Lewis Hamilton has won the Monaco Grand Prix despite suffering from front tyre issues throughout the race.
The Briton held off Max Verstappen for much of the race, with the Red Bull driver under a second behind the five-time world champion for over 60 laps.
Verstappen had a five-second time penalty to his name after an unsafe release early on in the race, involving Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas. Sebastian Vettel ensured the Mercedes one-two run ended at five, while Charles Leclerc saw no reward for his ‘to hell with it’ strategy at the Monaco GP.
The leaders all pitted on lap 11 after a safety car was deployed to clean up Charles Leclerc’s tyre, which fell apart after he made contact with the barrier when trying to overtake Romain Grosjean.
Charles Leclerc, who was attempting to recovery after being knocked out in Q1 on Saturday, eventually retired from the race with major car damage.
Bottas, who was running in second place before the safety car, backed up into Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel in order to not get held up when he made his stop.
However, Verstappen got the job out of his pit box, and contact was made between the Mercedes and Red Bull – both cars suffered minor damage, and Verstappen was handed a five second penalty.
Bottas then slipped behind Vettel when he pitted again on his next lap for the hard tyres, having originally put on the mediums like teammate Hamilton.
Hamilton soon discovered that the medium compounds dropped off quickly, and came under pressure from Verstappen on the hards behind, with Vettel in third also on the same compound.
2019 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix – Race Results
Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport 78 laps
Sebastian Vettel GER Scuderia Ferrari + 2.602s
Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport + 3.162s
Max Verstappen NED Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda + 5.537s
Pierre Gasly FRA Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda + 9.946s
Carlos Sainz ESP McLaren F1 Team + 53.454s
Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda + 54.574s
Alexander Albon THA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda + 55.200s
Daniel Ricciardo AUS Renault F1 Team + 60.894s
Romain Grosjean FRA Rich Energy Haas F1 Team + 61.034s
Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team + 66.801s
Kevin Magnussen DEN Rich Energy Haas F1 Team + 0.943s
Sergio Perez MEX SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team + 1 lap
Nico Hulkenberg GER Renault F1 Team + 1 lap
George Russell GBR ROKiT Williams Racing + 1 lap
Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team + 1 lap
Kimi Raikkonen ITA Alfa Romeo Racing + 1 lap
Robert Kubica POL ROKiT Williams Racing + 1 lap
Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing + 1 lap
Did not finish
Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari