2021 Monaco Grand Prix

The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2021) was a Formula One motor race held on 23 May 2021 at the Circuit de Monaco, a street circuit that runs through the Principality of Monaco. It was the fifth round of the 2021 Formula One World Championship, the 78th time that the Monaco Grand Prix was held, and the first time it had been held since 2019 after the 2020 round was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 78 lap race was won by Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing after polesitter Charles Leclerc of Ferrari failed to start the race with a driveshaft problem.

2021 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 5 of 22[a] in the 2021 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Race details[4]
Date 23 May 2021
Official name Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2021
Location Circuit de Monaco
La Condamine and Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.337 km (2.074 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 260.286 km (161.734 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:10.346
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:12.909 on lap 69 (lap record)
First Red Bull Racing-Honda
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Mercedes
Lap leaders


A photo of the Circuit de Monaco in 2016.

The drivers and teams were the same as the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for the race.[6] Tyre supplier Pirelli brought the C3, C4 and C5 tyre compounds (designated hard, medium and soft respectively) for teams to use at the event.[7]

This race marks the 750th race start for the Williams team, and to celebrate the occasion, Williams placed the names of 100 Williams supporters on the halo of their car, the FW43B.[8] McLaren also ran a special one-off Gulf Racing–inspired livery for the event, to celebrate their collaboration started in the 1960s.[9][10]


Charles Leclerc qualified on pole despite crashing in the final minutes of Q3, whilst Max Verstappen joined him on the front row having qualified second, Valtteri Bottas shared the second row with Carlos Sainz having qualified third and fourth respectively. Lando Norris had his best qualifying result of the season and qualified fifth. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton had his worst qualifying since the 2018 German Grand Prix, and qualified outside the top two for the first time in 2021, qualifying seventh.[11] Mick Schumacher was not able to participate in qualifying due to a heavy crash in the final practice session.[12]

Qualifying classificationEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:11.113 1:10.597 1:10.346 1
2 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:11.124 1:10.650 1:10.576 2
3 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:10.938 1:10.695 1:10.601 3
4 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1:11.324 1:10.806 1:10.611 4
5 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1:11.321 1:11.031 1:10.620 5
6 10   Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1:11.560 1:11.179 1:10.900 6
7 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:11.622 1:11.116 1:11.095 7
8 5   Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 1:12.078 1:11.309 1:11.419 8
9 11   Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:11.644 1:11.019 1:11.573 9
10 99   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:11.658 1:11.409 1:11.779 10
11 31   Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1:11.740 1:11.486 N/A 11
12 3   Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1:11.747 1:11.598 N/A 12
13 18   Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1:11.979 1:11.600 N/A 13
14 7   Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:11.899 1:11.642 N/A 14
15 63   George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:12.016 1:11.830 N/A 15
16 22   Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 1:12.096 N/A N/A 16
17 14   Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1:12.205 N/A N/A 17
18 6   Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1:12.366 N/A N/A 18
19 9   Nikita Mazepin[c] Haas-Ferrari 1:12.958 N/A N/A 19
107% time: 1:15.903
47   Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari No time N/A N/A 201
  • ^1Mick Schumacher did not take part in qualifying due to an accident that occurred during the third practice session. He was permitted to race at the stewards' discretion.[15] He also received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. This made no difference as he was already due to start the race from last place.[16]


Race reportEdit

Ferrari inspected Charles Leclerc's car overnight after his crash in qualifying. The primary concern was Leclerc's gearbox, but it was cleared, and it was expected that Leclerc would start on pole. On race day, Leclerc brought the car out from the pits on the reconnaissance lap out to the grid, and a failure in the left driveshaft was detected. There was not enough time to repair the problem before the race, and thus Leclerc did not start in the race.[17] Ferrari later discovered the issue was caused by a cracked left-rear driveshaft hub.[18]

Due to Leclerc's retirement, pole position on the grid was left empty, leaving Max Verstappen as the de facto polesitter, though he lined up in the second grid position. At the start of the race Valtteri Bottas got away slightly better than Verstappen, but the latter was able to cover off the former to take the lead into the first corner. Bottas later retired at his scheduled pitstop on lap 30, when his team was unable to remove his right front wheel due to a stripped wheel nut, promoting Carlos Sainz to second place and Lando Norris to third.[19]

Verstappen pitted for fresh tyres on lap 34. Sergio Pérez led most of lap 35 before being called into the pits at the end of the same lap, and this meant that Verstappen officially led all laps through the pit stops. Pérez used pit strategy to improve to fourth, which is where he finished the race. The podium was formed by the same drivers in those positions at the halfway point of the race: Verstappen in the lead, Sainz in second, and Norris in third. Pérez, in fourth, closed in on Norris but was unable to pass him before the race ended. Sebastian Vettel and Antonio Giovinazzi scored their first points of the season, finishing fifth for Aston Martin and 10th for Alfa Romeo, respectively. This was also Alfa Romeo's first point of the season.[20][21] Lewis Hamilton, in seventh, used a late race tyre change to challenge for the race's fastest lap, earning one extra championship point.

Three former Monaco Grand Prix winners, Kimi Räikkönen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Fernando Alonso, all finished one lap down on race winner Verstappen and out of the points in 11th, 12th and 13th places respectively.[20][21] Verstappen's and Pérez's high points haul, along with Bottas' retirement and Hamilton's seventh-place finish, was sufficient to propel Red Bull into the lead in the Constructors' Championship, and Verstappen into the lead in the Drivers' Championship. This was the first time since the 2018 British Grand Prix that Mercedes had not led either championship. It was also the first time Verstappen was the points leader in his Formula One career.[22] The FIA said it was open to suggesting layout changes for the future to the improve the on track excitement at the venue, after the race provided a low number of overtakes.[23][d]


Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff admitted they had suffered a disastrous weekend.[25] McLaren admitted it had not expected to be competitive enough for a podium result.[26] In the aftermath of Leclerc's qualifying crash, FIA race director Michael Masi stated the FIA was looking into the possibility of introducing a rule where drivers who cause red flags in qualifying have their lap times deleted, to avoid the possibility of drivers crashing intentionally to prevent other drivers improving, though Masi said he was convinced Leclerc's qualifying crash was a genuine driver error.[27] Télé Monte Carlo's broadcast direction was criticised after cutting away from Vettel's duel with Pierre Gasly to a replay of Lance Stroll hitting a kerb. The video became an internet meme.[28]

Race classificationEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 78 1:38:56.820 2 25
2 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 78 +8.968 4 18
3 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 78 +19.427 5 15
4 11   Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing-Honda 78 +20.490 9 12
5 5   Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 78 +52.591 8 10
6 10   Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 78 +53.896 6 8
7 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 +1:08.231 7 71
8 18   Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 13 4
9 31   Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 77 +1 lap 11 2
10 99   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 77 +1 lap 10 1
11 7   Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 77 +1 lap 14
12 3   Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 12
13 14   Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 77 +1 lap 17
14 63   George Russell Williams-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 15
15 6   Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 18
16 22   Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 77 +1 lap 16
17 9   Nikita Mazepin[c] Haas-Ferrari 75 +3 laps 19
18 47   Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 75 +3 laps 20
Ret 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 29 Wheel nut 3
DNS 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0 Driveshaft hub 2
Fastest lap:   Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1:12.909 (lap 69)
  • ^1 – Includes one point for fastest lap.
  • ^2Charles Leclerc did not start the race. His place on the grid was left vacant.[29]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ Formula One plan to hold twenty-two Grands Prix.[1] This remains subject to the cancellation of rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the replacement of any rounds which are cancelled. At the time of the event Formula One planned to hold twenty-three Grands Prix.[2][3]
  2. ^ Charles Leclerc set the fastest qualifying time, but did not start the race. Pole position was left vacant on the grid. Max Verstappen, in the second slot, was the first driver on the grid. Leclerc is still considered to have held pole position.[5]
  3. ^ a b Nikita Mazepin is Russian, but he competed as a neutral competitor using the designation RAF (Russian Automobile Federation [ru]), as the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a ban on Russia competing at World Championships. The ban was implemented by the World Anti-Doping Agency in response to the state-sponsored doping program of Russian athletes.[13]
  4. ^ Sources disagree about whether first lap overtakes should be considered to the total, with some sources reporting zero overtakes,[24] and others one.[23]


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