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Verstappen Rules in Monaco's Rain (Published 2023)

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Auto Racing|Verstappen Rules in Monaco's Rain

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/28/sports/autoracing/monaco-grand-prix-results.html

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The Circuit de Monaco is one of the most iconic stops on Formula 1's schedule, but it is also one of its most treacherous. A hairpin descent. Walls close enough to kiss. A dark tunnel that ejects drivers into a burst of blinding sunlight.

And that's on a good day.

Sunday was not a good day: When rain started to fall during the Monaco Grand Prix and tires started to lose their grip, the conditions deteriorated so quickly that even the most seasoned teams might have been filled with trepidation.

But Max Verstappen is not the average driver. While others struggled, he simply sped away, claiming his fourth win of the season and the 39th of his career. It was his second win at Monaco in three years, and it extended his lead, and Red Bull's, in the season points standings.

"It was incredibly slippery," Verstappen said of managing the conditions, the first rain of the current Formula 1 season. "When you are that far in the lead you don't want to push too hard, but also you don't want to lose too much time.

"We clipped the walls a few times — it was super difficult out there — but that's Monaco."

Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin finished the race where he started it, in second place, and Alpine's Esteban Ocon did the same to claim a satisfying third. But neither was a serious challenger to Verstappen in a race that lasted nearly two hours as the speedy cars sometimes slowed to a crawl as drivers tried to hold their nerve.

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