Monaco F1 Grand Prix 2022 Results: Sergio Perez Wins Race after Rain Delay

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 29, 2022

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2022 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Sergio Perez earned his first win of the 2022 Formula One season in a weather-shortened Monaco Grand Prix.

Sunday's race was delayed by rain, allowing the drivers to finish just 64 of the 77 scheduled laps before the two-hour time limit expired. Perez took advantage of mistakes by the Ferrari team during its pit stops and stayed in front, securing a win for Red Bull Racing. 

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz finished just behind the leader for second place, while teammate and pole winner Charles Leclerc ended up fourth. Max Verstappen finished in third place to break his streak of three straight wins.

Final Leaderboard

1. Sergio Perez

2. Carlos Sainz

3. Max Verstappen

4. Charles Leclerc

5. George Russell

Full results via Formula1.com.

Ferrari was in excellent position heading into the race with Leclerc and Sainz starting on the front row after qualifying.

After looking good on the wet track early, some miscommunication led to drama on the 22nd lap:

Nate Saunders @natesaundersF1

Oh man. Leclerc told to box, then told to stay out last second - but clearly doesn't hear message in time. <br><br>Getting sweary on the radio afterwards. This could all be falling apart for Ferrari.

Chris Medland @ChrisMedlandF1

Ferrari double stacks for slicks, but called Leclerc in and then told him to stay out! Sainz leads his team-mate now, and Norris is ahead of Leclerc! Ferrari have got this all wrong with Leclerc but Perez, Verstappen and Norris still on inters <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#F1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MonacoGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MonacoGP</a>

PlanetF1 @Planet_F1

Charles Leclerc FUMING with Ferrari’s decision to double stack 😳<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MonacoGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MonacoGP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#F1</a>

Leclerc dropped from first position to fourth, allowing Perez to move into the lead.

There were a few stoppages along the way after that, including a crash by Mick Schumacher. 

Formula 1 @F1

⚠️ SAFETY CAR ⚠️<br><br>Mick Schumacher walks away from his car after crashing into the barriers at the Swimming Pool section <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MonacoGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MonacoGP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#F1</a> <a href="https://t.co/yHQszKxGpg">pic.twitter.com/yHQszKxGpg</a>

Schumacher and Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen both failed to finish in Monaco.

All eyes were still on the top four with Perez, Sainz, Verstappen and Leclerc running in close proximity to one another as the clock ticked down.

Despite some late challenges, especially from Sainz, no one was able to pass the leader and Perez closed out the victory.

Formula 1 @F1

PEREZ WINS IN MONACO!!! <br><br>The Mexican takes the chequered flag after an extraordinary race, Sainz finishes second, Verstappen third<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MonacoGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MonacoGP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#F1</a> <a href="https://t.co/HJktBZtkVf">pic.twitter.com/HJktBZtkVf</a>

TSN @TSN_Sports

SERGIO PEREZ WINS ON THE STREETS OF MONTE CARLO!<br><br>A perfect strategy from Red Bull has their driver getting a bit of redemption for the Spanish GP last weekend.<br><br>Sainz and Verstappen complete the podium.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MonacoGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MonacoGP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Formula1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Formula1</a> <a href="https://t.co/7q8VNb4m4V">pic.twitter.com/7q8VNb4m4V</a>

Verstappen remained in first place in the driver standings after his podium finish, but Perez helped trim the margin to Leclerc while sitting in third. Lando Norris also added an extra point after finishing with the fastest lap of the race.

The F1 season will continue with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 12.