Sergio Perez held off Carlos Sainz to win an entertaining, wet-dry Monaco Grand Prix after his Red Bull team outmanoeuvred rivals Ferrari.
The Mexican driver was able to jump both Ferrari’s after pitting earlier to change to intermediate tyres. Perez then withstood heavy pressure from Sainz to take his first win of the season.
The race was delayed by an hour at the start following heavy rain just before the formation lap. When the race did eventually get underway behind the safety car, pole-sitter and home favourite Charles Leclerc was leading the way ahead of Carlos Sainz, Perez, and Max Verstappen.
As the track began to dry, it was all about choosing the correct moment to change from the full-wet tyres. Perez was the first one to pit at the front and the new intermediate tyres gave him the pace to move ahead of both Ferraris.
The race was red-flagged on lap 27 following a heavy crash for Haas driver Mick Schumacher. When the racing resumed, the order remained mostly the same as the twisty Monte Carlo streets offered limited overtaking opportunities.
Despite his tyres showing signs of wear, Perez held on to take his third career victory. Sainz and Verstappen completed the podium with Leclerc down in fourth, frustrated by his team’s strategy which ultimately cost him the win.