The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the Super Bowl of open wheel racing with the Indy 500 and Monte Carlo both being raced over the weekend. Citing inspiration from Hall of Fame driver Niki Lauda who passed earlier in the week, Hamilton driving a Ferrari held off the continual pressure of Max Verstappen in a Red Bull to capture his third Grand Prix of Monte Carlo and extend his lead in the overall F1 standings to 17 points. Hamilton, a five-time F1 champion was clearly touched by the passing of Lauda and wore a copy of the Austrian’s devil-red helmet as a tribute. Verstappen finished the race second but was penalized five seconds for an infraction and placed fourth. Sebastian Vettel and Valterri Bottas were placed second and third respectively to join Hamilton on the podium.
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