The last time F1 decided to end the race with a timer was at the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. Five years ago, three safety car periods also put pressure on the time limit and officials decided to end the race after just 58 of the 61 laps.
F1 races regularly fail to reach their full limit but this is usually down to issues at the start of the race which see laps knocked off the distance. The last time a race was not completed was the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix when wet weather meant only a handful of laps were completed.
Sergio Perez jumped the Ferrari’s of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz as the weather conditions changed at the Monaco Grand Prix. The Mexican appeared to use the timer to his advantage towards the end of the race, slowing down to ensure he completed as few laps as possible. Despite the best efforts to pass, Perez held on to claim victory for his second Red Bull win of his career in dramatic circumstances.