F1 Winners and Losers of 2024 Monaco GP

Charles Leclerc proved a popular winner of the 2024 Monaco GP and may have reignited a title battle with Max Verstappen. Here are the F1 winners and losers from Monte Carlo

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Charles Leclerc vanquished his Monte Carlo demons to finally take victory at his home race, while Red Bull continued to stumble in a season where they seemed destined to sweep to yet another championship double. Here are your F1 Winners and Losers from the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix.

The Sunday spectacle was far from blockbuster as the early red flag removed any strategic element from the battle for the lead – even if it was funny seeing Max Verstappen fail to grasp the irony of complaining about a boring race.

Oliver Bearman certainly would’ve been a winner had Kevin Magnussen earned a race ban, but the Brit still scored his best Formula 2 finish of the season while Yuki Tsunoda continues to quietly dominate the RB battle – he’s now scored 79% of their points this year.

Finally, Mercedes produced their highest-scoring grand prix of 2024 and even gained points on Red Bull for the first time in this campaign, but fifth and seventh is still small fry for the 15-time world champions.

Winner: Charles Leclerc

DNF (pole), DNF, DNF, DNF, DNS (pole), 4th (pole), 6th in Monaco – this has been a long time coming for Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc has been cursed since his Formula 2 debut on his home streets ended in a double retirement and it was only two years ago that he secured his first points in Monte Carlo, though it may as well have been a DNF after he’d seemingly got the win secured before a strategical disasterclass that only Ferrari could engineer.

This time he couldn’t be denied though. After so much Monaco drama, this was Leclerc‘s quietest home race of his career with the biggest threat to victory being his own eyesight as he fought back tears in the final few laps.

And you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more popular grand prix winner this season.

Loser: Haas

if the weekend had been abandoned six minutes into Q1 then Haas would’ve been laughing, as they hit the top of the timesheets early on in qualifying.

Instead, it’s hard to imagine how their weekend could’ve ended any worse with both drivers taken out in the same incident after a double disqualification in qualifying and Kevin Magnussen risking a race ban with that move on Perez.

While the Mexican was equally to blame, that doesn’t change the fact that this was an absolute disaster for Haas.

Loser: Monaco GP

The phrase ‘papering over cracks’ springs to mind. A home win certainly bailed Monaco out, but will this be the race that finally inspires real change in F1‘s most iconic setting?

While qualifying was as barnstorming as ever, fans could’ve stopped watching between the lap one red flag and the lap 78 chequered flag, and they wouldn’t have missed ANY meaningful action.

On the same day that a marathon Indy500 eventually produced its trademark scintillating finish after a white-knuckle ride in the final 30 laps, the contrast couldn’t be starker.

Winner: Oscar Piastri

On that note, Oscar Piastri was the first of two McLaren Triple Crown runners-up in a matter of hours as a last-lap overtake from Josef Newgarden denied Pato O’Ward at the death in Indianapolis.

If this was any other track, would Piastri have held onto second, or even the podium? He fell off the back of Leclerc considerably in the final few laps with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris both finishing within two seconds of Piastri‘s rear wing, in what’s been a recurring theme of the Australian’s career to date.

But if Piastri‘s mother – who lit up the weekend in her own way by showing where Oscar got his dry sense of Twitter humour – had wheels she would’ve been a bike and we don’t deal in ifs, buts and maybes, only absolutes.

Ultimately, Piastri more than earned his podium with a supreme Saturday performance as he was the only driver to finish in the top three in every qualifying session and then got his elbows out to defend against Sainz on the opening lap.

He was never expected to beat Leclerc and the floor damage picked up fighting the Spaniard confirmed that and probably contributed to his dip late in the race too.

The last person to score a Monaco podium within his first two seasons of F1 was Lewis Hamilton, so Piastri‘s certainly in good company, now can he use this as a springboard to match Norris up until the summer break?

Loser: Red Bull

Is this the light at the end of the tunnel? They were certainly dark days – Red Bull haven’t been beaten to grand prix victory twice in the space of three races since the start of 2022 – but if Verstappen is challenged again in Canada then we could well have a season on our hands folks.

Verstappen potentially could’ve qualified as high as third but can’t be marked too harshly for his sixth place – though the same can’t be said for Perez.

The Mexican had nothing short of an absolute stinker and looks like he’s slipping into a similar rut that ruined his 2023 season from Monaco onwards, the sole positive right now being that only way is up.

Winner: Pierre Gasly

After seven pointless rounds, it took a pretty simple formula to break that duck for Pierre Gasly: qualify tenth, finish tenth. He’s also certainly the teacher’s pet at Alpine right now, as the field continues to contort in front of the early season whipping boys.

“LET’S GO LET’S GO!!!”

Pierre Gasly enjoyed himself after clinching Q3 in Monaco

His joyous team radio after finishing fifth in Q2 was one of the moments of the weekend, with Gasly surely knowing he was set to get off the mark in 2024 if he could keep his Alpine out of drama – not that his teammate made that easy. Speaking of which…

Loser: Esteban Ocon

There’s lots to like about Esteban Ocon. From a similar background to Lewis Hamilton, Ocon‘s family sold their home and business to fund his karting career, living in a caravan while he chased his motorsport dream.

While plenty of racing parents sacrifice a lot for their children, Ocon‘s put everything on the line and it looked to have paid off when he was signed to the Lotus F1 Junior Team and won the 2014 F3 Europe title – ahead of certain Max Verstappen.

However, Lotus‘ demise again put Ocon‘s career into jeopardy and even after making his F1 debut, he was sacked following two successful seasons at Force India/Racing Point.

Ocon should be a likeable underdog, which makes it all the more frustrating when he makes brainless blunders like this. Put simply, what was he thinking?

After being outqualified by Gasly, Ocon pranged his teammate at Portier and was lucky to avoid costing Alpine 50% of their 2024 points tally. Judging by Bruno Famin‘s comments, he may get longer than just a fortnight to sit out and think about what he’s done.

Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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