He takes the checkered flag Sunday in Monaco
It hasn’t been a great year so far for Lewis Hamilton, Formula One’s defending champion. But things could be turning around.
Hamilton finished second in Australia and Russia, third in Bahrain, seventh in China, and he did not finish in Spain after colliding with Mercedes teammate and rival Nico Rosberg.
On Sunday, however, Hamilton became a hometown hero when he won the Monaco Grand Prix. The victory, Hamilton’s first of this year’s racing season, was even sweeter because he took the checkered flag in Monaco. He lives in Monte Carlo an administrative area of Monaco.
Hamilton edged out Red Bull’s Daniel Riccardo, who finished second. Force India driver Sergio Perez finished third.
Unlike other Formula 1 races, which are held on tracks built for racing, Grand Prix de Monaco is run on the city’s streets. It rained before the race and some racing crews changed their cars’ tires for better traction.
Formula 1 awarded Hamilton 25 points for his victory. Rosberg is still the overall leader with 106 points. Hamilton is second with 82, but there are 16 races to go and plenty of time for Hamilton to catch up or for Rosberg to pull away.