F1 driver standings, Monaco GP edition: Ocon breaks through, Verstappen cruises on (2023)

Impressing on the streets of Monaco is the trademark of great Formula 1 drivers. Doing it in the rain is an even greater achievement.

This meant Sunday's race was a big opportunity for drivers to flourish or falter. When the late shower arrived, those at the front settled down, avoiding the walls (mostly) through the tense closing stages. Those closer to the back, not so much.


It all ended with a known winner, albeit not in his usual outright fashion, a surprising name on the podium and some missed opportunities for those below.

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1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Max Verstappen won the race by 27 seconds, but this is probably the hardest he's worked to win all season. Even during his struggle from ninth on the grid to victory in Miami, he was always therea sense of control and inevitability. Monaco offered neither.

The threat of rain meant that Verstappen had to commit to a very long stay on his starting pads, meaning his tires were already in pretty bad shape when the downpour arrived. Verstappen almost kept his car clear of the wall at Portier, and the scare was the final sign that it was definitely time to switch to medium. He took a few laps to collect himself, knowing Alonso had plenty of protection after the Aston Martin pitted twice, then gradually built up the lead again.

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Sergio Pérez's failure to score after a miserable weekend made this a very important win in the context of Verstappen's bid for a third championship and thus his place at the top. Even without the bigger headline picture - Verstappen now has 144 points to Checo's 105 - Monaco proved that no matter what you throw at Verstappen, nothing can break him now.

2. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

Esteban Ocon's stunning performance all weekend ended, deservedly, on this third F1 podium. For a moment in Q3, there were dreams of a bigger shock when the Alpine driver jumped to provisional pole with minutes remaining, only to drop back to P4 on the grid.

Fourth became third thanks to Charles Leclerc's penalty and Ocon drove superbly to keep the faster Ferrari of Carlos Sainz and then the two Mercedes cars at bay through the late chaos in the rain. He may have been far behind Verstappen and Alonso in the main battle, but it was never his battle.

To win the podium in the fifth fastest car at the moment is a really big achievement. For context, since the start of the 2022 season, only one other driver outside of a 'big four' team has broken into the top three: Lando Norris finished third at Imola last April. At a time when Alpine's performance was rightfully being questioned (including by its own CEO), Ocon gave the team a big boost. He deserves a large amount of credit for making it happen.

How it started 🆚 How it goes#Alpine #MonacoGP pic.twitter.com/R9DvLhQwyS

— BWT Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team)May 29, 2023

3. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)

This was the closest to victory that Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin have come all season. Both the driver and the team canthey deny that they actually had a chance to beat Verstappen, but it's impossible to imagine that with better tire choices to prevent two pit stops in two laps it could have been a fairytale win.

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Nothing about Alonso's performance behind the wheel could change that, though. He did absolutely everything he could. He ran Verstappen close to pole on Saturday, only to be denied by the Dutchman's powerful final sector, and showed good pace on the hard rubber during his long opening performance. The risk of losing track position meant that Verstappen could never truly feel in the lead, even when running 10 seconds on the side of the road before the rain started.

A missed opportunity? Could be. But Alonso did his thing. Victory seems to be getting closer.

4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Lewis Hamilton has had few lucky weekends this season, but Monaco is definitely on the list.Mercedes car upgrade, although difficult to read on such an unconventional track, seemed to give Hamilton a comfort and confidence in the car that he has lacked for much of this year.


And everything ended with a good result. Hamilton edged out qualifying team-mate George Russell and trailed the Ocon/Sainz battle through the opening stretch. Catching and passing Ocon, even in a faster car, has always been a big ask in Monaco. Fourth place is a very good return this weekend.

5. Lando Norris (McLaren)

To talk about ninth place as a great result may seem strange, especially for a driver and team that was on the podium in Monaco just two years ago. But Lando Norris really made the most of this weekend.

He didn't have the rhythm to keep up with Yuki Tsunoda's AlphaTauri in the dry, making P10 look like his ceiling. But the late rain put Norris in contention. He pitted for a tough race just before the rain arrived, which cost him around 20 seconds, but he made up for it with a fantastic final pit stop in the middle stages where he was one of the fastest drivers. In the last 13 laps, Norris made up 16 seconds of the leading Verstappen. He even joked that he hoped Red Bull, who ran ahead of him on the track at one point, would be shown blue flags signaling to let a faster driver pass.

The pass at Tsunoda was Norris' ninth, which was really the maximum for McLaren given the lack of pace in the dry. If the entire race had been wet, who knows what would have been possible? Definitely positives for the team, even with nearest rivals Alpine having such a good weekend.

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points on the streetspic.twitter.com/N1TrC2khXI

— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris)May 28, 2023

6. Pierre Gasly (Alpine)

No, Ocon didn't bring home a big score. But it was still a really solid weekend for Pierre Gasly. If things had gone a little differently, he might have been the one on the podium spraying the champagne for Alpine, not Ocon.

Gasly kept George Russell at bay during the opening stint and made a long run on the hard field, mauling him all the way to third after Ocon, Sainz, Hamilton and Leclerc pitted. The pit call on lap 47 came just a few laps before the rain arrived, meaning Gasly pitted twice in seven laps. If Gasly had stayed away a little longer and gone straight to semis, third place was on the cards.

Gasly wasn't quite on Ocon's level in Monaco, and seventh could be a somewhat disappointing result. However, it is still his best result of the season so far.

7. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

Leclerc's Monaco "curse" showed no signs of abating last weekend. For all the hype and anticipation that he could pull off an incredible jump and take pole against the odds as he did in Baku and then hold on for victory on home soil, Leclerc's weekend was never close to that.


Leclerc admitted after qualifying that he "struggled like crazy" with the car, which was at the bottom on the rough roads of Monaco. He still managed to qualify third, only to receive a three-place penalty for impeding Lando Norris when Ferrari failed to inform Leclerc that the McLaren was approaching through the tunnel. He had nowhere to go.

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Leclerc could do little else in the race. He trailed Lewis Hamilton through the opening section, pitted for about 10 laps before the rain arrived, and didn't have enough pace to keep up with the Mercedes cars on the intermediate tracks. The wait for a happy return home to Monaco continues.

8. George Russell (Mercedes)

Like Hamilton, Russell was more relaxed with the Mercedes car thanks to the new improvements. He wasn't quite on the pace of his teammate throughout the weekend, falling behind in qualifying and eighth in the opening section. But a long run in the rough meant Russell made it all the way to third before the rain started to fall.

That put the Brit in line for the podium when it came time to switch to the intermediates, only for a mistake by Mirabeau, running deep into the corner, to throw that chance away. His unsafe return to the track resulted in contact with Pérez and a fair penalty of five seconds. This had no effect on his final result, fifth, due to the gap to Leclerc behind him, but the damage had already been done. Despite this, a decent result and points won, especially placing ahead of both Ferraris.

I should have had a podium today thanks to a great strategy, but my mistake on the outside lap cost us two positions to finish P5. I'm very disappointed with the mistake, but a lot of positives to take to Barcelona.pic.twitter.com/ytvFFWRuww

— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63)May 28, 2023

9. Oscar Piastri (McLaren)

For his first Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Piastri had a lot going on last weekend. He struggled with the settings on Friday to finish 11th on the grid on Saturday, trailing only team-mate Norris by a very good margin. Norris' slight advantage continued through the dry part of the race before giving up in the intermediate stages, but Piastri was still one of the fastest drivers through the closing stages of the race.

His move outside the struggling Yuki Tsunoda in Sainte Dévote was brave - Piastri even feared he would end up in the wall after locking up briefly - but it showed his willingness to take risks when it mattered. Maybe all that was enough for just one point, but it was hard-earned and well-deserved.

10. Nyck de Vries (AlphaTauri)

After a few weeksspeculation about his future with AlphaTauri, Nyck de Vries showed his strongest performance in the season so far. He qualified 12th, behind Tsunoda, and struggled to keep up with the McLarens who had been ahead all race. But de Vries didn't lose his head when the late rain fell. Although he was passed by Valtteri Bottas, one of the first middle-class stoppers, he kept it on the road to bring him home in 12th place in difficult conditions.


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It's a performance that should build confidence for de Vries. He lacked the pace of team-mate Tsunoda - our other contender to round out the top 10, who was ruled against because a late-race spin was his fault - over the weekend, but ended his recent run of mistakes. It is a platform on which he can build.

(Feature photo: Eric Alonso/Getty Images)


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Which F1 driver has won the most at Monaco? ›

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How many times has Max Verstappen won the Monaco Grand Prix? ›

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Paddock, The

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Winners don't always get to keep their trophies.

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Lewis Hamilton - 103 wins. In terms of career wins and total career points, Lewis Hamilton is the best Formula 1 driver to have ever graced a circuit.

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Senna holds the record for the most victories in Monaco, with six, including five consecutive wins between 1989 and 1993, as well as eight podium finishes in ten starts.

Why is Monaco GP so special? ›

The Circuit de Monaco was not designed for modern F1 cars. It may not have even been a great fit for cars in the 1950s. But the Monaco Grand Prix has endured due to a unique combination of tradition, ambience and a historical and challenging circuit.

Who has won the most F1 races in their entire career? ›

All-time top Formula 1 drivers 1950-2023, by number of races won. With 103 races won throughout his career, Lewis Hamilton topped the ranking of Formula 1 drivers as of March 2023. The Briton surpassed German legend Michael Schumacher by 12 race wins. Hamilton is part of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.

Who is the youngest F1 racer? ›

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Formula 1′s acceleration superiority

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Has Max Verstappen won a race? ›

As of the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix, Verstappen has achieved 39 victories and 23 pole positions. He scored the first hat-trick of his career at the 2021 French Grand Prix and his first grand slam at the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix. He scored his second grand slam at the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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So, take a look at the special coverage that the Ayrton Senna website has prepared for you, to show how, year by year, the Brazilian built to this amazing record, which lead the international press to give him the title of “King of Monaco”.

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How many times has Lewis Hamilton won Monaco? ›

Repeat winners (drivers)
WinsDriverYears won
3Nico Rosberg2013, 2014, 2015
Lewis Hamilton2008, 2016, 2019
2Juan Manuel Fangio1950, 1957
Maurice Trintignant1955, 1958
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Who has won Monaco the most? ›

Racing champions Ayrton Senna (who has won it a record six times), Graham Hill, Sir Jackie Stewart, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton have all made history here.

Who holds Monaco track record? ›

Circuit de Monaco
Grand Prix Circuit (2015–present) (Tabac slightly moved)
4th Variation (1986–1996) (Nouvelle chicane added)
Length3.328 km (2.068 miles)
Race lap record1:21.076 ( Michael Schumacher, Benetton B194, 1994, F1)
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How many times did Schumacher win Monaco? ›

That Michael Schumacher "only" has five wins at Monaco from 18 attempts is testament to the often unpredictable nature of racing around the city streets. He first won here in 1994 and in the process recorded his first-ever Glam Slam. Schumacher also won in 1995, 1997 and 1999.


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