Monaco GP | Strategy jumps Vettel into victory, ahead of Raikkonen

Sebastian Vettel wins the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, from Kimi Raikkonen.

The Principality of Monaco, home to the glitz and glamour and the jewel in Formula One’s crown. The race every driver dreams of winning, leading the field through the narrow streets and standing atop the podium alongside royalty. Today, that man was Sebastian Vettel after leaping ahead of Raikkonen in the pits and laying down unmatchable pace. Even maintaining a dominant win despite a late safety car when Button pitched Wehlrein into a roll at Portier.

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Monaco GP | Raikkonen takes first pole in 128 Grand Prix

Pole on the streets of Monaco secured by Kimi Raikkonen, from Sebastian Vettel.

The narrow streets that align the Monte Carlo Harbour, winding up to Casino Square and down to the famous tunnel. Narrow streets where overtaking is hard, not impossible, but qualifying results and track position pay dividends come the race. A race Kimi Raikkonen will lead from the front when the lights go out and the most glamorous race on the Formula One calendar commences, while Lewis Hamilton will start from outside the top 10.

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8 things we learnt from the Monaco Grand Prix

Hamilton claimed his first win of the year at the Monaco Grand Prix, and here are seven other things we learnt from round six of the Formula One season, brought to you by Kyle Archer.

The rain lashed down on the Principality of Monaco come race day, hampering Red Bull’s strategic qualifying play of sending Ricciardo out on the supersofts in Q2. Come the race though, a pit stop error by the team cost Ricciardo the win as Hamilton snuck through to claim his first victory of the season. 

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Monaco Grand Prix Preview

Monaco Grand Prix, the most prestigious motor race in the world. Read on to preview the 2016 Formula One Grand Prix.

The race around the Principality of Monaco has been a figurehead of Formula One from its inaugural season. With the race forming part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport. Another piece of the crown is also up for grabs this weekend, as the IndyCar Series hits Indianapolis for the 100th running of the Indy 500. Both races will be broadcasted live in the UK, with Hamilton hunting his first win of the F1 season at a track victory was snatched away from him at last year.

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Lewis Hamilton claims his first pole for the Monaco Grand Prix

Qualifying success for Lewis Hamilton at the 2015 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix.

Around the narrow streets of Monte Carlo, pole is always important. And for tomorrow’s Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton will kick the race off from pole position. He will be joined on the front row by Nico Rosberg after the pair locked out the top slots in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, but a lock up in Q3 cost Nico the chance to challenge for pole.

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Monaco Grand Prix: Final free practice topped by Sebastian Vettel

Final practice for the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix topped by Sebastian Vettel.

The rain that caused limited running on Thursday afternoon had cleared away from the principality, meaning Saturday morning was awash with noise rather than rain as Formula One roared around Monte Carlo. And after an hour of running, it was Vettel with his head held higher than the rest after topping the third and final free practice session.

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Monaco Grand Prix: FP2 recap – Hamilton tops rained out session

Following his fastest lap in FP1, Hamilton took the top spot once more in second free practice at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Rain poured down upon the principality on Thursday afternoon, leaving the streets of Monaco empty with just water dripping across the circuit for almost an hour. In what turned out to be very limited running, Lewis Hamilton once again posted the fastest lap of the session with Nico Rosberg improving heavily to claim second place.

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