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It wasn't just the famous casinos which made it an expensive return to Monaco for several Formula 1 teams, as drivers stepped over the limits defined by the unforgiving armco barriers. Those with unmarked machinery fared best come raceday, but only one driver earns a maximum score in our driver ratings

Max Verstappen – 9

Considering he'd just gone fastest in the first sector and was up on his previous best lap when Leclerc crashed, Verstappen was firmly in the hunt for pole. He missed it, and a maximum score here, for trailing after the first banker Q3 runs, which left him exposed. He got wheelspin at the start from new 'pole', but defended well and then controlled the race to whoever was following him.

Carlos Sainz – 8

Very close to getting one mark higher. Even though he insisted he could have got pole were it not for Leclerc's crash, he'd just slipped behind his teammate come Q1, having looked the faster Ferrari driver by a shade before then. That left him vulnerable to the Q3 circumstances that played out. Also grained his tyres after losing temperature and focus chasing Verstappen through traffic deep into the race.

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