Lewis left speechless after a late rewrite
Hamilton had the race under control until a strategic blunder under the Safety Car changed everything
Expensive boats bob in the harbour. The glitterati and the wannabes party until dawn. The movers and shakers cruise the Formula 1 paddock, shaping futures and fortunes. And the occupant of pole position wins the race. The Monaco Grand Prix is steeped in tradition; almost unshakably so.
The lm-makers who gather each year for the festival just up the road in Cannes, though, will be crushingly familiar with the notion of the last-minute rewrite. For 64 of Monaco’s 78 laps, Lewis Hamilton was rmly in control of the race, give or take some uncertainty over brake temperatures. He had qualied on pole position here for the rst time since he raced in GP2 in 2006; he had controlled the pace when necessary, opened a gap when possible, and was sitting on a seemingly unassailable lead when Max Verstappen’s battle with Romain Grosjean ended with the Toro Rosso crashing into the barrier at Ste Dévote.
Verstappen’s performance had been among the highlights of a soporic opening two-thirds of the race. From ninth on the grid he had done everything right: running on the new Pirelli supersoft tyres like the rest of the top ten, he got away to a good start, so as not to fall behind