RACE DEBRIEF

    The Monaco Grand Prix is invariably a race of highs and lows – this year Max Verstappen hit the high, while Charles Leclerc and Mercedes were among those suffering the lows. As always, though, it also generated a plethora of fascinating figures…

    • Verstappen's 157.833 km/h winning average speed was the fastest in Monaco Grand Prix history, surpassing Fernando Alonso’s in 2007.

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    • Verstappen and Red Bull take the lead of the drivers' and constructors' world championships.

    • It’s the first time Red Bull have led either championship in the hybrid era.

    • Verstappen is the 64th driver to lead the F1 world championship.

    WATCH: The moment Max Verstappen captured victory on the streets of Monaco

    • Red Bull engine suppliers Honda have not led a championship since Ayrton Senna and McLaren won the 1991 titles.

    • Verstappen had never previously finished on the podium in Monaco (he was 2nd on the road in 2019, but dropped to P4 after a penalty).

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    A good day for Sebastian Vettel - his first 2021 points and Driver of the Day honours

    • Carlos Sainz in 2nd place gave Ferrari a 4th consecutive top-2 finish in Monaco.

    • It was Sainz’s 1st Monaco podium and his 1st Monaco podium.

    • After his 6th Monaco GP, he maintains his 100% scoring record in the Principality.

    • Sebastian Vettel’s 5th place was the best Aston Martin result in their brief F1 history.

    • For Vettel, it was only his 2nd top-5 finish since the start of 2020 when he came 3rd in the Turkish GP.

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    • With P3, McLaren’s Lando Norris secured his 2nd podium in the last 4 races, having scored just 1 podium finish in the first 39 races of his career.

    • It was McLaren's first Monaco podium since Jenson Button was 3rd in 2011.

    • With P4, Sergio Perez scored in Monaco for the first time since finishing on the podium in 2016.

    • Perez has finished 4th or 5th in all but-one race in 2021.

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    Yet again, Esteban Ocon put Alpine team mate Fernando Alonso in the shade

    • Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was the first polesitter to fail to start due to a mechanical failure since Michael Schumacher – also in a Ferrari – at the 1996 French GP.

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    • Pierre Gasly’s P6 for AlphaTauri was his 4th consecutive points finish this season, and the 4th year in a row that this team have finished 7th or better in the Monaco GP.

    • Lewis Hamilton’s P7 was only his 2nd time finishing outside the top 6 since the beginning of 2020.

    • Valtteri Bottas has 2 retirements in his last 4 starts. Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton has 0 retirements in his last 54 starts.

    WATCH: Bottas forced to retire from second place after pit stop disaster in Monaco

    • Lance Stroll’s P8 for Aston Martin tied his best result of 2021, and gave him his first-ever points in Monte Carlo.

    • Esteban Ocon – P9 – has been the first Alpine to finish at every race in 2021.

    • Antonio Giovinazzi took P10 for Alfa Romeo's first point of 2021, and the team's first point in Monaco since 2015.