|2019 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Race 6 of 21 in the 2019 Formula One World Championship|
Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Date||26 May 2019|
|Official name||Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2019|
Circuit de Monaco|
La Condamine and Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Course length||3.337 km (2.074 mi)|
|Distance||78 laps, 260.286 km (161.734 mi)|
|Driver||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing-Honda|
|Time||1:14.279 on lap 72|
The 2019 Monaco Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2019) was a Formula One motor race held on 26 May 2019 at the Circuit de Monaco, a street circuit that runs through the Principality of Monaco. It was the 6th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship, the 77th time that the Monaco Grand Prix was held, and the 66th time it had been held as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950.
The race was won by Lewis Hamilton after starting from pole, with Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas promoted to second and third place respectively after Max Verstappen received a penalty, demoting him to fourth place.
Heading into the race Lewis Hamilton held a 7-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas in the Drivers' Championship. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes held a 96-point advantage over Ferrari.
The drivers and teams were the same as the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for either the race or practice. This race saw Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Räikkönen celebrate his 300th Grand Prix entry.
On 20 May, less than a week before the race, three-time world champion Niki Lauda died at the age of 70, after a long period of ill health. All teams had since paid tribute to Lauda on the weekend, with Mercedes, whom Lauda had been a key personnel, paid the highest tributes by painting their halos red and including a red three-pointed star on the engine cover on their cars until the remainder of the season.
During the first qualifying session, Nico Hülkenberg was blocked on his first flying lap by Antonio Giovinazzi at turn 17. Giovinazzi was later handed a three-place grid penalty. Around halfway through the session, after most drivers had come into the pits, Charles Leclerc had set the sixth fastest time. However, Ferrari decided not to send him out again in order to save tyres. As other drivers began to improve their lap times, Leclerc fell down the order and was eventually eliminated from Q1 by teammate Sebastian Vettel, the last driver to cross the line. Ferrari later admitted this was a team mistake. Vettel's final lap was the fastest of the session.
Lewis Hamilton took pole position with a new track record ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. As a result, Mercedes equalled the record for most front row lockouts, and Hamilton took the record for most pole positions with one constructor. Max Verstappen qualified in third, his highest qualifying position of the year.
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda||1:11.597||1:10.618||1:10.641||3|
|5||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing-Honda||1:11.740||1:11.457||1:11.041||81|
|8||26||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||1:11.602||1:11.412||1:11.271||7|
|9||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren-Renault||1:11.872||1:11.608||1:11.417||9|
|10||23||Alexander Albon||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||1:12.007||1:11.429||1:11.653||10|
|14||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||1:11.993||1:12.115||N/A||14|
|15||99||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||1:11.976||1:12.185||N/A||181|
|18||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point-BWT Mercedes||1:12.846||N/A||N/A||17|
|107% time: 1:16.434|
Before the race started, there was a moment of silence to pay respects to Lauda, with the majority of personnel and fans wearing red caps.
The opening lap proceeded cleanly, with Lewis Hamilton maintaining his lead from pole position. Charles Leclerc began to fight through the field after starting in 15th place. Leclerc had made it up to 12th by lap eight, but touched the inside wall at turn 17 during an overtake attempt on Nico Hülkenberg, sending his Ferrari into a spin. This contact caused a right-rear tyre puncture. Over the course of the next lap, Leclerc fell to last place as his tyre ripped apart and caused significant damage to the car's floor, spreading debris around the track. After emerging from the pits after a tyre change, he was a lap down on the leaders. A safety car was deployed on lap 11 for the marshals to clear the debris.
The leaders made their pit stops at the end of the lap, during the safety car period. Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel entered the pits all within one car length of each other. Verstappen's pit stop was faster than Bottas's, and Verstappen was released alongside, but slightly ahead of Bottas, with the two cars making contact. Bottas had no choice but to yield at the pit exit, losing second place to Verstappen. Bottas was brought into the pits again on the following lap for a switch from medium to hard-compound tyres and for the team to check for damage, emerging in fourth place behind Vettel.
Racing resumed on lap 15. On the same lap, Antonio Giovinazzi attempted an overtake on Robert Kubica at turn 17, making contact and sending the Williams into a spin. Kubica's car stopped whilst facing sideways at the exit of the turn, blocking the circuit and forcing Giovinazzi, Hülkenberg, Leclerc, Sergio Pérez and George Russell to stop on track and wait for him to move aside so that they could pass Kubica. Leclerc came into the pits on the following lap for a switch to soft-compound tyres, but on his out-lap, Ferrari decided that the floor damage caused by his lap eight incident was too great. Leclerc returned to the pits and retired from the race, continuing his streak of failing to finish his home Grand Prix, after retiring from the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix and from both races at the 2017 Monaco Formula 2 round.
On lap 22, Verstappen was issued a five-second time penalty for his unsafe release in the pits ten laps earlier. On lap 26, Giovinazzi was issued a penalty of ten seconds for causing the incident on lap 15. He later served his penalty in the pits. Verstappen spent the rest of the race attempting to overtake Hamilton, who was suffering on worn tyres, in order to build a lead and win the race despite his penalty. On lap 76, Verstappen mounted his only close challenge of the race, on the inside of turn 10. He made contact with the rear of the Mercedes, causing both cars to cut the chicane. Verstappen was unable to get close enough for an overtake on the subsequent laps, and Hamilton crossed the finish line to take victory. Verstappen's penalty saw him demoted from second to fourth, with Vettel and Bottas promoted to second and third respectively. This marked the sixth consecutive victory in 2019 for Mercedes, but the first time that season that the team did not take a 1-2 finish. Completing the top ten were Gasly (who set the fastest lap of the race), Sainz, Kvyat, Albon, Ricciardo and Grosjean (who was penalized from 9th), both Toro Rosso cars finishing in the points for the first time since the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix, and their best finish since the 2015 United States Grand Prix.
|4||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda||78||+5.5371||3||12|
|5||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing-Honda||78||+9.946||8||112|
|6||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren-Renault||78||+53.454||9||8|
|7||26||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||78||+54.574||7||6|
|8||23||Alexander Albon||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||78||+55.200||10||4|
|12||11||Sergio Pérez||Racing Point-BWT Mercedes||77||+1 lap||16|
|13||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault||77||+1 lap||11|
|14||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-Ferrari||77||+1 lap4||5|
|15||63||George Russell||Williams-Mercedes||77||+1 lap||19|
|16||18||Lance Stroll||77||+1 lap5||17|
|17||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||77||+1 lap||14|
|18||88||Robert Kubica||Williams-Mercedes||77||+1 lap||20|
|19||99||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||76||+2 laps||18|
|Fastest lap: Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Racing-Honda) - 1:14.279 (lap 72)|