Vandoorne took a big step up in the standings by claiming victory in the Principality. The Belgian passed Jean-Éric Vergne and Robin Frijns, among others, and now tops the list with 81 points. His Dutch Mercedes colleague, de Vries, started the race in eighth place, but only crossed the finish line in tenth. De Vries took home a point, but certainly does not sound satisfied.
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After the race, the reigning champion said, "Unfortunately during the race it didn't go as we had hoped. It was one of those days where things went from bad to worse. Still, I think we did have a strong pace today. Fortunately, Stoffel drove an excellent race and took the victory for the team. I am very happy about that. I will now try to hit back at the next race in Berlin."
The other Dutch driver, Robin Frijns, had a stronger Sunday. The Envision driver finished fourth. Frijns might have expected more from the weekend, given his strong start to the season and the good performance of the car. The Dutchman briefly toyed with the idea of becoming champion during Friday's press conference.