Sainz achieves his first podium with Ferrari in Monaco and Verstappen leads the World Championship

The defenders of the conspiracy theory that on Saturday afternoon justified the reasons that, in their opinion, could have led Charles Leclerc to crash on purpose against the wall of the second variant of the Monaco circuit (having the red flag on the The rest of the runners could no longer fight to improve their time) were totally unauthorized this Sunday, half an hour before the start of the most anticipated race of the year. The local idol, born in the Principality 23 years ago, had everything in his favor to make it brown in front of his friends, spread out on several of the balconies that overlook the route. On paper, the ‘pole’ gave him more than half a victory in a scenario in which the start influences more than in any other circuit. Ferrari did everything right until the most decisive moment, precisely when a team that aspires to be great again cannot screw it up: on its way to the starting grid, the gearbox of Leclerc’s car began to fail and forced the Monegasque to retire before even starting. The checks carried out on the car after the timed accident did not reflect any problems, but it is clear that the tests missed something, unfortunately for his rider, more heartbroken than his partner the day before.

Carlos Sainz’s anger at not being able to complete a lap with which he believed he could get into the front row happened to the Spaniard on Sunday, who managed to cross the finish line second, only surpassed by Max Verstappen, and sign his third podium in the World Championship, the first of the season for the ‘Scuderia’ and the first of his wearing the jumpsuit of ‘Il Cavallino Rampante’. The trigger from his workshop neighbor, combined with the grotesque abandonment of Valtteri Bottas after his mechanics were unable to remove the right front wheel of his Mercedes when visiting the garage, cleared the scene for the Madrid native, a Swiss watch at the wheel, a real life insurance for the structure of Maranello, dazzled by the solvency of his signing, a real hammer inside the car and a man outside it. His first triumph in Formula 1 is getting closer and closer and could well have come in Monte Carlo had he started later. Verstappen did not give him a choice this time because the Dutchman played his role like a charm, leading the train from start to finish with the help of Red Bull, which allowed him to get on the box for the first time in this temple.

Two weeks ago, in Montmeló, the energy troop was in evidence before Mercedes, who offered a recital at a strategic level that left Mad Max with a goofy face before Lewis Hamilton, as dazzling at the ‘Circuit’ as he was out of focus in Monaco, where he ended the seventh, his starting position, and where he lost the leadership of the general table, now led by his main rival in the fight for the title, in command for the first time in his career. The podium was completed by Lando Norris, who continues to enjoy Fernando Alonso as much as suffering, 13th on a track where the Asturian knows what it is to win with two different teams (Renault, in 2006 and McLaren, in 2007).

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