Red Bull were the big winners at a chaotic Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari stitched its star driver up with a terrible blunder.
Sergio Perez has won the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari gifted Red Bull the victory with a strategic blunder that had Charles Leclerc fuming.
Leclerc started his home race on pole position but the race was delayed for an hour as race officials took a conservative approach as rain fell in Monaco.
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The drivers started the grand prix on extreme wet tires but it became clear they would have to change tires as the weather cleared and the track dried.
Ferrari made the bold call to pit Carlos Sainz and change his tires from extreme wets to slicks, instead of going for the safer option of intermediates that warm up faster.
Disaster then struck when there was confusion over team radio when Leclerc, who was leading the race comfortably, was called into the pits immediately after Sainz.
Leclerc’s engineer made their mistake and quickly told him to stay out on the track but only after he had entered the pit lane and it was too late.
Pitting both drivers at the same time, or “double stacking”, meant they lost time on the Red Bulls, who overcut the two Ferraris with excellent flying laps.
The strategic mistake was a complete disaster for Ferrari and meant what should have been a relatively straightforward win for Leclerc went up in smoke.
An understandably furious Leclerc screamed over team radio: “F***, why?! What are we doing?!”
The Monagesque driver ultimately finished fourth as Max Verstappen extended his lead in the drivers’ championship.
“Mistakes can happen but there’s been too many mistakes today,” Leclerc added after the race, clearly unimpressed at his own team.
Perez held off a fast finishing Sainz to claim victory, while Verstappen came third on a superb day for Red Bull.
It was a sweet victory for Perez, who was filthy after he was ordered by Red Bull to let Verstappen past him at last week’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Earlier, Mick Schumacher slammed into the barriers at the swimming pool chicane and his Haas split completely in half in a scary crash. Thankfully he walked away from the incident unscathed.
Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo finished 13th as his run of poor results continued.
Monaco Grand Prix results
1) Sergio Pérez, Red Bull
2) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
3) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) George Russell, Mercedes
6) Lando Norris, McLaren
7) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
8) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
9) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
10) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin