Monaco — Red Bull turned down Sergio Perez’s chances of winning in Spain, with the team’s orders unsettling the Mexican star.
Convinced he will be allowed to race for the win this season, Perez went on to the Monaco Grand Prix, with Red Bull making a disappointing decision in his rearview mirror. He then took his first Formula 1 victory of the season.
Perez recovered from Red Bull’s orders a week ago to win Sunday’s rain-drenched Monaco Grand Prix.
Perez’s third career win comes after a questionable tactical call Ferrari This cost pole position Charles Leclerc a victory his home circuit.Although Leclerc Finished the race for the first time in four attempts, he Finish fourth and allow defending world champion Max Verstappen to extend his lead in the standings.
Carlos Sainz Jr. finished second Ferrari Verstappen is third in the Red Bull team.but Ferrari Protest against Perez’s victory and Verstappen’s finish, claiming that the Red Bull driver failed to stay to the right of the yellow line at the pit exit after stopping.
“We protested because we thought it was right to seek clarification,” Ferrari said team leader Mattia Binotto.
The FIA race steward later dismissed the two Ferrari protest.
Win on slick city streets Monaco Just a week after Perez was ordered to cede the lead to Verstappen during the Spanish Grand Prix, he went to Verstappen’s team-mate. Leclerc With engine failure out of the race, Red Bull opted for Verstappen to win in Spain by manipulating the finish.
The team promised Perez that he would be allowed to fight for the win and kept his word on Sunday.
“You dream of winning this game, and after your home game, there’s nothing more special,” Perez said after waving the Mexican flag.He is third in the standings, just six points behind Leclerc.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner patted Perez on the back as he walked beside him. Perez is in a contract year, and both Red Bull and Perez have said that discussions about a contract extension will increase in the summer.
“Checo was amazing,” said Horner, who joined Perez on the podium, and the driver struggled to hold back tears and wiped his eyes as the Mexican national anthem played.Perez is the first Mexican driver to win Monaco.
“It’s a big day for myself and my country. I’m happy. I’m wearing a Pedro Rodriguez helmet,” Perez said. “I’m sure he looks down on me and hopefully he’ll be very proud. I’m the only Mexican or Latin American driver. It just shows how difficult it is for us to get into the sport.”
Mexican driver Rodriguez, who won two F1 races, died in 1971.
Verstappen celebrated with Perez, whom he considers the best teammate of his career. Verstappen told Perez after the game that the win “could help, just a little bit” in Perez’s contract negotiations.
Leclerc When told to pit on lap 22 for a second tyre change, he took the lead from pole and screamed angrily – at the same time as Sainz.His engineer realized the mistake and yelled “Don’t go away!” but it was too late Leclerc The fourth was back on the track.
“what are you doing?” Leclerc shouted.
“Don’t talk, don’t talk. We can’t do that,” he radio.
“Today was a terrible disaster,” Leclerc said later. “The victory is clearly in our hands. We have the performance, we have everything. I just don’t quite get the call.”
Binotto accepts false demands from team Leclerc.
“I know heunhappy.This is normal heNot happy because we only made mistakes. If you’re No. 1 and you’re No. 4 at the end, it’s clear that something didn’t work out,” Binotto said. “We should have stayed out. We’ll see why we made this decision. “
Leclerc Also won pole a year ago but never started because he The car crashed at the end of qualifying and the car’s gearbox failed shortly before the start. In 2018 and 2019, Leclerc Withdrew from the race due to collision damage.
The race was delayed for 70 minutes due to heavy rain and the race rolled off behind the safety car.
It was warned on lap 30 after Mick Schumacher’s severe crash three laps ago cut his Haas car in half. He was not injured.
George Russell finished fifth Mercedes Ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and Fernando Alonso’s Alps.Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is eighth Mercedes – Extending his winless streak with the Silver Arrows to eight games – while Valtteri Bottas is ninth for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel is 10th for Aston Martin.
“Insane afternoon. I thought the rain would make the race more exciting, but we still struggled with the car,” Hamilton said. “Probably one of the worst (start of the season).”
At 3pm local time, 20 minutes before the scheduled start, relentless rain drenched the track.
The field initially lined up and completed a delayed formation lap behind the safety car. But as the rain picked up and drivers climbed out of their cars, it became clear that Sunday’s start would be delayed.
“It feels more like an NFL game than a grand prix because of the length, delays and interruptions of the game,” Mercedes Team leader Toto Wolff said. “It rained heavily at first and then there was a problem with the connection to the TV broadcast, which meant we couldn’t move on.”
When the rain stopped enough to start the game, Leclerc Get ahead of the field with a rolling roll and start clocking the fastest lap.