It is always an emotional moment for any sportsperson to see their nation’s flag go up. The same was the case with Mexican F1 driver Sergio Perez when he won the Monaco Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver could not control his tears when his country’s national anthem was played when he stood at the podium.
Perez was visibly sobbing while standing at the podium in a video shared by F1 on Twitter. “Here's what it means ❤️” F1 captioned the video.
Watch the moment here:
Perez reigns supreme!
Now coming to the performance of individual drivers at the rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix. It was a thrilling contest between Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, and Max Verstappen on the wet tracks of Monte Carlo. Perez took the lead in the 17th lap. Perez held his lead and the mediums held their own on the restart but began to drop off past the Lap 55 mark, with around 10 minutes remaining.
With the race timer showing zero on Lap 65, Perez’s margin of victory was just 1.154s over Sainz, Verstappen just 0.337s behind the Spaniard, and Leclerc shocked to finish 2.9s off at P4. Eventually, Perez reigned supreme and took the top position while Carlos Sainz booked the second spot followed by Max Verstappen in the third position.
Having skipped a stop for intermediates – going straight from wets to slicks – George Russell rounded out the top five for Mercedes ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso started seventh and finished there despite Lewis Hamilton hanging on his tail for much of the late phase. Meanwhile, the seven-time champion Hamilton finished in the eighth position.