Nico-ing points in ‘boring’ race

In the points: Nico Hulkenberg weaves his way round the legendary Circuit de Monaco on a satisfactory afternoon for Renault. Picture: Renault Sport Formula One Team

It was a difficult day at the office for two of Oxfordshire’s Formula 1 teams but at least Renault were able to enjoy a double points finish – and the view – during Sunday’s Monaco GP.

The driving duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz edged into the top-10 for five points in an uneventful race.

While the Enstone-based outfit consolidated fourth place in the constructors’ championship, it was another nightmare Sunday for Grove’s Williams.

Sergey Sirotkin, starting 13th, was quickly serving a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for having his tyre fitted too late pre-race, while team-mate Lance Stroll suffered two punctures.

There was also frustration in the Banbury-prepared Haas garage as Kevin Magnussen finished outside the points in 13th.

Colleague Romain Grosjean, who started in the principality with a three-place penalty, brought his car home in 15th, also for nil points.

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