Lewis Hamilton held off Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to win a nail-biting Monaco Grand Prix.
The world champion was left struggling with the tyres on his Mercedes after fitting softer rubber during an early-race safety car than the Dutchman.
Hamilton repeatedly complained that he was not going to be able to make the tyres last to the end but by careful management managed to take his fourth win of 2019.
Verstappen dropped from second on the road to fourth in the results because of a five-second penalty, promoting Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to second and Merceces’ Valtteri Bottas to third.
Verstappen’s punishment was for causing a collision after an unsafe release in the pits when all the leaders pitted on lap 12 as a safety car was deployed to clear up debris laid by Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari.
Although Mercedes’ run of consecutive victories at the start of this season continued, their sequence of one-twos is over as a result of Bottas’ bad luck.
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