Ferrari face reality while McLaren’s progress is starting to be noted | Giles Richards

Scuderia admit risks need to be taken in Montreal, it’s looking good for Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc’s season is becoming a fast track of learning experiences

Mercedes came within a whisker of losing a win that was in their hands in Monaco. Having put Lewis Hamilton on the medium tyres, the team principal, Toto Wolff, admitted the British driver had saved their race in bringing his car home and preventing Max Verstappen having a chance to pass. It was welcome for giving the race a tense climax that would otherwise have been lacking. Hamilton was vocal about his concerns throughout, which have been criticised but are the understandable complaining of a driver in a pressure situation he could do nothing about. But perhaps what was most telling was just what type of team Mercedes are, as illustrated afterwards. The chief strategist, James Vowles, said with wry humour he hoped for a hug from Hamilton after the race. Hamilton duly burst into the engineers’ room and proceeded to spray Vowles with champagne. “That’s for fucking giving me medium fucking tyres for 68 laps,” he said, laughing, before they did indeed hug. Mercedes is an exceptionally efficient machine but one clearly functioning with very human relationships.

Related: Lewis Hamilton warns F1 rivals ‘the best is yet to come from Mercedes and me’

Related: Niki Lauda was ‘racing with me’ during Monaco win, says Lewis Hamilton

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The best is yet to come from Mercedes and me, Hamilton warns F1 rivals

• Team have won all six races but Briton wants more
• Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel laments his car’s grip

Lewis Hamilton believes both he and his Mercedes car can only improve as the Formula One season progresses.

Hamilton has won four of the six races this season, but after victory in the Monaco Grand Prix he rated his performances thus far as only average and argued that, despite the success, he had not managed to exploit the best from his car.

Related: Niki Lauda was ‘racing with me’ during Monaco win, says Lewis Hamilton

Related: Sergio Pérez relieved after nearly running over marshal at Monaco GP

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Sergio Pérez relieved after nearly running over marshal at Monaco GP

• Officials ran out when Mexican driver was leaving pits
• Perez finished 13th for Racing Point after eventful race

Sergio Pérez said he came close to running over a marshal during the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Mexican driver was accelerating out of the pits when two track officials ran out in front of him. Pérez had to hit the brakes as one marshal made it to the opposing side of the track, while the other stood still, so he could pass.

Related: Niki Lauda was ‘racing with me’ during Monaco win, says Lewis Hamilton

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Niki Lauda was ‘racing with me’ during Monaco win, says Lewis Hamilton

• Mercedes driver pays tribute to Austrian after emotional week
• ‘My goal is to be one day as respected as he was’

Lewis Hamilton said he believed he felt Niki Lauda was with him as he drove to a hard-fought victory in the Monaco Grand Prix. The British driver added that he wanted to go on to emulate the three-times world champion in earning the respect and admiration with which he was held across the world.

After he clung on to take victory in Monte Carlo with his tyres giving up and Max Verstappen hounding him to the last, Hamilton immediately paid tribute to Lauda. The Austrian had played a key role in bringing Hamilton to Mercedes in 2013 and the two had become close friends. Hamilton and his team endured an emotional week after Lauda’s death on Monday.

Related: Lewis Hamilton holds Max Verstappen at bay to win Monaco Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton dedicates Monaco Grand Prix victory to Niki Lauda – video

Lewis Hamilton survived a late collision with Max Verstappen to deliver the perfect tribute to Niki Lauda – his third ever win at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Victory saw Hamilton extend his championship lead over Mercedes teammate Bottas to 17 points, while Vettel has fallen to a full 55 points back.

Before the race, a minute’s silence was held to honour the three-times world champion Niki Lauda, who died on Monday.

Hamilton had spoken emotionally about his relationship with Lauda, who as the non-executive chairman at Mercedes had been instrumental in bringing him to he team in 2013, and had said he wanted to take the win for his close friend

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F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco Grand Prix – as it happened

The defending world champion led from pole but had to survive his tyres deteriorating to hold off the surge of Max Verstappen

4.15pm BST

Here’s our snap report. Giles Richards’ piece will follow shortly.

Related: Lewis Hamilton holds Max Verstappen at bay to win Monaco Grand Prix

4.12pm BST

A couple of emails from the readers as the United Kingdom national anthem rings out as those on the podiums wear red caps.

First, Craig in Peru: “Hi John Your descriptions of Hamilton-Verstappen remind me of a Monaco GP from years ago when (I think) Senna held off Mansell who was all over the back of him, but couldn’t get past. Great racing spectacle.”

Next, James in NYC: “It’s obvious that Mercedes would rather die of thirst than allow Max “You Die If You Try To Pass” Verstappen to get in front of them at any point, in any race. There’s typically a very heavy mechanical price to pay whenever trying to pass Max.”

4.08pm BST

Lewis Hamilton speaks, starting with mention of Niki Lauda.

“I was fighting with the spirit of Niki. I know he’ll be looking down taking his hat off. I was trying to make him proud. We truly miss him…I have not driven on such empty tyres since Shanghai in 2007. I hope it wasn’t really boring. I was never going to come in. I learned the hard way here before. I was driving on nothing. This team has done an incredible job. What we have achieved in the first six races is remarkable. [On his late clash with Max Verstappen] It was a bit of a late dive. I saw him last minute. He wasn’t fully past. A light touch and move on.

4.03pm BST

Here’s the final standings after today.

RACE CLASSIFICATION: A superb effort from @LewisHamilton #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/hAZIjHSZy7

4.00pm BST

“This one’s for Niki,” says Bono in the garage. Hamilton is silent, and there are undoubtedly emotions for Niki Lauda. A red cap celebration can begin. That was gutsy drive from Hamilton, who was driving against himself and his belief in his car’s tyres for so long in the race. He could have let Verstappen go clear and still won due to that five-second penalty but is such a competitor that he wanted to take the chequered flag first.

3.57pm BST

Lap 78/78: OK, the last lap, after the last lap passed without incident. The stewards looking at that prang on lap 76. One last chance for Verstappen, but he is too far back. Hamilton speeds away, looking comfortable at last in the final straight. Vettel and Bottas come in, and the Verstappen time penalty will mean that Verstappen drops to fourth!

3.54pm BST

Lap 76/78: Oh! Contact! Verstappen chases down Hamilton, and lost control just at the moment Hamilton looked likely to falter. Both were struggling, but Hamilton held it together far better.

3.53pm BST

Lap 75/78: The hairpin again…Hamilton stamps on the throttle and gains control of the car enough to stay clear just when a gap opens up.

3.51pm BST

Lap 74/78: Verstappen goes at the hairpin again but is not close enough and almost lost it. Hamilton again held him off. This has been a brilliant battle between the two. Up ahead, Kevin Magnussen presents a potential roadblock.

3.49pm BST

Lap 72/78: Hamilton doing a great defensive job, and his rear tyres are keeping him in this. At the hairpin bend where Verstappen made his big move the gaps is too large for a move.

3.48pm BST

Lap 71/78: This time, Verstappen is a little closer but then gets his braking all wrong and loses the line completely. Great work from Max to steer away from the barrier but he has the power to catch up Hamilton again.

3.46pm BST

Lap 70/78: Verstappen has a go…but Hamilton comes across him expertly to close the gap, and then cuts back to stay ahead.

3.45pm BST

Lap 68/78: Vettel’s car is overheating, such that he is reduced to a watching brief to pick up the pieces of what is going on ahead. Meanwhile, the garages have been on the line, and Verstappen has been told he has more power than Hamilton, who responded rather sarcastically to the news.

3.42pm BST

Lap 66/78: Hamilton has 12 laps to go to win this, and he has stopped complaining to his team. It will be their fault if he loses, and if he pulls this off, it will be a miracle, to use his term. Gasly, as predicted, takes the fastest lap, and will take a point. Bottas is within 3.8 seconds of Verstappen and so will be third.

3.40pm BST

Lap 65/78: Verstappen and Hamilton as close as ever through the old Loews hairpin, and Max is trying to get close, so close that he makes an error. Bottas sets a fastest lap and will thus overtake Verstappen on the grid.

3.38pm BST

63/78: Pierre Gasly pits for Red Bull. He will not lose a place and will stay in fifth. This looks like an attempt to set the fastest lap, which will be worth an extra point. Bottas meanwhile has dropped to over five seconds behind Verstappen, meaning he will not be third but fourth if the race stays as it is.

3.35pm BST

Lap 61/78: Hamilton, Verstappen, Vettel is the order, as it has been since the safety car. Hamilton looking tentative now, not confident in his hard braking to get round the corners. Vettel, in figurative second place, with Verstappen on that five-second penalty, is looking the more comfortable.

3.32pm BST

Lap 59/78: Hamilton looks comfortable, despite his flood complaints. Verstappen has never quite been able to get close. “I don’t know what you are thinking with these tyres, man,” says the leader. I am hoping for a miracle.”

3.30pm BST

Lap 57/78: Hamilton’s strategy appears to be coming in, but the team want him to stay out. It’s high risk from them as only a win will with soothe him. He doesn’t like to be defensive.

3.27pm BST

Lap 55/78: Hamilton still yet to come in, no sign of a pit stop for him even he says their tyres are “dead”. Footage of Verstappen’s car shows how close they are. “I can’t keep the car behind, can’t you hear that?” The front right is looking grim now, too.

LAP 51/78

HAM: “I think I’m in trouble guys – the left front is dead”#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/Z372Qav7y5

3.24pm BST

Lap 54/78: This is what Kimi was doing to the rest of the field until his pit stop.

Kimi conga
#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/LPhGLRYuyb

3.23pm BST

Lap 52/78: Still only one man has abandoned, and that is Leclerc, who has been just been shown taking a walk down by trackside. The rain is yet to come, and may not come. That may change things. Hamilton’s front left tyre looks bad and Verstappen is getting closer, while Vettel backs off, his engine still giving him problems.

3.20pm BST

Lap 49/78: Sounds like Verstappen is being asked to stop his engine getting so hot. or the brakes. Vettel lies in wait for him. Hamilton just has tyres to worry about but says: “I think I am in big trouble, guys. I can’t feel the left front.”

“We aren’t going to box now,” says his man in the garage.

3.18pm BST

Lap 47/78: Kimi finally pits and his chasers can relax. “I’m in a mess,” says Hamilton. He really doesn’t fancy this car. How much longer can his team keep him out of the pits. He laps Lance Stroll, as do Verstappen and Vettel. But Bottas is not so lucky and gets snarled up in traffic behind Stroll.

3.16pm BST

Lap 45/78: Hamilton and Verstappen coming into heavy traffic with the backmarkers bunching up. Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Magnussen, Perez and Hulkenberg are concertinaed together, with Kimi blocking them off at 11.

3.12pm BST

Lap 43/78: Vettel trails the leading pair but the word from the garage is his car is overheating. Hamilton is sat prettier than he thinks: Verstappen is on five seconds of penalty and the next best can’t give his car the full gun.

3.11pm BST

Lap 41/78: Albon pits, as a few in midfield have done. Bottas is being trailed by Grosjean, Gasly, Sainz and Kvyat. Hamilton tells the team that he doesn’t fancy the tyres, while he is reassured that the likes of Grosjean are doing OK on the same tyres. Verstappen is within 0.8 seconds, and really piling it on.

3.06pm BST

Lap 38/78: This looks like being a battle of burning rubber. That is where the race will be won. Hamilton being told by his team that nobody fancies overtaking.

LAP 31/78: Lewis is worried about his tyres

“Left front is opening up”#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/5Di9vf79DL

3.02pm BST

Lap 36/78: Hamilton is informed over the radio that Verstappen’s tyres are worse than his, which may not be the case, but may keep him motivated. Vettel, meanwhile, is sitting pretty and seems to have bided his time to save his tyres.

3.00pm BST

Lap 34/78: Plenty of manoeuvre in the chasing pack but up at the front, Hamilton is holding on grimly, though seems to have a problem with his tyres. Verstappen’s tyres don’t look too much better, though. Both have opened up. It looks unlikely that they will last the distance.

2.57pm BST

Lap 32/78: A pic of that near pile-up that eventually did for Leclerc, though his goose was cooked anywhere, and some news on the consequences for those involved.

@Anto_Giovinazzi has been given a 10-second penalty by race stewards for colliding with Robert Kubica in this earlier incident at La Rascasse ⬇️#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/Ws2UL6VV0O

2.55pm BST

Lap 30/78: Verstappen and Hamilton is becoming a real battle now. The leader has a fight on his hands, with the Dutchman on his tail. Verstappen needs to get past to open up the gap that would eat up his five-second penalty.

2.50pm BST

Lap 27/78: Verstappen is chasing down Hamilton at this point. This has not been comfortable for Hamilton with just under two-thirds of the race to come. With his tyres, the champion doesn’t want to have to push things too far.

Verstappen has been handed a 5-second penalty for an unsafe release in the pit lane earlier when the Dutchman and Bottas touched#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/PVymLecvJj

2.49pm BST

Lap 25/78: The rain coming down would help Hamilton rather than his four chasers, on harder tyres than him. There are a few spots coming down. It remains to be seen how much will come down and how that will affect tyre strategies. Verstappen is told by his team of his penalty. The advice is to overtake Hamilton and ride off into the sunset…

2.46pm BST

Lap 23/78: Max Verstappen gets a five-second penalty for that pit clash with Bottas. Seems like a significant amount of negotiating went on for a lenient penalty. He either accepts five seconds in the pits or has it taken off at the end. He is in second, and now must try to chase down Hamilton.

2.43pm BST

Lap 21/78: Lewis Hamilton is asking about his tyres, with the rest of the leaders on kinder tyres than him. His won’t last the distance if he has to go full throttle. Bottas seems to be feeling better on his tyres. Vettel is lying in wait.

2.40pm BST

Lap 19/78: It’s all over for Leclerc. It has been a dreadful weekend for him, from his team making a mess of qualifying, and then the prang he got involved in when risking all and then the one he couldn’t avoid that ended his day. He is disconsolate as he climbs out of his car, which will need a bit of work to be repaired. Having to drive on this didn’t help.

⚠️ SAFETY CAR ⚠️

Debris strewn across the track from Leclerc’s car #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/UA9nsNZ0Vi

2.38pm BST

Lap 18/78: Charles Leclerc has been in again. The floor of his car is wrecked. “The car is extremely difficult to drive,” he says. “I don’t want to give up but…” The end is surely coming for him.

2.36pm BST

Lap 16/58: A prang at Rassecasse. George Russell, Leclerc, Giovanazzi, Perez and Kubica all involved with Leclerc coming into the back of them. This is not Leclerc’s day at all. He ended up running into traffic. They get back underway before Hamilton et al catch them up.

2.34pm BST

Lap 15/78: Bottas has tyres that will take him to end and Verstappen surely has a stop penalty coming. The field is crawling through the track with the safety car in front of them, before they can begin again at the start of the next lap. Hamilton speeds into the lead. Leclerc is dead last.

2.31pm BST

Lap 13/78: Bottas is coming back into the pits, looks like running repairs might be needed but there is no sign of a puncture. Leclerc can be heard telling his team that the floor on his car has gone. The top four all pitted and are out the other side, with Verstappen and Vettel ahead of Bottas but Verstappen possibly facing a penalty.

2.29pm BST

Lap 12/78: Hamilton came in for a pit during the safety car lap, and then Verstappen and Bottas clash in the pits and touched. Verstappen comes out in front. The Mercedes had to double-stack and paid the price. That has cost them a place. Meanwhile, stewards are still cleaning up the track. Looks like Verstappen pulled an illegal move in coming out in front of Bottas. This is chaos.

2.27pm BST

Lap 11/78: Leclerc goes in and comes out in 20th place, having been lapped by the field. The car took a buffeting from his recklessness with a bad tyre. The floor came off his car and has made a mess on the track. A safety car is required to clear up the mess.

2.25pm BST

Lap 9/78: Oh no! Leclerc almost came off, but just as he was going to overtake Hulkenberg, his car hit the barrier and span. He has a puncture now. Is that his charge at at end? He drops down to 18th. His tyre is shredded and down to the bone. He has to come into the pits.

2.23pm BST

Lap 8/78: The top four are lapping at four seconds per lap faster. Leclerc’s charge is being slowed by Grosjean’s defensive tactics but this time he gets past to take 12th, at Rascasse corner. Fearless stuff from him. All the action with the local hero at the moment.

Charles Leclerc is on the move ⬆️

The Ferrari man gets past Lando Norris at the hairpin to move up to P13 #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/zIVj4OZtqH

2.21pm BST

Lap 6/78: The tight streets keeping this a tight race, as Leclerc is now in 13th, and looking at getting at Grosjean. He is on medium compound tyres which favour the rain. Up ahead, Ferrari teammate Vettel has lost five seconds on Hamilton in fourth. The real race is backed up behind Daniel Riccardo.

2.18pm BST

Lap 4/78: Bottas and Hamilton are at close quarters. Watching a replay of Leclerc taking over Norris, and good news for him is that he will not face a penalty for his transgression at the start when cutting a corner on Grosjean. That he dropped back meant he didn’t get a penalty.

2.16pm BST

Lap 2/78: Hamilton starts to open up a lead. On that opening lap, Riccardo got past Magnussen to claim fifth. Lando Norris lost places on that lap, too.

2.14pm BST

Hamilton gets away well, and Bottas and Verstappen tangle but the Finn stays in second. Leclerc took the inside lane, which is not allowed. Kimi Räikkönen and Lance Stroll clash but seem to OK.

2.11pm BST

The practice lap is off, with Lewis Hamilton on his 85th pole position, but only his second at Monaco; this is the sixth time Mercedes have had 1-2 on the starting grid. Leclerc has gone for hard tyres from the start, he is going for it from the start, it would seem.

Who’s got which tyres available?@pirellisport have the answers…#MonacoGP #Pirelli pic.twitter.com/EfBDKgZJGb

2.08pm BST

The word is that there is a 90 percent chance of rain. That may add a bit of excitement: Mercedes are going for their sixth successive 1-2 here.

2.06pm BST

Liam “Ser Davos” Cunningham has just done a Game of Thrones/F1 interstitial. He strayed into Geordie even though he is now actually allowed to be Irish again.

2.00pm BST

Max Verstappen speaks at a chaotic start. His Honda team have their first top three grid position since the 2006 Chinese GP: “It is part of Formula One. You just get in the car and try to do your thing. It is hard to overtake but we will do our best.”

1.57pm BST

There may be rain ahead. It’s come down in London…

So far, it’s dry…#MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/Wd8n0Lh4bR

1.55pm BST

A minute’s silence is held for Niki Lauda, as images of him in his prime, in his later years as one of the fathers of the sport and of his famous headphones in their box flash by. It ends with polite applause before the Monégasque anthem rings out, with Prince Albert in attendance.

All thoughts turn to Niki #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/4rl1lo1cS8

Respect for a racing legend ❤️

A minute’s silence for Niki Lauda #ForNiki #F1 pic.twitter.com/DkTCXLeGGW

1.50pm BST

The pit lane is a sea of red caps, all in tribute to Niki Lauda. It is overcrowded down there. “Mercedes has to win,” says Jackie Stewart, adorned by red cap. “If you are driving well, it is difficult to overtake.”

Packed grid, tension building #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/v8dvpxicRH

1.45pm BST

Thirty years ago, Ayrton Senna won at Monaco with two gears, after learning a harsh lesson the year before.

Related: When Ayrton Senna proved he was only too human at 1988 Monaco Grand Prix | Giles Richards

1.28pm BST

Niki Lauda in pictures.

Related: Niki Lauda: the three-time Formula One world champion’s life – in pictures

1.24pm BST

And an interview with Charles Leclerc, whose push for home glory will have to wait until next year, probably. If it doesn’t, this would be one of the greatest drives of all.

Related: Charles Leclerc: ‘I lost my father quite early. It changes you forever’

1.18pm BST

Here’s Giles Richards’ story of Saturday’s emotional qualifying session.

Related: ‘For Niki’: Lewis Hamilton dedicates Monaco GP pole to Lauda

1.04pm BST

For many of the drivers, this is a drive around a neighbourhood that offers them tax benefits, a nice sea view and ready access to France or Italy. To the rest of us in the lumpen proletariat, it is a whistle-stop tour through unimaginable opulence, a whiff of James Bond and yachts beyond the wildest dreams of all but Charles Freer in Howard’s Way.

Monaco is the most famous grand prix of all, one in which the recipe for success is getting in front and staying there, usually from qualifying. Lewis Hamilton is on pole, which gives him a great chance of repeating his success in the Spanish Grand Prix, and extending his leadership at the top of the drivers’ championship.

That he is unlikely to be chased down by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is a pity. The only Monégasque in the field had a nightmare in qualifying and begins 15th on the grid.

This renewal, meanwhile, will be a celebration of the three-times world champion Niki Lauda, who passed away this week, a winner of the race in 1975 and 1976, and someone associated with Ferrari, McLaren and latterly Mercedes, of whom he was part-owner of the team, and a constant presence in the pit lane, garage and back rooms of the sport.

Here are the grid positions.

The top 10 starters #MonacoGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/jQ4lq6QI8q

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Lewis Hamilton holds Max Verstappen at bay to win Monaco Grand Prix

• Dutch driver finishes second but penalty moves him to fourth
• Sebastien Vettel jumps up to second with Valtteri Bottas third

Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position with a commanding if somewhat nerve-racking drive as he struggled to maintain his tyres to the chequered flag. Sebastian Vettel was in second place for Ferrari and Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in third. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was in fourth. His teammate Pierre Gasly was in fifth and he took fastest lap.

In a race largely of little incidence at the front, as is so often is the case in Monte Carlo, Hamilton had led from pole and what jeopardy there was came when his team opted to put him on the medium tyres, as his rivals behind all took the harder rubber. Harried to the line by Verstappen, including a moment two laps form the end when the pair collided as the Dutchman tried to overtake up the inside at the Nouvelle Chicane. The incident is under investigation by the stewards.

Related: F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Monaco Grand Prix – as it happened

Related: When Ayrton Senna proved he was only too human at 1988 Monaco Grand Prix | Giles Richards

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Lewis Hamilton pips Valtteri Bottas to pole at Monaco Grand Prix

• Hamilton beats Mercedes teammate into second on final Q3 lap
• Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc knocked out in Q1 in 16th place

Lewis Hamilton took pole for the Monaco Grand Prix with a fine lap around the streets of Monte Carlo, leaving his best to last secure the place with his final lap of the day. He beat his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in third.

Sebastian Vettel, having crashed in final practice, recovered to take fourth place but his teammate Charles Leclerc endured a shocker at his home race. He went out in Q1 in 16th place as Ferrari miscalculated badly in not sending him out to do a second run. Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull was in fifth.

Related: When Ayrton Senna proved he was only too human at 1988 Monaco Grand Prix | Giles Richards

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Mercedes as sharp as ever before Monaco despite emotionally difficult week

• Lewis Hamilton quickest in both practice sessions
• Team still coming to terms with death of Niki Lauda

The fans, as always, eagerly took their opportunity to walk the track on the traditional Friday holiday at the Monaco Grand Prix but when the harbour once again resonates with the roar of engines in qualifying every indication is that it will be Mercedes in complete control off those same narrow streets.

Mercedes are still very much coming to terms with the death of their non-executive chairman, the three-time world champion Niki Lauda, and while it has been emotionally difficult, operationally they are as sharp as ever. The team have opened the season with a record five consecutive one-two finishes. A sixth is on the cards.

Related: When Ayrton Senna proved he was only too human at 1988 Monaco Grand Prix | Giles Richards

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When Ayrton Senna proved he was only too human at 1988 Monaco Grand Prix | Giles Richards

In qualifying Brazilian drove one of his finest ever laps before lapse in concentration saw him spin out on race day

No Formula One race rewards bravery and commitment quite like threading the needle on the streets of Monaco with its looming walls that can bite even the best. For Ayrton Senna it was the scene of perhaps his finest ever lap and then, a day later, his nadir as the streets of Monte Carlo proved he was only too human.

Senna won in Monaco six times, the most successful driver at the race which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. He won in 1987 for Lotus before taking five consecutive victories between 1989 and 1993, all for McLaren. The one that got away was 1988, and it was in his hands, not least because their car that year was the all-conquering MP4-4, technical director Gordon Murray’s remarkable feat of engineering that would win 15 of 16 races that season.

Related: ‘There is a huge black cloud’: Toto Wolff’s emotional tribute to Niki Lauda

Related: Lewis Hamilton takes time out after death of ‘close friend’ Niki Lauda

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