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Vettel triumphs at Monaco

Scuderia’s pit stop strategy spoils the party for Raikkonen

Having qualified on pole on Saturday, Raikkonen failed to keep the top spot as Vettel’s overcut helped the world champion stay ahead of Hamilton on the points table. The German now leads the championship by a staggering 25 points.

Monaco has always been a tricky race and with the track temperatures soaring above 52 degrees on Sunday, it was difficult for the drivers to maintain tyre temperatures. Raikkonen had a great start and Bottas almost passed Vettel before the first corner before backing out, thanks to the track’s limitations. The race was void of action and the real action began after the pitstop. Raikkonen was being followed by Vettel and Bottas but the late undercuts by Vettel and Ricciardo saw the positions change. Vettel drove his heart out for two laps and gained advantage over his team mate. Same was the story with Ricciardo who jumped two places, passing Bottas and Verstappen, both. Hamilton managed to salvage his race by gaining 6 positions by the end of the race.

Button’s second final race (as predicted earlier) ended in a jiffy after he tried to pass Wehrlein on lap 60. The Sauber driver was trapped near the wall with his car standing on two wheels.  Thankfully, pascal was left with no injuries, although he has been prescribed a check on his latismus dorsi. It was a forgettable race for McLaren as well as Sahara Force India as their drives failed to garner any points.

The Formula 1 circus will now head to Montreal, Canada on June 9.

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