Dutchman Max Verstappen dominated the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday and his fourth win in six races since the start of the season has extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship standings .
Spanish veteran Fernando Alonso, driving his Aston Martin, finished second, ahead of Frenchman Esteban Ocon, on Alpine.
Alonso took the podium for the fifth time this season, having finished third four times.
His teammate Lance Stroll was forced to retire after damaging his vehicle and he had to settle for 20e and last row.
For most of the race, Verstappen drove on a dry, narrow track, where overtaking a rival is the toughest exercise in Formula 1.
But a Monaco Grand Prix without the slightest incident is rare, and heavy rain disrupted the event when there were around 20 laps to negotiate out of the 78 of the race.
Some drivers had stopped at the pits to put their car on the wrong intermediate tires shortly before the downpour and lost their grip on the track.
Carlos Sainz Jr. slid sideways into the wall and was lucky not to damage his Ferrari, while Kevin Magnussen lost control of his Haas.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was fourth and collected an additional point for the fastest lap. His teammate George Russell finished in fifth place.
On Saturday, Verstappen had dominated qualifying by 84 thousandths of a second over Alonso, thus depriving the Spaniard of a first pole position in 11 years.
As for Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, he finished in 16e position after starting the race from the 20th and last position on the starting grid.
Winner for the second time in Monaco, Verstappen has 39 career victories, all with Red Bull.