Verstappen takes the first Honda-powered victory in Monaco in almost 30 years, Vettel records Aston Martin’s best ever race result and Giovinazzi is the first Alfa Romeo driver to score in Monaco since 1983. Here are the facts and statistics from the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix!
VERSTAPPEN WINS IN MONACO
Max Verstappen took victory in the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, claiming the twelfth victory of his Formula 1 career. He is the 35th different driver to win in Monaco in the principality’s 67-race tenure on the F1 calendar.
Verstappen became the first driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix in a Honda-powered car since Ayrton Senna in 1992. That doesn’t include Olivier Panis, who won in a Mugen-Honda-powered Ligier in 1996.
Verstappen now has as many Formula 1 victories as Mario Andretti, Carlos Reutemann and Alan Jones, tying for 24th in the all-time list.
Winning by 8.968 seconds, this was the largest win margin at the Monaco Grand Prix since Nico Rosberg took victory by 9.210 seconds in 2014.
Verstappen led all 78 laps of the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, making it the third Monaco race in a row which a driver has led from start to end.
Red Bull recorded their 66th victory and their fifth at the Monaco Grand Prix. It was their first win at the circuit since 2018.
RED BULL TAKE THE TITLE LEAD
With his victory, Max Verstappen took the lead in the Drivers’ Championship. It’s the first time that the Dutchman has led the title race in his career. He’s the fifth driver to lead the title race in the V6 hybrid era, after Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.
Verstappen became the first Red Bull driver to lead the Drivers’ Championship since Sebastian Vettel at the end of the 2013 season.
Max Verstappen becomes the 61st driver to have led the Drivers’ Championship in Formula 1 history.
Red Bull took the lead in the Constructors’ Championship. It’s the first time that Mercedes have not led the Constructors’ Championship since Ferrari led after the 2018 British Grand Prix.
Red Bull are the first team to lead the Constructors’ Championship by a single point since Mercedes at the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix. It’s the 43rd time it has happened in F1 history.
ON THE PODIUM
Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris joined Max Verstappen on the Monaco Grand Prix podium. It was the first time that Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren have shared the podium positions since the 2012 United States Grand Prix.
The 2021 Monaco Grand Prix was the first time since the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix that a Red Bull driver has finished first with a Ferrari driver second and a McLaren driver in third.
Both Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris recorded their third podium finishes, and both equalled the best result of their Formula 1 career to date.
Sainz’s second place makes the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix the fourth consecutive Monaco race in which a Ferrari driver has finished in second place.
Norris recorded McLaren’s first podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix since Jenson Button in 2011.
Verstappen, Sainz and Norris all recorded their first Monaco Grand Prix podium finishes. It takes the total number of drivers to finish on the podium at the event during its time on the F1 calendar to 85.
This was the fifth Formula 1 race in which the driver starting second on the grid won, the driver starting fourth finished second and the driver starting fifth finished third. It also happened at the 1980 South African Grand Prix, the 2010 British Grand Prix, the 2013 German Grand Prix and the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix.
THE POINTS SCORERS
Sergio Perez finished in fourth place, marking the first time he has scored at the Monaco Grand Prix since his podium finish in 2016.
Finishing in fifth place, Sebastian Vettel recorded Aston Martin’s best ever result in Formula 1. It beats their previous best of sixth, recorded by Roy Salvadori at the 1959 British and Portuguese Grands Prix.
Vettel’s fifth place marked the first time he has scored since his podium finish at the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix.
Vettel maintains his record of finishing in the top five on every occasion that he has reached the chequered flag at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Finishing in sixth place, Pierre Gasly maintains his 100% points-scoring record at the Monaco Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz is the only other current driver to have scored on every appearance in the principality.
Lewis Hamilton finished in seventh place at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. It’s only the second time in the last seven Monaco Grands Prix that he has finished off the podium. Both times, he has finished seventh.
Hamilton set a new Lap Record at the Monaco Grand Prix, beating Max Verstappen’s previous record from 2018 by 1.351 seconds.
Lance Stroll finished eighth in the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. It was the first time in four appearances at the circuit that Stroll has scored. His previous best result was sixteenth in 2019.
With both Vettel and Stroll in the top ten, this was the second race in F1 history in which both Aston Martin drivers have finished in the top ten. The only other time it has happened was at the 1959 Portuguese Grand Prix, when Roy Salvadori finished sixth and Carroll Shelby finished eighth.
This was the first time that both of the Silverstone-based team’s drivers finished in the points at the Monaco Grand Prix since 2016.
Antonio Giovinazzi recorded Alfa Romeo’s first point of the season with a tenth place finish. It was his and the team’s first points finish since the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Giovinazzi scored the first point for the Alfa Romeo/Sauber team at the Monaco Grand Prix since Felipe Nasr finished ninth in 2015.
Giovinazzi’s tenth place was the first time that a team named Alfa Romeo has scored at the Monaco Grand Prix since Mauro Baldi finished sixth in 1983.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
With eleventh place, Kimi Raikkonen equalled his best result of the 2021 season. He also finished eleventh in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo’s twelfth place in the Monaco Grand Prix ended a fifteen-race streak of points-scoring appearances. He last failed to score at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix. It was one of the 24 longest points-scoring streaks in F1 history, equalling his second-longest streak.
Ricciardo’s twelfth place finish also marked the first time that a McLaren driver has failed to score since last year’s Portuguese Grand Prix, when Lando Norris finished thirteenth.
2021 is the first season in which Ricciardo has failed to score at the Monaco Grand Prix since 2013.
With Esteban Ocon ninth and Fernando Alonso outside of the points in thirteenth, the Enstone-based team scored the same result in 2021 as they did at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix.
George Russell finished in fourteenth place for the third time in the first five races of the 2021 season.
Finishing in fifteenth place, Nicholas Latifi recorded his best result since the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, where he finished fourteenth.
THE NON FINISHERS
Following a pit stop issue, Valtteri Bottas recorded his second retirement of the 2021 season. It marked Mercedes’ first retirement in Monaco since Michael Schumacher retired from the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix.
Bottas was the first driver to retire from third on the grid at the Monaco Grand Prix since Kimi Raikkonen in 2006.
Mercedes picked up only seven points at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix – their smallest points haul at the event since neither driver scored in 2011.
HOME HEARTBREAK FOR LECLERC
After taking pole position, Charles Leclerc failed to start the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix. That made the race only the fifth in F1 history in which the polesitter did not start. The last time that the polesitter failed to start was at the 2005 United States Grand Prix, when Jarno Trulli pulled into the pits at the end of the formation lap.
Leclerc became the first driver to record a DNS in Monaco since Pastor Maldonado in 2014.
With both Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas failing to see the chequered flag, this was the first Monaco Grand Prix since 2006 in which two of the top three qualifiers did not finish. The last time this occurred in F1 was at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Leclerc’s failure to start made this the first Monaco Grand Prix in which the polesitter has not reached the chequered flag since 2002, when Juan Pablo Montoya retired.
THE SHORTEST MONACO RACE
Clocking in at 1:38:56.820, the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix was the shortest ever Monaco race to run to full distance. The only shorter Monaco Grand Prix was the rain-hit 1984 race, which was called off after just over an hour.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.