Sebastian Vettel wins Monaco to extend championship lead
Ferrari driver now 25 points clear of Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crosses the finish line to win the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters
Hamilton started only 13th at the Monte Carlo circuit, but recovered to finish seventh on an afternoon of damage limitation following his disastrous qualifying performance on Saturday.
Championship leader Vettel trailed pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen for the opening phase of the race, but emerged from his one and only pit stop ahead of his Ferrari team-mate after stopping later.
Jenson Button, back in Formula One as a one-off replacement for Fernando Alonso, was involved in a hair-raising accident after he flipped Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber following an adventurous overtake in the closing stages of the race.
Wehrlein’s car was resting precariously on its side on the entrance to the tunnel and the German was trapped in his seat.
The safety car was deployed, and when Wehrlein’s car was rolled back on to its four wheels by the marshals, the 22-year-old mercifully emerged without any obvious injury. He walked away from his cockpit and was taken to the on-track medical centre for precautionary checks.
Button, in what is likely to be his last race, retired having sustained significant damage to the front left of his McLaren following the crash.
The race resumed six laps after the extraordinary incident, but Daniel Ricciardo, despite kissing the barriers at turn one, held off Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen to take the final spot on the podium, while Hamilton was unable to do anything about Carlos Sainz as he crossed the line in a lowly seventh place.