Charles Leclerc claims maiden victory of 2024 Formula One season at Monaco Grand Prix

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc

27th May 2024 – (Paris) Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc secured his first win of the 2024 Formula One season with a commanding lights-to-flag victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, his home race.

The race got off to a dramatic start as a heavy collision between Sergio Perez’s Red Bull and the two Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg forced a red flag on the first lap, resulting in their retirements from the race.

Following the restart, the remaining drivers took the opportunity to change tyres, adhering to the Formula One regulation that mandates the use of two different tyre compounds during a Grand Prix.

Given the importance of track position on the narrow streets of Monaco, the race became a procession, with drivers aiming to navigate the remaining 76 laps without the need for a pit stop.

Despite the strategic tyre management required, Leclerc, who started from pole position, successfully fended off pressure from McLaren’s Oscar Piastri at the beginning and maintained his lead throughout the race, clinching his first-ever victory on the streets of his hometown.

Leclerc expressed his elation, stating, “No words can explain that… It means a lot, obviously. It’s the race which made me dream of becoming a Formula One driver one day.”

Behind Leclerc, McLaren’s Oscar Piastri achieved his best result of the season so far by securing second place, while Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz, despite sustaining a puncture at the initial start, finished in third place.

Lando Norris of McLaren claimed fourth position, with George Russell of Mercedes securing fifth place. Championship leader Max Verstappen had a challenging weekend, finishing in sixth place, while Lewis Hamilton, Russell’s teammate, settled for seventh.

Yuki Tsunoda impressed by securing eighth place for RB, followed by an excellent ninth-place finish for Alex Albon, earning Williams their first points of the season. Pierre Gasly of Alpine rounded out the top ten.

The difficulty of overtaking at Monaco was evident as the top ten drivers finished in the same order as they started on the grid.

Despite a challenging race, Verstappen still leads the Drivers’ Championship with 169 points, while Leclerc closed the gap and now has 138 points. Norris moved ahead of Perez into third place with 113 points.

In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull maintains the lead with 276 points, followed closely by Ferrari with 252 points. McLaren sits in third place with 184 points.

The next race on the Formula One calendar is the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on June 9th.