Wounded Daniel Ricciardo wins Monaco Grand Prix as Brendon Hartley crashes out

Tuesday, 29 May, 2018

You know the race itself.it's a different race to a China.

Ricciardo thought he'd won in Monaco two years ago, where he led from pole position only to be undone by a botched pit stop by his team which left him furious.

"We had a lot to deal with during the race".

But trouble suddenly struck for the 28-year-old with 50 of this 78-lap marathon race remaining when he reported a loss of engine power.

"We were just cruising around from lap six, maybe", Hamilton said.

Ricciardo's pole position was just the second of his F1 career - the first came back at Monaco in 2016, when he dominated the race until a bungled pit stop by his team. "It feels good, it feels good".

Vettel shaved a few points off championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who finished third. That was entirely possible given the problems Ricciardo was facing, but despite being restricted to just six gears, the Red Bull driver held everything together.

The streets of Monte Carlo are notoriously hard to pass on, and the tyre selection for the weekend - which included the new-for-2018 hypersoft compound - didn't help during the race, which was rather processional with the top six qualifiers finishing where they started. "We knew that would be the case". "Daniel had the answers at all time".

Ricciardo drove Red Bull to victory having started the race from pole position
Ricciardo drove Red Bull to victory having started the race from pole position Dan Mullan Getty Images

"For tyres, yeah, I think today, because it's a tight circuit, you're able to take the piss a little bit with going slow".

There is only Ferrari and Mercedes he could consider - but it is unlikely he is coming here.

The Red Bull driver was 0.229s clear of Sebastian Vettel in second place and faced no opposition from teammate Max Verstappen after damage to the Dutchman's vehicle following a crash in final practice that proved too extensive to fix in time for qualifying. The 2018 Monaco Grand Prix proved yet again why Red Bull Racing need Ricciardo, rather than the other way around.

Ricciardo also pitted, on lap 17, and within a lap the original grid order was re-established thanks to all the leading group switching to new rubber.

It looked as if the Red Bull driver might be easy pickings for the rest of the chasing pack but that was not to be as the Australian delivered a dominant drive with 25% less power.

"It's got the biggest build-up, it's the most special race of the year", he told reporters, "and I was thinking, "it's such a shame that the race isn't as exciting as the whole spectacle and the track is".

At the front, the Dutch tyro's team-mate Ricciardo topped the Q1 times ahead of Vettel, Bottas and Hamilton, proof clear of what Verstappen might have achieved if he had avoided the barriers in the morning.

Nevertheless, Vettel's power advantage was offset by tire struggles; Ricciardo scampered away in corners, and Vettel surged back on the straights and through the tunnel.