2023 Monaco Grand Prix

The 2023 Monaco Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2023) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 28 May 2023, at the Circuit de Monaco in the Principality of Monaco. It was the sixth round of the 2023 Formula One World Championship.

2023 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 6 of 22 in the 2023 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[1]
Date 28 May 2023
Official name Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2023
Location Circuit de Monaco
La Condamine and Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.337 km (2.074 miles)
Distance 78 laps, 260.286 km (161.772 miles)
Weather Cloudy, with some rain intervals
Pole position
Driver Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT
Time 1:11.365
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:15.650 on lap 33
Podium
First Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT
Second Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes
Third Alpine-Renault
Lap leaders

The race, which was affected by rain during the middle stages, was won by polesitter Max Verstappen, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, the latter receiving his third podium in his Formula One career after the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Background edit

The event was held across the weekend of 26–28 May 2023.[1] It was the sixth round of the 2023 Formula One World Championship, after the previously scheduled Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was cancelled due to floods in the region.[2][3]

Due to this, Mercedes, a team with pending upgrades intended to be introduced during the Imola race, had to implement them during the Monaco race.[4] The team's car, which, going into the weekend, still utilised the "zero-pod" design introduced in the previous year's car, was brought into Monaco with an upgrade that reintroduced the sidepods.[5][6][7] In addition, the Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Alpine teams sported upgrade packages for the weekend.[8]

Championship standings before the race edit

Going into the weekend, Max Verstappen led the World Drivers' Championship with 119 points, 14 points ahead of his teammate Sergio Pérez in second, and 44 ahead of Fernando Alonso in third. Red Bull Racing, with 224 points, led the Constructors' Championship from Aston Martin and Mercedes, who were second and third with 102 and 96 points, respectively.[9]

Entrants edit

The drivers and teams were the same as the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for the race.[10]

Tyre choices edit

Tyre supplier Pirelli brought the C3, C4, and C5 tyre compounds (designated hard, medium, and soft, respectively) for teams to use at the event.[11]

Practice edit

Three free practice sessions were held for the event. The first free practice session was held on 26 May 2023, at 13:30 local time (UTC+2). Carlos Sainz Jr. topped the session ahead of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.[12][13]

The second free practice session was held on 26 May 2023, at 17:00 local time (UTC+2). Max Verstappen topped the session ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sainz.[14][13]

The third free practice session was held on 27 May 2023, at 12:30 local time (UTC+2). Verstappen again topped the session ahead of Sergio Pérez and Lance Stroll.[15][13]

Qualifying edit

Qualifying was held on 27 May 2023, at 16:00 local time (UTC+2).[1]

Qualifying report edit

Max Verstappen set the quickest time across all three sessions. During the first session, Carlos Sainz Jr.'s time on his first lap was deleted due to exceeding track limits. Sergio Pérez crashed out of the opening St. Devote corner, red-flagging the session and damaging his car. Due to this, he started in the last position. Due to the narrow nature of the track, his car had to be craned out; the second time such had happened during the weekend following Lewis Hamilton during the third free practice session, which was red-flagged. Pérez's teammate Verstappen tapped the wall following the restart, but no damage was reported. By the end of the first session, Logan Sargeant, the Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg, Zhou Guanyu, and Pérez found themselves knocked out.

During the second session, Lando Norris found himself hitting the wall at the Tabac chicane, inflicting minor damage to his car. However, he found himself progressing through the third session; his teammate Oscar Piastri would not. Joining him were Nyck de Vries, Alexander Albon, Lance Stroll and Valtteri Bottas.

During the third and final session, Norris would go out later after quick repairs to his car, though he could not beat Yuki Tsunoda (who would qualify ninth) to the line. The session proved to be the tightest of the weekend as Verstappen set the fastest lap during the closing minutes of the session. Just before the session ended and before Verstappen set his pole time, Fernando Alonso (in second), Esteban Ocon (in fourth), and Charles Leclerc (in third with a brief investigation for impeding Norris) all set the fastest lap. Leclerc was dissatisfied with the result, saying he "struggled a lot with the car", while Verstappen said that "in qualifying, you need to go all out and risk it all". Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly and George Russell made up sixth, seventh and eighth position respectively. This is Verstappen's first Monaco Grand Prix pole position. With penalties applied, this is the third time Ocon achieved a starting position of third following the 2017 Italian Grand Prix and 2018 Belgian Grand Prix.[16][17]

Leclerc was dropped to sixth after the stewards investigated his impeding of Norris earlier in Q3.[18]

Qualifying classification edit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 1   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT 1:12.386 1:11.908 1:11.365 1
2 14   Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 1:12.886 1:12.107 1:11.449 2
3 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:12.912 1:12.103 1:11.471 61
4 31   Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1:12.967 1:12.248 1:11.553 3
5 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1:12.717 1:12.210 1:11.630 4
6 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.872 1:12.156 1:11.725 5
7 10   Pierre Gasly Alpine-Renault 1:13.033 1:12.169 1:11.933 7
8 63   George Russell Mercedes 1:12.769 1:12.151 1:11.964 8
9 22   Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 1:12.642 1:12.249 1:12.082 9
10 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.877 1:12.377 1:12.254 10
11 81   Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.006 1:12.395 N/A 11
12 21   Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 1:13.054 1:12.428 N/A 12
13 23   Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes 1:12.706 1:12.527 N/A 13
14 18   Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 1:12.722 1:12.623 N/A 14
15 77   Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:13.038 1:12.625 N/A 15
16 2   Logan Sargeant Williams-Mercedes 1:13.113 N/A N/A 16
17 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:13.270 N/A N/A 17
18 27   Nico Hülkenberg Haas-Ferrari 1:13.279 N/A N/A 18
19 24   Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:13.523 N/A N/A 19
20 11   Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT 1:13.850 N/A N/A 20
107% time: 1:17.453
Source:[19][20]

Notes

  • ^1Charles Leclerc received a three-place grid penalty for impeding Lando Norris in Q3.[20][21]

Race edit

The race was held on 28 May 2023, at 15:00 local time (UTC+2).[1]

Race report edit

Following the formation lap, George Russell made a mistake with his start but was not penalised. As the race began, Nico Hülkenberg made contact with Logan Sargeant, which granted the Haas driver a five-second penalty. Sergio Pérez made an early stop to swap to the hards. By lap 14, Carlos Sainz Jr. ran off the Nouvelle chicane, his front wing making contact with Esteban Ocon's right-rear. Sainz decided to continue on. Valtteri Bottas jumped Alexander Albon, with the latter granting himself a new set of hard tyres. His teammate Sargeant would follow, first on hards, and again on softs. By lap 30, Lewis Hamilton put on fresh hards and came out behind Russell.

By lap 20, Ferrari engineers told Sainz to come in to overtake Ocon, though he was then told to stay out. The order was repeated six laps later, with Ferrari once again telling him to stay out afterwards. Sainz eventually boxed by lap 33 with new mediums, rejoining in seventh and behind Ocon. Sainz was frustrated with the strategy, criticising it over team radio. Soon, Pérez came in with new mediums and a new front wing, coming out in last. Lance Stroll reported damage during lap 38, having made contact with Kevin Magnussen. Charles Leclerc went in for fresh mediums, dropping him to eighth; Pierre Gasly failed to overcut Leclerc with new fresh mediums. Lando Norris came in for hards, dropping him a position lower.

A threat of rain was reported during the race; Russell reported drops by turn 3. The first two drivers to switch to intermediates were Stroll and Bottas; soon Zhou Guanyu and Albon followed. While everyone else went for intermediate tyres, Fernando Alonso decided to use medium tyres; he switched to inters the following lap, with Ferrari deciding to double stack. Sainz spun twice, though did not hit the barriers at high speeds. Stroll, however, received damage to his car following his front wing lodging itself underneath his front wheels. Max Verstappen grazed the wall at Portier while on mediums, but saved the car from retirement. Magnussen took full wets, having had hards as the rain began; Pérez would utilise the compound later on. However, Magnussen crashed out with damage to his front wing. His mechanics, unprepared for such a change, had to prepare it on the spot, lengthening his time in the pits. Meanwhile, Sargeant hit the wall at the hairpin, though he recovered the car. Magnussen would go off on turn one, and Stroll went into an escape road at turn five; Russell followed Stroll into the escape road, only to be hit by Pérez. Meanwhile, Hülkenberg was given a 10 second penalty for serving the first one incorrectly, Gasly was shown a black and white flag for exceeding track limits, Pérez swapped to inters, and Yuki Tsunoda reported problems with his brakes.

The running order on the top three did not change throughout the race. Verstappen's victory marks his second Monaco Grand Prix victory. Alonso finished second; his former teammate Ocon finished third and was awarded driver of the day; the first time a French driver was on the podium in Monaco since Olivier Panis in 1996, and his first podium since the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, which was also his first win. Hamilton took the fastest lap.[22][23] A five-second penalty was given to Russell after an unsafe rejoin, though his final position was not affected.[24]

Race classification edit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT 78 1:48:51.980 1 25
2 14   Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 78 +27.921 2 18
3 31   Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 78 +36.990 3 15
4 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 +39.062 5 131
5 63   George Russell Mercedes 78 +56.2842 8 10
6 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 78 +1:01.890 6 8
7 10   Pierre Gasly Alpine-Renault 78 +1:02.362 7 6
8 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 78 +1:03.391 4 4
9 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 10 2
10 81   Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 11 1
11 77   Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 77 +1 lap 15
12 21   Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 77 +1 lap 12
13 24   Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 77 +1 lap 19
14 23   Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes 77 +1 lap 13
15 22   Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 76 +2 laps 9
16 11   Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing-Honda RBPT 76 +2 laps 20
17 27   Nico Hülkenberg Haas-Ferrari 76 +2 laps3 18
18 2   Logan Sargeant Williams-Mercedes 76 +2 laps4 16
195 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 70 Accident damage 17
Ret 18   Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 53 Accident damage 14
Fastest lap:   Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1:15.650 (lap 33)
Source:[20][24][25][26]

Notes

  • ^1 – Includes one point for fastest lap.[25]
  • ^2George Russell received a five-second time penalty for rejoining the track unsafely. His final position was not affected by the penalty.[24]
  • ^3Nico Hülkenberg finished 16th, but he received a ten-second time penalty for failing to serve a penalty during a pit stop.[24]
  • ^4Logan Sargeant received a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane. His final position was not affected by the penalty.[24]
  • ^5Kevin Magnussen was classified as he completed more than 90% of the race distance.[24]

Championship standings after the race edit

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

See also edit

References edit

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