Perez powers to victory in Monaco

Sergio Perez has written himself into the history books at the fabled Monaco circuit by claiming victory in this morning’s feature race, defying strong pressure from behind as well as the threat of a race changing safety car period to stand on the top step of the podium between Pastor Maldonado and Dani Clos.

The Mexican’s win was set up at the start when a slow get away for pole man Clos allowed Perez to lead the pack from the front row, running through Ste Devote just ahead of Maldonado, Clos and Alberto Valerio, while behind them chaos reigned as Fabio Leimer stalled, causing a bottleneck which saw Max Chilton fly dramatically over the side of Davide Valsecchi’s slowed car as the back of the field tried to shake itself out as best it could.

Meanwhile at the front Perez was flying, putting together a string of fastest laps as he built a big lead over Maldonado, who always has plenty of pace to spare in the Principality, while Clos pushed his hardest to make up for his start line dramas, with Valerio holding the ART pairing of Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird behind him.

Clos was the first of the leaders to pit, on lap 14, with what looked to be fortuitous timing when Ho-Pin Tung bobbled over the curb at the chicane one lap later and found his way heavily into the barriers, prompting a safety car visit: Perez and Maldonado were straight into the pits and just managed to get out ahead of the pack, cutting but hanging onto the lead as they did so.

Maldonado pushed with all his might in the second half of the race but Perez was equal to the task, driving a perfect line for lap after lap as he held on for the biggest win of his career, while Clos grabbed a second podium for the season behind the pair despite constant pressure from Bianchi, who leapfrogged Valerio at the stop. Giedo van der Garde made a smart early stop and looked after his tires to move up from P11 on the grid to sixth at the finish, just ahead of Luiz Razia and Jerome d’Ambrosio’s fierce battle for the final points.

But all eyes were on Sergio Perez as he soaked up the adulation of the crowd, along with the champagne of his rivals, to claim the championship lead by one point over Maldonado and Clos.



1 4 S. Perez MEX Barwa Addax 1:21.823 42
2 15 P. Maldonado VEN Rapax 1:21.823 42 0.617
3 7 D. Clos ESP Racing Eng. 1:22.427 42 10.688 10.071
4 1 J. Bianchi FRA ART Grand Prix 1:22.289 42 12.117 1.429
5 20 A. Valerio BRA Scuderia Coloni 1:22.365 42 14.117 2.000
6 3 G. Van Der Garde NED Barwa Addax 1:22.505 42 17.337 3.220
7 14 L. Razia BRA Rapax 1:23.321 42 35.967 1.436
8 11 J. D'Ambrosio BEL Dams 1:23.255 42 37.403 1.436
9 24 J. Cecotto VEN Trident Racing 1:23.690 42 46.635 9.132
10 17 R. Gonzalez VEN Arden Int. 1:23.911 42 53.055 6.520
11 16 C. Pic FRA Arden Int. 1:23.602 42 53.977 0.922
12 6 M. Ericsson SWE Super Nova 1:23.782 42 54.913 0.936
13 5 J. Kral CZE Super Nova 1:23.659 42 57.571 2.658
14 8 C. Vietoris GER Racing Eng. 1:22.599 42 58.636 1.065
15 2 S. Bird GBR ART Grand Prix 1:22.972 42 59.160 0.524
16 9 O. Turvey GBR iSport Int 1:23.199 42 59.942 0.782
17 26 M. Herck ROU DPR 1:23.005 42 63.008 3.066
18 27 G. Ricci ITA DPR 1:22.506 42 63.419 0.411
19 10 D. Valsecchi ITA iSport Int 1:22.399 21 DNF
20 21 V. Arabadzhiev BUL Scuderia Coloni 1:24.243 19 DNF
21 12 H. Tung CHN Dams 1:24.131 13 DNF
22 19 F. Leimer SUI Ocean Racing 0 DNF
23 25 A. Zaugg RSA Trident Racing 0 DNF
24 18 M. Chilton GBR Ocean Racing 0 DNF

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