win?

    Or will it be Charles Leclerc on pole to dominate Monte Carlo?

    We'll be bringing you all of the latest updates and build up right here…

  • Ben Hunt

    LECLERC IS ON POLE

  • Ben Hunt

    PAIN FOR VERSTAPPEN

  • Ben Hunt

    RED FLAG LECLERC HAS CRASHED – BUT HE IS ON POLE

    Huge drama as the Ferrari man, who was already on provisional pole, crashed at the end of his lap.

    He takes pole, as the session is stopped with just 18 seconds to go after crashing at the swimming pool section.

    It means Verstappen and Bottas are unable to better their lap times when they were on flying laps.

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