Leclerc wins Monaco- fastest in practice, qualifying, and “race”, Verstappen points lead cut to 31

Bob Francis - Go Full Throttle
3 min readMay 27, 2024

26 May 2024
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
Go Full Throttle Racing News

MONACO — The long wait is over for Charles Leclerc of Ferrari after he was untouchable through the entire weekend from Free Practice 1 on Friday through the GP on Sunday. All due credit, points, and celebration for Leclerc was well earned, however drivers and fans worldwide are speaking out over another year of “follow the leader parade laps” with ZERO changes in the GC from Qualifying to Grand Prix final results.

Go Full Throttle Racing News analysis of the F1 Monaco GP Qualifying and Race finishing order (Image Credit: GFT Digital)

When 7x F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton and current F1 World Champion Max Verstappen agree and speak out publicly, lets hope F1 and the FIA are listening:

Kealan Hughes, The Sun, “Sleeping at the wheel” 26 May 2024 reporting on the Monaco GP

GFT COMMENTARY on Sunday’s Monaco GP:
Like Lewis and Max, we found the Monaco GP to be boring, and another year of follow the leader. While that is not new, the negative racing (slow pace to try to alter pit strategy) compounded the frustration. The crazy rules package and lack of technology in place on the course that enabled Carlos Sainz to restart in 3rd after he punctured and pulled off the course has made the Monaco GP a joke. No longer should it be considered a part of “The Greatest Day in Motorsports.”

Under the current rules, Leclerc is the winner, earned the points, and should be congratulated. We are thankful that the World Championship points battle between Verstappen and Leclerc tightened up with the outcome of Sunday’s race. That’s great for the sport. But F1 and the FIA MUST take action before the 2025 Monaco GP.


Go Full Throttle Formula 1 AI Driver Rankings following the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix on May 26 at the Circuit de Monaco street course (Image Credit: GFT Digital)


Winners quote

“No words can explain that,” said Leclerc. “It’s such a difficult race, I think the fact that twice I’ve been starting on pole position and we couldn’t quite make it makes it even better in a way. It means a lot, obviously.”

Next Race on the F1 Calendar

The next stop on the 2024 F1 calendar will be Montreal, for the Canadian Grand Prix taking place on the weekend of June 7–9.



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