MONTE CARLO, Monaco — On a day that appeared to be all about endurance, Sergio Perez was confirmed as winner of the Monaco Grand Prix at 20:35 native time on Sunday, 4 hours after the race had completed.
Perez had held off Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz to assert the third F1 race win of his profession.
The race had been delayed by 70 minutes due to a heavy downpour and energy outage earlier than the scheduled begin, and the ready continued after the occasion as Ferrari protested Perez and his teammate Max Verstappen, who completed third.
Ferrari contended that Perez and Verstappen had breached the road at pit exit on Lap 23, which isn’t allowed beneath the foundations.
Onboard replays of Verstappen getting near the road have been proven at quite a few events through the TV broadcast, however the FIA didn’t pursue an investigation through the race.
At 20:00 native time, Perez jumped into the pool on Red Bull’s enormous floating motorhome, suggesting the Mexican driver and his staff knew the win had been secured.
The FIA’s official verdicts got here by means of simply over a half hour later, stating Ferrari’s protests have been unfounded, one thing the Italian staff themselves admitted as soon as the proof was reviewed.
Ferrari had claimed Perez and Verstappen had been to the left of the road and quoted a penalty given to Yuki Tsunoda on the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix as precedent.
The stewards clarified that the FIA rules state wheels can’t “cross” the pit exit line absolutely, which neither Red Bull automotive did within the incident in query.