WATCH: Re-visit the dramatic Monaco GP 2019 battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were engaged in a close battle at the Monaco GP 2019.

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Monaco GP returns to the F1 calendar again this weekend, as all eyes will be on the 20 drivers in the fifth race of the season. Lewis Hamilton leads the championship after four races, securing 94 points, whereas, Max Verstappen is placed second, with 80 points.

Monaco GP 2019 was full of excitement and entertainment, and was a fight till the finish. The qualifying session saw the two Mercedes drivers securing a place in the front row, as Lewis Hamilton took the pole position, whereas, Valtteri Bottas finished on the second spot. Max Verstappen finished third, and Sebastian Vettel took the fourth spot.

The qualifying session set the base for an intriguing race on Sunday, as all the heavyweights were locked in the first and second row.

Lewis Hamilton pips Max Verstappen in a tense battle

The start of the race was smooth, as the top four spots remain unchanged. Overtaking at Monaco GP is a huge task, considering the narrow circuit. Valtteri Bottas was in a spot of bother for a moment, but did enough to stay ahead of Max Verstappen.

Charles Leclerc had a torrid time in Monaco in 2019, and failed to finish the race, after a clash with Daniel Ricciardo. Lewis Hamilton was engaged in a tight battle with Max Verstappen right until the end. However, the Dutch driver faced a five second penalty after clashing with Hamilton in the 76th lap of the race. The Briton finished P1, whereas, Sebastian Vettel finished P2 after a penalty that was handed to Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas finished P3, and Max Verstappen finished on the fourth spot.

Pierre Gasly delivered an impressive performance, as he finished P5, and also recorded the fastest lap of the race. Carlos Sainz, who was at McLaren in 2019, finished P6, after making up three places in the main race.

There was a huge chaos in the 16th lap of the race, near the Casino de Monte Carlo corner, as four cars had spun, which resulted in yellow flags. The entire corner was blocked, as all cars found it difficult to get going.

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