Follow Sunday’s action from Monte Carlo
1) Max Verstappen – 125 Points
2) Charles Leclerc – 116 Points
3) Sergio Perez – 110 Points
4) George Russell – 84 Points
5) Carlos Sainz – 83 Points
6) Lewis Hamilton – 50 Points
7) Lando Norris – 48 Points
8) Valtteri Bottas – 40 Points
9) Esteban Ocon – 30 Points
10) Kevin Magnussen – 15 Points
1) Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
2) Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
3) Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
4) Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
5) George Russell (Mercedes)
6) Lando Norris (McLaren)
7) Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
8) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
9) Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
10) Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
He’s done it, Sergio Perez wins the 2022 Monaco GP! It’s his third victory in Formula 1 after a brilliant weekend. Carlos Sainz has to settle for second, whilst Max Verstappen beats championship rival Charles Leclerc to finish third.
Just one more lap for Sergio Perez to win the Monaco GP, Sainz looks too far behind now, as do Verstappen and Leclerc.
Zhou Guanyu and Nicholas Latifi get out of the way so there should be no more lapped traffic for the leaders. Perez should be able to hold on as long as he keeps it out of the barriers. Sainz is still within one second though.
Perez is now having to defend, so Sainz nearly hits him at the hairpin, a lap after having a look up the inside at the Nouvelle Chicane. Will the podium positions stay as they are?
The top four are split by just two seconds as Perez’s tyres are really hurting. Sainz is all over the Red Bull driver and Verstappen is not too far behind too, with Leclerc. What a great race!
Perez’s medium tyres are beginning to wear out. This is the moment Sainz and Ferrari have been waiting for as he’s now pushing, with lapped traffic just ahead. We’re set for an exciting finish.
Lando Norris has made the most of a slow Fernando Alonso by pitting and staying in sixth place. Alonso’s slow pace means the leaders will have a lot of traffic to get by in the closing laps.
Charles Leclerc has been sitting back for a few laps but is now on a charge as he begins to attack championship rival Max Verstappen. Sergio Perez is now 2.5 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz.
The best battle on track right now is Fernando Alonso trying to hold off Lewis Hamilton for seventh place. Hamilton is frustrated, but can’t do anything about the Spaniard.
We now have a timed race because of the three hour window a Grand Prix has to be run in. We should get to around Lap 63 so full points can be awarded, which is exactly what Perez will want for his efforts, if he can stay ahead of Sainz.
Perez is doing everything right to keep Sainz at bay by around one second, it’s an equidistant gap to Verstappen and Leclerc.
Perez gets a good restart to lead the field away, as Verstappen puts Sainz under a lot of pressure. Those medium tyres have fired up nicely on the Red Bulls.
The safety car leads the pack out of the pit lane. There should be a rolling start at the end of this lap. Interestingly, Verstappen and Perez are on mediums, whilst Sainz and Leclerc are on the hards. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are also on the mediums.
Before the race resumes, here’s the top 10 as it stands:
1) Sergio Perez
2) Carlos Sainz
3) Max Verstappen
4) Charles Leclerc
5) George Russell
6) Lando Norris
7) Fernando Alonso
8) Lewis Hamilton
9) Esteban Ocon
10) Valtteri Bottas
The Monaco GP will resume in just under 10 minutes with a rolling start. No surprise there because one half of the grid is wet.
The race has been stopped, most likely to repair the barriers. Absolutely the right decision, because if another car crashes there, you don’t want them to be hitting a damaged barrier.
Mick Schumacher has had a huge crash as the Swimming Pool chicane. Thankfully he says he’s ok which is a huge relief because the car is in bits.
Verstappen and Leclerc are much faster than Perez and Sainz, so it’s now four drivers fighting for the lead. Take a deep breath because this is amazing action in Monaco.
It’s a disaster for Ferrari because Sergio Perez pits for the hard tyres and comes out two seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz. Max Verstappen has also benefitted because he pitted for hards as well and came out just ahead of Charles Leclerc. Incredible stuff at Monaco.
Both Ferrari drivers come in for hard tyres, they have doubled stacked though so Leclerc loses at least a couple of seconds! It’s a Red Bull 1-2, with Perez and Verstappen surely about to pit.
Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have pitted for intermediates! But they have emerged behind Sergio Perez. Carlos Sainz is still out there, but Perez is on a charge, he’s lapping a 3-4 seconds faster than the Ferrari driver.
Leclerc, Sainz and Verstappen all stay out. They look like they’re not pitting for the intermediates. Lando Norris just has though as he comes out in seventh.
Interestingly, Lewis Hamilton pits for the intermediate tyres and emerges in ninth place, behind Esteban Ocon and ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Perez also makes a pit stop which promotes Verstappen up to third, whilst the Mexican is now in fifth behind Lando Norris.
Pierre Gasly makes another overtake, this time it’s on Daniel Ricciardo at Tabac. Those intermediates are really working now, as the wet tyres begin to overheat. Sergio Perez says it’s “definitely intermediate conditions”. But Carlos Sainz has revealed he will be going straight from the wets to the dries. Leclerc still leads by five seconds.
Leclerc is pulling away from the rest of the field, with no signs of the leaders switching to the intermediates. Meanwhile, Pierre Gasly has made the first genuine overtake of the race on Zhou Guanyu for 13th place at Mirabeau.
Charles Leclerc has a handy advantage of three seconds from Carlos Sainz. Sergio Perez is a further two seconds behind, with Max Verstappen another 1.6 seconds adrift in fourth. The track is definitely drying. Will the teams decide to go straight from wet tyres to dries, skipping an extra stop to go into the intermediates?
The track is still very wet in some parts as the field strings out. Everyone is tip-toeing around the track, as Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi are gambling on the intermediates. They are the three cars at the back.
The safety car is in and the race is underway. Leclerc slides out of the final corner to lead the pack with Sainz, Perez and Verstappen right in behind. There is a lot of spray.
The race hasn’t even started yet, but Nicholas Latifi has crashed at the Lowe’s hairpin but has managed to reverse out and Lance Stroll has hit the wall at Turn 2 and has a puncture. Zhou Guanyu has gained two positions from that!
We have F1 cars moving as the safety car leads the pack out onto the track for a series of formation laps. The race director will decide if we have a rolling start or standing start.
Finally, the news we have all been waiting for! The Monaco GP will get underway, at least behind the safety car, in 10 minutes from now.
Race control still haven’t given any notices about when we will get the race underway. Unfortunately, the rain is picking up again although there is sunlight in the distance. Fingers crossed for some information soon.
Red Bull would love to get the Monaco GP underway to give them a chance of getting ahead of the Ferrari pair. However, even team principal Christian Horner thinks the FIA have made the right decision to suspend the race.
“The weather gets stuck here in Monaco because of the mountains,” says Horner. “It would just be dangerous if the race started now.”
The race has been red flagged because the rain is too heavy. The track is seriously wet, especially the Swimming Pool section which looks like a swimming pool.
“It’s raining like crazy,” says Leclerc.
The rain is not as heavy now as we finally get cars moving. There will be several formation laps before the race actually gets underway. Remember, every driver is on the wet tyres.
The race will now start at 15:16 local time (14:16 UK time) as the rain begin to falls heavily again. It feels like the calm before the storm.
We have a bizarre scenario. It’s hardly spitting with rain but because the FIA have declared a safety car start, the drivers must start on the wets. Max Verstappen says, “what are we waiting for? For it to dry up?”
The start procedure has been suspended because of a change in conditions. The Monaco GP will start at 15:09 local time, which is 14:09 UK time.
The rain is now coming down enough to make the teams consider intermediates. What are they going to do? This could be amazing.
A combined 13 world championships start together in seventh, eighth and ninth as Fernando Alonso look to hold off Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. This should be a fun battle to keep an eye on and as Alonso says, “it’s Monaco, so anything can happen”.
Rain was expected to arrive for the race but the chances of some precipitation have decreased overnight. There are some very dark clouds heading towards the circuit though, which could cause mayhem. Rain dance anyone?
Championship leader Max Verstappen starts from fourth as he failed to get to grips with his Red Bull all weekend. It’s just the third time Verstappen has been outqualified by teammate Sergio Perez. Verstappen leads Leclerc by six points, so a win for the Monegasque driver will see him return to the top of the standings.
“It’s normally not a place where you can pass,” says Verstappen. “Maybe with strategy and safety cars we can do something but it’s important to just score good points here.”
Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc has it all to lose this afternoon. It’s so difficult to overtake and the Ferrari looks to be on rails around the streets of Monaco. He has teammate Carlos Sainz lining up alongside him as a buffer. Leclerc is yet to finish a Monaco GP, but surely if he does today it will be in first place.
Hello everybody, it’s race day! Welcome in to our Monaco Grand Prix live blog, where we’ll have all the latest updates from Monte Carlo as the seventh race of the 2022 Formula 1 season takes place this Sunday afternoon.
Pole position is always important, so Charles Leclerc will be delighted that he is starting in first, ahead of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez respectively. The Ferrari man put in a super lap in qualifying, made all the more special by the fact that it was on home soil for him.
F1 2022 Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen faces a challenge as he starts in fourth after a disappointing qualifying performance, for his standards.
The race of the Monaco Grand Prix will commence at 15:00 CEST, which is the local time. That is 14:00 BST for fans watching on from the United Kingdom, or 09:00 ET / 06:00 PT for those watching on from the USA.
In terms of where to watch the Monaco Grand Prix on TV, viewers in the USA can watch both qualifying and the race live on ESPN, whose in the UK can view it on Sky Sports and Spain-based F1 fans can stream the Monaco Grand Prix on DAZN.
So, get reach for this next round of the 2022 Formula 1 season, as Leclerc looks to overtake Verstappen in the drivers’ standings. We’ll soon find out if he manages to do so, with lights out coming up very soon.
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