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Leclerc Conquers Monaco! Dominant Win Ends Winless Streak & Podium Curse

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First Monegasque Wins Home Race at Dramatic Monaco GP!

The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix was a race for the history books, filled with drama, dominance, and long-awaited triumphs. 

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Here’s a breakdown of the key facts and statistics that made this race weekend unforgettable:

Leclerc Victorious at Home

  • Charles Leclerc took the checkered flag, becoming the first Monegasque driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix in the Formula One World Championship era. This victory comes 93 years after Louis Chiron’s win in 1931.
  • Leclerc’s win ended a 39-race winless streak and his personal curse at Monaco, where he had never previously reached the podium in either F1 or F2.
  • This dominant win marked Leclerc’s fifth podium finish in the first eight races of the season, a significant improvement over his performance in 2023.

Unique Race Records Established

  • The Monaco Grand Prix witnessed a historic moment with all top 10 finishers maintaining their grid positions, a first in F1 history.
  • Leclerc also ended his streak of failing to convert pole positions into victories, a run that stretched back 12 races. This ties him for the second-longest streak in F1 history.

Team Standings Shake-Up

  • Ferrari secured their 10th win in Monaco and extended their dominance by leading every lap of the dry race, a feat achieved for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Oscar Piastri’s second-place finish tied his career-best Grand Prix result and secured McLaren’s best showing in Monaco since Lewis Hamilton’s win in 2008.
  • The podium this season has been a three-horse race, with Red Bull, Ferrari, and McLaren sharing all podium positions so far.

Driver Drama and Milestones

While Leclerc and Ferrari reigned supreme, other notable stories unfolded.

  • Max Verstappen endured a challenging race, finishing P6, his lowest result since the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix. This marked the first time since 2007 that a Red Bull driver missed the top five in Monaco.
  • Lewis Hamilton continued his impressive consistency in Monaco, securing a top-eight finish for the 16th time in 17 visits.
  • Several drivers celebrated milestones. Yuki Tsunoda scored his first points in Monaco, Alex Albon brought Williams their first points of the season, and Pierre Gasly secured his and Alpine’s second point of the year.

Pointless Starts and Retirements

Several drivers faced misfortune in Monaco. Fernando Alonso failed to score points for the second race in a row, Nico Hulkenberg continued his trend of first-lap retirements, and Kick Sauber remains the only team yet to score a point in 2024.

The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix will be remembered for Leclerc’s historic win, the first-ever top-10 grid order finish, and the continuation of exciting championship battles. The next race promises more drama as the drivers head to the Canadian Grand Prix. 

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