2022 – Sergio Perez wins the thrilling Monaco Grand Prix after torrential rain causes a long delay

The Mexican started the race in third place but overtook the lead in an action packed race.

While Perez won the championship for the first time, teammate Max Verstappen finished third, and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz finished second.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had started from pole position but finished fourth at home after his team’s pit stop strategy allowed Red Bull to overtake the Monaco driver.

Thus, Verstappen extends his lead over Leclerc at the top of the drivers’ standings.

Ferrari error

There was drama even before the race started as the long rain delay delayed the start by more than an hour.

Leclerc drove the field far at the end and dominated the early stages of the wet race.

But it should not be for a Ferrari driver.

Leclerc found himself behind Perez after stopping to switch to intermediate tires and then fell behind Verstappen and Sainz after a failed pit stop that took him to fourth.

Ferrari tried to change their mind and urged LeClerc to stay outside instead, but it was too late because the driver was already in the pit lane.

The safety car went out again after a serious crash by Mick Schumacher – the driver was unhurt – but the top positions remained unchanged on a hard-to-overtake circuit.

dream come true

Despite Leclerc’s disappointment – and sometimes anger – an emotional Perez deserved the win and celebrated in style as Red Bull left Monaco as the happiest team.

“It’s a dream come true,” Perez said. “After the race on your land, this is the special race to win.”

After a two-week hiatus, the season returns for a race in Baku, Azerbaijan before the riders travel to Montreal, Canada.

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