|2018 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Race 6 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Date||27 May 2018|
|Official name||Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018|
Circuit de Monaco|
La Condamine and Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Course length||3.337 km (2.073 mi)|
|Distance||78 laps, 260.286 km (161.734 mi)|
|Driver||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer|
|Time||1:14.260 on lap 60 (lap record)|
|First||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer|
The 2018 Monaco Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 27 May 2018 at the Circuit de Monaco, a street circuit that runs through the Principality of Monaco. It was the 6th round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, the 76th time the Monaco Grand Prix had been held, and the 65th time it had been a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950.
The race was won by Daniel Ricciardo in Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel in Ferrari coming second. Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes finished third, maintaining the championship lead over Vettel. Mercedes also led in the Constructors' Championship ahead of Ferrari.
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Romain Grosjean was handed a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen received a 5 place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, and a 10 place grid penalty for use of a third MGU-K, although this made no difference to his starting position, as he already was at the back of the grid.
Daniel Ricciardo was fastest across all three practice sessions, improving his time in each successive session. In FP3, Max Verstappen crashed heavily at the Turn 16, meaning his car was damaged beyond repair for qualifying.
Max Verstappen was unable to compete in qualifying as his mechanics were unable to repair the car in time after a crash in the final practice session.Daniel Ricciardo set a new qualifying lap record to take pole position for the race. Red Bull capped both ends of the grid, Ricciardo starting first and Verstappen starting last. Pierre Gasly made Q3 for the second time, however his teammate, Brendon Hartley, after showing promise with P7 in FP3, qualified in P16 after being held up in traffic as well as being unhappy with the balance in his car.
Ricciardo led going into the first corner with the top 6 staying in the same order. On lap 28, Ricciardo, still leading the race, complained of a loss of power to the team. Ricciardo was left to manage a wounded car for the remaining 50 laps of the race, with what was later revealed to be an MGU-K failure (giving him 25% less horsepower than usual), and with only six out of eight gears functioning.
On lap 53 Fernando Alonso retired at Sainte-Dévote due to gearbox problems, his first retirement of the 2018 season. A virtual safety car came out on lap 70 when Charles Leclerc's left front brake disc failed just before the Nouvelle Chicane, causing him to crash into the back of Brendon Hartley. Both drivers were forced to retire due to damage.
After the race Hamilton and Alonso both complained that this was "one of the most boring races ever"; drivers were lapping several seconds a lap slower than they could have been to conserve tires and avoid making a second pit-stop. Alonso also pointed to the spread out field, "as there were barely any yellow flags or safety cars."
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||1:13.028||1:12.188||1:12.061||6|
|8||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault||1:12.950||1:12.286||1:12.130||8|
|9||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||1:12.848||1:12.194||1:12.154||9|
|16||28||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso-Honda||1:13.179||15|
|107% time: 1:17.053|
|--||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||No time||202|
|1||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||78||1:42:54.807||1||25|
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||78||+23.667||6||8|
|9||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer||78||+25.317||20||2|
|10||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Renault||78||+1:09.013||8||1|
|12||11||Sergio Pérez||Force India-Mercedes||78||+1:10.461||9|
|15||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-Ferrari||77||+1 lap||18|
|16||35||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams-Mercedes||77||+1 lap||13|
|17||18||Lance Stroll||Williams-Mercedes||76||+2 laps||17|
|191||28||Brendon Hartley||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||70||Collision||15|