Monaco GP 'wasn't really racing' - Hamilton - Monaco Grand Prix 2018

Monday, 28 May, 2018

Alonso was asked why he thought the Monaco Grand Prix was such a boring race.

"From two years ago I feel we got some redemption now, we can put 2016 behind us", he added.

We were just cruising around from lap six, literally cruising.

As for the championship fight, Vettel's second place meant he claimed just three points back on Lewis Hamilton in the standings, the Mercedes man labouring to third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas. But it made no difference anyway as the auto was not ready for qualifying.

Craig Slater takes a dip in the Red Bull pool courtesy of Christian Horner, closely followed by race victor Daniel Ricciardo. "I don't know how much of the radio was broadcast, but we had a lot to deal with during the race". It was 'I've lost power, what do I do, give me some instructions, what can I play with here?' He worked it out.

That was triggered by Sauber's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, the first local F1 driver in 24 years to compete on his home streets, having piled into the back of New Zealander Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso at the tunnel exit. There are no mind games as there are with other teammates, and I think that's a win for Ferrari. They refused to bring him in, though, recommending he stay out and keep the pressure on the struggling Ricciardo and Vettel. "We had the pace, it was a tricky race".

Vettel said it had been a tricky race and "Daniel had the answer at all times". He immediately fell into the clutches of Vettel, who went into full-on attack mode. He tried without success through the rest of the race. He sustained damage to his front wing and right front tire, while the suspension was broken. When we pitted early, I thought it was a two-stop but we were able to manage it. The display eventually came back, but the tyre problems persisted and it soon became clear that only a mistake from the auto in front would result in an overtaking opportunity.

Starting from 12th position, Stoffel always faced a hard afternoon.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said last week that he had been in contact with Brady and that the 40-year-old is excited for the 2018 season, but said Brady is spending time with his family and taking care of off-field commitments that he can't do during the season. "I've done everything I can so far, let's finish this job tomorrow. We don't mind if Red Bull are quick here, because there are more tracks like Barcelona [where Hamilton won last week] and we'll try to capitalize on those ones".

Hartley's Toro Rosso teammate Pierre Gasly made the most of the pace his Honda-powered vehicle on a slower track, finishing an impressive seventh in his second point-scoring finish of the year.