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Monaco GP Facts & Stats: Verstappen wins the fastest Monte Carlo race in history

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 23: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, second

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).

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 22: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR21

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.

Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team.

Monaco Grand Prix, Saturday 22nd May 2021. Monte Carlo,

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.

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