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DANKE NIKI


It has been an emotional week in the world of not just Formula One but also motorsport as we said goodbye to the legendary Niki Lauda the three times World

Champion. The Austrian passed away the week of the Monaco Grand Prix's 90th Anniversary at the age of 70.

Tributes were paid across the paddock including touching tributes within Mercedes where Niki became a chairman figure within the team. Pictured above is the red halo which is a tribute to Lauda along with the single red arrow on the livery of the Mercedes (pictured below).

This is a race any driver wants to win - but especially this weekend. And in the end it all worked out for Lewis Hamilton as he drove sublimely through the principality and took his Silver Arrow to victory. Verstappen looked set to take a positive second for Red Bull but with a five second time penalty he was dropped down to fourth - still beating team mate Pierre Gasly in fifth. With the penalty awarded to gifted Bottas the final podium spot.

It was not the race Monaco born Charles Leclerc was hoping for as a puncture took him out of his home race early on. Leclerc was the only DNF of the race. Many drivers simply couldn't find the pace and therefore ended up being lapped this included Magnussen (+1) / Perez & Stroll (+1), Russel and Kubica (+1), Hulkenberg (+1) and both Raikkonen (+1) and Giovinazzi (+2).

It was a good weekend for some teams and drivers including Carlos Sainz (McLaren) who finished a very respectable sixth for McLaren and also both Toro Rosso drivers finishing in seventh (Kvyat) and eighth (Albon).

Ricciardo (Renault) and Grosjean (HAAS) rounded out the top ten.

The top five for the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix (with penalties) is;

1. Hamilton

2. Vettel

3. Bottas

4. Verstappen

5. Gasly


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