Charles Leclerc Triumphs Over Oscar Piastri to Win Home Race

Charles Leclerc ended his Monaco winless streak by beating McLaren's Oscar Piastri converting pole into a home victory, with his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz taking third place ahead of Lando Norris.


By Ben Bush
Updated on May 27, 2024

Charles Leclerc Ferrari Wins 2024 Monaco Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc wins the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix ahead of McLaren's Oscar Piastri and Ferari teammamte Carlos Sainz.

Charles Leclerc finally won the Monaco Grand Prix, delighting his home fans with a mostly smooth drive to P1 despite early race drama.

The race saw an immediate red flag before the first lap was completed due to a massive collision involving Sergio Perez’s Red Bull and the Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg, which took all three out of the race.

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When the race resumed, Leclerc led cleanly, with Esteban Ocon forced to retire after heavy contact with his Alpine teammate Pierre Gasly on Lap 1. The race then became a strategic battle, focusing on whether the leading cars would pit or manage to finish without stopping.

Leclerc maintained his composure throughout, staying ahead of his rivals to claim his first win on the Monte Carlo streets, surpassing his previous best result of P4.

Leclerc finished seven seconds ahead of Oscar Piastri, who delivered a strong performance in the McLaren and fended off a late challenge from Carlos Sainz. Sainz secured a double podium for Ferrari by finishing third, while Lando Norris pursued him closely in fourth for much of the latter stages.

George Russell, equipped with an upgraded front wing, was the leading Mercedes in fifth place, successfully holding off a determined Max Verstappen in what was a tough weekend for Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton finished seventh, adding to Mercedes’ points tally.

Yuki Tsunoda had a solid day, finishing eighth for RB, while Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly scored their first points of the season for Williams and Alpine, respectively, finishing ninth and tenth.

Fernando Alonso recovered somewhat from a challenging Saturday. Still, he narrowly missed out on points, finishing eleventh for Aston Martin, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in twelfth for RB and Valtteri Bottas, the leading Kick Sauber, in thirteenth.

Lance Stroll experienced disappointment, ending fourteenth for Aston Martin after a puncture following a pit stop late in the race, with Logan Sargeant finishing fifteenth for Williams.

Zhou Guanyu was the last classified driver in sixteenth for Kick Sauber, with four cars not making it past the first lap.

The collision between Ocon and Gasly resulted in Ocon’s retirement and a five-place grid penalty for the next race in Canada. Perez, Magnussen, and Hulkenberg joined him as early retirees due to their first-lap crash.

Monaco GP Results

2024 Monaco Grand Prix, 26 May 2024

116Charles LeclercFerrari782:23:15.55425
281Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes78+7.152s18
355Carlos SainzFerrari78+7.585s15
44Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes78+8.650s12
563George RussellMercedes78+13.309s10
61Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT78+13.853s8
744Lewis Hamilton1Mercedes78+14.908s7
822Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT77+1 lap4
923Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes77+1 lap2
1010Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault77+1 lap1
1114Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes76+2 laps0
123Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT76+2 laps0
1377Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari76+2 laps0
1418Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes76+2 laps0
152Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes76+2 laps0
1624Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari76+2 laps0
NC31Esteban OconAlpine Renault0DNF0
NC11Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT0DNF0
NC27Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari0DNF0
NC20Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari0DNF0
1Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1:14.165 (lap 63)


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