Verstappen reigns in Monaco as Hamilton finishes seventh

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Max Verstappen
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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday to lead the world championship for the first time in his career.

The 23-year-old Dutch driver started the day 14 points behind Mercedes’ seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton and ended it four clear.

Hamilton finished seventh, with an extra point for the fastest lap.

“It’s so special around here to win and, also for me, the first time on the podium here. An amazing race,” said Verstappen, who had everything under control from start to finish.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz finished second after team-mate Charles Leclerc, who had secured pole position after crashing in qualifying, was ruled out before the start with a driveshaft problem.

The podium was the Spaniard’s first since he joined Ferrari this year. Britain’s Lando Norris, Sainz’s team-mate last year at McLaren, held off Red Bull’s Sergio Perez to complete the top three.

The victory was Verstappen’s second of the season and also the first time he had stood on the podium at the sport’s most glamorous race.

He now has 105 points to Hamilton’s 101, with Norris moving up to third on 56.

Rally de Portugal

Meanwhile, Elfyn Evans surged to victory in the Rally de Portugal, winning three of the five stages on Sunday to put recent near-misses behind him.

The 32-year-old Welsh Toyota driver took control of the race late Saturday, when Estonian Ott Tanak retired while in the lead.

Evans finished the last of the 20 stages 28,3 seconds ahead of Spaniard Dani Sordo in a Hyundai.

On the biking scene, Scott Redding rolled the dice on slick tyres and cruised to victory in the second Superbike World Championship race in Spain.

The Racing rider saw pole-sitter Jonathan Rea battle into second, followed by Kawasaki team-mate Alex Lowe.

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